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Apr
20
2018

My Reflection about McGill’s Master’s of Science Applied in Human Nutrition- Dietetics Credentialing

Janelle HatchAlaa received her BASc. in Nutrition & Food from Ryerson University in 2015. She went on to receive her master’s degree in Human Nutrition from McGill University in December 2017. As a newly licensed dietitian, Alaa is eager to share her experience as a graduate and dietetic student. In addition to her love of food and nutrition, Alaa enjoys fitness, travelling, and catching up on her latest TV series. Connect with Alaa on LinkedIn.

It was around two and a half years ago, when the exhilaration stemming from my undergraduate commencement began to fade, that the questions that plague most graduates surfaced. What’s next? Did I want to pursue a master’s degree? Did I want to go straight into an internship? Personally, I still had a lot of growing to do and did not feel ready to jump right into an internship. And more importantly, I knew that I wanted to learn more and delve deeper into the field of human nutrition. I guess that answers my question, right?   continue reading

Mar
03
2016

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
Dec
10
2015

Why being diagnosed with cancer was an incredible gift

A dietitian uses her personal experience with cancer to launch a mentorship program and an on-line coaching and support community.


JLHS1.jpgJean LaMantia is a registered dietitian who goes by, “The Cancer Survivor’s Nutrition Voice of Reason.” She combined the experience she gained as a cancer patient and a caregiver with her passion for helping others into an online community, and one-on-one and group mentorship programs. She wrote a best-selling book called, “The Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Guide and Cookbook.” You can connect with her through Facebook, follow her Cancer Bites Blog, or join her Thriving After Cancer Coaching and Support Program.

When I was diagnosed with cancer, I had no idea it would turn out to be such a gift. That might sound awfully strange to you, but if you read on you’ll understand why I feel this way.
 
I was a new dietitian when I was diagnosed with cancer. I had finished my Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) at the University of Guelph, my clinical dietetic internship at Toronto Western, and two full-time temporary job contracts. Then, when I was 27 years old, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (stage IIB extensive), a cancer that originates in the white blood cells (lymphocytes) and spreads to the lymph nodes. continue reading
Sep
11
2014

Dare to dream – 25 years as a veg-RD

Brenda Davis is a leader in her field and an internationally acclaimed speaker. She is the co-author of nine vegetarian and vegan nutrition classics. She is also a contributing author to a tenth book, The Complete Vegetarian. Brenda has authored numerous professional and lay articles. She is the lead dietitian in a diabetes intervention project in Majuro, Marshall Islands. Brenda is a past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association. In 2007, she was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame. Contact Brenda at brendadavis@telus.net, or visit one of her websites: becomingvegan.ca, brendadavisrd.com.

A few weeks ago a young colleague said something that made me smile, “You are living every dietitian's dream.ˮ Twenty-five years ago, these would have been the last words I would have expected to hear from a fellow dietitian. My transition from omnivore to vegetarian occurred while I was a public health nutritionist and a registered dietitian. It has been quite an adventure. continue reading

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