I am SO excited to finally begin this new chapter in my career– A new website, a new blog… just to name a few.. and finding that it’s the perfect time to post all of my favorite nutrition and health tips with my readers! Below you will find a glimpse into my dietetic journey and all that I plan to share!
Growing up as a dancer, I had been constantly watching the kinds of foods that entered my body. Limiting junk food was key, not only for maintaining (at the time) the perception of a “perfect image”, but also to stay healthy and foster wholesome eating habits. The reality is, what we choose to feed our bodies will affect our performances whether it be in athletics, dance, school, etc. Bodies are like machines. You are what you eat… well kinda. 🙂
My undergraduate emphasis was in Mass Communication Studies at UCLA. I graduated from high school at the early age of 16, and was ready to take on higher education while being driven to reach all that I had set in my mind to achieve. At the age of 19, I had three internships under my belt; two at NBC-11’s television station as a Community Relations and an Assignment News Desk Intern and another writing for local papers in Northern California.
One event that struck my interest in pursuing a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and working towards certification as a registered dietitian was my mother’s diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer. I wanted to mix my passion for writing with a field that would help others. I cannot even begin to explain how important nutrition is to the daily life of a cancer patient. Chemotherapy is known to weaken the immune system. Those undergoing radiation therapy also deal with symptoms of mucositis which makes swallowing and chewing very difficult. These therapies are dependent on a very select set of nutritional diets in order to help patients regain their strength. Good nutrition is vital to vast areas of our society. Chronic diseases like those of heart disease, obesity and diabetes are very common. With the pressures of today’s fast-paced society, many want a quick fix when it comes to preparing meals. That is absolutely fine but it is important to choose the right ingredients, and know healthy options when eating out and on-the-go. Adopting healthy behaviors in addition to an active lifestyle, will not only help decrease chronic disease risk but will also help optimize recovery after a workout, an injury or even surgery.
After becoming a Registered Dietitian in 2014, I have had the opportunity to work at athletic facilities and in multiple hospital settings. Through these experiences I have found ways to share what I have learned with readers and listeners via radio and print media outlets. I have also been lucky to have met so many wonderful dietitians along the way and can’t wait to use this blog as a way to collaborate and share all the amazing things my colleagues are taking part in as well! Having said this, it’s Sunday– and time to catch up on all of my last minute errands before the start of this new week! I look forward to sharing all my favorite Persian-American inspired recipes, health and wellness tips with you all! xo