Dietetic Career Spotlight: Peggy Korody, RD, CLT
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on NOVEMBER 22, 2012
Author and private practice owner, Peggy Korody, shares how she has written 2 cookbooks for children and adults while also teaching cooking classes and providing clients with nutrition counseling. – Sarah
SARAH KOSZYK, RD: What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
PEGGY KORODY, RD, CLT: When I was pregnant with my first child, Michael, I was employed in the high-tech industry in San Jose, California, I was a Software Engineer. After my second child, Doug, was born, I became a “stay at home” Mom. I was very lucky that I had this opportunity. I always loved to cook and was always tweaking recipes to make them healthier. So once Michael was in kindergarten, and Doug was in pre-school, I went back to college to study nutrition because I wanted to provide the very best for my family.
Your Job Title:
Owner, RD4Health Nutrition Counseling, LLC
Registered Dietitian, Certified LEAP (Lifestyle Eating And Performance) Therapist, Author
Company you are with now?
RD4Health Nutrition Counseling, LLC
Describe a typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you.
The fun thing is that every day is different. Here’s some of what I do:
I’m a columnist for my local paper the “Rancho Santa Fe Review”; and I have a monthly column entitled: Nutrition & You. I often get ideas for my articles at the grocery store. My picture is included with my column and people often stop me and ask me questions. When someone asks me a question that I feel needs more explanation than 5 minutes at the grocery store, I often turn that into an article. I also write a bi-monthly e-newsletter that is on my website and is emailed to people who sign up via my website.
I have some clients that are virtual clients. They use an app I have available, which allows them to use their smart phone to record everything they eat and drink throughout the day as well as provide me a history of daily/weekly exercise. I critique their intake and make suggestions to move them to a much healthier daily food intake and healthier lifestyle.
Other clients I see face-to-face. For our first meeting I like to see them at their house. This gives me the opportunity to snoop into their cupboards and fridge to see what they are really eating. This has been a big hit with my clients and they are often surprised to see what they are buying is not always the best choice. Food packaging marketing can be tricky.
I also provide “lunch & learns” to various organizations. These are typically 30-45 minute nutrition talks leaving time for Q&A.
Once a month I teach a healthy cooking class at the Center for a Healthy Lifestyle, which is associated with the Boys & Girls Club of Solana Beach.
I wrote my first cookbook Little Hands in the Kitchen last summer and I am currently working on two more books, a follow up to Little Hands in the Kitchen and an adult cookbook – per my husband’s request!
In my spare time I do some networking and marketing.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
I started RD4Health Nutrition Counseling, LLC when I passed the CDR test. I also work part-time at the hospital where I did my clinical rotation for my internship, where I’m a Clinical Dietitian.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I feel I am a “people person”. My husband is always amazed that I can meet a stranger on an elevator and by the time we get to our floor that stranger has told me there life story. This is good for me, because to be a successful counselor one has to listen to the whole story and make the person feel comfortable telling that story.
Skills I learned along the way would be marketing. We learn a lot about nutrition, metabolism, biology, chemistry, etc. by we don’t get much in the way of marketing with a Nutritional Science degree.
I’m also still learning social media. Thank goodness I have two sons who grew up with computers at a young age. They help me a lot with social media, but I still have a lot to learn.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Don’t give up. I started out when the economy was at rock bottom. People were not spending money so it was difficult to get a private practice up and running. I would say stick with it. Keep getting your name out there. Speak at any event you can, preferably for a fee. Always, always have your business cards on hand, even at social functions (they fit nicely into an evening bag!). Early on I joined a business networking group, and they taught me about branding, you will see everything I do has my color scheme and/or logo on it, even my cookbook is my color scheme.
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what would it be?
I’m a kitchen gadget “nut”. You could probably pay me with some new gadget, but it would have to be something really unusual. I often bring gadgets to my cooking classes. I find people don’t want to cook because they feel it is too time consuming, so if I can share a gadget to make it quicker, they like that and are more willing to cook a meal.