Hello. My name is Elyn Zimmerman. I am a Nutritionist who has spent the greater part of the last twenty-five plus years serving in many diverse community and clinical settings, both observing the massive changes in our food culture and speaking with thousands of individuals about the intimate art of eating in response to the personal and cultural milieu.
I am a perpetual student of the multi-layered science of nutrition and community health issues. I have degrees in Nutrition and Community Health from Cornell University and SUNY Cortland respectively. I am certified as a Master Community Health Education Specialist and have a Health Education Certification from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Having worked for Ob/Gyn practices, WIC programs, a college Health Services Department, a university-based Medical Center, a large Community Health Center and a state health department I have developed specializations in women’s health issues, prenatal care, diabetes and eating struggles. The good fortune has been mine to have served people from all over the world and from many different life paths. I care deeply about the individual who sits before me and about national and global health issues as well.
Lacking, but sorely needing a Dr. Seuss rhyme scheme, I’ve spent my days with clients talking about weight struggles, bowel movements, food, mood, and deep cravings. I’ve met the vegetable eschewers, the food restricters, the comfort bingers, the chocolate aficionados, and the ice cream worshipers. I’ve heard the pain of women, men, and children who hate their bodies and listened to the self-berating that often accompanies the simple joy of loving food. I’ve witnessed the confusion and fear that now accompanies the necessary act of keeping ourselves nourished in order to live. And, I have sat at the table of experts who have wondered what to do about the nutritional crises of our time.
I am committed to helping mere mortals with the colossal task of developing a peaceful relationship with food and eating. I am sympathetic and sensitive to the vagaries of how and why we eat; and, I honor the personal in a world of generalities. I blog about the conundrums that confound this experience– in hopes of helping others to be kinder and gentler with themselves.
I perhaps offer a more quiet, though no less important message about the care and feeding of the human being than the current cacophony suggests. And, I hope my writings can contribute to the larger conversation taking place about food, culture, the environment and everything in-between. I’d be glad to share my thoughts.
I welcome hearing from you, so please feel free to leave a comment where indicated on the post. I can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.