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Follow Friday: @FarmGirlJen #FF


Getting back on track with my Follow Friday RD features. This week goes to Jennie Schmidt (aka @FarmGirlJen) who has the relatively unique perspective of a dietitian-turned-farmer. She also had the moxy to nominate herself for a Follow Friday post which I totally love. While she hasn’t technically practiced dietetics in about 16 years, she points out that she uses the same principles from clinical nutrition but now applies them to soil and plants.

Jennie grows soybeans, corn, green beans, tomatoes, and wine grapes in Maryland. She’s a big advocate for genetic modification. In fact, she warned me that if that’s not my thing, I might not want to feature her. You guys know that while I’m not a supporter of genetic modification in the food supply, I’m not a staunch anti-GMOer either and I think that listening to different perspectives and having open discourse is important. To read more about her thoughts on farming, you should check-out her blog The Foodie Farmer.

You can also find Jennie on Facebook as @DirtDietitian.

If you’d like to nominate a dietitian to be featured in a Follow Friday post, please let me know!


Follow Friday: Holiday donations


This holiday season, if you’re like me, you have people on your list who are nearly impossible to shop for. Giving a donation to a worthy organization in their name is a great way to give back and honour them. Of course, there are plenty of food drives and opportunities to help people with immediate needs, but if you want to go beyond that and attempt to have more of a lasting impact with your donation, here are a few food-related organizations you might want to consider donating to:

Community Food Centres Canada has locations throughout the country and grew out of The Stop in Toronto. The Stop began as a food bank but became so much more. Now community food centres offer food literacy education; opportunities to grow and cook food with fellow community members. Many have markets and serve as hubs for community members to come together over food. This holiday season you can make a donation in a loved one’s name to your local centre, or to the organization in general through their “My Food Hero” campaign.

The World Food Programme is a donation-based organization working to fight hunger and promote food security around the world. You can learn more about donating to them, or others ways you can help here.

Food Secure Canada is devoted to bringing a national food policy to our country. Their goals are: “zero hunger, healthy and safe food, sustainable food systems.” In addition, they provide education opportunities for anyone who’s interested through webinars and conferences. You can support their work here.

On a local level, you might consider donating your time or money to a community garden, community oven, community kitchen, food security network, or a poverty roundtable.

I’m sure that there are loads more worthy organizations, these are just a few that came to mind. Feel free to add more in the comments.


Follow Friday: @ShizknitsShop


Okay, this has nothing to do with nutrition or dietitians, sorry. Since it’s my blog, I can blog what I want to, right? I promise we’ll be back to our regular scheduled ranting next week. For today though, I just wanted to let you know that I’ve opening an etsy shop.

If you’re looking for some warm quality hand knit socks for yourself, or a loved one, I’ve got you covered at Shizknits. I’ll probably be adding some other items as time goes on, but for now it’s just socks.

You can also follow the shop on Twitter and on Instagram.


Follow Friday: @prettylilgrub

Snuck out of camping for some alone time. 8 miles done. #neversettle #beatyesterday

A photo posted by Jen Rawson – Calgary, AB (@prettylittlegrub) on

Your dietitian to follow this week is Jen Rawson, aka Pretty Lil Grub. You can check out her website here for great posts about nutrition, running, fitness, beauty, travel, and any other number of thoughts. She’s the one who I figured out how to take running selfies from! You can check out her made selfie skills (among other gorgeous photos) on her Instagram feed.

In addition to being a registered dietitian, Jen is also a (lapsed) makeup artist. When they’re not travelling around the world seeing sights and running marathons, you can find her and her husband Tom in Calgary, Alberta.

Follow Jen on Twitter for great nutrition info, recipes, and more running stuff. Pretty much everything I love. If Facebook’s more your thing, you can find her there too.


Follow Friday: @CaraAnselmo


In the wake of the election results I feel like we could all use a little ray of sunshine in our lives. Cara is always a ray of sunshine in my twitter feed. Even when she’s having a bad day, she always manages to find the positive. It makes sense that she’s a member of Earthathon‘s Runshine team and is always dedicating her miles to her tweeps.

As an RDN, Cara specializes in oncology nutrition and has blogged about related topics on her website. She’s also a certified yoga instructor which may be of interest to those of you in NY.