Hi, I’m Tracy!
I am a registered dietitian, blogger, and social media influencer.
I started this blog to share my tasty plant-based creations and my experiences applying to grad school to become a dietitian. Along the way I found a love for food photography and sharing my experiences with my audience on Instagram and here on my blog.
My love for cooking and food started when I was a little kid. I can still remember watching Food Network and pretending to cook using my play dough and mini kitchen. But it wasn’t until high school that I became aware of the concept of nutrition.
In senior year of high school I transitioned to a plant-based diet. That was 6 years ago, and I haven’t regretted a single day! As an easily influenced teenager working at a health food store and watching videos on YouTube, a plant-based diet seemed like the best diet, right? A plant-based diet is more environmentally sustainable, fights against animal cruelty and factory farming, and can be more nutritious. Although all of these arguments are true, I want you, the reader, to know that I am not here to convince or shame you into eating a plant-based diet. My blog posts and Instagram content are not going to tell you that one diet or lifestyle is better than another. As a dietitian, my goal is to simply inspire you to eat more plants and to reap the benefits this can bring.
In senior year the time also came to choose what and where I wanted to study in university. At this point I had no idea what I wanted to do for a career. I contemplated things like interior design, personal training, and even culinary school. During my search of university programs, I came across the Applied Human Nutrition program at the University of Guelph. My parents and I went to tour the campus and I was instantly sold. The campus was so warm and welcoming and the program sounded exactly like what I wanted to be studying. Funny enough, being a registered dietitian hadn’t even crossed my mind at this point.
If you ask anyone in a nutrition program in Ontario they will tell you that it is highly competitive. A few years ago, the requirements for becoming a registered dietitian changed. To become a registered dietitian, you have to complete an undergraduate degree from a university program accredited by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice and then complete 1200 hours of practicum training. However, there are very limited spots available to complete your practicum training. You essentially have 2 options: a post-graduate diploma program with an internship at a hospital or a master’s program with an integrated internship.
With all of this competition and the limited spots available, I felt discouraged and unexcited about a career in dietetics. This is when I set my sights on becoming a naturopath. So again my parents and I went and toured the campus and I started planning to become a naturopath. But, becoming a naturopath is expensive and requires another four years of schooling after your undergraduate degree.
In October of my final year in university I decided that yes, I did want to become a registered dietitian and that I was going to give my 110% into applying and getting accepted into a master’s program. And that is how I ended up in the Master of Applied Nutrition program at the University of Guelph. During my master’s degree I completed three internship rotations with Mother Raw, the Norfolk Family Health Team, and Six Nations Health Services. It was during my internships that I realized that nutrition counselling is not as daunting as I made it out to be in my head, and that working with people is something I genuinely love to do.
In the summer of 2021, I finished my master’s degree and officially became a registered dietitian.
So, what’s next? Well, during this journey to becoming a dietitian I started this blog and my Instagram @tracysnutritiontips. Sharing recipes, products, and my day to day life is something I love to do and I hope to be able to continue this as I begin my career.
Although I didn’t play sports as a kid, the science and precision of sports nutrition is something that really interests me, and I would love to work with elite athletes in the future. In the meantime, I will be continuing my studies in the Spring when I start the International Olympic Committee’s Diploma in Sports Nutrition program.