GBFB is committed to healthy lives and communities through the food we distribute and through nutrition education. During National Nutrition Month®, Team GBFB will share how we lead healthy lives through diet and being active. Enjoy!
Meet Carol Tienken, Chief Operating Officer and VP of Distribution.
I oversee the flow of food in and out of The Greater Boston Food Bank and focus on how we can, in partnership with others, End Hunger Here in eastern Massachusetts. I have been with GBFB for over 15 years and have been part of a team that has grown in size and in sophistication. It is a demanding and gratifying job to serve. Over the years, our team members have taught me a lot about food and nutrition, and that feeding people is not just about calories.
Carol’s Healthy Lifestyle
In this context (and with the march of time), I made a lifestyle change a few years ago that significantly reduced the fat and carbohydrates I consumed. That meant learning more about protein and cooking creatively enough to ensure that I didn’t crave the pasta and cheeses I absolutely loved. It also meant eating healthy meals at regular intervals. The result was a significant weight loss, which was needed, and an increase in energy. Adopting a dog helped with the daily exercise, too.
National Nutrition Month Tip
My breakfast pancake is made of oat bran and yogurt. I flavor it with artificial sweetener and cinnamon. And I usually top it with a good dollop, about ¼ cup, of cottage cheese for protein. It is warm and filling and I think gives me a great start. It’s not hard to make at all.