I grew up in what used to be the small town of McKinney, Texas (now it’s booming!) with a younger sister and brother, and my mom and dad. My family ate dinner almost every night around the table, and both of my parents were involved in the cooking process. They worked hard to introduce us to a variety of foods, and weekly we were encouraged to try new things.
My passion for cooking stems from the examples of my parents and grandparents. I remember learning to sauté mushrooms at the ripe age of eight, standing on a stool in the kitchen, or helping make homemade chocolate chip cookies. The Hein kids were known for eating “anything and everything”, or being “bottomless pits”. The weird kids requesting tuna noodle casserole at ten years old.
When I was in high school, I got a part time job at a supplement store. I loved talking to customers about the different vitamins and would stand at the counter during slow times and read Prescription for Nutritional Healing, fascinated by everything that good nutrition could do for you. I also loved talking to people about how they could improve their lives with food, that I almost got fired from that supplement store because I couldn’t meet the sales quota of whey protein/creatine or whatever else they wanted me to sell. That’s when I decided I wanted to learn the truth about nutrition and healthy eating, and went on to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
Having the privilege to grow up with such a health-conscious, cooking oriented family, I realized that not everyone learned to sauté at such a young age or even knew how to cook a simple weeknight dinner. This fuels my passion to teach others to learn how to nourish their bodies, take care of themselves, and cook more at home.
Today, Emily Weeks, RDN, LD is a nationally recognized nutrition and culinary communications expert based in Fort Worth, Texas. Emily believes the path to a nourished, happy life is to develop a healthy relationship with food, our minds and our bodies. By cooking more at home, eating and moving intuitively, we can achieve peace of mind and be happy in the here and now. Follow along for delicious, easy recipes and simple strategies to learn how to become comfortable in the kitchen and embrace mindfulness.
She has been featured on Cosmopolitan, Buzzfeed, and The Huffington Post, and recently won the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2016 Media Award.
Emily partners with like-minded food brands and organizations on recipe development, food photography, nutrition communications and media spokesperson work. She is often sought after for her recipe development skills and food photography, and has won several recipe competitions and blog awards. She currently works as a School Wellness Consultant for Dairy MAX, the local dairy council for Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Southwest Kansas, working to get schools participating in Fuel Up to Play 60, the nation’s largest in-school nutrition education and physical activity program.
Emily graduated with honors from Texas Woman’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and completed her dietetic internship at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband and their two year old schnoodle puppy. When she’s not working with children or blogging, Emily loves taking her dog for a walk, going to yoga or cycling classes, and binge-watching TV shows with her husband, Nick.