Thanks for joining me on this journey! My name is Diane Norwood. I’m a registered dietitian (RD) (also called a registered dietitian-nutritionist or RDN) and Certified Diabetes Educator (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, 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.
I naturally want to help people wade through confusing nutrition misinformation to figure out what to eat and I am often asked for help from friends and acquaintances with this. So I feel compelled to combine my nutrition and writing experience to do that through this blog…I hope to share current trends and the science behind them, debunk myths, and showcase how it is possible to create easy, real food that is satisfying for your whole family. I hope you’ll wander with me on this journey and get something meaningful out of it!
You will soon learn I am passionate about striving for simplicity–with food and in life. To that end, I am also a firm believer that once we set our minds to living a healthier lifestyle, we have the power to change our habits for the better. And this is key–because once we do, it will get easier to maintain these healthy habits and help us achieve a more simple, balanced life connecting with others. That’s not to say it will be easy, and that’s where sharing our vulnerability and supporting each other come into play…
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.