We had the good fortune of connecting with Julia Nordgren, MD and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julia, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
I love the phrase “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” Asking this of myself helps me identify what my dreams and aspirations are, and helps me identify what my fears are. This helps me see things that have value and deep interest to me, and what my true desires are. Asking myself this helps me uncouple the dream from the fear, which then allows me to break down the fears a little bit. It helps me understand what I am afraid of and why. Then I can address them in a way that gives me power and agency over the fears – and not the other way around!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a pediatrician who also went to cooking school to learn more about food. I am most proud of my deep understanding that the food we eat and how we eat is so essential to our well-being as humans. I love being able to go beyond the simple nutritional recommendations and give family the tools and skills to make their eating habits more joyous and health-supporting. I am also very proud of my cookbook, The New Family Table. It incorporates so much of the knowledge I have gained – not only from seeing patients and going to culinary school, but as a parent as well! The recipes and techniques are truly easy and delicious, and I love hearing back at how the book has helped families improve their eating as a whole.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, I really love food, so my trip would be very food-oriented! I live close to San Francisco so an essential stop would be the Ferry Building. We would get Vietnamese food at The Slanted Door, which has incredible food and a brilliant view over the water to the Bay Bridge. We would also wander through all the markets – sample cheese at Cowgirl Creamery, olive oil at Stonehouse, and spend some time drooling over the gorgeous items at Heath Ceramics. We would also go to the produce stand and pick up some fresh berries and dark chocolate. I would also take my guest through the Japanese Tea Gardens, and then to Ghiradelli Square for a fabulous ice cream sundae and a fun walk around the pier. There is often some lively outdoor music which is fun to listen to. At night, I would take them up to the Top of the Mark for some appetizers and classic cocktails with one of the most breathtaking 360 degree views of San Fransisco. And the next day we would zip over to Half Moon Bay for some running around on the beach! The water is super chilly but the views are always majestic.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Definitely my husband. He is the one who understands that I am truly at my best when I am in motion, striving for a professional or personal goal. He helps me move past whatever pesky obstacles arrive in my way. He embraces my dreams as if they were his own, and he shows my children what it is like to be a supportive and loving husband.