I got to chat with Faith Mueni a registered nutritionist by profession . She takes us through her lessons and challenges. Enjoy the read and share with all those going down this career road.
- Tell us about yourself:
I’m a Certified and Registered Community Nutrition by Kenya Nutritionist and Dietician Institute. I completed a challenging internship with 4 Kenya school for Integrated Medicine Kwale County last year 2018. Currently working temporarily with Kitui County Referral Hospital, Nutrition Department. I am passionate about learning new skills and I have completed a number of a training courses. I am ready to promote and deliver innovative, research-based interventions and service programs which alter meal pattern and food choices with goal of improved health of individual, families and communities. I am also an upcoming entrepreneur.
- Your best social media platform?
- What do you use social media for mostly?
To Learn and for Fun.
- What did you study?
BSc in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics.
- Do you prefer advising individuals, or groups?
- How would you advise a client to keep a food diary?
- Every time he/she eats to fill in the food diary not to wait until the following day.
- To fill in everything he/she eats even if it’s a small snack.
- To think about why he/she is eating.
- To always have a food diary all day.
- What kind of diet would you prescribe to a patient who was trying to lose weight?
There are a lot of things to consider for example type of lifestyle, type of foods available, any medical condition. After taking the history you can plan from there.
- What might differentiate the diet of a patient with Type 1 diabetes from the diet of a patient with Type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes there is dietary modification while type 1 you can eat a healthy diet, food in amounts and proportions with management of insulin injection.
- Recall a time you resolved a problem with an unhappy customer. How did you handle it?
Diabetes client was wrong counseled by nurse about dietary modification and since then have issues with the blood sugar. I made the customer that understand, that’s a nurse who will give you medication and I am the nutritionist who tell you what eat and the amount. By the end of the counseling session the client was happy and asked for forgiveness for misjudging me.
- As a nutritionist, who would you consider to be your customers?
Everyone is my customer because there’s more information about good nutrition that not everyone knows about.
- What is a challenge you face as a Nutritionist with clients?
Most clients have come across “nutrition expert” or read some information from a magazine written by a person who has never attended a nutrition class. They have some untrue information, which is a challenge for me to convenience them with the right information.
- What do you think about the state of unemployment in Kenya?
I believe that their jobs but our Kenyans employers are “selfish” they don’t want to employ more people. You get in an organization someone is carrying out two roles, of which there should be another person carrying out the other role.
- What advice would you give young you?
Wake up with goal and make sure you achieve it at the end of the day.
- Your top 5 hobbies:
- Surfing the internet
- Reading inspiration books
- Listening to Music
- Kindly tell us your parting shot in regards life and work:
Life is good if you have a positive mindset and goals to achieve by the end of the day.
Work is good so far, learning new things everyday as I interact with patients in wards and outpatient department.