Hi, I’m Talia! I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and Health & Nutrition Writer based out of Philadelphia, PA.
In my ~3 years as a dietitian, I’ve worked in the areas of retail/supermarkets, intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism, behavioral health, eating disorders, and now kidney dialysis. I have always loved writing, so I started this blog in 2017 to share nutrition/health information. My mission is to provide realistic, judgement-free, science-based nutrition information that helps guide people towards incorporating eating habits that support their mind, body, soul, and lifestyle.
I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and studied nutrition at Penn State University (WE ARE!). The scientific nutrition knowledge I gained throughout my education and training empowered me to break free from dieting and inspired me pursue a career supporting people in reaching their health goals with a holistic and compassionate approach. Additionally, I focused my psychology minor on social psychology, i.e. the environmental influences on human behavior. This minor helped me understand the importance of a person’s environment, culture, socioeconomic status, motivations, and feelings in producing health outcomes. In addition to nutrition, I believe that therapy, meditation, spirituality, rest, and social connection are important for overall well-being.
Along with nutrition and cooking, I love psychology, baseball, coffee, beer, sketching, baking, exploring new restaurants and bars, tap dancing, playing the piano, and eating pancakes.
B.S. in Nutritional Sciences
Penn State University, Class of 2016
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Commission on Dietetic Registration
1200 hours of supervised practice in the areas of clinical, food service and community nutrition.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Class of 2017
Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist
In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Renal Dietitian at DaVita Kidney Care
DaVita provides kidney dialysis services to patients with end-stage renal disease. As a dietitian, I educate patients and their families about how their diet affects their lab values and counsel them on dietary changes to enhance their health and quality of life. I work with other members of the interdisciplinary team to prove quality patient care and improve patient outcomes.
Clinical Dietitian at Woods Services
February 2019-April 2020
Woods Services is a health management and advocacy organization that provides health, education, housing, workforce, behavioral health, and case management services to more than 4,000 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism, traumatic brain injury, Prader-Willi, and emotional and behavioral challenges. As a dietitian, I monitored the nutrition status, implemented interventions, and outcomes of individuals ranging from pediatric to geriatric life stages. I also acted as food service manager to ensure compliance with quality and food safety standards and educated staff on foodservice policies & procedures and dietary compliance via monthly in-service presentations.
PRN Eating Disorder Dietitian at The Renfrew Center
December 2019-October 2020
The Renfrew Center provides women suffering from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and related mental health problems with tools for recovery in a nurturing environment that emphasizes the psychology of women, the collaborative therapeutic relationship, and active participation in recovery. As a dietitian, I supervised and supported patients during meals and snacks and provided nutrition education during group sessions.
Retail Dietitian at ShopRite
December 2017-February 2019
I conducted nutrition classes, presentations, and one-on-one counseling sessions. I wrote nutrition and health articles for monthly newsletters. I worked with food companies and community businesses to execute health fairs and in-store cooking demos to drive product movement and customer engagement in ShopRite nutrition services. I collaborated with pharmacists to implement in-store info tables and represent ShopRite at community health presentations.
Disclaimer: The content on this website is intended for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended as medical advice, medical nutrition therapy, or individualized nutrition counseling. Talk to your doctor or another licensed healthcare practitioner before making any changes to your diet, medications, or exercise routine. The opinions of these authors are their own and are not approved, sponsored, or endorsed by any professional organizations including but not limited to Talia’s current and previous employers, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, and American Diabetes Association.
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