Some people assume that if they give their child a healthy snack, they will stand out from their peers in a bad way; the other students will think they are weird, or more likely, their kid will feel bad for having to eat carrot sticks while their friends have gushers, or the like. But that … Continue reading Cool as a Cucumber: Bringing Healthy Snacks to School
Two Fridays ago, my co-workers were saying to each other, "See you Tuesday!" It was a long weekend, MLK day was the following Monday. Sometimes in life certain mundane phrases take on special meaning, and hearing, "See you tuesday!" jolted my mind into childhood memories. My dad always worked late nights—often into the wee hours … Continue reading See You Tuesday!
Last week my husband started an online course in coding. As I listened in to the introductory portion of his class, I was so intimated by all the other participants—finance, researchers, startup founders—comparing myself (and, by extension, my loved ones) to others has always been a weakness of mine, and I'm still working on it! … Continue reading Social Comparison and Childhood Ping Pong Tournaments
My co-worker once commented that I could be making the same amount of money working as a part-time nutritionist for fewer hours than I work as an early childhood educator. When I decided to pursue a career in nutrition when I was in college it wasn't for the money, and now, when I am working … Continue reading Why Money Isn’t Everything
When all the babies are asleep during naptime, the room is dark and the lullaby music plays in the background. There is a stillness, a peace, a pause. And I am thrilled because that means I get to do some workplace yoga! I call it workplace because it can be done in small spaces and … Continue reading My Focal Point is a Hexagon
When I was in college I had an epiphany that rather than be a doctor, I wanted to help doctors, and other professionals, lead their greatest life—by providing nutrition and exercise counseling to them. I ran on a treadmill prior to every organic chemistry exam I took and I attributed my clear and calm thinking … Continue reading Helping Others Attain Well-Being
This morning I was going to check the temperature on my phone. Again. But I've been trying to use my phone less this past year, since I don't want my daughter exposed to screens. Plus, I have a propensity to being hooked on technology and find it healthy to reduce my usage in general. So … Continue reading The Irony of Checking the Temperature on One’s Phone
This past Friday afternoon I sat in a gazebo surrounded by trees and squirrels—immersing myself in nature to melt away the layers of effort and tension that formed during my workweek. I listened acutely for all the surrounding sounds—the birds chirping, the squirrels squeaking, the golf cart across the way beeping as it backed up … Continue reading Thoreau and the Sabbath
Recently I went to a talk with my one-year-old daughter. We stood in the back where she could walk around and explore her surroundings. We are far past the stage where she will quietly sit on my lap. At one point, my daughter jubilantly greeted a woman sitting in the far back part of the … Continue reading Innocent Childhood Glee
In my work in nutrition education, I have learned that when we ourselves are interested in what we are teaching, our students will be intrigued and inspired as well. That is why refreshing lesson plans and allowing for spontaneity during an education session—in any field—is so important. I know this to be true furthermore because … Continue reading Playing Should Be Fun for the Parent Too!