Barbara Spalding’s Simple Chicken Curry
This month I want to highlight Culinary Registered Dietitian Barbara Spalding, RDN who cooks with passion and zest for life and world-wide flavors! Her recipes are sought after for their international flavors and ease of cooking!
Who is Barbara?
Barbara has lived a double life for over 14 years. In her “real life” she is a Culinary Registered Dietitian with a passion to cook healthy international cuisine, but in her “other life,” she is a long-term breast cancer patient and survivor. And sometimes, on treatment days, or when Barbara is not feeling well, her two lives collide. Sometimes this collision interferes with pursuing her purpose in life – her passion for cooking and for helping others build resilience and thrive in life, despite their diagnosis.
What have you learned during your double life journey?
I’ve learned a lot during my journey, not the least of which is to slow down and follow my passion. I have discovered the power of spending time in nature, sitting quietly to meditate, and sharing a great meal with family and friends.
What does your nutrition practice look like?
About a year ago I decided to stop seeing private patients and to concentrate my efforts on writing, teaching, and giving presentations. I also spend a lot of time on taking care of myself by following a healthy diet, exercising for at least 30 minutes on most days, and steering clear of smoking, drinking alcohol and working on building my own resilience so that I can help others who may be facing challenges in their lives.
Why did you become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?
I became an RDN as a second career, after my first career as an entrepreneur when I built my first business, a health insurance and employee benefits firm. As the health insurance industry changed it became apparent to me that I wanted to be on the preventive side of the equation, instead of spending all my time fighting with insurance companies to pay for medical care after someone is already sick.
What is your food philosophy?
I believe food should be easy to prepare and that enjoying a nice meal with friends or family, and good conversation, is one of the great pleasures of life. Whether you are also in your second act or simply looking for inspiration to use in your kitchen, I’m on a mission to share everything I’ve learned about food, ingredients, recipes, cooking techniques, nutrition, and resilience so you can relax, enjoy your meals, and savor your world.
Where is Barbara?
Check out Barbara’s beautiful delicious recipes as she helps you savor your world at Second Act Kitchen.
Join Barbara at Breast Cancer Wonderland as she demystifies breast cancer through her own personal experience, and scientific and clinical training. She shows you that you are not a victim and you can help yourself with her ideas on mindfulness, self-care, stress reduction, comfort foods, physical activity, overcoming fatigue, appetite boosters, overcoming side effects and many more!
Barbara reminds us that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this month has become an important time for fundraisers, walk-runs, and pink ribbons everywhere. But we must remember what science has shown to help reduce the risk of developing breast cancer.
Barbara and I can’t wait to hear from you!