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My name is Wendy and I am a Registered Dietitian living in Hong Kong. I’m a foodie at heart with a passion for nutrition.

With over fifteen years experience in the world of nutrition, my career has taken me to a children’s hospital, restaurants, schools, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, as well as charities in both New York and Hong Kong. My specialty is in geriatric care but I have a passion for community nutrition. Volunteering for a number of NGO’s and writing for a local food magazine has allowed me to spread the message of good nutrition. My adorable shih tzu named Mimi has also inspired me to start NYBowtique.com where I sell hand-made doggie accessories.

Thank you for reading and be sure to keep in touch.

Professional Affiliations:

Hong Kong Dietitians Association

Hong Kong Practising Dietitians Union

Hong Kong Nutrition Association

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

 

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  1. therapybook / Feb 28 2012 12:50 pm

    Hello Happy Dietician,

    I’ve just sent this email to you, but it has bounced back. Anyway, here it is again:

    I’m writing to congratulate you on such a well presented and usefully informative blog, and I’m also wondering if you would be willing to be listed in our useful links on our blog, The Therapy Book, which you follow?

    Do let me know … and if you’d like to list us on your blog, all the better, although this offer is not dependent on a mutual exchange.

    All best wishes,

    John and The Therapy Book team

    • Happy Dietitian / Feb 29 2012 9:45 am

      Hi John and The Therapy Book Team,

      Thank you! I’d be honored to be listed on your blog! And I’ll definitely add you onto my list of favorite blogs. =)

  2. samanthacangelosi / Mar 28 2012 1:09 pm

    THanks so much for the “like”. I love the concept of your blog. I’ll have to keep checking back.

    • Happy Dietitian / Mar 28 2012 1:16 pm

      Thanks! I was just having a conversation with a friend about Corgis and then I saw your post. Corgis have so much character. Love them.

  3. chaucolate / Jun 29 2012 1:59 am

    Dear Happy Dietitian,

    I just read your blog post on how you’re perceived as a dietitian – thank you. Right now I’m at a crossroads with what I want to do as a career, and I’ve considered being a dietitian. Like you, I have a love of food, and want to help others when it comes to their eating, because it can really save a life. However, that is how I project what being a dietitian is like…I’m still weary that half of it is very much fantasy. It’s not just making food plans and telling people that “apples are healthy for you”, is it? What is the nitty-gritty of being a dietitian? What is it that you love and don’t love? What advice would you give to someone who’s considering that path, but isn’t quite sure what they’re in for? Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Thank you. Love your posts.

    • Happy Dietitian / Jun 29 2012 9:16 am

      Hi Caucolate! I’m working on a response to your questions. Thank you for inspiring me to write a post about my experience. I will get back to you ASAP.

      -Wendy

      • chaucolate / Jul 1 2012 11:31 pm

        Wonderful, I look forward to it!

  4. csuRAM / Oct 30 2012 3:20 am

    Hi Happy Dietician!
    I am so happy I stumbled upon your blog because I have chosen Dietetics as my major (and am now in the process of completing) and am now considering a minor in anthropology! I was wandering if you could tell me why you chose this combination and how they can be utilized together? Any comments would be appreciated!
    Thanks!

    • Happy Dietitian / Nov 1 2012 11:45 am

      Hi There!

      Thanks for your comment. Is there a Anthropology of Foods/Nutrition class in your university? Honestly, I didn’t use any of the stuff I learned from anthropology at the nursing home. My minor in Anthropology was just for my own interest. I think minoring in exercise sciences would be better if you want to be a clinical dietitian. A minor in public health (if there’s such a thing) would be better if you want to be a community dietitian. A minor in business would be better if you want to go into food service. Hope this helps! =)

  5. clpomelo / Oct 4 2013 6:36 am

    Hi Wendy,

    I follow you on FB and here, and have to say, you’re an inspiration to me! I was wondering if you could answer some quick questions about being a dietitian – it seems like you’re in Hong Kong a lot – are you working there, or taking time off to travel? Which leads me to the second question: how easy is it to move around career-wise as a dietitian? Say, if your family picked up and moved to a different state, or even a different country, would you have to start networking all over again before you could land a permanent position in your new home, or are dietitians pretty sought out, like nurses?

