Thanks for reading my blog! My name is Diane Norwood. I’m a registered dietitian, or RD (which is the same as a registered dietitian-nutritionist or RDN). I’m also a Certified Diabetes Educator, or CDE. I have a B.S. in Dietetics from James Madison University and completed my dietetic internship at the University of Virginia Health System. I also earned a M.S. in Nutrition Communication from Tufts University. I’ve worked in hospitals, in outpatient clinics, in nutrition public relations, and as a freelance health and nutrition writer.
Since 2004, I have been wandering the world with my Navy Pediatrician husband, B. We currently love living the beach life (our third time in Hampton Roads, VA), but we have been utterly inspired by many cultures (read: food) while living the military life overseas in Japan and Italy. Three years in Japan and four years in Italy have exposed our family to the food of more than 30 countries, which has made us even more passionate about savoring authentic, delicious, healthy food. Unfortunately, the “western diet” has exposed us all to an abundance of unhealthy food choices and alarming rates of obesity and its related diseases, such as diabetes.
After returning to the US in 2015, I felt compelled to combine my credentials and experience to help you grapple with confusing nutrition information–and misinformation–to figure out what to eat. I hope to share current nutrition topics and the science behind them, debunk myths, and–most importantly–showcase how it is possible to create easy, real food that is satisfying for your whole family. You also will soon learn I am passionate about striving for simplicity–with food and in life. I hope you’ll wander with me on this journey and get something meaningful out of it!
Of course, what really motivates me on a daily basis are our three girls: SE (11), MJ (9) and SA (5). They inspire me, as the main meal planner in our family, to strive for the best nutrition at each meal. Like you, I find it challenging to find the time and energy to feed my family well. Some days I want to give up, if only for a meal–but I am reminded that it is worth it because they usually keep me honest! Still, some days are better than others. So, here’s to more “better days” for us all enjoying easy, real food.