Welcome to Play With Your Food!
I’m Katelyn Shea, and I’m a graduate of the Didactic Program of Dietetics at MSU Bozeman.
I worked in restaurants for eleven years and have consequently grown to respect and love good food. I love cooking it, plating it, growing it, baking it, eating it, feeding it, and reaping the benefits of all the aforementioned activities. I like the rich history of traditional foods, and the continuous reinventions of modern cuisine. I appreciate the way meals bring people together in all cultures across the world, and I’m always excited to try new recipes from different regions of the globe.
Three years ago, I recovered from an intestinal illness and found that I was subsequently unable to enjoy many of the foods I had always loved. I’ve learned to eat around these ingredients, but have since been on a quest for nutritional healing. In the future, I hope to use my education and experience in my field to incorporate healing diets into contemporary treatments of illnesses. I’m also interested in helping my generation get back to the roots of whole, unprocessed foods.
I’ve worked as a Nutrition Tech for the WIC program, which was a rewarding and educative experience for me. I worked directly with participants in various stages of change to help them understand the world of nutrition a little more, to set diet and lifestyle goals, and to meet those goals.
In 2017, I traveled to San Pedro La Laguna on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. There I volunteer my time while studying Spanish. I spent my free time working as a volunteer nutrition consultant for the NPO, Rising Minds. This program focuses on community health and enrichment education to preschoolers. The various themes include outdoor appreciation, overall heath, nutrition and gardening. They didn’t have a staff member who specialized in nutrition at the time, so I was able to design a curriculum complete with lesson plans for the whole school year. These lesson plans include original materials, teacher instructions, games, and activities.
As I work through the various stages of my career, I have periodically updated this blog to reflect my thoughts as they are affected by society and trends in health. I enjoy doing research for each post I make, and do my best to be informative and relevant. As you may have gathered from the name of this blog, I encourage everyone to strive to see meals as fun, memorable experiences, and I believe that healthy food doesn’t have to live up to its bad reputation of drab tastelessness. Bon appétit!