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My name is Tia Glover and I am a food blogger and registered dietitian. I created Taste It with Tia to help young people to learn that being healthy doesn’t mean you have to eat bland, “health” foods all the time. Every meal you have should be tasty and satisfying.
My journey started in high school. I was a year-round competitive swimmer and was obsessed with learning what foods would fuel me best. After all the google searches you can imagine, I decided that it was time for some formal education. I decided I wanted to become a registered dietitian!
I graduated from Virginia Tech in 2019, with a B.S. in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise. The fall after I graduated, I completed my Dietetic Internship at Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) and passed my registration exam to become a Registered Dietitian.
After I got my credential, I worked at WIC where I provided nutrition education to pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants and young children. After a year, I left this position to pursue my business part time while teaching nutrition and cooking classes to elementary schoolers.
Coming from a Japanese background, I grew up eating chicken katsu and spam musubi. As I gained interest in the field of nutrition, I began restricting and avoiding my cultural foods because I believed them to be “unhealthy”. I thought I had to eat only salad, sandwiches and soups to be healthy.
Boy was I wrong! Somewhere along with wellness journey, I learned that cultural foods can absolutely be part of a healthy diet. In fact, I learned about new Japanese dishes that are particularly nutritious that I have since added to my diet.
Cultural foods play a huge role in many people’s diets. I want to encourage those from diverse backgrounds to continue eating their favorite cultural dishes without shame.
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit Taste It with Tia!