In today’s episode of The Dietitian Success Podcast, Krista Kolodziejzyk sits down with Christie Peregrym, Registered Dietitian and the founder of Nutrition Starts, a private practice that focuses on helping parents, moms and dads navigate picky eating so that they can build happy meal times together without pressure and stress.
Krista & Christie chat about:
- How working in a heavily clinically focused area and mastering TPN also left her feeling like she was disconnected from the “food” side of dietetics
- The learning curve involved in switching into a new dietetics discipline/area of practice
- The first steps she took to get her virtual private practice off the ground during the pandemic
- Marketing strategies that have been most effective for her
- Connect with Christie on Instagram
- Check out Christie’s website
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Christie is a registered dietitian and the founder of nutrition starts a private practice that focuses on helping parents, moms, and dads navigate picky eating so that they can build happy meal times together without pressure and stress. Christie has been an RD for over 20 years and splits her time between working in a busy children’s hospital and working on her practice. Together, Christie and I chat about how being so deeply entrenched in the clinical world. Made her feel like she had lost touch with the food side of dietetics i know this is something that a lot of listeners can relate to We talk about the learning curve that comes with moving into a different discipline. And for her, it was moving into pediatrics. The first step she took to set up her private practice during the pandemic and reducing barriers by offering simple one-off session pricing Christy, welcome to the podcast. Thanks so much for joining me. Feel free to say hey to the audience. Hello. I’m so excited to be here, Krista, and finally talk with you one on one. I think we’ve been _+quote+ unquote friends on Instagram for a while now, so yeah, I’m super happy to be here and talk to everybody.
Yeah, this is one of my favorite things about having these conversations is being able to take it from the DMs into like almost real life. Not quite, because we’re on Zoom. dietitianbut just to have those chats together dietitianis so awesome. So I would love to back it up and just hear a bit more about your dietitian story.
So take us back just even to the beginning of your career. Where did you go to school? Where did you start working? What has your career path looked like that has gotten you to where you are today? Oh my goodness. dietitianit’s been a long path for me. Like I’ve been a dietitian for over 20 years. So I went to school at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.
Yeah. And after that, after my internship, I started in a surgery job at one of the local hospitals. dietitianand I was just loving enteral and parenteral nutrition. I covered a little bit of ICU and I felt completely in over my head. Like I was still at the stage of my dietetics career that when I talked to a physician, my face would go beet red.
And I was just like sweating and terrified all of the time. And it was a bit of a temporary position. So I was really longing for some permanence, I feel like. And so I left that job and I went into long term care for a while and I covered I think five or six different long term care homes across Alberta.
So I drove a lot, I showed up at a lot of places and yeahdietitian worked in that area for a while. And it wasn’t my favorite for sure. But it just dietitianwas a means, means to an end. And it got me some more experience, which was good. And this is something that I really love about being a dietitian is I feel dietitianAnd I probably have changed jobs every five years, and I still get to be a dietitian, but I’m just working in a different area.
So when I was in long term care, I applied for something called the nutrition support residency. And it was like, dietitianlike a return ship. Internship program. So I went back to the U of A hospital and kind of was like an intern again. And I went through the ICUs and really focused on enteral and parenteral feeding.
And I just, I loved being able to, dietitianfigure out someone’s energy needs and give them dietitianexactly that, dietitian1800 calories and X grams of proteins. It just felt so good. And so after that, I got a job in neurosurgery and in the neuro ICU and some of the neurology units. And so lots of tooth beating and some really sad cases in the ICU.
And I worked there for a number of years, but working with brain surgeons is not the most, I didn’t feel part of the team. Brain surgeons are like, dietitianit. They just seem to know more than I did about nutrition, even though they really didn’t. So I felt like I was always fighting for nutrition. And I started to miss food.
I started to miss when people said to me, dietitianmy dad’s had a heart attack, should he eat eggs? And I’d be like, I don’t know, I could give him a tube feed and that would help. But I just really miss the food. So after neurosurgery, I got into the realm of outpatients and I worked in a. Heart function clinic where we dealt with patients who had congestive heart failure.
I really loved outpatients. I really loved seeing people come into the hospital. We could talk about their food situation at home, grocery shopping, meal planning, all of that kind of stuff and trying to improve their nutrition so that they would feel better. So I really loved that, did that for a number of years and then I went into community diabetes and lots of like group teaching, class development dietitianand presenting a lot.
