Meet Amari Thomsen MS, RD, LDN
Founder of Eat Chic Chicago
Chicago Dietitian, Blogger, and Food & Nutrition Expert
Meet Amari (pronounced Am-marie)!
Amari is a Chicago dietitian, professional blogger and food and nutrition expert! As a native of Omaha, Nebraska, Amari graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and later completed her nutrition education at the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Master’s degree in Nutrition Science. After starting her blog back in 2009, Amari has since expanded her career by developing her own nutrition communications and consulting business, Eat Chic Chicago.
As a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Illinois Dietetic Association, and Chicago Food & Nutrition Network, Amari specializes in the areas of real food nutrition, recipe development, nutrition education, private & corporate consulting and content marketing. She has contributed her nutrition communications expertise to writing articles and developing recipes for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food & Nutrition Magazine online and print publications, is a contributing editor for the Dietitians in Business and Communications newsletter, and has been referenced as a health expert in numerous consumer and health publications including SHAPE and Women’s Day. Amari is also a nutrition spokesperson and established public speaker for both media and corporate opportunities. She works with numerous brands and organizations managing nutrition communications and developing nutrition marketing materials. Check out her media page to learn more.
Amari has experience working with clients managing weight loss, diabetes, heart disease, gastrointestinal disorders, thyroid conditions and more. She is a holistic-minded dietitian who integrates modern and traditional techniques to promote real food nutrition. Amari’s big picture approach encourages a healthy relationship with food beyond calorie counting and dietary restrictions. With previous experience as a Nutrition Coach for Lifetime Fitness and as a Healthy Eating Specialist for Whole Foods Market, Amari understands how wholesome natural food choices have the power to heal the body inside and out. Read about Amari’s nutrition philosophy, nutrition services, and food and nutrition blog for more information.
Amari lives in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood with her husband and loves cooking in her small urban kitchen, developing delicious recipes, writing, running, tackling DIY projects and shopping at local farmers markets.
Meet Karen Schroeder RD, LDN, RYT 200
Chicago Dietitian, Certified Yoga Instructor, and Food Enthusiast
Karen is a Chicago-based registered and licensed dietitian who specializes in helping others achieve optimal wellness. Karen graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Iowa State University and continued on to complete her dietetic internship at Loyola University Chicago. She holds additional training certificates in adult weight management from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is a certified yoga instructor.
Over the years as an energetic and devoted health coach, Karen continues to find deep fulfillment by inspiring positive change in the areas of weight loss, healthy eating, diabetes and cholesterol management, exercise, and tobacco cessation. Practicing moderation over deprivation and loving food that loves you back are at the center of Karen’s nutrition philosophy.
Karen has a deep appreciation for the power of food as good nutrition translates into precious energy that allows you to live life to the fullest. She believes there are many avenues to get to the same destination and that when it comes to nutrition, one size does not fit all. Therefore, Karen offers a tailored client-driven approach to coaching and encourages her clients to reject the diet mentality and embrace sustainable changes that will last a lifetime.
Karen lives in a western suburb of Chicago with her husband, Kevin. When she is not talking wellness and nutrition, Karen enjoys experimenting with new recipes, tending to her garden and practicing yoga. To compliment her nutrition background, Karen recently completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training certification and is a practicing yoga instructor in the Chicago-land area.
Why Should I Work with a Registered Dietitian?
What is a Registered Dietitian? A Registered dietitian, or RD for short, is a food and nutrition expert responsible for translating the science of nutrition into everyday practical solutions necessary to lead a healthy lifestyle. Registered Dietitians have the expertise, training and credentials to separate fact from fad while offering sound advice about how a nutritious diet can improve health, fight disease, and even aid in weight management. Connect with a registered dietitian to make sense of the mixed nutritional messages found in the media and develop a personalized nutrition plan to point you in the right direction towards optimal health!
How is a Registered Dietitian different than a Nutritionist? The “RD” credential can only be used by practitioners who are recognized by the Commission on Dietetics Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Here’s where it gets tricky. Some registered dietitians call themselves “nutritionists” but not all nutritionists can call themselves “registered dietitians” as the RD credential is a legally protected title requiring licensure, approved educational specifics and clinical experience. Some states have licensure laws that define the range of practice for someone titled a “nutritionist”, but not all. Be aware that in some states anyone can call themselves a “nutritionist” regardless of proper education and training. Consulting a Registered Dietitian guarantees you’ll received professional nutrition advice from an experienced expert.
Interested in becoming a Registered Dietitian? Check out How to be a Registered Dietitian to learn more about how I got my start as a food and nutrition expert!
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