This blog has offered me so many opportunities over the past two years, not the least of which is the chance to really improve my cooking skills. Oh yes, I’ve had plenty of disasters, but I approach the process with genuine enthusiasm, and I am constantly looking for new ingredients, fresh ideas, and ways to improve. It’s important to me to stock my kitchen with healthy ingredients and create satisfying meals. I enjoy cooking for family and friends, and the reason I started the blog in the first place was to have a place to tell people what I was cooking.
But my motivation isn’t to become a famous chef and cook in a fancy restaurant, or have my own show on the Food Network. I am motivated by the impact that food has on health, and the science of nutrition. Over the years, I have gotten better at balancing meals and including multiple food groups. I focus more on fruits and vegetables. I rely less on prepared foods and cook more ‘from scratch’. I eat more plant-based foods, and less meat. I think more about where my food comes from, and what drives the price. And most importantly, I think of what each food offers and what my body needs, trying to create harmony. I want to cook meals that make me feel good.
On January 17, I’ll be taking another step to turn my passion for nutrition into a professional career. I am leaving my job in IT Management to pursue my Master’s degree in Nutrition full time. By the end of 2011, I will finish the academic work, and be placed in a dietetic internship in January 2012. Once that is complete, I can take the exam to become a Registered Dietitian. This long journey began 5 years ago when I stepped into my first college level biology class, wondering if I could succeed as a science student. I have been more successful than I could have possibly imagined.
When people ask me what I want to do when I become a dietitian, my first answer is that there are so many options. I have enjoyed the clinical aspect of my nutrition therapy classes, yet I think there are great opportunities to impact the community in public health as well. I am interested in weight management, diabetes, and women’s health. The more I learn, the more my interests grow.
So what does this mean for the blog? I will still be cooking of course, so I’ll still be blogging about it. I will continue to highlight some of the nutritional aspects of the recipes, but of course taste is really important too. I’d like to focus a bit more on seasonal, local ingredients. And I’ll show you how I fit cooking into a busy lifestyle!
I do hope to move the blog to my own domain, and spruce it up a bit. But all of this takes time, and I need to adjust to some significant life changes. So thanks in advance for your patience, and I look forward to sharing many more recipes with you in 2011! Cheers!