Ireland: The Epicurean Secret and Ballymaloe

When my annual Motivational Interviewing conference was scheduled to be in Ireland this year I was game to go. Stay in a Castle?  I’m IN. Driving on the wrong side of the road?  No problem. Seeing beautiful lush countryside all around versus the brown flats of the grey concrete of Los Angeles – even better. […]

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Surprise Travels to India

A trip to India was not a bucket list item for me so when the opportunity arose to travel there I was a bit ambivalent about a journey to the other side of the world.  The jet lag, travel VISAs, shots and possible illness were not high on my priority list. At some point I […]

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New and Old Finds at the Natural Foods Expo West 2016

I continue to have a love/hate relationship with the Natural Foods Expo. Being the largest food show in the world with 350,000 square feet of exhibitor space, close to 3000 exhibitors and 100,000 attendees it is more than challenging to navigate the crowds not to mention having to arrive 2 hours before the doors open […]

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Connecting Food and Health

My three favorite foods growing up were eggs, ice-cream and mac and cheese. Food at my house was kept simple with modest meals as part of our everyday lives growing up in Puerto Rico. When I got to college, I had no idea nutrition was an option for a major, as it was not even […]

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Fasting Responsibly

Jews fast on Yon Kipper, Muslims fast on Ramadan and Christians fast during certain times of the year. From a nutritional standpoint not eating or drinking for several hours can cause your blood sugars to crash leading overeating when you break your fast as well as dehydration. So how can you practice fasting for religious […]

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Changing Health in the Middle East One Step at a Time

Almost 10 years ago I moved to the US from a small Arab country on the Persian Gulf called Kuwait. With a population of roughly 3.4 million, Los Angeles would be a much bigger region than my whole country. Growing up in Kuwait I lived a sheltered, privileged life mainly around Kuwaitis, not knowing much […]

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Unwrapping the Mysteries of Life

Part of becoming a Registered Dietitian is going to various rotations in different work environments to learn all aspects of the field of nutrition. My rotation for the past 3 weeks has been in a private practice setting with Susan Dopart. Though short, my time spent with her was powerful and life changing. Although most […]

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Breaking Free from White Rice: an exposition of an ABC growing up in a Chinese family

Twenty-five years ago, my mother left her life in China and immigrated to America for love. My father came to the United States after dating my mother for 7 years in China and then convinced her to follow him shortly thereafter, a huge decision for an Asian woman. I was born two years later, which […]

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Italian Intern…my 6 weeks with Susan

After being Susan’s intern for almost 6 weeks and transitioning from the Italian nutrition to American nutrition world what have I learned in the process? The value of social media and getting your message across to the public, something which is not a priority in Italy The importance of writing and articulating solid nutritional information […]

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The Mediterranean Lifestyle for Diabetes Prevention

You wake up one day tired, sluggish, and realize facing another day is more than you can handle. You question if your diet is no longer serving you and perhaps a change is on the horizon. You have a family history of diabetes and realize change should happen sooner than later. What type of lifestyle […]

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