Some of you are probably meeting me for the first time. Or maybe you know me but don’t really know what I do for work.
You know by now that I’m a dietitian.
But what does that mean and why should that matter to you?
- What I Do as a Dietitian
- Work with the Food Industry
- My clinical experience as a dietitian
- That brings us to today
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What I Do as a Dietitian
Dietitians are the people who have a degree in nutrition, have completed post grad education and have passed a national Registered Dietitian exam.
Contrary to what you might think, I don’t tell people what to eat for a living. I also * don’t work at a hospital. At least not anymore.
Work with the Food Industry
These days, I am a Senior Business Development Manager for a team at a non-profit organization. I work with food companies & brands, retailers, and even the farmers and commodity boards that support them.
I talk to a lot to people who are formulating innovative healthier products and the marketing teams who are trying to make their product stand out in the midst of all the confusing messages out there about health...nutrition in particular.
I also get to be in the room with people who are working to change policies that drive the industry as a whole.
My clinical experience as a dietitian
I worked in clinical nutrition for around 7 years before my current job. For a little while in adult care, everywhere from a long term acute care hospital, a level 1 trauma center, and an oncology floor. But mostly in pediatrics.
GI (Gastroenterology) Clinic
I worked in a GI clinic before gut health was trendy, and I got to be in the GI world when there was emerging research about the gut microbiome and brain/gut connection.
Neonatal ICU (NICU).
I ended my clinical era with the tiniest ones in a neonatal ICU.
The 2 lb preemies who didn’t have a functioning gut, brain, or lungs yet. The ones who hadn’t had a chance to finish growing into a full human before making their way to the outside world. I made sure they got the nutrition they needed to continue developing.
A delicate balance between keeping their fragile body alive while giving them the nutrients they needed to develop the right organ, at the right time, in the right order so everything could function properly together.
Tiny feeding tubes and IV bags.
I calculated macronutrients and micronutrients. Things like a calcium and phosphorus ratio that wouldn’t calcify in the bag but would still give them what they needed to make strong bones.
Enough fat to grow their brain and the right amount of protein and carbs to support their brand new cells.
I like to say that I grew babies for a living.
But that's not really true.
Yes, I gave preemies the nutrients their body needed to continue the growth process.
But a big and important part of my job was helping to support the sweet parents who were fighting for them.
The mamas who were trying to maintain breastmilk supply until their infant was developed enough to be able to drink it (talk about how stress affects milk supply).
The new father who wasn’t able to be at the hospital because he didn’t have leave from work. And he still had to show up at the office because it was his health insurance helping pay the medical bills.
Needless to say, I got a lot of perspective about life in general over my years in the hospitals.
I walked away with a better understanding of nutrition. But also important lessons about the value of life.
That brings us to today
Combine my work experience with my education in nutrition and bam!
I am able to make healthy choices that support my body and also taste good and help support the food brands and farmers I love.
And that’s great!
But What About you?
How will I use my experience and education to help you?
Funny you should ask.... because that's exactly why I started this page! 🙂
I want this to be a place where you can come to get nourishing recipes, education about different aspects of nutrition and wellness, brand and product recommendations and discounts, and some of my favorite ways to support local and stay healthy in Austin, Texas.
This is a place for me to share free information for those who are interested in learning about how nutrition impacts their body. It's also a creative space for me to share healthy recipes with you so you can use the ingredients that improve your health in a way that tastes great.
So dig in. Take what you need and leave what you don't and come back as often as you want! I'd love to hear from you so feel free to join my email list, leave comments, or get in touch on Instagram @mallorythedietitian .
I want to thank you for reading this article and for coming to my page. It means so much to me to have a space where I can share and we can grow together!
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