Meet Malorie Blake! Malorie is an integrative registered dietitian who runs her own private practice, Wholesome365. She educates her clients on how to improve their lifestyle through better eating and has a passion for helping others use food to manage or even treat their health conditions. We at Healthie, had the great opportunity of getting the chance to hear from Malorie. Check out her experiences and what advice she has to share!
Tell us about your path to becoming a dietitian.
Health and wellness was always something I was interested in but I really didn’t know becoming a dietitian was a career choice until I started college. I started off as a biology major and then quickly realized nutrition was something I really enjoyed. I received my BS in clinical dietetics and nutrition from the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt has a coordinated program so my internship was intertwined with our dietetic coursework. Shortly after graduating I became an RD. After a few years of a working as a clinical dietitian, I got my graduate degree in human nutrition from Eastern Michigan University.
Can you tell us about your career to date.
I have worked in the clinical, community, research and outpatient areas of nutrition. I love educating people on how to make better choices through diet and creating fun and interactive ways to get people to really think how the food they eat impacts their health. Currently, I work as a wellness dietitian for a small community hospital where I am involved in employee wellness, community events and seeing outpatients. I also consult as a health coach for a wellness company. I consider myself and integrative and functional dietitian, using a holistic, personalized approach to health and healing. I am now in the process furthering my education in integrative nutrition by becoming a integrative and functional nutrition certified practitioner. Recently, I decided to begin my own nutrition consulting company, Wholesome 365, that offers individual and group nutrition services.
We noticed you have a blog full of fabulous recipes, can you tell us a little about that experience?
I always wanted to have a blog but didn’t have enough drive to start and maintain one. Once I started my own company, I felt it was the perfect opportunity and a way to help engage potential clients. I am always cooking and creating meals for my family- really focusing on a plant-based, whole foods-but doing it in a way that fits our families busy lifestyle. I want to show people eating healthy doesn’t have to be a daunting task and you can create healthy food even when you lead a busy life.
What advice do you have for dietetic students just graduating or completing their internships?
Network! Network! Network! I have always found that being involved and going to networking opportunities with other nutrition professionals was how I was able to grow as a dietitian. I try to stay very involved in local and national dietetic groups. Having these connections builds a path to career growth and job opportunities.
How do you think technology is changing the way dietitians are practicing care?
I think technology is allowing dietitians to reach more individuals than before. From social media to telehealth, technology is giving dietitians a platform to really insert themselves into everyday society. For me, seeing clients would not be an option if telehealth wasn’t available. I don’t have a physical address and work primarily from home. I now can see clients from all over the county which has allowed my business to grow.