And dietitianI did really like that as well. And then after that, it’s a long career. I moved into pediatrics. And that was one of the steepest learning curves I’ve ever had. I was often wondering dietitianwhat I was doing, but at that point in my career, dietitianI’d been around for a long time and all of a sudden everything’s brand new again, and it really gave me an opportunity to.
Ask a lot of questions, figure out dietitianwho knew the best answer dietitianand come up with the way I wanted to do things. And dietitianyeah, I’ve been really enjoying doing that. And and then I started my own private practice in 2020 in the middle of the pandemic. And so I do still work between the hospital and my private practice at home.
Amazing. So that’s the whole thing. That’s awesome. I love all of the different. Settings that you’ve worked in are really all of the different nutrition dietitianspecialties that you’ve worked in. That’s so awesome. And I’ve heard that to before about dietitians who work in dietitiana heavily clinical role that they feel like they dietitianit’s interesting.
It’s dietitiandietitianso much about this really specific clinical area, but then you almost lose the practical every day. nutrition piece, like you were saying with the, dietitiancholesterol and the, should I eat eggs? It’s dietitianI don’t know. So I’m curious how, what was that transition like for you when you went from more of that heavily clinical inpatient Enteral nutrition calculations, doing that, to doing that more outpatient work, was that like, what was that adjustment like in terms of learning how to counsel in that new way?
Yeah, dietitianI think as new dietitians or even being in school, I always really felt like tube feeds and TPN, that was like, dietitianthe sexiest thing you could do as a dietitian. You have to be so smart and like next level. And then when you’re faced with someone as an outpatient, they’re living at home and you’re like, dietitianthis is.
Maybe a way you could do things or whatever. And then you’re faced with all of their personal barriers for what may be challenging living at home. Maybe, dietitiandietitiantheir kitchen is messy. And that’s where you need to start. It really has nothing to do with eggs. You know what I mean? So I did a lot of learning around that counseling piece learn more about motivational interviewing, things like that, and really trying to be less prescriptive and more meeting people where they were at and what they really wanted to know.
And that was a definite shift for me as well. Like a lot of the patients I’d worked with before in the hospital, it’s almost like you don’t necessarily even speak with them, so this was different, but something I really loved. And so what made you then? So you’re working in pediatrics and I know you’re still in pediatrics.
So is it hospital that you’re in? Yeah. Yeah. Okay. So hospital pediatrics. What made you decide to start your private practice as a side hustle? Yeah, I think, dietitiandeep down this longing to work from home, especially during the pandemic, there was so much anxiety at the hospital. And I just, I wanted to be home with my family, like everyone else.
And I think I had this big vision that. dietitianI would just start up a private practice and the people would flood in like crazy like they do and work at the hospital didn’t necessarily happen. So that’s why I dietitiando a mix now but what I was looking for, as well as working from home is more time with my patients.
More ability to dietitianexplore some of those deeper issues. More creativity from my point of view and how I communicate some of the information to them. And I just, I wanted to be more available, less rushed than I feel in the hospital. I can really offer that personalized, individualized counseling that, dietitiansometimes hard in a really busy hospital environment.
Yeah, that’s totally fair. And so take us back to 2020 when you first started your private practice. What were some of those initial steps that you took? Was it pretty clear to you in terms of the population that you wanted to work with? What did some of those beginning steps look like? Yeah, it was pretty clear to me in the beginning that my passion within pediatrics was that picky eating piece so narrowing it down to that niche was very easy for me.
And I find that I’m the type of learner that I don’t love learning from a book about how to start a business or something like that. I wanted to talk to people. And of course, in the middle of the pandemic, this is what we all really wanted. So I reached out to a friend of mine such a closer friend now, that had recently started her own private practice.
And I just said, like, how do I do this? How do I do both jobs? Where do I start? dietitianwhat are those first steps and they dietitianagreed to take me on as a contract worker for them and really become a mentor for me so that I could be like, Oh my gosh, what is SEO? dietitianI have no idea how to start.
What website builder do you guys use? And, dietitianthey could just quickly answer me those questions. And it was just some buddy that I trusted and that I could just bounce ideas off of. And it’s been completely invaluable. I would have quit a hundred times if it wasn’t for their support. And now their friendship as well.
dietitian yeah, I think that was like the number one thing I did in the beginning. And then I really. Look at from that niche that I wanted to work in picky eating. What are families facing as problems? And how can I solve them? And I’m much better at that when I’m speaking with those clients one on one than I am necessarily communicating about it.
