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Apr
06
2017

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
 
 
Nov
17
2016

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
 
Jun
16
2016

Dietitian off duty in Haiti – 6 unexpected food observations

A Maritimes dietitian reflects on her food and nutrition related experiences while volunteering in Port au Prince, Haiti.


JFM-HS1.jpgJohanna McLeod graduated with a BSc in Applied Human Nutrition from Mount Saint Vincent University in 2000. Currently she is working at an occupational rehabilitation centre supporting injured workers by way of nutrition at WorkSafeNB in Saint John. Outside of working part time, you will find her volunteering between her three children’s elementary schools, children’s programs at her church, or at Outflow ministries. Johanna recently spent nine days in Haiti doing construction work and building relationships and trust in the community of Mais Gate.  

Haiti is considered the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with income per capita estimated at $2 USD per day.1, 2  Residents deal with political instability, poor nutrition, deficient sanitation systems, and reduced access to health care services and vaccinations. The earthquake on January 12, 2010 made life even more challenging for the people of Haiti.

In December 2015, I had the opportunity to go with a team of five on a nine day trip to the Haitian capital of Port au Prince. This trip (not related to work) was part of a three year partnership between Kings Church (Saint John, NB) and l’Eglise Wesleyanne de Mais Gate (Haiti) to do construction work at their school and build relationships and trust in the community of Mais Gate. continue reading
Jun
02
2016

London adventures: Working as an unlicensed dietitian abroad

A Vancouver-based dietitian shares her adventures and unique job opportunities while seeking employment in the United Kingdom.


Laura-Ledas-HS1.pngLaura Ledas graduated from the UBC dietetics program in June 2014 after completing a 10-month internship in Northern British Columbia.  One week later, she moved to London, England and experienced what it was like to work as a dietitian abroad. She has since returned to Canada and is working as a dietitian at a long term care centre in West Vancouver, has a private practice at Expert Physio, and is a master trainer with Food Skills for Families, run by the Canadian Diabetes Association. Find Laura on LinkedIn or Twitter @lauraledas.

You may quiver knowing that I decided to move to the fish and chips capital of the world to further my career in the food and nutrition field. I was warned that I’d have my work cut out for me with much of the population consuming potatoes and mushy peas as their main sources of vegetables.
 
London is known for their unwavering devotion to the royals, an iconic nursery rhyme bridge, love for the handsome David Beckham and, of course, hearty pub food paired with bottomless pints of beer.
 
For those of you who have visited this vibrant city and for those of you who may travel there in the future, I want to open your eyes to the lesser known green smoothie drinking and organic food eating experience that I stumbled upon while living in West Kensington for 14 months. continue reading
Oct
01
2015

An intern learns about type 1 diabetes – bootcamp style [Camp Huronda part 2]

A soon to be RD shares her unforgettable experience interning at a camp for children with type 1 diabetes.


AM-Headshot1.jpgAustina Mui is a graduate student in the Master of Health Science program (Nutrition Communication) at Ryerson University. She values helping others achieve healthier lifestyles through her professional and volunteering experiences. Austina also has a passion for working with children and adolescents. After completing an internship placement at Camp Huronda this past summer, Austina plans to pursue a career in chronic disease management and health promotion with the pediatric population. You can connect with her through LinkedIn or at austina.mui@ryerson.ca.

I never would have imagined an internship placement in Huntsville, Ontario – sleeping in a cabin, overlooking Lake Waseosa, being surrounded by nature’s best, spending time with young campers, and exploring the great outdoors. But, here I was doing just that at Camp Huronda!
 
As I arrived on the campgrounds and stepped out of my car, I was surrounded by wilderness. I could see Lake Waseosa in the distance, hear animals calling from afar, and smell the freshness of the air around me. Everything seemed so foreign to me, but I was ready to embark on this new learning adventure. continue reading
 
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