a person with a particular interest in food; a gourmet.”
Or a jazzier one from wordreference.com:
“a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink)”
Oh a definition from another one of those self-confessing addicts “Anonymous” clubs! (but of course, foodies.com won’t stigmatise itself like that!)
“The foodie lives to eat, and eating to live is definitive boredom. A true foodie clings to all things culinary.”
“Foodies differ from gourmets in that gourmets are epicures of refined taste who may or may not be professionals n the food industry, whereas foodies are amateurs who simply love food for consumption, study, preparation, and news. Gourmets simply want to eat the best food, whereas foodies want to learn everything about food, both the best and the ordinary, and about the science, industry, and personalities surrounding food.
Typical foodie interests and activities include the food industry, wineries and wine tasting, food science, following restaurant openings and closings, food distribution, food fads, health and nutrition and restaurant management. A foodie might develop a particular interest in a specific item, such as the best egg cream or burrito.”
In short, the foodie loves to eat. The second paragraph sums up what I might cover in this blog, though I doubt you’re going to get much about my stalking escapades of wineries, restaurants or burritos.
Oxford Dictionary’s lovely concise answers
“dietitian |dʌɪəˌtɪʃ(ə)n| (also dietician)
an expert on diet and nutrition.”
And Dietitians Association of Australia’s long-winded one
“Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) are recognised professionals with the qualifications and skills to provide expert nutrition and dietary advice. They know about food and health and can help you sort through the maze of nutrition information.
APDs are qualified to advise individuals and groups on nutrition related matters. They also have clinical training to modify diets to treat conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, cancers, gastro-intestinal diseases, food allergies and intolerances and overweight and obesity.
APDs have sound university qualifications accredited by DAA, undertake ongoing training and education and comply with the Associations guidelines for best practice. They are committed to the DAA Code of Professional Conduct and Statement of Ethical Practice, and to providing quality service.
APD is the only national credential recognised by the Australian Government, Medicare, the Department of Veterans Affairs and most private health funds as the quality standard for nutrition and dietetics services in Australia. It is a recognised trademark protected by law.”
I wish here to differentiate between the terms ‘dietitian’ and ‘nutritionist’
“Accredited Nutritionists (AN) are tertiary qualified nutrition professionals that have expertise in a range of nutrition services including public health nutrition, community health and tertiary education related to nutrition, but excluding individual dietary counselling, group therapy and medical nutrition therapy. APDs can choose to use the APD and/or AN credential.”
Compounding to this confusing maze of jargon is the annoying differing spellings of ‘dietitian’ and ‘dietician’. Previously I had always spelt it ‘dietician’ but after reading up so much about the topic, I figured ‘dietitian’ is a more common spelling.
I can hardly claim to be a dietitian, and my gastronomical knowledge is rudimentary, at the most. Oh, that’s another fancy word, I was surprised to learn such a word existed!
the practice or art of choosing, cooking, and eating good food.“
Back to the point. This blog will chronicle my experiences in becoming a foodie and dietitian. Sounds like such a paradox doesn’t it, foodie dietitian.
I’ll try to update it at least on a monthly basis (I would hope more!), but the problem with me is I get obsessive-compulsive about blogs. The idea of a new post would pop into my head and I’d keep thinking about it, unable to concentrate on other (possibly more important!) things! My perfectionistic tendencies also creates problems as I can’t lack the self-control to cease constant reflections on how to improve my writing. Nevertheless, I would hope that uni will keep me busy enough to restrain such self-indulgences…