Hello. My name is Elyn Zimmerman. I am a Nutritionist and Community Health Education Specialist who spent close to thirty 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 then shifted over to doing program development work related to nutrition education; and food access and affordability at the state and national level, respectively. I am a perpetual student of the multi-layered science of nutrition and community health issues, thinking about big issues and hoping to contribute small efforts.
Having worked in a Community Health Center, a university-based Medical Center, Ob/Gyn practices, WIC programs, and on a college campus, the good fortune has been mine to have served people from all over the world and from many different life paths. Each of them has informed how and what I think about approaches to nutritional and health care on both the individual and societal level. And, this inspires what I write about.
I am sympathetic and sensitive to the vagaries of how and why we eat; and, I honor the personal experience in a world of generalities. 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.
Much has changed in my time. Certainly, I have witnessed the panic induced by an increasingly unhealthy populace plagued by ‘lifestyle-induced/diet-fueled’ chronic diseases–lifestyles and diets largely manipulated by heavy forces beyond our mere mortal control. I have sat nearby, listening to the table of experts and policymakers responsible for changing dietary advice and figuring out how to solve our nutritional crises. And, I have also observed many amazing people putting forth some creative and caring successful initiatives that are changing the world.
I blog about the conundrums that confound this whole modern eating experience–in hopes of helping others to be kinder and gentler with themselves. I perhaps offer a more quiet message about the care and feeding of the human being than the current cacophony suggests. I wish it could all be more simple–and that everyone could just have some good food. Until then, I hope my writings can contribute to the larger conversation taking place about food, culture, the environment and everything in-between.
I thank you for visiting and reading my blog. I don’t write a lot these days, but still pipe in now and then. I welcome hearing from you and love receiving topic-inspired haikus. Please leave your thoughts and comments on my posts and feel free to subscribe. I can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.