Hello! Thank you for stopping by Dish on the Run (formerly Edible Psychology). My name is Emily, and I am an aspiring clinical psychologist, a wannabe chef, and the author of this blog. I am originally from the US, but I currently live in England.
Dish On The Run Background
I started writing this blog at the end of 2011 when I was trying to change the trajectory of my career path, and I was in the middle of looking for a job. At that point, I had recently completed a neuropsychology-focused PhD in England followed by several months travelling and spending time with my family and friends back in the US.
For a whole range reasons, I decided at the beginning of 2013 that I wanted to change the focus and also the name of the blog. I still want to write about psychology and my progress toward reaching my goal of becoming a clinical psychologist, but once I started working full-time as an Assistant Psychologist, as well as applying for clinical psychology doctorate programs, I found that I no longer had the time or the motivation to write either the number or the depth of psychology posts I had originally intended. In addition, I no longer had time (particularly during daylight hours) to develop recipes and cook and photograph complex, beautiful meals. Instead, I found myself coming up with more and more quick and easy meals (all dairy-free and mostly vegetarian) that could be thrown together on week-nights with time left for exercise and a bit of relaxation or socialising.
Apart from psychology and food, I also started to feel like I wanted to share a bit about my attempts (and sometimes failures) to stay motivated and get into a regular exercise routine, as well as more about my day to day life here in England. This blog has been a wonderful way for me to keep in touch with family and friends who are far away, and to share a bit of what it’s like to live abroad, so I am hoping to be able to do more of this.
Why Dish On The Run?
For many months, my blogging took a back-seat to all of the other things I was trying to do, but my hope is that by changing the focus of the blog, I will be more able to integrate my writing with my current lifestyle.
I therefore wanted a blog name that somehow reflected all of these different aspects of my current lifestyle and interests, and it took me many months to dream up something which seemed appropriate, and which wasn’t already taken!
So….have you ever heard the nursery rhyme:
“Hey diddle diddle, the Cat and the fiddle, the Cow jumped over the moon, the little Dog laughed to see such a sport, and the Dish ran away with the Spoon.”
Well, when I was trying to come up with a name, that rhyme popped into my head one day and the more I found out about it, the more fitting it seemed.
I found out that it was an English nursery rhyme, but it was also a rhyme which I had learned growing up in the US, so it clearly spanned both continents. Since the rhyme doesn’t seem to have a set meaning, I decided that I could pick it apart to fit my own needs, and I found all sorts of reasons why it seemed fitting, including the Cow jumping over the moon (since I can’t eat any dairy products).
It still took me a little while to work out how I wanted to use this rhyme, but when I came up with Dish On The Run and realised that the website was available, I liked that it could have several meanings, including sharing a bit of information in a hurry, a dish/meal put together quickly, or, perhaps with a bit of imagination, it could include running/exercise.
In addition to developing some sort of strange hybrid Wisconsin/Manchester/Yorkshire accent (still mostly Wisconsin), I have developed my own written language, as I normally adapt my word choices and spelling based on whether I am writing to someone in the US or the UK. However, I am hoping that people from both countries (and more :-)) will be reading this, and so I will use some combination of words and spellings rather than strictly sticking to one or the other.
Disclaimer: Please note that although I may discuss topics relevant to clinical psychology and food/nutrition, I am not a trained clinical psychologist or nutritionist. The views I write about in this blog are simply my own views and not in any way meant to advise anyone on any psychological, neuropsychological, or nutritional/digestive conditions or treatments. I am not qualified to act as a health professional in any form, so although I am happy to share what my experiences have been and what has worked for me, if you have any physical or mental health concerns, please contact a trained professional.
Thanks again for checking out my blog! I hope you enjoy it, and I always love to hear from readers with comments, questions, or suggestions.