This is the latest post in our “Meet the Board” series. Each Monday, we’ll feature one of our 2017-18 board members, not stopping until we run out of board members (in late January).
Emily Haymond, MS, RDN
I am currently the Clinical Nutrition Manger for Covenant Shores on Mercer Island and enjoy working with individuals on nutrition for healthy aging. I absolutely love food (cooking, growing and eating) and love sharing that with all the residents I serve. In my free time, I love to run, bike, hike, travel and cook for family and friends.
Favorite meal: Most definitely brunch. It has been a Sunday tradition at my house for years. My friends come over, some bring champagne and OJ, others bring coffee and fruit. I always make some kind of main dish and we sit and laugh and talk for hours. We used to do the Onion crossword puzzle when they still printed copies of the paper and our one friend Jon could cook breakfast while the others frantically worked through the clues and he would eventually sit down and join us and ultimately finish the puzzle before everyone else. When I moved to Seattle I was determined to keep this tradition going and while it’s not every Sunday, my friends and I do make it a point to make brunch happen at least once a month.
Favorite physical activity: I love to run. I didn’t always love it, but then I had a major accident before my senior year of college and I something changed. Running was the only time I felt good and it gave me the space to think and feel all of the emotions and challenges of that year. To this day I can’t stop and this love has taken me to run races all over the country—even Paris!
Favorite travel destination: That’s a hard question to answer because I love to travel and have been so blessed to travel all over the world. When I travel it is definitely around food; I am always thinking of what local cuisine I will get to try next. I think the best was in Fukuoka, Japan, where I ate in yatai on street corner with no menu and only our couch surfing host to order us dish after dish of the most amazing traditional Japanese food. I still dream about the ramen.
Favorite hobbies: I love any and all things crafty. I am addicted to Pinterest and have a house full of things I have made for myself.
Something most people don’t know about me: I love to bake, in particular wedding cakes. I think some people assume that because your a dietitian you eat only healthy things and so people are generally surprised when I tell them about my secret love. I started making cakes for friends’ weddings when we were young and poor and didn’t have tons of money to spend on cakes and I have learned and grown from there. I think it is my favorite way to be involved in someone’s special day.