I am very passionate about food and nutrition. I believe that a healthy diet is the foundation for optimal health. My interest in nutrition started at a very young age. It is difficult for me to remember a time in my life when I was not interested in health, nutrition and cooking.
When the time for college came around, I knew right away I wanted to pursue a career in nutrition. I completed my bachelor’s of science in food and nutrition at the University of Illinois in 2007. This education prepared me for a dietetic internship which is necessary for becoming a dietitian. I completed my internship at Hines VA hospital in 2008. I passed the registered dietitian (RD) exam a few months later and officially became a RD!
Since becoming a RD, I have worked as a clinical dietitian within community hospitals. This allowed me to get experience working with many different diseases and conditions. However, I became most interested in working with people who had cancer due to their unique nutritional needs. After seeing all of the sickness in the hospital, I became very passionate about prevention.
Why Breast Cancer?
My interest in breast cancer started at the beginning of my internship at Hines. I wish I could say we were learning about it in one of our clinical rotations but that was not the case. Unfortunately at that time my mom was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. I knew that nutrition was a very important part of her treatment, so I began to research everything about it. Luckily my mom also realized the importance of good nutrition and was very proactive with her health. We worked together during her treatment to help keep her nutritional status in optimal condition.
I am so grateful to say that my mom made it successfully through her treatment and is now in remission. With her recovery came a whole new slew of important questions. Both of our mindsets switched to prevention. She was asking, “what can I do to prevent recurrence?” and since I now realized I was at a greater risk of developing the disease, I asked “what can I do to prevent occurrence?”
Just as with any new project, I was hesitant to start this website. It was after another close family member getting diagnosed and one of my close friends testing positive for the BRCA gene, that I finally decided to move forward.
While we cannot control every aspect of our lives (which is probably a good thing), we do have control over what we eat and can make our bodies less hospitable for cancer. Thankfully, more and more information from research is becoming available about nutrition and breast cancer prevention. My goal is to stay on top of this information to help all of us women out there who are trying to prevent this awful disease. I also plan on using my love for cooking to transform these recommendations into good tasting food! I invite you on this journey with me. Here’s to good health and happiness!
photo by: Tanaka Juuyoh