Dietetic Career Spotlight on Angie Dye, MS, RD, LDN
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on DECEMBER 5, 2013
Running a successful private practice while being a mom of three is a balancing act that Angie Dye has successfully conquered. Learn how she does it while also finding time to get her own daily fitness in! – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
I have loved food and cooking for as long as I can remember. I became more interested in nutrition and its relationship to health when my Dad was diagnosed with high cholesterol in his early 40’s. Watching my Dad change his diet and begin taking cholesterol-lowering medications really solidified the connection of food and health for me. I was fascinated by the idea of helping others live healthier lives with optimal nutrition, and really felt a calling to the profession of dietetics.
Your Job Title?
Private Practice Dietitian
Company you are with now?
Owner of Carpe Diem Nutrition
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A typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you?
I start each day getting my 3 kids ready for school. Accompanied by our hound dog, Buster, we all enjoy the 1-mile walk to school. Physical activity is a huge priority for me, so on most days Buster and I like to run for a few miles before heading home. Aside from running, I also enjoy yoga, swimming, cycling and lifting weights, and try to always set aside time for one of these activities daily. I schedule clients during the hours that my kids are in school. I always try to make time for some nutrition reading and keeping current. If I’m not with clients, I’m always working on ways to expand, improve and enhance the work I do as a private practice dietitian. When school is out, I assume the typical schedule of a mom with active kids! Helping everyone with homework, getting everyone to their respective practices, and, of course, always preparing a healthy, delicious dinner are my major tasks. Even with our busy schedules, we always try to have dinner as a family.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
I was fortunate to be able to take a few years away from dietetics while my children were small. Those years went by very quickly and I am so glad that I took that time to be with my kids 100% of the time. However, I promised myself that when my youngest went to kindergarten, I would start a private practice. The kindergarten starting date was a great motivator to help keep me on track to start counseling patients again.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I feel so lucky that I was born into a family with a long, rich tradition of a love of cooking and family meals. Food and nutrition always had a place of great importance in our lives, so learning to cook and nourish myself was a very natural progression. My passion for cooking and sharing meal ideas that satisfy and inspire my clients feels like a skill I was born with, and I am so grateful for that gift.
For the skills that I’ve learned along the way, the most rewarding and fun one has been honing my nutrition counseling skills to best meet the needs of my clients. There is no cookie-cutter solution to motivating people to prioritize a healthful lifestyle, since everyone has such a unique set of life challenges. Learning how to find the right inspiration and tools to help each one of my clients reach their goals is is a skill that I am very much enjoying learning along the way!
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Follow your passion! If you are doing the work that you love, the satisfaction and rewards are limitless.
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what would it be?
I would love to be paid in client satisfaction. The joy I have when a client reaches a nutrition goal is truly awesome. Whether it’s lowering a LDL cholesterol number, becoming an intuitive eater or even just enjoying spinach for the first time, I always feel so proud and privileged to be a part of my clients’ successes.