Hey, folks! My name is Trinh, and I’m a registered dietitian slash food & fitness enthusiast slash writer slash food police. Ok, I kid about that last one. But, I gotta tell ya…dietitians hear that a lot, but it’s sooo not true. I love food just as much as you do! But, I get it. Many of us have a knee-jerk emotional response when it comes to food. It has so much power over us beyond simple nourishment.
A bit about me: I currently work for a small health startup called Zipongo, and we’re trying to use technology to change the way people access nutrition. I live in the Bay Area with my long-time partner in crime, Jimmy. This food and nutrition blog is my way of sharing tasty food and my thoughts as a dietitian. I want to dig in and help you feel more comfortable towards the foods you eat.
Here’s how my own food story unfolded: I came to America at two years old. I was raised by one heckuva great Vietnamese mama slash cook. You know the kind: She doesn’t ever need measuring spoons to whip up tasty food. She never fails to dazzle guests. In addition to raising me and my sis, she also found time to cater birthdays, weddings and red egg parties for her 11 brothers and sisters. Mama Tran has cray knack for delicious, and she instilled the love of food in me.
Thanks to her I grew up with the best foods you could ever ask for: crispy fried egg rolls, tangy carrot salad and comforting pho. Yes, she stews her own bone broth! The older I got the more I came to understand that what you eat can influence your health. It’s a lesson that many of my own family members had to learn the hard way. Nutrition became my calling. Today, I believe you eat to live, not live to eat. But, that doesn’t mean you need to eat salads day in, day out! Learn more about my Fearless Food Philosophy.
I’m now a dietitian and part-time science nerd. Oh, and this guy, he kind of stuck around…
We became “official” in undergrad, but I’ve known him since high school. If he was a little faster we’d be high school sweethearts (oh, well!). We’re there for each other through thick and thin. He even moved all the way to North Carolina when I decided to get my masters in public health (MPH) nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. So, you could say he’s a keeper.
Anyways, I want to thank you so much for checking out my site! As they say in my house: come for the food, but stay for the company. Happy reading, happy eating!