Marianne is a registered dietitian with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nutrition. Upon finishing her undergraduate education, she worked as a community nutritionist. Feeling the desire to learn more, she headed back to school with a focus on community nutrition. Soon after having her first child, she became a registered dietitian and, always wanting to be a stay-at-home mom, eagerly applied her knowledge to her growing family. Over the years, Marianne and her husband, Curt, had two more daughters. Marianne stayed in touch with the community by teaching lessons on nutrition to their schools and local organizations. Currently, Marianne still enjoys being a stay-at-home mom and this blog allows her to share her interests in clean eating and slow food with the largest community out there… the global community.
Marianne and Curt moved their family to Apex, North Carolina in 2010 and have enjoyed every day of Carolina living. Despite being states away from their parents and siblings, they truly feel surrounded by family through the bonds of neighbors and friends.
With three girls, there is rarely a dull moment in the house. Marianne’s oldest, Caroline, just started middle school and joined a competitive cheer team. (Go, Apex!) She is always up for a challenge, and right now she is desperately trying to convince her parents to let her get her own Instagram account!
Stephanie is in 4th grade and on the chess club at school. She is a huge dog lover! For years all she would speak of was dogs and puppies. Finally, for her 7th birthday, we welcomed a sweet, tiny puppy into our family. We love our rat terrier, Faith!!
Charlotte, the baby of the family, is a ball of energy! She is in first grade but believes she is capable of accomplishing anything her older sisters can do – and she usually comes pretty close! Charlotte loves swimming, running, reading, and drawing, but her true love is her blanket Brownie.
This summer the family worked together to establish their first garden. The intent was to teach the girls the benefits of growing their own food while providing a rudimentary backyard farm-to-table experience. Although, it was productive in fragrant basil, delicious cucumbers, and one amazing cantaloupe, the watermelons never grew larger than the size of racquetballs. The family did observe the higher quality of produce when picked fresh compared to when it is purchased from the store. They also learned that there is much more to gardening than planting seeds.
Marianne hopes to convey through this blog the relative simplicity of eating a healthy diet. It can be so confusing with all the trends, products, and information out there on nutrition. Stay tuned, stay healthy, and stay Pretty in the Peak!