About Me

My name is Emily, and welcome to my food blog!  Eating Chalk is where I share my food and fitness adventures as a Registered Dietitian with a realistic diet (complete with an obsession with gummy bears and Diet Coke).  This is a food blog – Eating – but when I started blogging I was studying to be a Registered Dietitian and I wanted to talk about that part of my life as well – Chalk!  I completed a second Bachelors degree in 2013, passed my registration exam in August, and now I am a Registered Dietitian!  In addition to sharing my nutrition expertise as an RD, I use this space to talk about my life – food, fun, and everything in between.

me2I was born and raised in the Virgin Islands, went to college in Miami, worked as a teacher in Brooklyn for two years (during which time I wrote the 1st Eating Chalk), moved to Buffalo, NY and attended Buffalo State College’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics, and recently moved to Long Island with my husband Adam, a 1st year General Surgery resident, and our dachshund, Webster.  I’m 28 years old and I work as the Dietitian for a Women’s Health Center at a hospital in Brooklyn.

_MG_0809As an undergraduate I double majored in English and Education at the University of Miami.  In December of 2007 I married my high school sweetheart; on a beach, in flip flops, with lots of rum.  Adam took two years before starting medical school to volunteer with Teach for America, and we fulfilled my lifelong dream of living in NYC.  He was the one who was supposed to be in the trenches, but I accepted a teaching job at the 10th lowest ranked middle school in the city.  During the two years I taught 8th grade English in East New York (actually I didn’t teach much of anything but that’s another story…) I realized that my passions had shifted; I wanted to work with the same population but I wanted to teach nutrition.  When the husband was accepted to medical school in Buffalo I quit my job and decided to go back to school as well.

Fueled by lots of coffee, I’m currently navigating my first year as a clinical dietitian and wife of a surgical intern.  I hope you enjoy taking this journey with me!

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30 Responses to About Me

  1. awesome new blog—adding to my google reader! and I do hope to hear more reflections on your teaching experience someday :-)

  2. Looking forward to reading! Good for you for surviving the NYC department of Ed! That takes a lot out of anyone – for real, yo ;)

  3. Penny says:

    Great blog!
    I am exactly like you. I am perfectly inside my healthy weight range, but I’m not particularily happy there. I am trying to lose 15-20 more pounds. (This loss would still be inside my recommended range.)
    Good luck to us both!! :-)

  4. I am healthy living blogger from buffalo as well! great to find ya!

  5. LauraJayne says:

    Going back to school is a HUGE committment – so congratulations! I just finished another semester of my Master’s program, and I feel a little bit like I am decompressing! Some days I wonder why I chose to go back!
    I lost over 120 pounds over a period of five years – so I know weight loss is tough! I’ve found blogging to be one of the best motivators AND the best way to stay accountable!

  6. I just discovered your blog! Looks great! Looking forward to reading more! :)

  7. Heather Schmidt says:

    Emily,
    Love the blog! It has been so long since I have seen you but it looks like your doing great! I just started reading your blog and you def have a lot of great stuff! I am right outside Syracuse,NY so I believe I am like an hour and a half from you. Anyways keep up the great work and I will keep reading I am always looking for good healthy food tips and recipes.
    Love
    Heather ” Long lost St. Thomas classmate”

  8. Talia says:

    Just wanted to stop by and say I love your blog and recipes! I loved the Bananas Foster Bars! Sooo good :)

  9. lahari.net says:

    Nice photo graph in restaurant.

  10. BrocStar says:

    Interesting story.. 10th lowest rank? I think I might be scared to even get out of my car there! Props to you. I look forward to reading you blog. I intend to go to medical school, and it will be good to see how you deal with a husband going through it!
    -Eleah

  11. I agree, 15 pounds on a small frame looks like 50 or something!!

    One of the curses of being short.

    Is that boba/pearl milk tea in the last photo? LOVE IT

  12. Nora says:

    Just discovered your food blog and so glad I did! I recently lost 12 pounds (was healthy before, still healthy after!) and now am in the process of trying to keep it off/maybe lose a few more… Sounds similar to your story! Looking forward to reading more :)

  13. Lauren says:

    So great meeting you and being your roomie this weekend!! :) What is your twitter handle? Please stay in touch.

  14. :) My husband is a resident now. 4th year med school is stressful…not knowing where you are going to move, if YOU are going to find a job. Good luck with it all!

  15. Mary H says:

    I just randomly clicked here from a comment you left on another blog & saw you are from the VI! I grew up on St. Croix but since we seem to be the same age & I don’t recognize you… are you from STT?

    • Emily says:

      Too funny! Yes, I’m from STT. I only made it over to STX a few times for football games (I was a cheerleader at Antilles) but I bet you met my friend Lana…

  16. Nicole says:

    Hi! I just found your blog & love your approach to food and living a healthy lifestyle! I can’t wait to read more of your great ideas!

  17. Erin says:

    Oh my gosh – I used to read your blog when you first started. I’m glad I found it again :)

  18. Hi Emily,
    Heidi from East Park Pops here. I just read your post regarding the pops and am so disappointed to hear you were unhappy with your experience. It’s really important to me that everyone loves their pops, so if you can, please contact me. I’d like to resolve this for you, and your feedback will help me identify future improvements to make so that you, your friends, my accounts and everyone who tries these pops will always enjoy them. Many thanks — and I promise you will love them!

    • Emily says:

      Heidi –

      I’m sorry you had to read a bad review; I try to strike a balance between always being honest with my readers while remembering that my tastes may not be shared by everyone. As Dietetics/Nutrition majors, my friends and I really adore the concept behind your company. We love that your pops are low/no sugar added, encourage people to eat fruit, and are locally made. We ordered the Mango Pineapple and the Strawberry Peach Tea, and thought that both sounded like great flavor combinations. Unfortunately, we found the pops to be too hard. They were difficult to eat (compared with other popsicles that have a slightly softer feel) and the ice-factor kept all of the flavors from coming though. We wondered if perhaps Delish is storing them improperly and that led to our issue?

      Thank you for reaching out to me, it’s clear that you are passionate about your pops. I hope my response is helpful to you. I wish you luck in the future!

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