The Dietitian Cafe is a podcast for healthcare professionals to learn from. We meet a number of different dietitians and discuss many areas of dietetics and nutrition, from studying to academia, clinical to industry, the NHS to freelancing.
The Big Dietetic Debate: Is climate change really a problem for dietitians to solve?
Today we're delighted to be joined by registered dietitian and the incoming chair of the British Dietetic Association sustainable diets group,Tanya Haffner to discuss all things sustainable diets.
Tanya is an Irish born, UK-trained dietitian and nutritionist. She previously founded Nutrilicious Communications, the first solely dedicated nutrition communications agency in the UK, which has supported multiple change agents in food and health for over 20 years. Now, the culmination of her mission to help everyone to eat well is the award-winning MyNutriWeb.com, which uses all my experience and network, curating and running authentic influential learning and dialogue events, including traditional conferences, policy, networking, and training opportunities.
Tanya was awarded the Caroline Walker Trust Award for Freelance Nutritionist of the Year 2021 which recognises distinctive and outstanding work in promoting public health which maintains and advances the standards of food and nutrition. She's recently taken up the role of chair of the BDA Sustainable diets group and is looking forward to working with the BDA to help advance the profession's impact on sustainable eating.
In today’s episode, we’ll discuss what is meant by a sustainable diet, what the future holds for sustainable diets and whether climate change is really an issue for dietitians to tackle.
Social media: @mynutriweb
The Dietitian Cafe: Nutritionists and dietitians online with Amanda Finch
Today we're delighted to be joined by the creator of Nutrition Social, Amanda Finch to dive deeper into the topic of using social media as a healthcare professional.
After a successful career in a media agency, Amanda decided to do an MSc in Global Public Health Nutrition and retrain as a nutritionist. After identifying a gap in the market to help health professionals gain confidence in transferring their business online, Nutrition Social was born. Nutrition Social helps nutritionists and health professionals gain confidence, save time, and leverage their professional social media platforms to get clients. Nutrition Social offers 1:1s, social audits, content creation options and more. Amanda is a Registered Associate Nutritionist and has helped many business owners gain more visibility online, sign more clients and gain more confidence when using social media.
In today’s episode we’ll discuss networking via social media, what constitutes realistic growth of your social media and which platforms you should be investing in. We’ll talk to Amanda about her unconventional journey to becoming a nutritionist, what her current role involves and why she’s so passionate about it.
The Big Dietetic Debate: Natasha’s Law - How do we protect the public from food allergens?
In today’s big dietetic debate, we’re looking at Natasha’s Law and considering how we protect the public from food allergens.
We're delighted to the joined an expert in children’s cow’s milk allergy, dietitian Lydia Collins-Hussey and the founder of Tiny Tots Nutrition, Paula Hallam.
Lydia graduated from the University of Plymouth with BSc (Hons) Dietetics in 2013 and started her dietetic career at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and moved quickly into a paediatrics ward, where her passion for food allergy started. She worked for four years at Oviva UK Ltd in the CMPA programme where she went onto win the Barry Kay Award in Allied Health at the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology 2019 for her work in NHS Grampian. She later joined AllergyUK in May 2021 as a Dietetic Advisor and more recently moved into a research allergy role at the University of Glasgow. Outside of work, she is the secretary for the BDA Food Allergy Specialist Group.
Paula is a Specialist Paediatric Dietitian and founder of Tiny Tots Nutrition. She is passionate about helping families of children with food allergies to navigate the journey of managing their food allergies safely and providing optimal nutrition for growth and development. She has been a paediatric dietitian for over 20 years, gaining a wide range of experience working in many different settings such as charities, private practice, hospitals including Great Ormond Street Hospital and Evelina Children’s Hospital. She is currently work part-time at King's College London as part of the Allergy Research team, based at St Thomas' Hospital, as well as running her business/private practice Tiny Tots Nutrition.
We’ll talk to Lydia and Paula about what led them both to specialise in food allergies, discuss what their current roles involve and explore what they think still needs to be done to further protect the public from allergens. Without further ado, welcome Lydia & Paula.
• EAACI food prevention guideline: EAACI guideline: Preventing the development of food allergy in infants and young children (2020 update) - Halken - 2021 - Pediatric Allergy and Immunology - Wiley Online Library
• LEAP study: Randomized Trial of Peanut Consumption in Infants at Risk for Peanut Allergy | NEJM
• EAT study: Enquiring About Tolerance (EAT) study: Feasibility of an early allergenic food introduction regimen - PMC (nih.gov)
• FSA info on Natasha's Law: Introduction to allergen labelling changes (PPDS) | Food Standards Agency
The Big Dietetic Debate: Personalised DNA Nutrition - A fad or the future?
