About Me

My name is Emily, and welcome to my food blog!  Eating Chalk is where I share my food  adventures as a Registered Dietitian – RD, CNSC – with a realistic diet (complete with an obsession with nachos and quad iced lattes).  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 an internship and second Bachelors degree in 2013, passed my registration exam, and now I am a Registered Dietitian!  I use this space to talk about my life – food, fun, and everything in between.

adam and emily

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), moved to Buffalo, NY and attended Buffalo State College’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics.  I live Long Island with my husband Adam, a trauma/critical care surgeon, and our dachshund, Webster.  I’m currently an ICU/nutrition support dietitian at a hospital in Queens.

webster 3

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.  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 life as the wife of a 1st year attending.  I hope you enjoy taking this journey with me!


33 thoughts on “About Me

  1. 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!! 🙂

  2. 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!

  3. 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.
    Heather ” Long lost St. Thomas classmate”

  4. 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!

  5. 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 🙂

  6. 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?

    • 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…

  7. 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!

    • 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!

  8. Hi Emily!

    My name is Jess and I’m a journalist and podcast producer at BreakThru Radio, a multi-media platform covering independent news. One of the podcasts I host is called Biology of the Blog and revolves around interviewing one awesome blogger (such as yourself!) every week on the show. I’m wondering if you might be willing to come on air as a guest speaker in the next couple weeks and chat about Eating Chalk?

    The interview is not done live (don’t worry), so I can edit out any verbal pauses. I’ve found the best medium is Skype (mine) to phone (yours), and can give you a call from our studio.

    If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, please send me a reply along with some idea of availability over the next week or so and we can figure out more details.

    Thanks so much for your time and consideration!


    Jess Goulart

  9. I love your blog and read it regularly! I’ll be visiting New York for the first time in a few weeks. I was wondering if you have any recommendations for restaurants/food stops I should visit whilst there for a few days? 🙂

    • Thank you! And hi!

      Oh god, I have a million places I love. Here are some top recs –
      Ample Hills for ice cream in Brooklyn (near Park Slope, a fun neighborhood for walking)
      Barcade in Williamsburg, bar + old-school arcarde
      Sunday in Brooklyn in Williamsburg for an awesome brunch
      Pig and Khao in Lower East Side is yummy (and right near Sugar Sweet Sunshine – great cupcakes)
      Brooklyn Roasting Co in Dumbo is great coffee and right near the bridge for a gorgeous walk

      Do you know what area(s) you’ll mostly be in?

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