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5 Reasons why my restaurant training is essential to my dietetic practice

A dietitian who has travelled the world working in varies areas of the food industry – from a chef to farm worker – shares how it’s enhanced her career as a dietitian. 

RC-HS1.jpgRenée Chan is a registered dietitian in Canada and the United States. She comes from a family history of diabetes, heart disease, thyroid issues, and Alzheimer’s Disease and is driven to help others with similar concerns. After receiving a Bachelor’s of Science from The University of California, San Diego she went on to New York University to pursue a Master’s of Science in Clinical Nutrition. It was while studying at NYU that she first immersed herself in the restaurant industry as a waitress. After working as a registered dietitian in New York, she went abroad to France to work in organic farms in transition to a residency in Hong Kong. After receiving an MBA from Camden University, she now has rooted herself in Vancouver with The True Nosh Co. with hopes to stay for good.

​I moved to New York City to pursue a clinical nutrition degree and eventually become a dietitian, but, ultimately, the restaurants are what rooted me there for over six years. They made all the winters worth it because being inside these magical institutions shaped who I am today.
My first waitressing job was at a Scandinavian restaurant. It was there that I really began to think about why I originally became a dietitian. I liked to observe people’s ordering habits and how they would eat. Ever since then, I immersed myself into every aspect of the restaurant industry. continue reading

Leverage your core strengths: 7 tips to consider when starting a business

A dietitian from Toronto shares her solid approach to starting your own company.

LisaMina-HS1.jpegLisa Mina is a dietitian from Toronto who recently founded her own nutrition and health consulting company, FoodHealth.  She has over 20 years of experience in various sectors. Lisa’s led work on consumer and health professional nutrition communication, nutrition policy, regulatory affairs, public-private collaborations, issues management, nutrition research, and business strategies. She completed a BASc. in Applied Human Nutrition at the University of Guelph and an MBA at Royal Roads University, BC. Lisa is a mom, loves to travel, and to run long distance. If you’d like to stay connected with her, please visit her website at and sign-up to receive her new newsletter. Lisa's email is

In 2015, I launched FoodHealth, a nutrition consulting company that helps organizations take action on nutrition and health strategies that reach the public, health professionals, and other stakeholders.
Why did I start my own business? Being able to lead my work, my opportunities, my time, and my learning inspired me. I was personally and professionally ready to take more risk and explore a less charted path. continue reading

How to use stock photos to make your nutrition business stand out

Andrea Hardy discusses how to ensure you don't misuse other photographers’ images and shares her top five photo resources. 

Andrea-Hardy-HS1.jpgAndrea Hardy completed her dietetics degree at the University of Alberta and runs a private practice, called Ignite Nutrition Inc. She is a huge advocate for ensuring dietitians are seen as the go-to nutrition experts online. Andrea runs e-courses and a blog to help dietitians stand out on social media. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram @AndreaHardyRD, or  get in touch with her via email at

I started a blog as a way to get my voice heard through all the nutrition noise out there, as I am sure many other dietitians do. I wanted a way to stand up to all those self-proclaimed “nutrition gurus” prescribing 12 bananas a day as the holy grail to better health.

I assumed that people would rather hear quality nutrition advice, and naively believed growing a following would be easy. Well, as I’m sure all you bloggers out there know, that is not the case. continue reading

Increasing access to dietitians: 5 myths about direct billing addressed

Susan Watson helps dietitians understand how to utilize medical insurance to increase access to dietitian services in private practice. 

SW-HS1.jpegSusan Watson is a tech savvy, trend seeking, social media addicted, entrepreneurial dietitian. She spoke about her experiences with direct billing at the 2016 DC National Conference in Winnipeg. Susan is the co-chair of the DC consulting dietitian’s network. Email Susan if you would like more information on direct billing for your practice at You can also connect with Susan on Instagram and Twitter @LittleNutrition

Four years ago, I transformed the way I ran my business by deciding to offer direct billing services to my clients. At the time, I was primarily a stay-at-home mom seeing a few clients a couple nights a week, and had plenty of time to take on a bit of extra paperwork. I didn’t really know what I was doing, but had the time to learn, along with the admin staff at the clinics I worked out of to help me along the way.
I knew that there was a large demand for direct billing from my clients, but I had no idea that offering this service would actually triple my business. It got to the point where I had to hire a team of dietitians to meet the client demand. continue reading

How an innovative blog series is putting a face to the dietetics profession

Steph Langdon helps to raise the profile of dietitians with her blog series, “What RDs Do.”

SLHS1.jpgSteph Langdon is a Saskatoon based consulting dietitian and entrepreneur. She recently started an interview series profiling the various roles of dietitians on her blog and has been overwhelmed with support. As a work-at-home mom, she has embraced blogging and social media to promote dietitians and clear up misconceptions. Email Steph if you’d like to be featured in her series. She can be reached at You can also connect with Steph on LinkedIn, or follow her on Facebook , Instagram or Twitter @NutrishusRD.

Ten months ago, I started a blog series aimed at putting a face to the dietetics profession and helping us understand the unique skill sets and the diversity that exists among us.

This series was inspired by a fellow dietitian commenting that, “Dietitians don’t just blog about food trends all day.” To which I thought, “Yes, some do.” If we, as dietitians, don’t know what many others in our profession do, how can we expect the public to? continue reading
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