The First Nutritionist 

Julia Rudlaff

They weighed me there, 


told me my body was like a car 

requiring fuel, explaining energy equations like a college chemistry class 


My mother sat 

examining the 

food pyramids and charts; 

considering calories, nutrition labels, ingredient lists 


studying the facts and figures 


As if she wasn’t the one who taught me how to count. 

As if she wasn’t the one who taught me how to read. 


Julia Rudlaff is a third-year student at Michigan State University studying English with a creative writing concentration and geoscience. Julia has been writing poetry since middle school and loves experimenting with form and style. Their work primarily explores themes relating to the body, memories, and family relationships. Julia’s work is currently showcased as part of the CREATE! Microgrants exhibits from MSU’s College of Arts and Letters.