It on Instagram because I find each one of my clients is so individual and so unique, and every child responds in a different way. So what you think might work for one child, even in the same family, doesn’t work for the other child. So we’re having to like shift gears and try new things and see what’s happening.
dietitian Yeah. Yeah. dietitiandietitianthat’s fantastic. And I agree. I think dietitianthat piece around having that person who can be a mentor, but also a business buddy when you’re working by yourself and you’re in such a silo and you need to have those other people. That are doing what you’re doing and just they get it.
They understand you. They understand the challenges and the struggles and like when you need a pick me up. So that’s fantastic. And so what was and so now are you exclusively working with picky eating or have you broadened beyond that? No, I find that like picky eating is definitely my jam. I’m a lover of picky eaters for sure, but I sometimes will get contacted from families looking for help in other areas.
Trying to think dietitianwhat sorts of things come up like food allergies. I’ve done quite a bit of that or with the formulas shortage lately, just help seeking out what would be the next. Best alternative, or if babies aren’t tolerating their formulas for whatever reason, dietitianwhich route should I go?
And really helping parents figure that piece out. dietitian. So I find dietitiandietitianit’s more of family nutrition care and to be honest, even working with picky eat. I am first working with parents and spend a long time there laying foundational work before I ever meet the kids. And I think that’s probably one of the biggest mix misconceptions and working in pediatrics is that you’re going to be like hands on with a child and you are.
But it’s more with the parents because they buy and cook the food, they present the food and that whole feeding dynamics piece is huge. So a lot more working with parents and really parents just, dietitianthey want the best for their kids and to dietitiando the best that they know how. And so just really trying to get them on the same page too.
Yeah. And what would you say is the average length of time that you’ll typically work with a family in your practice? Yeah, I don’t like doing just one off assessments, for sure. dietitianyes, I can rush an assessment and give a few tips. Yeah. But really, the gems come out in the follow up, right? Yeah. Did you try…
The thing that we tried and then, or that we wanted to try and how did that work out? How did your little one respond? How did it feel? What are you still worried about? dietitian I really encourage families to purchase dietitiana couple of sessions, a package worth of sessions so that we can work together. I’ve worked with a family for a year.
dietitianjust really slowly easing into things because a lot of it is changing the parents mindset and it’s very slow to fix picky eating. Yeah, it’s like a labor of love, a work in progress all the time. So anywhere from three months up to a year is dietitianthe time that I spend with families.
Wow, that’s awesome. And have you ever thought about, so currently I think you offer one off sessions and then you also have a couple package bundles. Is that, yeah. Have you ever thought about only offering the package bundles knowing that those are more effective for your clients? Yes, it’s just that. dietitianas dietitians, I think we really just want to help people no matter what, right?
Totally. So if all they can afford is one session, they don’t have benefits that will cover them. Sure. And yeah, I do the one off sessions just to dietitianget them started. I find those people do come back often and do want the follow up. They’re just not getting the price savings from doing a package and that’s okay.
dietitianI like, dietitianto reduce those barriers and let people have a choice.
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And I love the, I love how you, and we’re going to, we’ll link to your website in the description of this episode, but I think everyone should go and check out your services page. Cause I really liked the story that you tell about the insurance piece, how it’s like the number.
I think that’s really effective. Honestly, I do. I think it’s like, So you have it laid out where it’s dietitiandietitiannumber one, call your insurance provider and just see what kind of coverage that you get. Because I think that for a lot of people, they don’t always think that dietitian services are covered by insurance.
And sometimes as practitioners will hide that somewhere in the FAQ, but that can be a big. dietitianthat’s a big motivator for a lot of people. And so you tell this really cool story about dietitianhere’s the steps to take. And then here’s the price of my services, which I think is really neat. I find that in many of my discovery calls, which I call like a meet and greet, that’s dietitianthe final piece as we’re deciding, like how many sessions is.
People don’t know they’ve never looked into their benefits before and so that’s dietitianwhere many of those discovery calls and is with okay call your insurance provider and then we’ll get back so so now I’m almost saying in advance before the meet and greet why don’t you call and see what you have and then we can decide together where you want to go with that.
And I feel like that’s a great strategy as a practitioner who is interested in offering, in catering to those clients dietitianwho want to get their services covered by insurance, but you don’t necessarily need to do the direct billing to the insurance provider, right? You don’t have to go through all of that administrative stuff on your end.
We’re still putting that onus on the client, but you get that benefit, which I think is really cool. Yeah. dietitianit’s the same way when I go to physio or whatever, I get a receipt and then I got to come home dietitianand do the part of getting my own money back. And I don’t have any problem doing that as a consumer.
