I’m a nutrition pro with a Master's Degree in Human Nutrition with a passion for separating fad diet hype from scientific truth. I love finding 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 are simpler, more joyful approaches to “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
There are two ideas that guide my personal wellness and the content on this site:
- Health is wealth
- Practice makes habit
If these ideas resonate with you, 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. Improving diet and exercise habits doesn’t have to be uncomfortable or painful. My approach goes something like this:
- We want to both love the taste and appreciate the nourishment of food.
- Eating will be fun, pleasurable, and mostly experienced or shared with others.
- There are many ways to enjoy food and improve health (at the same time)!
- Physical activity is key to longterm physical and mental health.
- Fitness looks different for each person and their body.
- Exercise does not have to hurt (unless you want it to).
For the last 30-ish years, 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 fad 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?