Hi, I am Amber, also known as The Cultural Dietitian.
I am a Public Health Nutritionist (RPHN) and Registered Dietitian (RD) in Trinidad and Tobago and the U.S.
My interest in the relationship between food and health began as early as 5 years old after my mother experienced a stroke. It then grew into a passion after years of my involvement in sports, as a former national athlete for dragon boat racing, and later, my personal health struggles and journey.
'Born and bred' in the Borough of Arima, I continue to call it home upon my return from the U.S. after I attained my master's of science in Public Health and completed my dietetic internship at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Bayview Medical Center, Maryland, USA (2020).
I offer online nutrition consultations with an integrative approach and focus on the inclusion of cultural foods as part of a healthy lifestyle. I am a Freelance Writer for 'Healthline Nutrition' and 'Medical News Today'.
My primary interests are non-communicable diseases, integrative nutrition and public health.
I am a non-diet Dietitian.
This means that I opt out of quick fixes, fad diets and neither use nor promote weight loss supplements.
I do, however, believe in the power of meal planning and take a flexible approach to eating that enables my clients to rebuild their self trust and autonomy about their food decisions. I am not anti-weight loss, I am pro body autonomy and believe in equal access to appropriate medical and nutritional interventions, regardless of your body weight.
I believe that 'food is medicine', but also that food culture is integral to nutrition therapy and must be a foundational part of your nutrition journey and success. A "healthy plate" does not have a specific look and I honor your culture in my practice.
An integrative approach enables me to assess other lifestyle factors that play key roles in your overall health and nutritional status, including your quality of sleep, exercise, and stress and coping strategies.
I completed my B.Sc. at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine with a double-major in Biology and Nutritional Sciences, and proudly graduated with first class honors in 2013.
I spent one-year in nutrition research with the McGill-UWI food security, farm-to-fork school nutrition program in Trinidad, focused on researching and promoting local foods, and developed the project's nutrition manual. I then moved into a clinical nutrition position and spent a little over four years as a Dietetic Technician at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Trinidad and Tobago.
I simultaneously completed a B.Sc. in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of the Southern Caribbean (USC) and graduated magna cum laude in 2018. During my educational experience at USC, I completed nutrition practicums in Barbados and Grenada and gained culturally-focused nutrition instruction and skills.
With the support of an OAS Graduate Scholar, I attended the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the U.S. and completed the Master of Science in Public Health/Registered Dietitian (MSPH/RD) coordinated didactic graduate program.
I am a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN) with the U.S. Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) and a Public Health Nutritionist (RPHN) and Registered Dietitian (RD) in Trinidad and Tobago.
I am the secretary (2021-2024) of the Continuing professional development (CPD) committee of the Board of Nutritionists and Dietitians in Trinidad and Tobago, and an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM) dietetic practice group, National Organization of Blacks in Dietetics (NOBIDAN) member interest group and the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Dietitians and Nutritionists (TTANDi).
All services are offered online.
Book me for your workplace wellness, presentations, seminars or workshops, one-on-one nutrition consultations, meal plans, freelance writing and media appearances.
Each service is tailored to the specific needs and preferences of my clients and provide clear and actionable steps to guide you.
My blog is an evidence-based nutrition resource to support the intrigued and newbie on their nutrition journey.
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