So just being, dietitiana one woman show here, I do give that piece back to my clients and no one has said anything about it at this point, at some point, would I love to direct bill and do it like that? Yes, but I’m just not there yet. Totally fair. And so what does your weekly schedule typically look like?
Like, how are you balancing the nine to five, the practice, being a parent, all of that stuff? Yeah. Yeah. Cause I actually work three jobs too. Yeah, exactly. Seriously. Yeah, I don’t, I’m sometimes wonder why I do all of that, but I like to be doing different things, dietitian so Mondays I don’t work at the hospital.
So this is my day to do my private practice work where I scheduled many of my clients. I also teach two spin classes on Monday at 6 00 AM and 6 PM. So that kind of bookends my day. So four jobs. Was added another job. Are you counting mom as a job? Yeah, I am . I think it should be counted as a job. Yeah.
Yeah. I don’t count that one as a job. I really don’t. It’s a joy. It’s a joy. Yeah. dietitianbut yeah, there, there are kids part in that too. So I see a lot of my clients on Mondays during the day, and then I also have some evenings. And dietitian what I love about evenings is dad’s. Dads show up for evenings and I really find this to be a huge, important piece to my work.
dietitianin many families now, dads are cooking, dads are also grocery shopping, and they play a huge role in those feeding dynamics. So I want them to show up and they ask. Tough good questions. So I really want to make myself available to dads to show up. I know how important our dad is here and feeding.
So yeah, absolutely. And then I work at one Saturday per month as well. And I really try to keep my clients to those times. Like a couple evenings a month, one Saturday a month and all my Mondays and I just try to have a really good boundary around that because I work at the hospital Tuesday to Thursday and every other Friday.
dietitian days are long and busy. dietitian then of course the working on private practice isn’t just seeing clients, right? It’s your Instagram content, maybe a blog post. It’s connecting with other practitioners. So all of that gets fit in here and there and everywhere. dietitianIt just never really ends.
Yeah, for sure. And then I teach spin throughout the week as well. Perfect. To my own fitness and biking is dietitianit’s a love for me. So cool.
Yeah. So I’m curious, what are some of the things that you feel like have worked for you in terms of actually getting clients in your practice? Getting clients. And that can be marketing tactics that you’ve tried, dietitianif you feel like Instagram’s worked for you or outreach to specific practitioners in the community, anything that you feel like you’ve tried and you’re like, that’s resulted in something, even if it was just one client.
dietitiandietitianI think that mentorship relationship that I have with the dietitians from the nutrition room has been incredibly helpful. They’re just, yeah. Do you want to just talk through that and what that relationship looks like? Yeah. So they are my business mentors Jen and Katie from the nutrition room.
And so I do contract work for them. And. So they take dietitiana percentage of all of my income dietitianand we share a practice better account then as well. dietitian that’s nice. It’s dietitian my utilities are paid for, dietitian and they are younger than me, and so they’re at the age where they’re having babies, and a lot of their friends are having babies, so they share my content, they share about me, they have me on their webpage, and just talking about my business, whether it’s Jen and Katie that are doing it, or me it’s a way that I get a lot of clientele for sure and So yes, talking about it.
I’ve done a couple of presentations for moms groups as well. So like face to face, you show up moms and babies are there. That’s a really good way of getting my name out as well. And then I have my name on a couple of my business name on a couple of directories. So like dietitian directory, get a lot of referrals through there.
And then also the find a dietitian web page or service through dietitians of Canada. And I think that gets my website, those backlinks really out there and seen a lot. Google my businessdietitian The business profile has also really helped really working on SEO on my web page has helped as well because people need to find me and I find that’s one of the main ways that it’s helping.
I think what’s not helping relative to the amount of work I put into it is Instagram to be honest. Yeah. When I Get a new client. No one’s ever dietitianOh, I saw that real of you. You know what I mean? They usually found me through Googling. And then once they do, they may check out some of my social media stuff, but I don’t find dietitianthat happens first.
dietitianyeah. And so what role? dietitiana couple questions. I’m curious. What role do you feel like Instagram has in your business then? And then my second question was just around how did those community connections. So you actually getting in front of moms groups. How did those come to be? So let’s talk about actually, let’s talk about the moms groups first, because I’m curious there and then we can go off on a tangent with regards to social media.
Yeah. Funnily enough, it’s that the connection through the mom’s group came from Instagram. Oh, interesting. I started following the mom’s group, liking some of their posts, making little comments, dietitianand then dietitianI want to say like the leadership person from that group was like, Hey, are you a pediatric dietitian?
