About The Scientists

About us:

My husband, Dr Hops, has a PhD in physiology. He currently works for a R1 private university, where the main focus of his research is ingestive behavior, as it relates to neuroscience and genetics. I have multiple MS degrees–one in clinical human nutrition and one in nutritional biochemistry. I work as a scientist in the field of metabolism and am also a Registered Dietitian. As a side note, I’m also a phelbotomist, but I don’t think anyone is going to need advice on how to draw blood, and I’m working on not being so stressed so “stabby” also isn’t going to be an issue, so I guess that one is moot.

We are both very driven individuals and have worked in research at major universities and in the Ivy League, as well as government and private industry based labs. Because of this ambitious nature, we let our work consume us and became the prime examples of “knowing better” but not following through.

Over the last six months we’ve taken to getting our act in order and taking our lives back. Science will always be a priority, because it is something we both love, it will also be featured on this blog frequently, but it’s also about our journey back to a healthful lifestyle while balancing the pressures of high stress jobs and daily life with the struggle for weight loss/ maintenance.

We have been together for nearly 10 years, and have a cantankerous 8 year old Border Collie that keeps us on our toes.

I hope you’ll join us on this journey.

About the blog: 

My husband is an excellent cook and we plan on featuring weekly recipes and tips for healthy eating. Most of these are geared for people with limited time, like ourselves, but I’m also going to include a “recipe challenge” special post once a month, where I give Dr Hops an usual ingredient to work with. We will also take requests on how to make favorite meals quicker, easier, and lower calorie, so stay tuned!

I will be the primary voice of the blog and will include my progress with a 10-year+ goal of finally running a race, and my own complete beginner running guide. I also include yearly mental, learning, and reading goals, I’ll also post here. There will be random bits of science thrown into everything, mainly as it relates to healthy eating, weight loss, and spotting fact from fiction.

As a registered dietitian, I also plan on highlighting current diet trends and giving the scientific evidence (or lack thereof) behind them. I’ll include links to scientific journal articles for all of my claims and also plan on including “case study” type examples from my time as a clinical dietitian.

DISCLAIMER: I might be an educated southern belle, but I cuss a lot. No really, like A LOT a lot, so if you’re not okay with that, I’d turn back now because this is probably the tamest post I’m likely to write.

DON’T BE A DICK RULE: This is a blog meant for people to discuss their personal path in life and seek advice from the cyber collective. Don’t be a dick. Trolling, or bullying anyone, is not tolerated, though discussion is highly encouraged, even if you don’t agree with me. Be warned though, Dr Oz style citations and snake oil are not welcome here and will be noticed and refuted by the resident scientists.

GRAMMAR POLICE: Damn it Jim, I’m a scientist not an English major! No seriously, my husband’s bachelors is in elementary education and taught grammar before going back to school for science, but he’s likely not to read anything I write… and I don’t care enough to have him proof read. His posts are likely to be more grammatically correct (and generally less offensive) than mine, if that’s a problem, just read his.

DISCLAIMER (because I’m a fan of not getting sued): The opinions in this blog are our personal opinions only. They in no way reflect the opinions of any current or past employers. If interested in weight loss, please consult a physician to make sure you are healthy enough to implement any of tips and recommendations listed in this blog. Not responsible for lost or stolen property. 

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