Zoe Halbert has been with us since the first of this year and we are so excited to share that she has opened up her schedule even more and is coming full time with us!
So what better time to have y’all get to know her even better?!
Below is a fun interview we had with Zoe so y’all can get to know her!
iLW: Where did you go to school? What degree(s) do you hold?
Zoe: I studied at the University of Texas in Austin, where I got my bachelors degree in Nutritional Science. I completed 1200 hours of supervised practiced in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at the University of Texas at Austin for my dietetic internship.
iLW: Describe your best day ever.
Zoe: My best day would be going to a yoga class at Black Swan Yoga, followed up with breakfast tacos at Taco Deli, and then going hiking with friends and family.
iLW: If you had a super power, what would it be?
Zoe: I would want the power to teleport anywhere in the world. It would save so much time and money. I love learning about other cultures, lifestyles, and cuisines, and there is no better way to learn than to travel.
iLW: How would your best friend describe you?
Zoe: My best friend would describe me as quirky, a great listener, and someone who loves to laugh and eat good food.
iLW: Do you enjoy cooking? What do you cook?
Zoe: I don’t always love cooking for just myself. I tend to have quick, balanced meals onhand for the week days, but I love cooking with friends and family on the weekend. I enjoy baking cakes and making different types of stir fry or tex-mex.
iLW: If you were on a desert island and could take only three foods and one book, what would they be?
Zoe: Three Foods: Macaroni and cheese, Watermelon and Dark chocolate with Sea Salt. Book: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
iLW: As a registered dietitian, what do you wish everyone knew?
Zoe: I wish everyone knew that food should be a joyful experience. I meet so many clients struggling with their relationship with food and stressed out around meal times. I wish the first thing people discussed about food was the joy we can get out of it.
iLW: Who is your role model and why?
Zoe: My Mom. She is one of the most strong and independent women I know. She raised me to think for myself and follow my intuition, and I can’t thank her enough for that.
iLW: Where is your favorite vacation place?
Zoe: Cape Cod, Massachusetts. I love New England, especially in the summer and fall months. The weather is beautiful and the coastal regions have this quaint charm that you really can’t find anywhere else.
iLW: What is your best nutritional advice?
Zoe: My best advice is to always start by listening to your body rather than external advice. Nutrition education and guidance is extremely valuable but only if its in the context of your life and works with your unique needs. Your body’s wisdom is the most valuable information you have when it comes to health and nutrition.
iLW: If you had Aladdin’s lamp and the genie granted you three wishes, what would they be?
Zoe: Can I ask for more wishes? Okay, but really…
- To end world hunger in a way that is sustainable for the planet.
- For every stray dog/cat to have a home and family.
- An endless supply of dark chocolate.
iLW: What experience as an RD has been life-changing?
Zoe: Wow, it’s hard to choose just one experience or moment. I think just having the opportunity to meet so many different people from different backgrounds and cultures. It has opened my mind to the different experiences and ideas people have, which is something you really can’t learn unless you’re connecting with people. I love that my job allows me to connect with others and create safe spaces for people talk and share their journeys around health and food.
iLW: What do you like to do for fun when you are not seeing clients?
Zoe: I love spending time with friends, whether it’s watching movies, playing video games, going hiking, or kayaking. On my own, I enjoy listening to podcasts, bouldering, yoga, and watching new shows on Netflix.
iLW: Why did you choose to become an RD?
Zoe: I was very interested in biology and biochemistry in high school – science has always been my favorite subject. When I started college, I knew that I really wanted a job being of service to people, so healthcare seemed like a good fit for me. After speaking with some nutrition majors, I realized that being a dietitian had all the elements of connecting with and helping people, as well as getting to apply the science I was so passionate about.
Thank you to Zoe for sharing herself with us! To read Zoe’s full bio, please click here.
Adrien Paczosa is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian practicing in Austin, Texas and the surrounding counties.
She is the owner and founder of I Live Well Nutrition her Dietitian practice which started in 2007 and serves clients in the Austin, Texas area in two locations. Fearless Practitioners, the division of her business that offers training to dietitians and wellness professionals.