These days, everyone from professor/author/food policy advocate Marion Nestle to my grad schoolÂ classmates to my dietetic colleagues inspires me. In addition to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, I have also been a student member of its many DieteticsÂ Practice GroupsÂ (DPGs) such as Food & Culinary Professionals, Nutrition Entrepreneurs, and Public Health/Community Nutrition, among others. I make a point to carve out time every morning to read the many newsletters I receive to develop as much insight as possible. The more I learn, the more driven I am to do the best I can and make a difference in theÂ field of nutrition…locally, nationally, and globally.
My long-term goal is to help fix what ails so many people in this country by teaching them (a) how and what to eat to optimize their health and reduce their risk of disease,Â (b) how to be savvier food shoppers, and (c) to really understand that what goes inside their bodies can haveÂ a huge impact onÂ how they feel and act. Becoming a Registered Dietitian, openingÂ my own private practice, and continuing to pursue a Master of Science degree in nutrition is setting me on the path toÂ becoming an expert in my field. But there’s always so much more I can be doing and want to do.
(photo credit:Â Vickie Savvides, Sharon Pang)
In the next decade, I want to make DishWithDina a brand across all media to reach aÂ wider audience and help peopleÂ achieve their healthful lifestyle goals, be it through a talk show or a road show. For now, I’m starting small and allowing myself to be patient in my pursuits. I’ve been keeping up with weekly blog posts that I hope you have been finding educational and/or entertaining. This summer, I plan to launch DishWithDinaTV and cannot wait to share the line-up with you! By the end of the year, I expect to engage with more and more of you, both in-person and virtually, and look forward to learning about your own food stories.
Every minute of my life up to this point has paved the way for me to succeed in theseÂ new (ad)ventures. I am fearless, I am committed, I want to continue to be inspired, and I am thrilled to have a chance to be inspiring to others.