In a nation with a third of its adults considered obese, almost two million people being diagnosed with diabetes each year, and innumerable diet fads that all seem to contradict each other, what you choose to put into your mouth—a huge determinant of health—can sometimes be confusing.
“It’s really important that people know something about nutrition, it is incredibly foundational for health,” says Emily Samet, a part-time faculty member at CCV Springfield who teaches the subject there. “It’s the reason I love to teach it.”
In addition to holding a master’s degree in nutrition from Bridgeport University in Connecticut, Samet is a clinical herbalist and yoga instructor, as well as a student of the School of Evolutionary Astrology. She originally got into nutrition by way of herbalism and focuses on a science-based, holistic approach to the subject. She stresses the importance of the interconnectivity of our mental and physical health, and says her love of yoga helps to round out that approach.