I am in my first year of the PhD track in Global Health. What it really is- medical anthropology*, and my interest is in nutrition. I am not an anthropologist by training- my undergraduate degree was in business, my master’s degree- in health promotion. But I always had an interest in nutrition. I tried all sorts of diets and eating styles- I became most interested in the raw vegan diet in 2007; got certified as a raw chef and educator; taught classes as the health food store I worked at; was a private raw chef for someone with diabetes, and so on.
Currently, I am interested in exploring how people use food as medicine. I focus on the raw vegan diet and the paleo diet- which are supposedly pristine and the way we are “meant” to eat.
I will be posting thoughts and information I encounter along the way. My goals are:
to explore how to eat to feel good, look good, and maintain health!
how food can affect our health, mood, looks, etc etc etc
psychology of eating (why people at what they eat, etc)
understand various ways to approach health through eating (or not eating/fasting)
*Medical anthropology(MA) attempts to understand human health and illness, in short. The longer explanation is:
MA is the study of health, illness, healthcare, & related topics from a broad anthropological perspective. It draws upon cultural, biological, and linguistic anthropology to better UNDERSTAND those FACTORS that influence helath & well being, experience & distribution of illness, prevention & treatment of sickness, healing processes, social relations of therapy management, and cultural importance of pluralistic medical systems.