TMT: a space dedicated to discussions on health & well-being, without the external and unattainable standards.
I am so happy that you have come to Think. Make. Taste!, or TMT for short. My name is Alyssa Cho. I'm a newbie registered dietitian currently residing in Chicago, IL. I like to pretend that I’m a boss at urban living.
TMT is my thought-child that has come about from living in a world where we are told that if we eat, move, and look a certain way, then we will have achieved optimal health, well-being, and joy. Right.
This space explores what constitutes a healing and nurturing relationship to self via musings and conversations, usually in relation to health at every size, intuitive eating, and body image, with the occasional recipe if the mood strikes. As a dietitian I'm biased, but I am particularly fascinated with our food relationships, as I think they provide a fabulous lens to other areas of life. Apart from terrible cliches and my personal brand of humor carrying the discussions of these concepts, the main focus of TMT is to come from a place of gratitude, because I have the fortunate circumstance of access and resources to be able to inhabit this space and think these thoughts.
My hope is that everything that you may come across on TMT communicates the message that health, wellness, well-being, or whatever else we're supposed to be aspiring towards, begins with exploring a nourishing relationship with ourselves. Health is a tricky and complicated thing to try and define, much less understand. It is my firm belief that to simplify it to food or even our physical being is to ignore so much of who we are. Yes, as a dietitian, I support that regularly eating nutritious foods has a positive effect on our physical health, but taking care of ourselves involves, well, A LOT of other things that are far more important.
I want to positively contribute to the internet sphere, even though the message is a simplistic one and nothing new:
- Health is SO MUCH MORE than our food choices, so perhaps we should not always focus on the food.
- Eating intuitively is wonderful for our mental and physical health. Practicing self-awareness of our own food-related beliefs, habits, attitudes, and privilege, as well as the influences of stigma and diet culture, is essential to an intuitive relationship with food.
- Recognize that there are a lot of health and wellness questions to which we don't have the answer, and perhaps never will.
- Life is far more exciting when you are serving, sharing, and in community with other people. We can decide how health & wellness fits into life, rather than dictating it. In other words, there's a whole other world outside of the health & wellness sphere.
I am putting a full disclaimer, too, that only in the food and food relationship stuff am I an expert. I hold a Bachelor's of Science in Dietetics and a Master's of Science in Clinical Nutrition, and am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Anything else is my personal opinion, and I won't claim for it to be anything but.
Thank you, friend, for stopping by :).
Welcome, friend! I am SO grateful you are here on TMT, where I like to talk about well-being things, usually in relation to intuitive eating and health at every size frameworks. Sometimes I ramble (rant?). Cheers!!!