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YouTube: A great nutrition communication tool that most dietitians know nothing about

Abbey Sharp, who has had over 50,000 views on a single YouTube video, shares insider tips that may inspire you to join her online.

ASHS100.jpgAbbey Sharp is a registered dietitian, an avid food writer and blogger, a TV and radio personality, a food brand spokesperson, a recipe developer, a food event hostess, and the founder of Abbey's Kitchen Inc. Abbey believes that a pleasurable relationship with food is inherently essential for good health and shares this unique philosophy through her regular contributions to The Marilyn Denis Show (CTV), Best Health Magazine, and her hit YouTube series, Abbey’s Kitchen. Check out her blog, subscribe to her YouTube channel, or follow her on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram).
A lot of people ask me what I do for a living, and I never really know what answer to give them. I usually begin by describing myself as a “media registered dietitian,” but if I go into a further description it is often pretty lengthy. I’m a blogger, spokesperson, recipe developer, freelance food and nutrition writer, TV expert, and now, I’m a relatively successful (yet still pretty new) YouTuber.
Moving to digital video communications seemed like a natural progression for me after I had reached a level of stability and readership with my blog, Abbey’s Kitchen. I had done a short 12-webisode series three years ago upon launching myself full time into blogging, but had shied away from it after that because of the financial commitment.
Shooting 12 short videos meant hiring a film crew, editor, and a makeup and hair stylist. After that, I needed to buy music, groceries, props, and rent film equipment. I easily sunk over $10,000 into the whole thing and got somewhere around 500 minutes of video. continue reading

10 tested tips for giving exceptional food demonstrations

Kristyn Hall, a food, nutrition and culinary coach, shares her insight on conducting food demonstrations and discusses why you should be doing them.

KHHS1.jpgKristyn Hall is a consulting registered dietitian and food, nutrition & culinary coach based out of Calgary AB. Kristyn leads culinary nutrition cooking classes and food demonstrations for the public and professionals, and provides individual coaching. She enjoys helping people discover the pleasure of eating great-tasting food that nourishes their health and wellness. Kristyn has worked with diverse media, including CTV news, City TV, Global Calgary, various newspapers and radio stations. She also writes for the Alberta Milk Easy, Tasty, Healthy Blog. You can connect with her through Facebook, Twitter, follow her blog, or take one of her classes. 

While I can talk for hours about food, nutrition, and the importance of eating less processed foods, I have found that the best way to people’s minds is through their stomachs. When I include a food demonstration as part of my nutrition education presentations, people are inspired to go home to make the nutrient-rich food I just showed them how to prepare.  Food demonstrations increase the impact of my presentations. Getting people cooking and preparing nutrient-rich foods encourages them to eat more of these foods! continue reading

So, you want to write a book? Six lessons learned by a first time author

A dietitian shares her insightful journey to becoming a published writer.

DNHS1.jpgDesiree Nielsen is a registered dietitian in private practice and consulting in Vancouver BC, with a focus on plant-centred diets, inflammation and digestive health. She is the author of “Un-Junk Your Diet: How to shop, cook and eat to fight inflammation and feel better, forever” and “Banish the Bloat: A 21 Day Digestive Health Program.” Desiree is also co-chair of the Dietitians of Canada Integrative and Functional Nutrition Network. Connect with Desiree on Twitter @desireerd, Facebook, and Instagram @desireenielsenrd or check out her website at

Writing a best-selling nutrition book is a sure fire way to success…but how do you get there? For me, the dream of writing a book was a career goal even before I entered the field of dietetics. Finding the time to do it was another matter.
As a first time mom I thought, rather naively, that I should be able to hammer out a manuscript on my mat leave. Not so. Writing for an hour a night with a full time job and a toddler? It just wasn’t working. I was going to have to figure out another plan. continue reading

Accidentally inventing a food product – you could do it too!

PCHS1.jpgPatricia Chuey is a BC-based dietitian and food communications expert known as The People’s Dietitian. In 2014, she was awarded Fellowship in Dietitians of Canada and an Alumni of Influence award from the University of Saskatchewan for her work in encouraging Canadians to live healthy. A diagnosis of celiac disease, followed by a frustrating quest to find a tasty, nutritious gluten free flour, suitable for baking, led to Patricia becoming a food developer. She can be reached through or on Facebook/Twitter @PatriciaChuey.

One of the best things about being in a line of work that impacts 100% of people on the planet, with the subject matter being food, is that the opportunities to support consumers in their quest for well-being seem endless. I often describe a dietitian’s career path as being like a beautiful fruit tree with a solid root base of science and food education that goes on to branch out in many directions as it grows. As an entrepreneurial dietitian, watching my branches grow has felt far more like play than work. continue reading

My First Years as a Dietitian Entrepreneur: Top 3 Things You Need To Know Before You Get Started

Stephanie Clairmont, MHSc, RD, is an entrepreneur, culinary dietitian, and owner of the Clairmont Digestive Clinic in Waterloo, Ontario. She is a speaker, consultant, and cooking instructor on all things surrounding digestive nutrition. Stephanie is also the co-founder of the Demos for Dietitians program, workshops that help dietitians learn culinary skills and how to teach cooking.  Contact Stephanie via her website at

I am Stephanie Clairmont, an entrepreneur and Registered Dietitian. As I write this article and reflect on my journey this far, I realize that the years are starting to blur together. I need to really think to remember when I first started my business as so many things have happened in the past few years. I started my practice part-time in the spring of 2011. I was a dietitian for just 18 months before I realized that I wanted to run my own business. At first, it was because I couldn’t find a job that would allow me to do what I loved to do, so I thought I would make up my own job! I had some ideas on what this business might look like, but wasn’t exactly sure how to make it all happen.  continue reading

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