Dietetic Spotlight on Jean LaMantia, RD, Cancer Survivor and Best Selling Author of The Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Guide and Cookbook
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on OCTOBER 29, 2013
Author & Correspondent, Jean LaMantia, is an expert dietitian in the cancer field providing top of the line interviews and power points for all. – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
In high school, I had a personal interest in nutrition. Then once at university, I feel in love with the science of nutrition and I’ve been in love with the field ever since.
Your Job Title?
Cancer Survivor and Best Selling Author of The Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Guide and Cookbook
Company you are with now?
Other Social Media links you would like to include:
– Twitter: @JeanLAMANTIA
Describe a typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you?
My new business includes doing interviews with people in the cancer and/or nutrition fields. I promote the interviews and broadcast them on my website for free. I also research and prepare power points for my site. I broadcast these for free and take questions for live attendees. Then, the interviews and power points are available for purchase either in the consumer or professional versions.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
I am self-employed and I gradually evolved into this after refining what brings me joy in this great profession.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I was born with the skill of public speaking. I have never been shy or had fear of speaking in front of a crowd. The skills I learned along the way are the skill of reading nutrition research, understanding it, and explaining it in a way that makes it understandable and applicable to my audience.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Follow your instincts. Take work because you love what it can offer you. Look for the value in the job and the skill set you will develop. I have taken jobs in my past because I recognized a learning gap – what a great way to improve my knowledge! I love learning and jumping into a job when I have recognized a learning gap and an interest. It has always paid off for me. There’s nothing like a waiting client to focus me to get really clear on understanding their issues. That steep learning curve of a new environment is intimidating and exhilarating at the same time.
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what
would it be?
Fresh, organic fruits and vegetables and home cooked meals with healthy ingredients that my family would love to eat. This would include my kid’s lunches!