Registered Dietitian Spotlight: Pamela Malo, MHS, RD, KYT
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on JUNE 6, 2013
Pamela Malo combines both yoga and dietetics in her private practice. Through her travels and positive outlook, Pamela shines and inspires her clients towards improving their health & wellness. – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
I’m not sure if I picked nutrition or it picked me! When I started out on my career path, I had no idea where it would lead me. I knew I liked working with people, and helping those who wanted to improve their health and nutrition seemed like a wonderful thing. So far it has proven to be exactly that!
Your Job Title?
Happy Yogini and Lead RD at PamelaMalo.com
A typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you?
I love rituals, especially in the morning to start my day. My current morning ritual involves a short yoga routine, 15 minutes of meditation, and journaling- all of which clear my head and prepare me for the day. After I eat breakfast and shower, I start in on my most important tasks for the day. When I’m not sure where to begin I ask myself ‘What would feel amazing to accomplish today?’ and go from there depending on the time I have. My biggest challenge is being realistic! (Magic thinking, I have learned, is not always helpful in this area). My afternoons involve teaching yoga, appointments with clients and catching up on email and paperwork. In the evening I either stay home and make dinner, volunteer at my local food coop, or head out and teach a group nutrition or yoga class.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
I just decided to go for it!
Prior to starting my private practice, I was doing research for the CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Through 5,000 interviews I was able to witness not only what America eats, but the complicated relationship people have with what they eat. I knew I wanted to offer a whole-person approach to wellness that went beyond just people put on their plate. So I began my private practice that combines everything I know as a dietitian, yoga instructor and a coach, as well as what I learned through my own life journey. So far it’s going really well.
Before working for NHANES I was living in Peru and taught nutrition and English to school children. I can now see that each job provided a skill that was necessary for the next opportunity that came up. At the time I was living it, however, it felt much more haphazard!
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I am a Taurus, so I was probably born with a good dose of dependability, creativity and stubbornness! What I have learned along the way is how to speak in public, how to manage my time and energy, and how to get out of my head and into my body.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Follow your heart! Surround yourself with people who uplift your spirits, and who will support you no matter what. (If you don’t know what makes your heart sing, connect with me! I love helping people discover it.)
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what would it be?
Superpowers! I would love the ability to speak any language at a given moment, and to travel through time.