Hey ya’ll! I’m Lindsay, your wonderful host at Functional Foodie (Yes, I changed the name). I originally started this blog as a project for my internship at a dietitian’s practice, but then it began to morph into something more. Rather than follow a specific method of eating, I wanted to share my adventures in the food world. Whether it is recipes, restaurant reviews, product reviews, or just a look into my life in general – all of it will have to do with food! I realized I was more of a functional foodie because I love trying new, sometimes fatty, foods, but I try to fit them into a healthy living lifestyle. It is important to me to have a good balance between healthy eating and treating yourself.
I was born in New Orleans, but grew up for most of my life in Austin, TX (yes – the greatest city in the US). I originally attended Boston University, where I was studying to get my BS in Human Physiology. My old life plan was to become a surgeon – a plastic surgeon and take over the medical world to help burn patients and birth defects. However life doesn’t always happen as you plan, and I ended up having to move back home. Because of my health (I’ll get to it), I was no longer able to handle the stress of medical school, so I had to change my life plan. What to do? Well I was taking a nutrition class randomly and it was love at first sight. That is what I wanted to do with my life. Still take over the medical world, but from a different aspect. As a nutritionist, I can help with so many problems affecting the world right now. I have graduated with my BS in Nutrition on a dietetics track. I am currently attending Teacher’s College at Columbia University to get my masters in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. From there, I want to eventually work with professional athletes or a whole sports team as their registered dietitian. I will shed some light on my graduate school adventures for those of you that are either experiencing the same or are debating on whether or not to go to graduate school.
One thing that makes me special is that I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis in September 2010. What is that you may ask? Well Psoriasis is a skin condition that occurs during times of stress and mine is due to genetics (thank you family). Only 10% of people with Psoriasis then go one to develop arthritis. Arthritis is the inflammation of the joints, so pretty much liquid fills in your joints and eats away at your cartilage. This causes severe amounts of pain and muscle stiffness. Furthermore the damage on the cartilage leads to a need for joint replacement. There are various treatments out there and I have been on every one of them. Unfortunately my body has rejected most of the available treatments, so currently I am on methotrexate (a chemotherapy drug) and stelara (a shot that is used for people with psoriasis only). I’m hoping it works, but if not there is currently a research study going on about a new pill. I may have this awful disease that has handicapped me in many ways, but I do not let it stop me from doing what I want in life.
One of the biggest passions in my life is to travel. I love exploring the world and seeing what is out there. I feel as if you can only appreciate the life you live by seeing the way others live. Also I feel as if learning about other cultures and cuisines helps broaden your horizons, beliefs, and experiences in life. Some of the places I have been so far in my life include England, France, Germany (my family lives there and some are from there), Italy, Israel, Canada, Mexico, and all over the US. I am going to Spain summer 2013. I could not be more excited. On my current travel bucket list I have: Greece, Turkey, Australia, Russia, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Japan, Brazil, and a few other places. I hope to one day cross every place off my list.
Pretty much the rest of my life revolves around volleyball. You think I’m kidding, but I’m not. I used to be a competitive player, but I quit right before my junior year school season because I decided I wanted to have a life. Now I just coach a youth team, which I enjoy so much. Besides volleyball, I enjoy anything that has to do with food – duh, I have a food blog.
I hope everyone enjoys my blog! My main goal is to help educate people not only on healthy choices that are available, but also show how it is possible to manage a healthy life while still treating yourself to delicious goods that are out there in the world.