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Mar
12
2015

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 patriciachuey.com 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
Jan
22
2015

Column concepts: What goes into writing a regular nutrition column?

JenSygo1.jpgJennifer Sygo, M.Sc., is a registered dietitian and sports nutritionist with Cleveland Clinic Canada, and the nutrition columnist for the National Post. Her first book, Unmasking Superfoods: The Truth and Hype Behind Acai, Quinoa, Chia, Blueberries and More, was published by HarperCollins Canada in 2014 and reached best-seller status.  You can reach her at jsygo@rogers.com, on Twitter at @JenniferSygo, or visit her website at www.jennifersygo.com.

I started writing the nutrition column for the National Post in 2007 while working at Cleveland Clinic Canada.  Since then, I have written about 250 columns that have appeared online and in print, on topics ranging from eating disorders to the importance of bees to our food system.

I currently write two full-length 600-800 word columns per month, as well as an online feature, called "Nutrition Bites," which provides a short answer to a common or timely nutrition question (e.g. "do I really need eight cups of water per day?"). Starting in 2015, I’ll also be filming a series of video columns for the National Post website.

Initially, I spent quite a bit of time writing and editing each column... continue reading

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