My name is Emily, and welcome to my food blog! Eating Chalk is where I share my food and fitness adventures as I try to find the healthy lifestyle that works for me. This is a food blog – Eating – but I’m back in school as a Dietetics major and I’d like to share that part of my life as well – Chalk!
I 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), and recently moved to Buffalo, NY with my husband Adam, a 3rd year medical student. I’m 26 years old and I’m currently back in school, working to become a Registered Dietician.
As 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.
I also began writing the blog Eatventures. (In fact, every post dated prior to 8/10/10 is technically my Eatventures content!) If you’ve been following me at Eatventures, you know that since my move to Buffalo I’ve had minor foot surgery, as well as a serious stress fracture. You also know that I eat far too much popcorn. The end result is that I gained almost twenty pounds in the last two years. My forced couch time wouldn’t have been so bad if I hadn’t eaten a steady diet of jalopeno nachos. It wasn’t all bad luck, but some bad decisions too!
For my height, my current weight and body fat percentage are still within the healthy range. But I don’t look or feel my best. Twenty pounds are a lot, especially on a small frame! I don’t feel the way I’d like to at 26. I don’t believe in crash diets or crazy weight loss schemes, I wouldn’t be a very good future R.D. if I did, but I am making small tweaks to my lifestyle that will help me to slowly find my way back to my personal healthy. I’ll try to document these on the blog, as well as keep you apprised of my progress. I hope you enjoy taking this journey with me!