Hi my name is Maeve, I’m a Registered Dietitian from Ireland currently living in the North East of England, welcome to my blog Dietetically Speaking!
Me at one of my happiest 🙂 (yes Dietitians eat cake too!)
About this blog
I decided to start this blog because I know how confusing and conflicting the world of nutrition can seem, but a lot of this is because of all of the nonsense, bad science, nutrition myths and fad diets which seem to be everywhere. I am passionate about making the science and evidence behind nutrition more accessible and easy to digest (did I mention I also have a passion for puns!).
I think it’s really important to have a healthy relationship with food; enjoying balance, variety and moderation and not demonising any particular food groups. In this blog I aim to provide understandable messages about nutrition that are backed up by research, and also to celebrate all things food and nutrition related by sharing tips, advice and recipes for a healthy lifestyle. I hope you enjoy it! 😀
I’m from a seaside town in Ireland called Bray. Bray is quite close to Dublin and is also the home place of: Katie Taylor, Dara O’Briain, Sinead O’Connor and Hozier to drop a few names!
In the longstanding Irish tradition of emigration I moved over to the bright lights of Newcastle toon in 2013 where I lived for over 2 years, and I’ve now moved down the road to Sunderland.
I am currently working as a Paediatric Dietitian which I love, as my job involves working with infants, children, teenagers and their families to address a variety of nutrition issues including: food allergies and in tolerances, weight loss or poor growth, fussy eating, diabetes, eating disorders, nutritional deficiencies, bowel issues, tube feeding and weight management. I work both in the hospital and in out patient clinics. I have also worked with adults with various medical conditions such as: stroke, neurological conditions, IBS, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, and after surgery.
I think one of the reasons I love being a Dietitian is because I get to mix two of my passions: teaching and nutrition! Before I started working as a Dietitian I worked as a CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) trained English teacher in Dublin. As part of my current job, as well as teaching patients one to one, I am also involved in group training sessions to educate about nutrition which I really enjoy.
Me mid-nutrition presentation!
I really love to travel; so far I’ve seen quite a lot of Europe including living in France and Sweden for short periods, and I’ve also been to Australia, America, South America and South East Asia but I plan on going on many more adventures!
I support the skeptical movement which involves using reason and critical thinking to question whether claims are valid and based on empirical research; which I feel is closely linked to what Dietitians do when reviewing evidence based research in relation to nutrition.
I have quite a few random interests such as: cooking, running, yoga, reading, dancing, theatre, comedy, musicals, art, psychology, astronomy, watching documentaries and playing my ukulele.
I hope you enjoy my blog, thanks so much for taking the time to read it.
Please get in touch if you have any comments, requests or questions!
Maeve ☺ xx