How did you become interested in the field of dietetics? Why do you want to be a dietitian?
I became interested in nutrition during my gap year before college where I studied at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Russia. I began to train like a professional athlete, and quickly had to learn the importance of prioritizing my health for optimal performance. Since then, I have made it a goal of mine to become a dietitian and transform the way adolescents and athletes view their bodies and the foods they eat.
2. What do you want to learn at The Sylvia Center?
I’m really excited to be working at the Sylvia Center and hope that my time here will strengthen my approach to nutrition education, communication skills and creativity.
3. What does food mean to you?
For me, cooking is an act of service in which I show gratitude for my loved ones.
4. What message do you want to tell young people about healthy eating?
I think if I could give advice to my younger self, it would be that healthy eating is not just the food on your plate, but the thoughts in your mind. Meaning that, rather than obsessing over the types and amounts of food you eat, appreciating the pleasure and fuel from food can help you create an unbreakable, healthy mindset.
5. What is your favorite recipe to make?
My favorite recipe to make is a nutrient packed banana bread that my mom and I like to eat in the mornings with our first cup of coffee.