Who Am I and What is F4?

Food, food & farms, food fun and food facts. That about covers the things I want to blog about.

After stewing over the who, what, where, when, how of starting a blog for years (really!) I decided to "just do it". My teenage daughter started a blog and a high school friend has a blog entitled "Today I Started A Blog" so those were some of my prompts to "just do it". Plus, I watched "Julia and Julie" (or is it "Julie and Julia"?) last night (9/18/13 for the record) - a blogger AND foodie film if there ever was one. If you never start something, you can never do it. (Not very profound, but you know what I mean.)

So, food is the common thread of the topics of interest to me - and I hope to you!

Between my work as the Registered Dietitian for the Child Nutrition Services department of a school division and my home life as a wife, mother of 3, fruit and veggie gardener, and hobby farmer, I have thoughts (and more!) to share.

Farms - we live on a hobby farm which is the source of many stories -mainly funny- to come. Plus, I am a Master Gardener so I may have a few tips for you. And I coordinate our school division's farm to school program - another source of some funny stories as well as success stories.

Fun - eating should be enjoyable. I develop curriculum for cooking clubs and classes for our students and families, to teach the basics of food prep, healthy eating and nutrition. The enjoyment that the kiddos - and parents - get from the classes is gratifying. Plus, as a Registered Dietitian, I want us to return to the joy of eating and get away from the compulsions, guilt, and obsessions over calories, grams and other units of measure and back to eating and enjoying good food (and growing it, but that's a tale for another day.) You'll read more about the fun and pleasure of family meals, the fun and enjoyment of having your children help you in the kitchen, and the fun and satisfaction of eating a healthy, wholesome meal.

Facts - As a Registered Dietitian, I feel compelled to share and interpret current research related to food and nutrition. Some of it will fit right in to "Hot Topics" posts as I try to keep you up to date (thereby keeping me up to date). With all the TMI, misinformation, and information overload out there, I think I can offer some good, solid, mainstream advice.

So bear with me as I get started. It's a journey, as my yoga teacher says.



  1. maggie.danhakl@healthline.comMarch 29, 2014 at 2:02 AM

    Hi Pam,

    Healthline just published a visualization of your daily value of sodium. In the chart, you can see what half of your DV of salt looks like for 30 foods: http://www.healthline.com/health/high-blood-pressure-hypertension/daily-value-sodium

    This is very valuable content as it puts nutrition information into perspective and helps a person understand how much sodium is actually in their food. I thought this would be of interest to your audience and wanted to see if you would include this as a resource on your page: http://foodfarmsfunfacts.blogspot.com/2014/01/no-no-na-sodium-that-is.html

    If you do not believe this would be a good fit for a resource on your site, even sharing this on your social communities would be a great alternativeto help get the word out.

    Thanks for your time reviewing. Please let me know your thoughts and if there are any questions I can answer.

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    1. Thank you for sharing the graphic. For all our visual learners, it puts sodium in the context of food. I always say, we don't eat nutrients, we don't eat milligrams, we eat FOOD and our food education needs to be presented that way. Thank you!


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