Most of my career in nutrition has been spent unlearning what I thought I knew. At least attempting to unlearn it. Not facts about carbs or calories – although most of them have changed. What I keep trying to figure out is how to understand nutrition without robbing the world of its due.
It is easy to lose sight of the connectedness between nutrition and the world. Every fall we see the great procession of life on earth when leaves change their color. Science has long viewed the breakdown of chlorophyll as the heart of this “de-greening.” But only recently has science discovered that human nourishment is intimately connected with the changing colors of the leaves. Chlorophyll breakdown products turn out to be the building blocks for vitamin E. Were it not for seasonal life cycles of seed-bearing plants and efforts by the plants to protect their seeds, vitamin E nutrients (alpha, beta, gamma and delta tocopherols, plus tocotrienols) would not exist. It’s a pint-sized detail about the world. But a floodgate for understanding nutrition.
I took my sweet time time getting to this point in my thinking. Immediately post birth, neither my parents nor I anticipated preschool, K-12, college, three graduate programs, two degrees, and licensing as a registered dietitian. Over the years I have had the chance to formally study psychology (especially Jungian and archetypal psychology with James Hillman), and philosophy (especially phenomenology). On a less formal basis, I have had a chance to do research, writing, and teaching in the areas of molecular medicine, environmental medicine, sustainable agriculture, and globalization of the food supply.
You can find out more about me in my resume.