Hi! My name is Danielle Masland. I’m a Registered Dietitian, a neurotic pup parent, a Pinterest fanatic, and I’m obsessed with mason jars. Nice to meet you.
When it comes to food, I am a firm believer in keeping things simple. We should all eat real, whole food as best we can.
My love affair with nutrition began towards the end of my junior year in college. I decided to see the school dietitian because I was falling asleep in class and dependent upon granola bars for most of the day due to being away from my apartment for 12 or 13 hours at a time–not good. After working with the RD and getting my nutrition straightened out, I got SO excited about what proper nutrition could do for you. I felt so much better! Once I realized how awesome nutrition was, I had an epiphany (you know that moment in life where you feel like the stars align and you can get a glimpse of what you’re meant to do? – yeah, it was that awesome), and I realized that I wanted to be an RD. I wanted to help people to feel as good as I felt. Within 24 hrs of realizing this I was sold. I went to the Registrar’s Office and applied for a dual degree the next day.
Well, two extra years of college + a Dietetic Internship and a tough test later, and here I am. Working as a Bariatric Dietitian – helping people to change their lives and get healthy. And don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE my job. I work with amazing people everyday. But it’s not enough for me. I want to do more. I want to help change the way we choose, prepare, and consume food. Because let’s face it, in this country (and in many others), we’ve got some big problems with food. We eat too much, for the wrong reasons, and we choose the wrong foods. This has left us underweight, overweight, or obese. It’s left us obsessed with calorie counting and label reading. It’s got us addicted to foods that have unpronounceable ingredients, artificial colors and flavors, and absolutely no nutritional value. We live in this strange paradox where the people in real life get bigger and bigger, and yet the people in magazines and TV get smaller and smaller. Enough is enough. Let’s change this, guys. There’s a better way, and I’m going to do my best to show it to you. Join me, and let’s set out on the path to health, wellness, and a positive, balanced relationship with food. We’ll get there together, one post at a time.
So, now that you know a little bit about me, let’s talk about this blog. As I said above, I love my job, but it’s not enough. I wanted a place to share with the world – food finds, recipes, nutrition information, dog photos…..,
DIY projects, and just generally, my own experiences (be they successful or a complete and utter kitchen FAIL) so that we can all grow, learn, and try things together.
The recipes that you’ll find on this blog are mostly easy, fairly quick, nutritious, and of course – delicious. I’ll be the first to admit, that I am by no means any sort of gourmet chef (did you see that picture above???), and I’m not trying to be. What I love, is finding easy, quick, and convenient ways to help make it possible for busy people to prepare healthful and tasty food for themselves and their families. Don’t get me wrong, I love extravagant and fancy food as much as any other foodie, but for me, it’s not practical to try to eat that way on a daily basis, and by not practical, what I really mean is- Ain’t nobody got time for that. So I leave the fancy food for special occasions and eating out at restaurants, and what I try to do, is to create simple, easy, and affordable meals that anyone can make and enjoy, regardless of their cooking expertise or nutrition knowledge. As a dietitian, I try to make the vast majority of my recipes healthy, but I am also a firm believer in keeping your life (and your diet) balanced – which means that not everything on this blog would you want to eat all day erry day. I eat well most of the time, which means I try to get in a ton of veggies and whole, unprocessed foods, but I also eat dark chocolate every single day . Oh, and if it’s dark chocolate that’s accompanied by caramel and sea salt – all bets are off.
I want to share nutrition with all of you. I want everyone to be as excited about healthy eating as I am. I want to teach people to cook and to prepare delicious and nutritious meals. I want people to understand how the food they eat affects their bodies and their minds. I want to help prevent the obesity-related diseases that are cropping up everywhere across the country. I realize that these are lofty goals, but as one of my favorite quotes says, “If you shoot for the moon, you will land among the stars.” And I don’t know about you, but landing among the stars sounds pretty darn good to me.
If you like the recipes and other posts you see on this blog, please follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and don’t forget to enter your email address into the subscription box in the sidebar on the right to receive new posts by email! If you have any nutrition questions that you would like to see addressed on the blog, just contact me and let me know, either by leaving a comment on a blog post or shooting me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.