Dietetic Career Spotlight on Eleana Kaidanian, Nutrition Counselor and Personal Trainer
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on JULY 6, 2015
Meet Eleana Kaidanian, RDN, CDN, CPT, who has created her dream job by pitching her idea to local businesses. Read on to learn how you can work anywhere you choose as long as you have the drive, motivation, and determination. – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
Throughout my high-school years I was a competitive runner. In addition, I led the varsity Cross Country, Winter Track, and Spring Track teams as Captain for 3 consecutive years. As a sprinter, every second counts in a race. I wanted to know what would give me that extra edge to make me the best and fastest runner I could be. I started focusing more on how I fueled myself pre and post workouts. I learned avocados and nuts were healthy “superfoods” and started consuming a whole avocado a day with several cups of nuts as snacks. I soon started gaining weight, which wasn’t part of my plan. I then realized that portion control was significant and that even the healthiest foods should be consumed in moderation. I became fascinated with nutrition and found myself reading nutrition related research articles for pleasure. This brought me closer to the field of nutrition and dietetics and led the way for a future career.
Your Job Title:
Company you are with now:
I currently work at the Sid Jacobson JCC in Roslyn, NY as a Nutrition Counselor and Personal Trainer.
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A typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you:
Training clients of all ages followed by counseling them on how to eat better for their goals.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
I created almost all the jobs I have ever had in this field by pitching my idea to business owners. Dietitians can work almost anywhere; almost all of us share intense drive, motivation, and creativity to do that.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I have always been goal oriented but I have definitely had to learn how to be patient in this field. As a dietitian I am extremely thrilled to help others make lasting healthier decisions with their food choices however my clients may not be at the same level of commitment as I am which is one of the challenges in this field that makes working in nutrition so rewarding.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Don’t give up. If you don’t see a job that makes you excited or passionate, make your own up. Be your own boss, don’t wait around for something to come your way, in this field you can wear many hats at once.
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what would it be?
Home-grown organic fruits and vegetables!