Welcome to Eat Wild Greens! My name is Cole Adam, but I also respond to Adam Cole (ah, the perks of having two first names). Originally from Wisconsin, I currently live in Denver, Colorado with my beautiful wife, Lindsay, and our rescue dog, Mowgli. Lindsay is a self-proclaimed Harry Potter nerd who could live off avocado toast and has a not-so-secret crush on Aaron Rodgers (along with every other Wisconsin girl). Mowgli spends his days napping in the sun, howling at fire trucks, and begging for sweet potatoes and/or peanut butter. When I’m not working on this blog or at my hospital job, I can be found scrambling around my kitchen, hiking in the Rocky Mountains, or watching Netflix documentaries. I quote Seinfeld at least twice a day, appreciate fundamentally-sound basketball, and think mustard is an underrated condiment.
I earned my degree in nutrition science from the University of Wisconsin, completed my dietetic internship in Arizona, and for the past six years (and counting) have worked as a clinical dietitian in a hospital setting.
Why did I start this blog?
I started this blog because, as a dietitian, I want to help people consume foods that promote health and vitality while keeping chronic diseases at bay. This, unfortunately, is easier said than done. It’s been shown that people often face three challenges when trying to improve their diet. The first is an understanding of what a healthy diet actually entails. The second is access to healthy and affordable food. The third is knowledge on how to cook and prepare meals using healthy ingredients. This blog will address two of these three gaps by providing evidence-based information on food/nutrition, as well as recipes that incorporate these foods. A future goal of mine is to start a small-scale, organic farm that donates or sells produce at a discounted price to low-income communities.
In addition to food/nutrition, I’ve become extremely interested in other factors that contribute to health and longevity. Our mental and emotional health, how often we exercise, and the environment we live in, all work to either promote or undermine our health. These topics will also be covered on this blog, making it a well-rounded guide to help you live a long, healthy, and happy life!
Why Eat Wild Greens?
Eat Wild Greens is a nod to the Mediterranean diet, specifically as it pertains to the Greek island of Crete, where the Mediterranean diet was first described. On Crete, locals would, and still do, forage for wild greens, which are collectively referred to as “horta”. These greens were typically eaten every day, either baked into “green pies” or cooked with olive oil and spritzed with lemon juice. Similar to spinach or kale, wild greens are loaded with antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients. Regular consumption of foraged greens likely played a major role in the health and longevity that the Cretan people are so well known for. Since the promotion of health and longevity is the goal of this blog, I figured why not start with the title!