I’m a nutrition pro with a Master's Degree in Human Nutrition, and a stickler for separating fad diet hype from scientific truth. I love sharing ways to incorporate healthy eating and movement into busy lives.

I started Diligent Spoon because I was frustrated by the overload of complicated and conflicting advice on diet and exercise that exists today. There is a better, simpler, more joyful way to approach “wellness” – here’s where I’ll share what works (and what doesn’t) for me and my family. 

Diligent Spoon began in 2019 as a resource for women who want to look and feel their best without spending all day in the kitchen or the gym. Think of me as your personal guide who cuts through misinformation and pseudo-science to bring you proven and practical healthy eating and exercise habits.

My Principles and Background

Before we go any further, there are two mantras that help guide my personal life and the content on this site:

  • Health is wealth
  • Practice makes habit

I believe wholeheartedly in these concepts, and if these ideas resonate with you, that’s great – the content here is just for you! Conversely, if the idea of “practice” sounds like “work” to you, perhaps reframe the concept as “trying something new for a while, to see if it works for me.”

When it comes to creating healthy eating and exercise habits, the first thing people usually want to know is how disruptive the changes in diet/exercise will be. The assumption is that improving one’s diet and exercise habits is uncomfortable or painful. Nothing could be further from the truth! My approach to eating and exercise goes something like this:

On Food:

  • It is my sincerest wish is that we both love the taste and appreciate the nourishment of food.
  • Eating is meant to be fun, pleasurable, and an experience to be savored and/or shared with others.
  • There are so many ways to enjoy food and improve health (at the same time)! 

On Exercise:

  • Physical activity is proven to release endorphins and stave off chronic disease. Yes, I want both of those!
  • We don’t all have to run marathons or do hardcore crossfit every day to be physically fit.
  • Exercise does not have to hurt (unless you want it to).

As a kid, I was “chunky” – ice cream every night, Kool-aid with meals, etc. Sometime in junior high, I decided that I wanted to look and feel fit, so I started exploring ways to improve my diet and exercise more. 

Since then, or for the last 25 years or so, I have been interested in the impact that food has on our well-being – both physical and mental health. In addition to earning BS and MS degrees in human nutrition, I have practiced several special diets (vegan, whole30, and others). Over the years I have watched fat diets come and go (even trying them out sometimes) and compiled my education and experience into way of eating and relating to food that works for me. 

The Diligent Spoon is intended to encourage, empower, and give you actionable advice for improving your health – and thus your life – with small, easy-to-implement strategies for food and exercise. 

Why "Diligent Spoon"?

Diligent: characterized by steady, earnest, and energetic effort

Spoon: an eating or cooking implement consisting of a small shallow bowl with a relatively long handle

The name “Diligent Spoon” represents a steady and earnest (not impossible to maintain and overly stringent) effort to make small, bite-sized changes for your health. 

I would love to hear what you think! What have been your biggest challenges to eating healthy and/or exercising. What has worked for you in the past, or what health achievements are you really proud of?