During one of my trekks I became fascinated by the difference in foods from around the world when compared to the typical Western diet. Having lived abroad in a small town in central Germany in my early 20’s as an Au Pair I found myself questioning why some foods tasted so different, and at times tasted better, while abroad. I further found it refreshing that during a time of carb or fat-restricted fad diets imprinting themselves into the American food culture that I was fortunate enough to be living in a culture where the words “food” and “guilt” were not synonymous; nor did they belong in the same sentence.
I observed a much healthier relationship with food that led to the driving motivator for me to become a dietitian in the United States: to help others learn about and have a healthy relationship with food. This observation became a key aspect of how I would later promote health and counsel my clients.
As I began to learn more about other cultures and their food history and habits that could positively impact an overall healthy lifestyle I knew that this was the common sense factor that was missing from many standardized recommendations and from what was often displayed in the media.
To kick-off the Indigenous Nutritionist® brand I decided to reach out to other nutrition professionals around the globe, primarily but not all, dietitians and discovered that there are many “nutripreneurs” in this world that we (Americans) can learn from and vice-versa. In a culture where people often were confused about what to eat to a point that was was disrupting their relationship with food itself I aimed to “bring it all back to basics” and hence, Indigenous Nutritionist® was created in December 2014, received its business license in New York in 2015 and became a US Registered Trademark in 2016.
For this venture, I sought to find a name that would embrace my passions within nutrition. Indigenous embraced the authenticity I sought to represent the food cultures I experienced during my travels highlighting foods that were native to regions around the world-some of which became known as “superfoods” in American culture. Dan Buettner’s book Blue Zones is also an inspiration for my focus on food and nutrition culture. Nutritionist was used instead of dietitian simply because it chimed nicely with “Indigenous” and embraced a more wholesome concept. Every dietitian is a nutritionist.
Unfortunately, in my recent travels I have seen a “westernization” sweep across the world and we are now witnessing nutrition-related diseases arise in parts of the world that were once known for their healthy diets. As an American dietitian it is a personal and professional mission of mine to stop this spread and help preserve traditional diets that are getting lost in a gamble of Big Food money, lack of information and education, and misrepresentation in the media. One way to do this is to educate and put dietitians on the map as THE nutrition professionals, whether it be 1:1 nutrition counseling, public health policies, medical nutriton therapy, nutrition education in the classroom our in the boardroom; there are many avenues a dietitian can steer his or her specialty within the scope of dietetics practice.
I hope my brand encourages you to shut down your computers and go out and see the world, eat with and learn from others, move the body, have fun, pave your own road, and find simplicity in your well-being.
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