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Hi! My name is Alyssa, and I’m an undergrad at UNC Chapel Hill majoring in Nutrition. I enjoy learning about the principles of ancestral health, as well as the food and nutrition policies that shape our healthcare and food systems.

Yellow Beef and Rice

This is my first recipe on the blog! I’m not sure it’s spectacular enough to satisfactorily fill such an honorable position, but I Yellow Beef and Ricethought it tasted pretty good. Plus, I created it myself, and usually that ends in disaster. And I even took a picture! And used a garnish! You know it’s a big day when I try to make my food look less ugly.

And in case you’re wondering, it’s called ‘Yellow’ Beef and Rice because the turmeric makes the oil highlighter-colored. The steps are probably a lot longer than they needed to be, because it’s a dead-simple recipe. If you can even call it a recipe. I’m actually kind of embarrassed to post this because it’s so simple, but I’m going to anyways!

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Low-FODMAP Paleo: Day 1

I’ve decided to do a low FODMAP diet while I’m home for winter break and can actually cook for myself again. I’m not sure why I haven’t tried it before; I guess cutting out garlic and onion, along with basically everything else that tastes good, was just too intimidating. But hopefully it will help with some of my digestive symptoms! Read more →

Interview with Dr. Zeisel, “The Choline Guy”

Today, I had the privilege of interviewing Steven Zeisel, a prominent choline researcher here at UNC! As I might’ve mentioned before, I’ve been working on a research paper about eggs, which are a great source of choline, so I wanted to learn more about this essential nutrient. Dr. Zeisel’s office is in the Michael Hooker Research Center at the School of Public Health, and let me tell you: that building is incredible. I think I even like it better than the FedEx Global Education Center, and you know how much I love that building! (Oh, you don’t? Right, this is only my third blog post. Well, I love that building a lot.) Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s one from the website: Read more →

My Story (to be continued…)

Ever since I can remember, I’ve eaten an extremely healthy diet. That is, healthy by the USDA’s standards. My friends in middle school would make fun of me for having Triscuits and cheese and a bag of raw veggies for lunch, while they had muffins or pizza.

Sometime during middle school, I decided to be vegetarian. I also meticulously removed as much saturated fat and cholesterol from my diet as possible, and I rarely ate anything that wasn’t whole grain. Now keep in mind, I was never overweight. In fact, I’ve been underweight almost my entire life, and I got even skinnier after these self-imposed dietary changes. But whenever somebody told me that I didn’t have to worry about eating a little ‘unhealthy’ food, I would fiercely reply that skinny people can die of heart disease, too. Read more →

I Love College!

Note: I actually wrote this a couple weeks ago, but just now got my website up and running. Please disregard the “Posted On” dates for a few days while I exhaust my backlog of blog posts (:

I’ve been considering starting a blog for a while, and seriously considering starting a blog for a couple weeks, but I was a little intimidated. I mean, how do you just start a blog? I guess by doing what I’m doing right now – talking about starting a blog. But if people are actually going to be reading this (and that’s a big fat IF), I wanted to at least start off on a momentous note.

Well, looks like today is the day! I’m feeling momentous enough to finally start my blog. I’m on such a high right now, and no, it’s not a high from drugs. Read more →