Hi! Welcome to my blog! I’m Dena, creator and founder of The Artsy Palate. The best way to describe me would probably be as a creative, fashion-obsessed, chocolate-addicted nutrition nerd.
I am a junior double majoring in dietetics and journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park, in the University Honors program with a goal of becoming a registered dietitian and nutrition writer (wow, that was a mouthful!). With your help, I hope that this blog will be a step closer to me fulfilling my passion.
I love pretty much anything that involves expressing my creativity, whether it be through art, hairstyling/fashion (insta: @hair_by_dena), writing or cooking (especially healthy food that actually tastes good!). And chocolate. I love that too.
I created this blog during my 2015 gap year in Israel to combine my passion for nutrition with my love of writing. Another goal, of course, was to help seminary girls on gap year programs like myself combat the infamous #sem70 (aka the 70 pounds that seminary girls supposedly gain while in Israel) through providing a forum filled with tips and guidance on how to live healthfully while on a gap year in Israel. I threw in some of my favorite original recipes and suggested some tips on how to exhibit greater self control while surrounded by the delicious foods in Israel. You can view my posts from Israel by clicking on the blogpost calendar or by scrolling through the categories until you reach older posts.
I have continued this blog into my college career to further encourage others to join me in my mission to eat healthfully as a college student (and beyond), which, as I’m sure you know, is an inherent challenge. I see each eating occurrence as an opportunity to nourish myself optimally, but dessert is also an essential part of my diet (and not avocado mousse dessert – real, sugary, buttery dessert). Chocolate will always have a special place in my heart, especially during midterm season. If I am truly craving something, I will eat it, regardless of its nutritional content. I believe healthy eating is about inclusion rather than exclusion, and, as you’ll see through my posts, seek to spread that message through my writing and my work as a nutrition coach in the University of Maryland Health Center. All of the posts and recipes on this blog are created by me, unless otherwise indicated.
It goes without say that I’d love to hear from you! Whether I know you personally or not, feel free to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, comments, concerns, suggestions or even if you just want to say hi. Numerous sources have told me that I’m the least intimidating person they’ve ever met, so please don’t hesitate to reach out!
This blog would gain so much from the input of others, so I encourage you to please comment your thoughts/ideas/feelings/pictures on any of my posts.
If you’re interested in reading other things I’ve written for various publications, please click on the “Other Writings” tab in the menu.
Wishing you health and the right amount of chocolate,