The Introduction

I love food so much that I changed career paths to be able to work with it everyday…

Wow, it sounds really dramatic when I say that… but it really was more of a wake-up call than me storming out of a research lab and saying, “I CAN’T DO THIS ANYMORE!” My epiphany actually came to me as I was standing on line at a grocery store in Florence, Italy… not the most poetic of settings, but it works. As I examined the multitude of chocolate bars lining the sides of the checkout aisle as I waited for my turn to pay for my groceries, I saw two zingaras in front of me. For those of you who do not know, zingaras are the colorful (and somewhat aggressive) beggars of Florence. Well, these zingaras were buying amazingly fresh bread, produce, and meat all for a super cheap price. It got me to thinking about how fresh local food should be available to all, not just to those that could afford it. After that revelation, I decided that I was going to be a registered dietitian.

Fast-forward 2 years, and here we are – I am 4 weeks into my Master’s program in Nutrition Science and Dietetics! It is a scary period of time, because everything I do can (and probably will) have some effect on my future. Yet I feel so excited to be embarking on this new chapter of my life. Throughout this blog, you will hear multiple references to my time in Italy (which you can a full blog on at http://traipsingthroughtuscany.blogspot.com/), be amazed with my fledgling dietetic skills, and see multiple pictures of my attempts of making dinner. I hope you enjoy!

I can’t wait to see what the next few years will bring and the adventures I will hopefully go on.

C

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