A Note From Our Director


A Note From Our Director…..

Hi There!

My name is Lynae Beresford and I am excited to take over the position of Director of Columbia’s Cooking. Prior to this, I was a clinical dietitian at Palmetto Health Baptist. I enjoyed the challenges of working in a clinical setting, but I thought it was time to return to what I truly love about nutrition: cooking!  I also co-own a company called Choose Health Nutrition LLP, a nutrition consulting and counseling company.

I’m definitely not a stranger to USC or Columbia’s Cooking. I’ve had Carolina traditions and culture ingrained in me.  I received my BA in Marketing and Finance from USC in 2006 and was a part of the USC Volleyball team, and I also volunteered for Columbia’s Cooking in the past.

Leading a healthy, active lifestyle has always been important to me.  After completing my undergraduate degree, I was a personal trainer and a volleyball coach for four years. I sincerely enjoyed helping others pursue their goals, and it why I decided to become a dietitian and focus more on nutrition.  I completed my Masters in Human Nutrition at Winthrop University in 2013 and followed it up with the SC DHEC dietetic internship to become a registered dietitian.

My food philosophy is simple: eat real food, mostly plants. Ok, technically I stole it from Michael Pollan, but he wrote a book about it so I don’t think he intended on keeping it for himself. Either way it sums up how I feel beautifully. If we focus our diets on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains we are nourishing ourselves with the countless vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients we need to thrive.

Along with my food philosophy I’ve a few strong beliefs about food. I believe that food is powerful. Our food choices are a powerful component in preventing chronic disease. By choosing nutritious foods we are taking a step towards preventing or halting these diseases.  I believe that home cooking is imperative to improving our health. Learning to cook food is the best way to ensure that you’re preparing delicious whole foods that are nourishing.  It is a large step in taking control over what we put in our bodies.  Finally, I believe in the importance of conscious eating.  Also known as mindful eating, it’s critical to pay attention to when and what we eat. Conscious eating involves getting to know yourself by listening to hunger cues but to also know when you’re satiated. Mindless eating, like emotional eating or being disconnected sitting in front of the TV, leads to overeating and not listening to what we truly need. Conscious eating helps develop a strong appreciation for food by being aware of each bite we take. Food is delicious and deserves our appreciation!

I enjoy preparing healthy meals for my family and I want to share my knowledge and have some fun with those who are interested.  I hope that you will join us here at Columbia’s Cooking for a class or two. Feel free to comment on our blog with any ideas for future classes that would interest you. Input is always appreciated. I look forward to this new beginning and to being a part of the USC community again.

Here’s a health, Carolina, forever to thee!



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