Thanks so much for visiting Smiley Stomach! If you’ve been following along for a while, you may notice that my site looks different than it used to. I am in the process of rebuilding my site to refocus the content I’ll be sharing. Going forward, I will be sharing blog posts about saving time in the kitchen, and making your food dollar stretch. I’ll also be sharing plant-forward recipes focused on produce that’s in season.

I am passionate about serving those affected by food insecurity, but I also believe we can all learn tips and tricks for saving time and money when we are feeding ourselves and nourishing our families. 

For those of you who are new to Smiley Stomach, welcome! My name is Lydia, and I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) from Indiana. I completed my didactic coursework and 1200+ supervised practice hours in Purdue University’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD), and I have been an RDN since July 2021.

Up until this point, I have shared many of my experiences going through undergrad and the dietetic internship on Instagram and YouTube! Dietetics is a growing field, and I feel that it’s important to be transparent about the 5-6 year journey to becoming an RDN. The coursework is rigorous, and the internship is unpaid… it’s not easy, and dietetics is much more than sharing pretty pictures of food!

I am a believer that all foods can fit into a “healthy” diet. My top favorite foods are french fries, ice cream, and pizza. I also love thick fruit smoothies and colorful, loaded salads, and I can appreciate a well-balanced plate. I am here to share realistic nutrition tips and hopefully remind people of the joy that sharing a meal can bring.

Outside of Smiley Stomach things, I love to travel, bike, explore coffee shops, take long walks through Trader Joe’s, and spend time with my loved ones. 

I’m so glad that you’re here, and I hope that you’ll check out my recent blog posts, services I offer, and maybe even subscribe to my monthly newsletter!

Keep finding what makes your stomach smile! With love, Lydia