I’ve been looking for one let’s talk. And I was like, yes, Monday at 10 30, let’s do it. So dietitianThat’s how I got dietitianconnected with the moms groups, for sure. Yeah. So social media has that way of connecting people, dietitianlike that. Yeah. Yeah. What was the second part of your question? It was just around what role do you feel like Instagram?
Because obviously you still post regularly to Instagram. You’re still active on Instagram. What role do you feel like it plays in your business? I think it gives you clout in the way that when someone finally finds you and they’re like, Oh, dietitianhere’s a blog post that speaks to me, or let me now check out our Instagram page.
And there’s a bunch of content. It looks like you’re putting effort into your business. Maybe something there is relatable to you. It gives you a face, they can listen to you, even if you’re being funny, maybe that’s relatable to them. And I find people will continue to engage with me. Whether it’s through a different format or want to request an appointment, I feel like because they’ve done that kind of research dietitianand maybe I feel like someone that is relatable to them.
So just putting that personality dietitianbehind it. Yeah. Yeah, I think that’s, and I think that’s such an important point that it can still, and it sounds like it still does very much play a role in your business. It’s just about you understanding what that pathway looks like for a client when they first find out about you, which might not be through whatever Instagram, Google search, it sounds dietitianbut then there is dietitiana path that they take to build that knowdietitian and trust factor and social media plays a role in that.
So I think dietitianthat’s really. Really cool. dietitiandietitianor that’s what I tell myself because I do put a lot of work into the Instagram piece. And dietitianyeah, I hope it holds some value for my clients. Absolutely. For sure. I think it does. And I think, dietitianI think about my own behaviors too, right? We can all think about our own behaviors when we’re interested in something, whether it’s a product or service or whatever.
Often that is part of our research process and just dietitianunderstanding who this person is and what they have to offer. We’ll look them up on different channels or just Google them and their Instagram will come up and we’ll click it and we’ll look through. So dietitianyeah, it dietitiancomes after the search.
I find. Yeah, totally. Anything else that you feel like has not worked for you. I think we can learn as much from the things that have worked that have as the things that have maybe not worked in terms of getting clients. Anything you’ve tried and you’re like that didn’t resolve in anything. I think it’s a bit of a slow burn with the moms groups for sure.
dietitianyou might put yourself in front of a bunch of people a few times and think, Oh, I’m going to get all these clients. And really you have to nurture those relationships. And that’s something I would like to do more of is getting that contact information and really. Sending them some freebies, sending them some email content that is relatable to their situation.
And it could be, dietitianthey’re not struggling as they have their new babies. There’s no problem in the beginning. And then all of a sudden they have a two year old or a three year old and those problems present themselves. So it may have a trickle down effect dietitianor like that slow burn that I was saying before that it just hasn’t come to fruition yet, but I don’t think that there’s any, Even if you don’t get one client out of it, there’s no harm in getting yourself in front of people and practicing your speaking and seeing what is your message and how do you solve those problems for people.
So yeah, it’s just a bit of a slow burn. I think when we get into private practice, we just think dietitianOh, I have a website and dietitianthe people are just going to come in like crazy dietitianand they don’t. Yeah, totally. It takes that active. Work. Yeah. Yeah. So that was definitely a learning process for me. Yeah.
That’s awesome. And do you have an email list set up? Email marketing? Yeah. No, that is the thing that I really need to get on for you. It’s not about writing the email. It’s about dietitiancollecting the contact information, make sure I’m doing everything right with it. Anti spam laws. dietitianThings like that.
Yeah. Having. All the systems connect together. It’s like the tech behind it all. Sure. Yeah. And Wow. As a dietitian, like we don’t learn this stuff. dietitianyeah. dietitianTotally. dietitianso I’m still learning . Yeah, no, totally. There’s a whole, if you haven’t checked it out, there’s a whole D SS e course on email marketing and it does go through.
’cause you use Wix for your website, right? I use Wix, yeah. Yeah. So Wix makes it really easy for you to integrate that. You can just use their email marketing system that’s built in. You just throw a little. Form in there to collect people’s email addresses and then you just set up an automation. So it sends out an email to whoever joins it and you can put whatever you want in that email.
It can just be welcome to my email list or it can be whatever freebie you have available. So it’s truly so easy. It’s like a three step process. So amazing. Yeah, I know there’s so much content on DSC. I’m like, I don’t know. I know. Learn first. Totally. Yeah. I love the Canva. Yeah. Oh, great. Oh, awesome.
