My name is Sam. I am a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) based in Indianapolis, IN. I started this blog in 2017 with the goal of helping people just like you navigate the complex world of feeding themselves and their families with nourishing food on a budget.
Why I Became a Dietitian
I can’t say that I’ve always cared about food and nutrition. In fact, for most of my childhood and college life, I thought I would be a doctor. I knew I liked science and I always loved helping people, so it seemed like a natural fit.
Several experiences shaped my shift toward nutrition. Between taking my first nutrition class in college at Indiana University, a service trip to Ghana, and volunteering for a community garden in Bloomington, IN , I began seeing the connections between food and health.
It shocked and fascinated me that so many illnesses could be linked back to what is (or isn’t) on the end of someone’s fork. From malnutrition to over nutrition, I began to see how every bite can have lifelong implications for health.
This budding interest lead me to switch gears and pursue a degree in nutrition, with the ultimate goal of becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). I HAD to find out more about how nutrition affects our bodies and how I could help people (and myself) eat healthier for longevity, quality of life, and health.
Immediately after graduating with my bachelor’s degree in Human Biology in 2012, I made the long drive from Bloomington, IN to Chapel Hill, NC to start graduate school. In 2014 I graduated with my Masters in Public Health (MPH) Nutrition from UNC Chapel Hill. In 2015 I started working full-time as an RDN in Indianapolis, IN.
Why I Started This Blog
In my current position as a WIC nutritionist, the goal is always to help families with limited resources figure out how to best feed themselves and their families. And it is SO much harder than I ever imagined it would be. The field of nutrition a is plagued with endless nuance. I’m reminded constantly—-even though I’m blessed to have attended one of the best programs of its kind in the country—-how much school has not prepared me to help people in the ways I’ve imagined.
And so, I started this blog!
Because I want to share what I’ve learned so far, and also to keep learning.
Because I want to be better at my job: helping people navigate the complex world of healthier eating and making lasting lifestyle changes in a fun and tasty way.
Because I want to help the average person who is just trying to eat healthier on a budget.
Because I want to share affordable, tasty, and family-friendly recipes and meal plans.
And I also want to answer nutrition questions using a combination of quality literature sources, expert opinion, and my own professional nutrition training and experience. Like, why do we eat dairy? Are carbs bad for me? What does it mean to eat healthy? And what does it all mean? Ok, just kidding about that last one…I doubt any earthly being could answer that.
Thanks for reading and joining me on this wonderful journey. I hope you find something on my site that helps you get closer to reaching your health goals today and that in the process, you teach me something too.
Sam Tinsley, MPH, RDN