I became a dietitian to learn the science of food and nutrition to better learn for myself how to make informed decisions, and built a career inspiring people to do the same for themselves. It’s not my job, even though I am a trained nutrition professional, to tell people what to eat. My job is to listen, understand the health needs and goals for each individual who asks for my help, and work with other professionals to construct a realistic plan. One that honors cultural, religious, regional, familial, and taste bud related reasons why that person eats what they do. One that accommodates birthday cake, special family recipes, budget, and food safety.