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Do you have what it takes to live abroad? 3 vital questions to determine the answer

A registered dietitian, now working for the Canadian Forces, shares her passion for living abroad.

TI-HS1.jpgThida Ith is a registered dietitian from Montreal with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nutrition from the Université de Montréal. She also completed a certificate in public relations management at McGill University and a master’s degree in anthropology of food at SOAS (the School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London in England. Since February 2016, Thida is the manager of health promotion for the Canadian Forces (Department of National Defense) in Toronto.  Thida speaks French, English, and Spanish fluently. She also speaks Cambodian at an intermediate level and Portuguese at a beginner’s level. She loves to travel and cook (of course!). You can follow her on Instagram or reach her on LinkedIn (she only accepts new LinkedIn connections if you write a message though!).  

I’m a traveller. This is probably my number one passion (yes, even more so than food). Travelling allows me to explore new territories, meet new people, and open my mind to new ideas.  It inspires and invigorates me.

Of course, I love food too (I wouldn’t be a dietitian otherwise). I love food not only because it can help protect health and it tastes delicious, but also because it connects me with people.

I’ve been a registered dietitian for 15 years now and I’ve been fortunate to have a diverse career so far. I’ve worked in pediatrics, food security, media relations and communications, marketing and international development.

My path has allowed me to develop some skills that have enabled me to live or study abroad. My first international experience (besides short holidays), was in Burkina Faso where I did an internship while still completing my undergraduate degree in nutrition.

I’ve studied for a summer in the Netherlands, worked in Honduras for two years, and studied for a year in the UK. Every one of those experiences taught me invaluable lessons. But my experiences in Canada also prepared me to be able to thrive outside the country. continue reading

Baking our way to Victoria: The life of a student fundraiser

Caitlin Peiris is a 3rd year nutrition student and Dietitians of Canada Senior Liasion at the Universty of Saskatchewan.  She is very interested in pursuing community nutrition and research. Caitlin can be reached at

For university students, money can be hard to come by. Nutrition students at the University of Saskatchewan know this all too well, and we dedicate a lot of time and energy to earning money in creative ways. For as valuable and exciting as the DC National Conference is, getting there on a student budget is no small feat.
As the Dietitians of Canada Liaison for my program, it is my job to facilitate this moneymaking endeavour. This is the story of 20 young women raising $9000 in 3 months to attend the National Conference in Victoria in 2013. continue reading

A Dietitian's Trip to Paris

Lisa is the PEN Quality Assistant in Toronto and also creator of the blog, Adventures of a Dietitian where she writes about the art of eating well and food adventures. 

When I first started taking cooking courses at George Brown College in Toronto a coworker of mine said, “George Brown? Why don’t you just go to Cordon Blue in Paris?” I guess the idea stuck in my head because when a last minute change in plans left me with two weeks of vacation with nowhere to go I started thinking that a trip to Cordon Bleu in Paris might not be a bad idea.   
It turns out that Cordon Bleu offers one-day cooking classes and workshops, which take place in French with English translators. I really wanted to have a full culinary experience while in Paris so I signed up for a couple courses: Paris Market Tour and Cooking for Friends.  continue reading

Souvenirs from Mexico

Lilisha-Headshot.jpgAbout the author: Lilisha Burris, MHSC, RD is a Contact Centre Dietitian and Diabetes Project Specialist at EatRight Ontario and Co-Founder and Director of Dietitians Explore! Education Exchange. 

“I’m very proud that I traveled by myself. I almost can’t believe I did this!  It’s a little scary, too...”
- Excerpt from my journal entry on Monday, February 7th, 2005, the first day of my dietetic internship rotation in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

Preparing to write a blog entry for Practice was the perfect reason to look back at the journal I kept during my international dietetic rotation in Mexico. Re-living that time led me to uncover three lessons that I learned from my time in Mexico that still resonate with me today. continue reading

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