After enjoying various jobs which included tour and production catering, bar and restaurant management and as cabin crew - travelling the world and enjoying different foods and culture, I went back to University for 4 years to qualify as a Registered Dietitian.
All of my previous work and experience had led me to find a career which included my love of food, cooking, science and people - specifically being able to help people by translating sometimes complicated nutrition science into useful, practical information.
What is a dietitian?
A dietitian is a degree-qualified health professional who:
• helps to promote nutritional well-being, treat disease and prevent nutrition-related problems
• teach in higher education.
• provides practical, safe advice, based
on current scientific evidence
• holds a graduate qualification in nutrition and dietetics in the UK
What do dietitians do?
• translate nutrition science into understandable, practical information about food, allowing people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices
• treat a range of medical conditions with dietary therapy, specially tailored to each individual.
• advise on healthy eating for all ages, races, cultures and social groups.
• conduct research relating to health, diet and nutrition.
Only dietitians registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) can use the legally protected title ‘dietitian’ and Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals to be regulated by law and governed an ethical code, to ensure that they always work to the highest standard.
(from the British Dietetic Association)
In contrast, the term ‘nutritionist’ is not protected and so although there are some highly qualified nutritionists, literally anyone could call themselves a Nutritionist. If you’re unsure, remember to check their qualifications.
Since qualifying, I have worked in the NHS - in clinical and community settings, in Public Health - with children, families and local government and now as a freelance dietitian with my company: Level Up Nutrition Ltd. I have experience with a range of medical conditions, from diabetes, coeliac, malnutrition, oncology (cancer care) heart health, COPD and many others.
I also offer nutrition workshops where I translate the nutrition science that we’ve learned into practical cookery skills and meal ideas.
I am passionate about helping people to find the best way to eat FOR THEM - as there is no one-size-fits-all in nutrition. I don’t use and faddy diets and I help people to cope with their body confidence issues, enjoy eating and tailoring advice to help people reach their health goals on their own terms.
I am a member of the British Dietetic Association (our UK regulatory body) and attend regular clinical nutrition update meetings and workshops with other nutrition professionals in Brighton & Hove - alongside my own passion for burying my nose in research papers.
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