Hey there, and welcome to Zoetic Nutrition!
I’m Zoe, and I’m currently a student in Winnipeg, Manitoba, pursuing my career as a Registered Dietitian. I’m (mostly) plant-based, an environmental advocate, and a gym junkie.
What is Zoetic Nutrition?
“Zoetic” simply means relating to life, or being vital; it seemed like a perfect fit given that my name is Zoe (hello coincidence!), and that my goal is to educate and share information about wholesome, sustainable, and healthy living. On this blog, you will find information about two of my deepest passions: nutrition, specifically plant-based nutrition, and environmental sustainability. Zoetic Nutrition was created as an outlet to share these passions and my values with people like you, whether you’re like-minded or just curious about these topics.
This blog isn’t filled with beautiful food photography, or unique recipes – sorry! – but rather, this is a place to learn, to ask questions, and to challenge the decisions you make in your everyday life.
What is your education?
Although I am not a Registered Dietitian (yet!), I am currently in my 4th year of Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba, and have been accepted to start my Dietetic Internship in 2018.
Many people are not aware that to become an RD in Canada, you must complete:
- a 4-year Bachelor’s of Science (complete with enough Biochemistry classes to give us all nightmares),
- a ~45-week internship that includes several rotations in clinical nutrition, food services, in-patient and out-patient, rural health care, research, and community nutrition. Oh yeah, plus it’s unpaid, full-time……. and,
- a 6 hour examination in order to hold the Registered Dietitian (RD) professional title and practice nutrition in your province of residence.
RD’s aren’t proclaimed health experts in the eyes of society like a doctor or nurse, but I believe this perception is changing. Although our medical doctors are extremely intelligent, we cannot expect them to know everything about medicine and nutrition: that’s just madness! RD’s and nutrition professionals are needed now more than ever to help those suffering from obesity and chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease (which are all diet related FYI!).
My goal is to help people prevent these illnesses in the first place, to encourage a healthy, vibrant body and mind. I hope to do this primarily by encouraging more wholesome living: eating more plant-based, getting exercise and fresh air, decreasing stress, and being environmentally-conscious whenever possible.
What is a plant-based diet?
A plant-based diet typically refers to a diet that excludes or limits all animal products – that includes all meat, including seafood, dairy products, and eggs. Although similar, plant-based and vegan aren’t necessarily the same; I strongly support and favor a plant-based diet for a variety of reasons, which I discuss in this post.
If you want to know more about my personal mindset regarding plant-based eating, including my journey, check out this post.
Typically, adopting a plant-based diet comes down to three main drivers: personal health, animal welfare, and environmental sustainability. Each individual will value different drivers more than others, and it is important to recognize these differences when you’re altering your diet. A plant-based diet of any magnitude is far more health-conscious than the typical Western diet consumed here in Canada and the United States, and has been shown to decrease the risk of the most common chronic diseases: obesity, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
What does the environment have to do with nutrition?
If you are asking this question…. get out. Of course I’m kidding, but seriously, the environment and our food are so deeply intertwined! Food is literally something we think about and consume every single day of our lives. However, the food we choose to purchase and consume, including the way we obtain it, has a major impact on our environment on a local and global scale.
One of the major reasons I follow a plant-based diet is to be more environmentally-conscious. Through this blog, I hope to encourage you to critically think about the relationship your food has with your health (personal and environmental), and how you can make a world of difference. Trust me, it’s easy, achievable, and feels damn good.