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I am Samantha Attard, PhD, and my mission is to help you become a happier, healthier human.
This mission is why I :
- researched nutrition and earned my PhD in public health.
- trained and teach as a Vinyasa yoga instructor.
- studied and follow the best nutrition and wellness practices from Western and Eastern medicine.
It’s led to knowledge and deep insights that can have a powerful impact on your life.
I pursued my PhD in Nutrition so I could finally learn what people are "supposed" to eat. I dove into massive epidemiologic studies to tease out the causes of diabetes, hypertension, and excess weight in populations across the globe.
But do you know what I discovered? I found out that there is no one "right" diet.
We all have individualized needs.
We all have different preferences and barriers in our quest to live a healthy life.
We all need to learn to listen to our bodies to figure out what it is that makes us actually feel good.
I realized that even the most advanced scientists in the world can't pin down an exact diet that's best for everyone! So, I returned to my previous studies of Ayurveda (the ancient Indian medical system) and Traditional Chinese Medicine for explanation.
Both Ayurveda and TCM recognize that we all have individual needs. There is a season and a rhythm to our lives. We all require our own set of habits and routines that allow us to function at our best.
I recognized an exciting opportunity to bring this ancient wisdom into a modern context. I combine a rigorous training in modern nutrition with a deep understanding of nutrition practices that have withstood the test of time.
The best part is that I get to use this knowledge to benefit YOU! My years of studying Eastern and Western nutrition culminate in a wealth of knowledge that can help you figure out how to make your body feel it's best.
This information is too good NOT to share! I am so immensely grateful that I get to work with you to help you discover your best path to wellness and ease.
With some smart, insightful strategies, you will be a powerful force of happiness and health. Happy Healthy Human provides blogs and ebooks, an online community, in person and online workshops, as well as health and wellness coaching that makes wellness personal again. We help you clarify what happiness and health means for you and then implement a plan to achieve your customized goals. It’s a one-two punch that will leave you feeling calm, connected, and confident.
Happy Healthy Human
April 2014 - present
Happy Healthy Human provides the information, resources, and services that busy professionals need to live their best life!
Adjunct Professorial Lecturer
August 2015 - present
UNC Chapel Hill
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
2010 - 2015
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
2006 - 2010
January 2015 - March 2016
Introduction to Nutrition
American University (HPRM 205)
Also, is there really a difference between "good" carbs and "bad" carbs?
I usually hear people said that having a big meal in the morning is the healthy or having 5 to 6 small meals a day. But I also hear others said that it doesn't matter when you have your meals, as long as you have enough calories intake in one day. What's your opinion on this?
... and how does Vinyasa yoga differ from "regular" yoga, hot yoga, or any of the other types of yoga that are out there?