Dietetic Career Spotlight on Heidi McIndoo, MS, RD, Spokesperson
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
The freelancing dietitian wears many hats and has to stay motivated and active. Heidi McIndoo has found her love of writing and being in front of a camera enhances her freelancing career and makes it worth all the while. – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
Honestly, I LOVE food! In addition, I grew up with food allergies and know what it’s like to deal with the challenges of that. I love being able to help people enjoy a variety of delicious foods while staying healthy.
Your Job Title?
I work from home, so some days its freelance writer, spokesperson, author, consultant, or just Mom.
Company you are with now?
I’m a Freelancer.
A typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you?
Once the kids are in school, it could be doing online research for an article, going to the grocery stores and researching products for a monthly article I write, sitting at my computer writing, having the local media come to my house and do an interview, or sometimes–I’m in and out for a couple of weeks on a media tour (not too often, 1 a year or so).
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
Doing good reliable work so when work comes up, I’m the person editors and others think of—and networking!
I’m also the author of When to Eat What and the upcoming The Complete Idiot’s Guide to 200-300-400 Calorie Meals.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
Not sure how to answer this one. I guess I was born to go after what I want, and the writing comes pretty naturally, and I’ve always loved being in front of the camera :0) But certainly had to learn the nutrition, science, computer, business stuff.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Go after what you want. If it doesn’t exist, find a way to create it for yourself. If you don’t enjoy something and it won’t get you to your ultimate goal—don’t waste your time and energy on it. Take time away from work (hard as a freelancer who works from home, but crucial).
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what would it be?
More time to spend with my family.