We are starting a new thing on the blog called, “Meet the Dietitian” where we are interviewing each dietitian at Courage to Nourish to get to know them a little more personally! In November, we got a chance to sit down with Katie Corcoran to learn about some of her childhood memories, interests and how she got into nutrition. Read on to learn more about Katie!
1.What’s your favorite food today? What was your favorite as a kid?
My favorite food item is bread but I really enjoy mediterranean food and anything with lots of salt and vinegar. For dessert, I loveee something extra fudgey like brownies.
But growing up I have a specific memory of loving mini corn dogs and enjoying peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in my lunch everyday so those two foods are super nostalgic for me!
2. Where are you from? What is your favorite thing about that place?
I grew up in Michigan, spent my whole childhood growing up near the water and exploring everything that the area has to offer. My favorite thing about growing up there were the Great Lakes. They do a great job of preserving the wildlife so it feels untouched and I really like that about it.
In the summer my family and I would go fruit picking. They picked berries, apples and I would often spend time outside kayaking and swimming.
Fun fact: the 2nd most agriculturally diverse state in the US.
3. How did you become interested in nutrition?
I have always loved food, but my interest in nutrition sparked after taking an animal nutrition class as I was originally in school to be a veterinarian.
As I continued my studies, the chemistry and the physiology of nutrition fascinating but by studying animals I felt something was missing. After reading the book intuitive eating, I realized the thing missing was the personal interaction and social component associated with food and the relationship we have with it. In the animal field I didn’t get that social aspect and it clicked that that’s where my passion lied in the nutrition field.
4. What brings you joy in your daily life?
Growing up in Michigan I developed a love for nature and so spending time outside refreshes me; especially sunshine and fresh air.
In my daily life connecting with family and friends brings me joy, just talking with them and updating each other on our lives is so important to me.
5. Are you a dog person or a cat person?
I doesn’t have a grudge against either one but dogs are way more cuddly. Growing up I had a cat that was not very cuddly so this definitely swayed my opinion alittle.
6. Tea or Coffee?
I enjoy tea more. The flavor of coffee is nice but the amount of caffeine in coffee can give me the jitters.
My favorite type of tea: spiced black tea right now and iced tea in the summer. But I do enjoy trying out new varieties.
7. Do you have other aspirations outside of being a dietitian?
I maybe could be an aspiring bread maker. I especially love baking for and with loved ones. All this time I’ve spent at home has allowed me to practice my baking skills and I really enjoy it.
8. What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned.. In life? And as a practicing dietitian?
The most important thing I’ve learned that helps me during sessions: not underestimating the power of being a good listener.
In life, one thing I have to learn over and over again is to not be afraid to ask for help. (This is definitely something we can all connect with.)
Bonus question: What was your favorite class in college as an animal science major?
I took a class on the different roles of companion animals/ service animals and it was cool for me to realize how many different roles animals can play in your life.
Hopefully you got to know our lovely dietitian Katie Corcoran a little better in this interview! If you are interested in learning more about her professionally, head to her page here.
I am currently a student at the University of Maryland in the Dietetics program. It is my last year in the program and I look forward to graduating. The new experiences and opportunities awaiting me are what motivate me to complete my coursework so I am ready to serve as a knowledgeable dietitian in the future. I have had the pleasure of working with Alex and Bobbi for almost two years. During this time I have developed a deep appreciation for the models of thinking they base their practice around. I am able to create content and share about all things Health At Every Size ©, body positive, and even meditation to allow our clients and potential clients on their path to a wonderful, meaningful life without food fears.