Dietetic Career Spotlight on Titi Ayanwola, Plateful of Yum
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on OCTOBER 25, 2015
Networking opens so many new doors as Titi Ayanwola MPH, RD, LD, has experienced. I met Titi at FNCE 2014 in Atlanta at Nutrition Entrepreneur’s annual networking event. Titi shows how her entrepreneurial passion has helped her excel in her career and private practice. Read on to learn more about Titi’s path. – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
I was always interested in the profound impact of food on an individual’s overall health, and the power of adequate nutrition to prevent and also manage chronic disease states.
Your Job Title:
Nutrition consultant and Owner, Plateful of Yum
Company you are with now:
Plateful of Yum
Gulf Coast Healthcare
Other Social Media links you would like to include:
Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+Platefulofyum/posts
A typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you:
Each day is different for me, which I love because having the same routine daily can be quite boring. On some days I see patients in my private practice, while on other days, I am consulting for long term care facilities and health clubs. I also write articles for local publications and provide speaking engagements for groups, companies, and organizations.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
After earning my MPH in Human Nutrition from the University of Michigan, and finishing my dietetic internship, I started my career as a Clinical Dietitian in Orlando, Fl. However, I always had an entrepreneurial spirit, so I knew that I would eventually own my company. Joining the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Practice Group was very instrumental in giving me the confidence to pursue my ultimate dream of launching my own private practice. Being able to see that there are others who have been successful in creating their own path, and following their dreams, was very inspiring to me. I created my dream job by figuring out what I was most passionate about, and determining what I needed to do to make it happen. Now, I am the owner of Plateful of Yum, a private nutrition practice and consulting company, which I launched a year after obtaining my MPH degree.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I’m a really good listener, which is very important not only in my day to day life but also in counseling sessions with my patients. I am also great at planning ahead and being organized. Being organized helps me manage various aspects of my life and my time, efficiently. One of the biggest skills I have learned along the way is public speaking. This is something I was never fond of, and found to be uncomfortable and nerve racking. However I must say that after venturing out of my comfort zone, I quite enjoy it. Now I welcome opportunities to be able to communicate with an audience by sharing pertinent, life-changing nutrition information.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Find out what your top 3 passions are and connect with people that are already in the same field, pursuing what you love. Learn all you can about how they got to their level of success. Do not be afraid to ask for questions or guidance as there are many willing to share their expertise. Once you have built up your arsenal of knowledge, go for it. Remember that being nervous is normal, but you can never attain success if you never try.
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what would it be?
The positive impact I’ve made in my patients lives, such as helping them overcome an eating disorder, getting their A1c within normal limits, and helping them achieve their weight loss goals. Outcomes like these are rewarding beyond words.