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almaty, kazakhkstan, hiking, big almaty lake

Hi! My name is Sheli, and welcome to my adventurous little corner of the internet.  I am originally from Arkansas (Go Hogs!),  a wife, a dog mom, a dietitian, a cook, an occasional baker, a health and fitness enthusiast, a wannabe yogi (I’ll get there someday!), and an expat.

Here you will find quick and easy, healthy and delicious recipes, travel stories and tips, and stories on what it’s like to be living outside of the US in a very different country.

My love for travel came first. My first trip outside of the US (and alone, I might add!), was to visit my uncle in St. Petersburg, Russia during spring break my sophomore year of college. You can read more about that trip here, but even though I was crazy sick the whole trip, I knew I needed to see more of the world.

It wasn’t until the following year that I took my first nutrition course and fell in love with all that is nutrition.

I began college as a pre-med, biology major. Everything was moving right along until . . . (dun, dun, dunnn) . . . organic chemistry. I know what you’re thinking, but I promise you I had the.worst.professor.

So, I flushed my dreams of being a doctor down the drain and changed majors. Twice. The second time to nutrition, which finally stuck. And I’m so glad it did.

After graduating with my bachelor’s, I completed an internship, passed the RD exam, and that’s how I became the dietitian/nutritionista extraordinaire that I am today!

Along the way, I fell in love and married a fellow lover of travel. Since then I’ve lived in Missouri and Washington, D.C., worked at two very large hospitals, one small hospital, and done some private consulting on the side.

My husband finished his PhD/successfully defended his dissertation in International Psychology in May, 2016, and, after much consideration, accepted a 3 year position in Kuwait, so here we are.

Things I’m obsessed with in addition to travel and nutrition:

  • Roxy – my adorable pup
  • Yogi Instagram accounts
  • Food
  • Beaches
  • Undisclosed Podcast (Season 1 Serial fans?? Anyone?)

Again, thanks for stopping by and I hope you come back soon (and bring your friends)! I’d love to hear from you if you have any comments or questions!


Nutritionista Abroad