Year End Reflections…

As I closed up the office for the final working day of the year I noticed my plant that was happily sprouting new shoots.  33 years ago I planted this beauty in my rent controlled apartment in Berkeley when I needed some stress relief from studies.  Little did I realize it would follow me throughout […]

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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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Behinds the Scenes of Private Practice

Looking back on these past 6 weeks, there are so many new things I have learned from Susan and about myself. I have had the opportunity to work on a book PR project, utilizing twitter, writing blogs, attending Susan’s nutrition talks, and motivational interviewing workshops. In these 6 weeks I have had the opportunity to […]

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Food Challenges Lead to Food Confidence

Growing up, I was one of those people who ate whatever they wanted and worked it off by playing three varsity sports. However, when I entered college, I gained the seemingly inevitable “freshman 15,” which unbeknownst to me set the trajectory for the course of my future. That summer through the process of trial and […]

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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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Planes, Strangers and Snowstorms…

Since becoming a trainer in Motivational Interviewing I’ve started to have some interesting adventures as Jeffrey refers to them and here’s one worth sharing with all my readers. A long story but well worth the read…. The University of Arkansas Medical School was having a conference on obesity prevention and I was invited to give […]

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A long Way from Being in a Hospital Kitchen: 3 Insights from an RD Intern

The stigma of becoming a registered dietitian has come a long way from a career of those who solely worked in a hospital or a hospital kitchen. As a student of nutrition I am constantly trying to find my footing in the vast amount of nutrition knowledge out there. As much wealth of information available, […]

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Bipolar Food Parenting: A Retrospective Reflection to Choosing a Nutrition Career

Life began for me in an idyllic sort of way: on a farm in the countryside with a mom who fed me organic vegetables from her garden, all before I was even out of the womb. One of my earliest childhood memories is of my mother’s daily routine. Everyday she would gather the fresh fruit […]

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Dreaming in 2015

Although we know New Year’s resolutions do not work long-term the new year somehow brings in hopes for better things to come. What would you like your next year to look like? Are there things you would like it to be different? Most of us yearn for change in one way or another. I have some […]

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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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