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When it comes down to it I am a foodie at heart. My grandmother was the biggest influence on my career as I was growing up. She would always encourage me to pull up a stool to the stove and help stir this or that, getting my hands dirty kneading dough or frosting a cake.
Becoming a chef was a natural progression. After working many years part-time in a small local diner studying and saving up for college, I decided to pursue a degree in culinary arts and hospitality management. In my eyes it was a career that not only allowed me to be creative, but it also was a profession that could transverse borders. A kitchen is a kitchen whether nestled in the Smoky Mountains or along a tranquil canal in Amsterdam.
After having taken a brief break from the restaurant scene when I moved to Brussels I gravitated back to the books and became certified in sports nutrition. I not only want to tantalize the tongue with flavorful dishes, but I am now equipped with the knowledge to help individuals striving to find a balance through a healthy diet and exercise.
I do have one guilty pleasure and that is dessert. I am not here to preach that you should eliminate anything from your diet that brings you pure joy, but it is just that, let it be a treat. Allow yourself these indulgences without guilt once in a while, but do so in moderation. Awareness of the diet and what you put into your body as fuel is the first step to creating lasting change.
HELLO! MY NAME IS
EMILY DAWN SZAJDA
I am a professional chef, writer, yoga & meditation instructor, sports nutritionist and adventurous traveler.Discover more
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