Published by Juliana Dewsnap, RD, LDN
My love for food kickstarted my journey to becoming a Registered Dietitian. Growing up with an immigrant mother meant that food was never wasted. And being half Italian and half Chinese, I experienced two very delicious types of cuisine. So when I got to college, studying nutrition was a natural choice. I love science and I love food, what better field is there to study?
What do you do at Baze?
I do a lot of different things at Baze, which is why I love it. My primary responsibility is one of the most important: to provide recommendations for individual customer’s daily supplement packs. I also answer all customer questions that come in and work with our marketing team on blogging and social media—we’re a collaborative company so I help out wherever I can!
The future of health that I would like to see looks like:
Accessible healthcare for everyone. I worked in community nutrition and witnessed the lack of education surrounding health promotion and disease prevention. So many health issues are preventable, but we don’t offer the right tools to make this known to the individuals who need it most.
If you could give Baze users one piece of advice, it would be:
That change over time often goes unnoticed, so be patient. Just like if you’re trying to lose weight, you won’t step on the scale one day and be 10 lbs lighter than you were the day before. So whatever your goal is with Baze, keep in mind that supplements are not a magic cure—but they’re definitely an essential piece of the puzzle!
Who or what inspires you?
Faith of the mustard seed! Mustard seeds are tiny, and quite common, but can grow up to 10-feet tall in just a few months. I love the idea that something so small can grow so much—and of course, I love that this cliche has to do with food.
What are some of your favorite hobbies?
I love cooking, exploring the outdoors by hiking or camping, and traveling—I enjoy learning about different cultures and their history so much. I also love painting—I’m not particularly good at it but find it so relaxing!
Any additional certificates or brags?
I’m also a certified personal trainer through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine).
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Right now, individuals in our communities are facing unprecedented challenges when it comes to accessing sufficient health care. Ranging from poorly designed research, gaps in practitioner education, to failures in public policy, these inequities affect marginalized groups on a systemic level.
Pride month is a time to acknowledge the challenges and celebrate the victories that the LGBTQ+ community has experienced during their ongoing fight for civil rights. Now more than ever, it’s important to recognize what they’re fighting for, and how you can help.
A new nutrition standard
At Baze, our dietitians account for anything that could affect your nutrition, and we don’t take shortcuts when it comes to assessing the needs of transgender individuals. Our team recently updated our questionnaire to (what should be) the new standard. We ask each customer about their sex, gender, and experience with hormone therapy before we recommend personalized supplements. You might think that this is standard practice, but unfortunately, it’s something that’s often missed in the world of healthcare.
If you’re a healthcare provider, remember that you have a choice to be an ally within your own organization.
5 things all healthcare professionals should know about their transgender patients
- The greatest barrier to healthcare is inadequately trained clinicians- 29% of transgender patients report having to teach their provider about their needs1
- One-fifth of transgender individuals avoid seeking health care due to fear of discrimination1
- Compared to cisgender and heterosexual women, transgender individuals are at the greatest risk for developing an eating disorder2
- 62% of trans individuals report having depression, while a startling 41% have attempted suicide1
- 25% of incarcerated trans women report being denied healthcare services during their sentence (19% of white trans women report previous incarceration. Keep in mind that BIPOC trans women are incarcerated at three times the rate)1
Learn and grow within your organization
Not familiar with the specific medical concerns among transgender individuals? It’s time to start learning. If you’re a healthcare practitioner, check out these courses you can take to earn CEUs. Find out if your organization has plans to create a Transgender Health Program. If not, build your own.
- Barriers to Health Care for Transgender Individuals (Safer et al, 2017)