    Thanks!

    • Happy Dietitian / Oct 4 2013 7:11 am

      Aww thanks! That’s very sweet of you to say. I don’t get many comments so never really know for sure if what I’m doing and saying is making an impact. =)

      I moved to HK about 2 years. I am currently not working a full time job but I do run workshops here and there. On a regular, I volunteer about 4x/week with different NGO’s.

      I have to say that RD’s are not very sought after in HK yet. If you want to work in any of the hospitals, you need to be multilingual and be able to read and write Chinese and English. I’ve also heard that the culture in HK is very different from the states.

      I’m actually not sure if it’s easy to find a job if you move from state to state. I assume that you would have to start networking all over again before landing a new job. Ideally, it’ll be nice to find a job before you move but we all know life may not work out so smoothly. Nurses would definitely have a easier time finding placement. It’s always a good idea to volunteer because you never know who you will meet.

      • clpomelo / Oct 5 2013 4:16 am

        Hi Wendy, thanks for the prompt and detailed reply (as usual). It’s great that you’re in Hong Kong, I was wondering how you had access to all of that wonderful looking food! It appears that nursing is of higher demand everywhere – I guess in a sense, nutrition comes to the mind AFTER medical and physical emergencies, although having good nutrition can prevent a lot of those ailments in the first place. Alas, that just isn’t how the world works (yet) :)

      • Happy Dietitian / Oct 5 2013 8:56 am

        Yep, exactly. Are you in Taiwan right now? Which foods are you referring to? I think Hong Kong supermarkets offer a wider range of products from all over the world. I believe 90% of the food is imported.

  6. clpomelo / Oct 8 2013 3:42 am

    So the foods there are actually not that fresh? You uploaded a picture of a pink fruit (forgot the name though) that is only found in SE Asia (I believe) so I assumed that you were someplace exotic :) I studied in Taiwan two years ago, but sadly haven’t been back since then! I remember going out to the market every week to buy “dragon fruit” for breakfast. It was so good!

    • Happy Dietitian / Oct 8 2013 4:25 am

      I guess they are relatively fresh, especially if coming from around Asia. The pink fruit you’re talking about isn’t dragon fruit? Fruits from Taiwan are awesome! Mangoes, watermelon, pineapple, guavas, nose apples, sugar apples! Ugh, I miss Taiwan, need to pay a visit soon. When will you be graduating?

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      • clpomelo / Oct 8 2013 4:41 am

        Ah! Correction, it is :) my favorite is the green one the size of a small cantaloupe, with bumps. Can’t ever remember the name, though! NOSE APPLES are my favorite!! The pink, crispy things, right? You should go! Many of my friends have gone back. I just graduated this June!

      • Happy Dietitian / Oct 8 2013 4:55 am

        Honeydew? They have a small version which is also greenish and it’s called something like “fragrant melon”? Very delicious! So what are your plans now?

  7. clpomelo / Oct 8 2013 4:59 am

    Oh, I’m not sure if it’s a melon. There are small bumps, and you can peel each piece off individually like a pomegranate – and within each bump, there’s a small black seed surrounded by a kind of milky white flesh (the best part). I graduated with a Liberal Studies major (focused on language and literature) but with the job market, I need a real focus for graduate school…just…too many interests and not enough direction :)

    • Happy Dietitian / Oct 8 2013 5:02 am

      Ohhhh! Sugar apple! MSG you on fb. =)

      • clpomelo / Oct 8 2013 5:03 am

        Yes! ^_^

  8. kevinjackie / Jun 5 2014 7:47 am

    Hi Wendy,

    My name is Jackie and I am a student from the States. I was wondering if you know of any NGO’s or organizations in Hong Kong that do work on health and nutrition? I want to apply for scholarship to work or study abroad and Hong Kong is a place that is so dynamic and interesting. If you know any organizations and would be willing to share, I’d love to find out!

    Best,
    Jackie

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