Education thing. That was my first one. Yeah. Okay. dietitianI’m going to assign email marketing to you as your next one. Okay. Thanks. So what’s one piece of advice that you would give to brand new business owners or those people who are wanting to start a business? The best piece of advice that I got in the beginning was people in your niche.
are not your competitors. They are your colleagues. Oh, yeah. dietitianYeah. And I really found that if I reach out to another picky eating dietitian in Ontario, I’m like, Hey, do you use practice better? What are you doing for this form? Like, how do you assess this or that? And they’re like, Oh, great question.
And we share back and forth. And then lo and behold, she’ll have someone from Alberta contact her. And she’s dietitianI can’t see you. Here’s my friend Christy in Alberta and dietitianthat has been amazing. dietitianand I think I’ve found the people that I found on Instagram, as far as other dietitians, like those are your first followers, dietitianyour mom, your friends, and then other dietitians in your niche, those are the people that you want to interact with.
And dietitiantell them good job or I love your content or whatever. This was such a great way that you wrote this and it’s been nothing but warm and welcoming and I learned tons of things from those posts too. They’re amazing. Yeah. So I love engaging on Instagram in that way with other dietitians in my niche because they deserve it.
Yeah. Yeah. And I think that’s another huge benefit of just having a presence on Instagram is those connections you make with other practitioners. dietitianI think the same thing myself of the people who I’m like, dietitianI have this like network now of just dietitianthere’s dietitianlike business friends and then there’s dietitian friends that we’ve just Instagram.
And it’s like such adietitian it’s amazing. It’s like one of my favorite things about my business. Yeah. Yeah. So for me, it’s not clients yet. Yeah. dietitianbut you see the potential for sure. Relationships. Yeah, a hundred percent. That’s fantastic. And so what is next for your business then? Sounds like email marketing.
Sounds like email marketing. That’s dietitiandietitianfor sure. I would really like to do. Some online courses as well. Yeah. So taking some time, maybe even the summer away from Instagram and plugging away at a little presentation I can either offer for free or as part of a course, or just get started with some of that content, what I would really love is being able to sell an online course and be like.
dietitianriding my bike somewhere dietitianand making some sales on the side and helping people where I don’t necessarily need to do it one on one because, dietitianI’m worried about burnout, but you’d like everybody to, and I just want to be able to help people, but not necessarily be present for all of that.
Totally. And I think that really is the natural next step for most dietitians when it comes to scaling. dietitianIt’s dietitianthat’s our profession is so suited to online courses and online education, whereas there’s a lot of health professions that aren’t right as a physio, it’s really difficult to have an online course as a massage therapist, really difficult.
Whereas for us, it’s not like dietitianour education is so dietitianit can, I don’t want to say easily, but it’s, Such a natural fit for online education. So I encourage all dietitians to start looking at that or pursue that when they feel like that makes sense for them. dietitianIt would just be nice to have a little bit more products, dietitianlike, why don’t you start out with this online course, get some foundational stuff so that when we meet one on one, you’ve got the basics of feeding dynamics, let’s say, and then we can learn more about your little one and see where you want to go from there more in a one on one.
basis, like really that uniqueness of the child, right? But we don’t have to spend all that time learning about vision of responsibility because it’s a basic concept. It’s the troubleshooting of that. That’s difficult. Yeah, totally. And that’s the other cool thing about an online course is you can use it as an asset for.
You’re for people that come to you for one on one first, and you can give that to them as like an added value piece so that they get the education from that. And you’re not repeating yourself about division of responsibility dietitianover and over again. dietitianAnd you can focus on the troubleshooting.
That’s the other cool thing about having an online course. Yeah. Yeah. dietitianI’m excited to get those things going for sure. I’m excited for you. That’s awesome. dietitianthat was amazing. It was so good to talk to you. Thanks so much for being so open about your business and your journey. It was just so fascinating.
I love to hear how different dietitians do things differently. It’s just, that’s the best way to learn from each other. So where can the audience find out more about you and the work that you do? Yeah. So I have a website, nutrition starts.com. I’m on Instagram at Nutrition Starts as well, and Facebook.
So whatever, one of those two speak to you. And I, I really do love connecting with people on Instagram. That’s probably the place where I am the most. Yeah. So yeah, if you listen to this, send me a little message. I just would love to say hi back. Awesome. I’ll link to all of those in the podcast description.
Thank you so much. You’re welcome.