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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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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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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Communicating Food and Health: Insights from a Future RD

The first day I walked into my nutrition internship I had no idea what to expect. All I knew was having a private practice was a dream for the future. The thought of building a long-term relationship with patients and helping them in their journey to health was more than an ideal path for me. […]

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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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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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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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M3: MI, Macrobiotics and Maine

I went on a journey across the country to Portland Maine this past week to work with a senior trainer in Motivational Interviewing Stephen Andrew, the “trainer of trainers” for 3 wonderful life-changing days. Stephen is the head of HETI, the Health, Education and Training Institute and extremely generous with his time and talents. Motivational […]

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