Hello! I’m Mary, a registered dietitian living in Southwest France for the last seven years. I have a Masters of Science degree in Human Nutrition and Exercise and Sports Science. I have worked in England as a dietitian for the National Health Service and was employed in America as Co-Coordinator for the Women, Infants and Children Public Health Program, clinical dietitian at a rehabilitation hospital and HIV clinic. I have four children who complain sometimes that it is “a pain to have a mom who is a dietitian because we have to eat healthy a lot!”
My main reason I started this blog is because I think I have something important to say! That sounds quite ambiguous and egocentric, I know. I think the niche that sets me apart from other health professionals is my experiences living in Europe. I am American, but I do embrace the European lifestyle of a more slower pace , longer meals, more physical activity, more focus on homegrown foods or foods from local markets. Can I add that I worry about Americans, every time I visit America, thinking that we are too overstressed, overworked, overweight? Could people avoid devastating health issues by adapting their lifestyle back to their cultural roots: European, Latin, Asian, African? I would love to help readers to either continue on their personal journey to good health or change their lifestyle to a more healthy well balanced one. From personal experience, I know that when someone close to us gets sick, it is never just the person who is sick who suffers, all those in the circle suffer too!
In my blog I hope to bring ideas on how we can all live a longer, healthier, more productive life, from birth to elderly. I hope to help people who don’t know why, how or where to start. Or to encourage those already on a health journey to continue. Let’s each of us take control of our own health! There will be a focus also on health issues that are currently in the news and address questions that readers may have. My personal passion is to help children and educate parents on starting good eating and lifestyle habits for children. I know it isn’t easy! I have four kids, they are all different, all prefer different types of food. Living in France helps, because in France the eating structure is very disciplined, even for children.
I hope , you the reader, will feel comfortable leaving comments, offering suggestions, perhaps giving your personal views that you will share! You can always email me directly. I wish everyone a healthy 2010!