What is Nutrition Anthropology?

Before we jump into Nutrition Anthropology specifically, I think it would be a good idea to define anthropology itself. According to Merriam-Webster, anthropology is “the science of human beings; especially: the study of human beings and their ancestors through time and space and in relation to physical character, environmental and social relations, and culture”. Nutritional anthropology narrows that focus to food and food systems.

With that in mind, let’s talk about what I mean by Nutrition Anthropology and why it is the title of this blog and the future podcast. Registered dietitians are often touted as the food experts. I would argue that this may be true. Goodness knows we have dedicated a large portion of our lives to studying all things food. However, I believe you are the expert of YOU. I may know the chemical makeup of broccoli and how a digestive system breaks it down into its various nutrients. What I don’t know is how your body reacts to broccoli or how you perceive its taste/texture or how you feel after eating broccoli. I am always telling my clients to “be your own anthropologist”. Experiment with different foods. Notice how they taste and smell. Observe without judgment how particular foods make you feel. Just like anthropology in general, I encourage my clients to go beyond the food. Let’s explore your environment, your culture and your social relationships. How do those things impact your nutrition? With curiosity comes knowledge and with knowledge comes achievement. If you want to reach your wellness goals, start by being curious.

And so, Nutrition Anthropology was born. It truly is the basis for my practice and my approach to well-being. I invite you to join me on this adventure to discover your best self. I offer you a safe space as you explore a positive relationship with food and body.

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