Ironically, I grew up in a vegetarian home on a beef ranch near Port Townsend, Washington. An interesting combination, huh? From an early age, I loved to cook and try new foods. I was a foodie–captivated by healthy foods. I remember trips to the grocery store with my mother when I was about ten years old. I would hold up a fruit or vegetable that I had not tasted before. “Can we try this?” She would reply, ”Yes,
In high school, I attended Auburn Adventist Academy near Seattle, a boarding school about two hours from my home. Whenever I had the chance to be home for a break, I would spend most of my time cooking and relishing home-cooked meals.
I started taking nursing at Southwestern Adventist College, thinking I would become a missionary nurse like the heroines in so many of the books I read. Alas, when I practiced giving shots to oranges, I knew I wasn’t cut out to be a nurse. I discovered that I could pursue a career in food, nutrition, and preventive medicine. I became a registered dietitian in 1981 after graduating from Loma Linda University.