Personalised nutrition is a controversial topic, but experts argue that the science is there! To coincide with DNA Day on 26th April, in today’s episode we’re talking to personalised nutrition expert Rachel Clarkson. We’ll discuss what personalised nutrition is, the evidence underpinning the concept and explore how personalised nutrition works in practice.
Rachel is a Specialist Dietitian in the science of Nutrigenomics, best known as The DNA Dietitian. She is based at Harley Street London where her aim is to empower my patients to eat according to their genes, using my method The DNA Way. My research is published in Epigenetics, and I currently sit on the scientific advisory board of several health apps and guest lecture for the Nutrition & Genetic MSc at St Mary's University in London.
In this episode, we’ll talk to Rachel about her personal experiences with personalised nutrition and what her work currently involves. We’ll explore the controversies surrounding this area and discuss whether personalised nutrition is the future of dietetics.
Useful resource: https://go.thednadietitian.com/concepts-to-master-nutrigenomics
Useful blog: https://thednadietitian.co.uk/dna-science/listen-to-the-scientists-out-with-general-dietary-advice-and-in-with-a-perfectly-personalised-diet-based-on-your-dna
The Dietitian Cafe: The Supermarket Nutritionist - Feeding the nation with Dr Emma Williams
In today’s episode, we’re diving into the world of supermarket nutrition. We’ll be exploring how nutritionists working in retail balance commercial goals with nutrition, discussing the impact they can have on public health and considering the role of retailers in changing the nation’s diet.
Today we're delighted to be joined by Health Manager Dr Emma Williams to shine a spotlight on the role of a nutritionist within the supermarket setting.
Emma is a Health Manager at Waitrose & Partners, where she has have worked for over 7 years. She studied at the University of Ulster in Coleraine Northern Ireland where she graduated with a first-class honours degree (BSc) in Food Technology & Management and a Doctorate in Human Nutrition (DPhil). She has over 20 years’ experience in food science, nutrition and health, food manufacturing, academia, clinical research, nutrition science communications and food retailing.
In this episode, we’ll talk to Emma about her personal experiences working as a Health Manger, discuss what her role involves and ask for her advice for listeners wanting to pursue a similar role.
Nutritionists in Industry: http://www.nii.org.uk/
The Dietitian Cafe: Dietitians Abroad with Adele Hug & Peter Collins
Dietitians are in demand across the world, making emigrating to another country an exciting option to be explored. With COVID travel restrictions lifting, dietitians may be thinking about their options of working in a different country. For today’s episode, we’ve brought together two leading UK trained dietitians to explain their journey of emigrating and working as dietitians in Australia.
I’m delighted to be joined today by Adele Hug and Peter Collins to discuss the transition of UK to Oz.
Adele is a UK trained Specialist Oncology Dietitian with a varied career across the NHS, charity, private and community settings. She is a committee member for the UK for the Oncology Group of EFAD (European Federation of Associations of Dietitians). After having returned home to Perth, Western Australia in 2021, she is currently working freelance in digital health for Onkohealth and with World Cancer Research Fund UK within their survivorship service whilst studying to join Dietitians Australia's Accredited Practicing Dietitian Programme.
Peter is a UK trained dietitian and completed his PhD in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton. For the last 10 years, he has been living and working in Brisbane, Australia and has worked as a Senior Lecturer in Dietetics. Currently, he works as a Senior Clinical Dietitian, and is acting Team Leader at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane. He is passionate about clinical dietetics, from education and training the next generations of dietitians through to impactful research shaping dietetic practice. Peter founded the Dietitian Network, an online community that brings together dietitians from around the world, as he was was aware of the power of networking and the impact dietitians can have when they share their expertise with colleagues.
In this episode, we’ll talk to Peter and Adele about their experiences packing up their life and moving across the world. We’ll discuss the things dietitians need to consider regarding registration and how different dietetics is across the pond. We’ll also explore how dietitians can work globally using a virtual practice.
Thank you Harriet for your brilliant podcast. Interesting guests from the world of dietetics providing a good insight into the varied roles of dietitians.
As an aspiring RD2B this podcast has been so insightful and helpful on my journey. I may have mentioned it a few times in my uni interviews recently! Thank you for sharing your knowledge
I love listening to the range of guests this podcast features, from professional tips to clinical updates I find it both helpful and a nice easy listen 😄