I've always been around rich food culture   I was born in Charleston, SC and was always eating fresh seafood! My father is from England, but grew up in New Orleans. I spent summers in New Orleans with my grandma who ran a bed and breakfast and a British/  Cajun pub. I loved to help cook the food!

I've always been around rich food culture

I was born in Charleston, SC and was always eating fresh seafood! My father is from England, but grew up in New Orleans. I spent summers in New Orleans with my grandma who ran a bed and breakfast and a British/  Cajun pub. I loved to help cook the food!

  Moved to North Carolina   When I was 10, my family moved to a rural town in North Carolina. We often helped my grandfather with his farm. I learned so much about agriculture while living in the country. 

Moved to North Carolina

When I was 10, my family moved to a rural town in North Carolina. We often helped my grandfather with his farm. I learned so much about agriculture while living in the country. 

  My First Nutrition Book   When I was in middle school, I found this book in my house. One chapter was all about healthy eating. I thought it was so fun planning all of my meals according to the "instructions" in the book. I enjoyed thinking of creative ways to fit in all of the food groups. 

My First Nutrition Book

When I was in middle school, I found this book in my house. One chapter was all about healthy eating. I thought it was so fun planning all of my meals according to the "instructions" in the book. I enjoyed thinking of creative ways to fit in all of the food groups. 

  Running in High School   During high school, I discovered that I was a talented runner. My team was consistently top in the state and I was able to run in college. A part of successful competition was learning how to eat best for performance. This meant learning how to "carb up"before races and eating enough protein after practice. 

Running in High School

During high school, I discovered that I was a talented runner. My team was consistently top in the state and I was able to run in college. A part of successful competition was learning how to eat best for performance. This meant learning how to "carb up"before races and eating enough protein after practice. 

  Mom becoming a Diabetes Educator   My mom is a nurse and had to become a diabetes educator for one of her jobs. As a result, my whole family started eating healthier! I knew all about Glucerna, foot sores, and blindness due to diabetes long before MNT!

Mom becoming a Diabetes Educator

My mom is a nurse and had to become a diabetes educator for one of her jobs. As a result, my whole family started eating healthier! I knew all about Glucerna, foot sores, and blindness due to diabetes long before MNT!

  Senior Paper in High School   I chose to write about the effect of vitamins and minerals in food. I researched for this paper every night because I was so intrigued by how food can actually heal people. I was told this was one of the best reports ever written in my high school! 

Senior Paper in High School

I chose to write about the effect of vitamins and minerals in food. I researched for this paper every night because I was so intrigued by how food can actually heal people. I was told this was one of the best reports ever written in my high school! 

  Grandfather Dying Young from Complications from High Cholesterol   While I was in college I tested my blood cholesterol levels and I also had high LDL levels. I was scared and started eating a low fat diet. The next year I was retested and my levels were normal!

Grandfather Dying Young from Complications from High Cholesterol

While I was in college I tested my blood cholesterol levels and I also had high LDL levels. I was scared and started eating a low fat diet. The next year I was retested and my levels were normal!

  Gaining Weight in College   After gaining a little weight in college, I had to re-learn how to eat healthfully with all the added distractions. I had to learn how to make healthy choices in a buffet-style dining hall.

Gaining Weight in College

After gaining a little weight in college, I had to re-learn how to eat healthfully with all the added distractions. I had to learn how to make healthy choices in a buffet-style dining hall.

  Switching my Major from Biology to Nutrition   After a year, I realized that I missed learning about nutrition, so I switched my major and was much happier. 

Switching my Major from Biology to Nutrition

After a year, I realized that I missed learning about nutrition, so I switched my major and was much happier.