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Dietitian Spotlight: Abbey Sharp

Tell us a bit about Abbey’s Kitchen

Abbey’s Kitchen is a blog and Youtube channel for people who love food but also want to treat their bodies well. I’m a foodie first, and a dietitian second, so I like to make sure my food tastes amazing first and foremost. The recipes you’ll find on my blog aren’t diet recipes. They’re super nutritious, and generally low in calories, but my focus is on adding so much flavour that you never feel like you’re eating some kind of weight loss food. And yes, you’ll find gluten free, vegan, dairy free and Paleo-friendly recipes on my blog, but I don’t limit myself to any specific diet. If something happens to be vegan, it’s because I like the flavour of coconut oil sometimes more than butter. Or if it’s gluten free, it’s because I love the nuttiness of almond flour in the recipe. So if you’re looking to improve your health or lose weight, good news- my blog and YouTube channel are for you. If you’re looking to eat super tasty food then, good news- my blog and YouTube channel are also for you. Aside from recipes, I also focus on busting nutrition myths, real world healthy eating advice, and nutrition questions you’re dying to ask. I’m cheeky though, so you can expect a healthy dose of humor along with all of the foodporn and tips.

What’s your favorite part about being a dietitian?

Since I work as a culinary media dietitian, my role is definitely different than most dietitians out there. What I love is the opportunity to take the research and science that I worked so hard to master, and communicate it in a way that makes it both exciting, and relatable for the average person.

Describe what your typical week looks like?
Ah, there is no typical week! I generally set aside 1 to 2 half days for recipe development and shooting where I will work on a recipe for my blog, YouTube channel, or a TV segment and then style a photo shoot for it. Usually there is at least 1 to 2 full in-office days of freelance writing for magazines, answering emails, taking meetings with brands and PR agents, writing YouTube scripts, writing TV segment scripts and blog posts and practicing messaging for TV appearances. Then the rest of the time is spent actually on set- either on TV tour doing daytime TV segments or filming my YouTube videos in our “Abbey’s Kitchen” set. My days change depending on what my deadlines are that week, and what appearances I have coming up, but they’re never shorter than 12 hours and always bleed into my weekends. Le sigh.
How do you find balance between work & personal?

I’m the worse person to ask this because as you can see, I work a lot. Thankfully, I have a supportive partner who also works often and in an entrepreneurial setting so we are used to picking up each others’ slack when needed. One thing I do try to do, however, is to limit my weekend working to only necessary work items (or to times when my fiancé is out of the house with friends, family or his own work), and to keep evenings open for spending time with my fiancé. In practice, that generally looks like an hour of free time from the time I finish cleaning up dinner to the time I just pass right out, but it’s better than nothing. I also used to do a lot of restaurant blogging, but I stopped that all completely to help me divide my work and personal life. I actually wrote about the experience in detail here.

What are 3 foods you can’t live without?

Cottage Cheese Bananas Salted Caramel

For more from Abbey’s Kitchen, check out her website here and make sure you subscribe to her YouTube channel.

Photo credit: Kyla Zanardi

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4 Comments on Dietitian Spotlight: Abbey Sharp

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    Cassie Autumn Tran
    April 26, 2016 at 9:54 pm (4 years ago)

    I did get a chance to look at Abbey’s blog and YouTube channel–she seems like such a sweet and joyous person inside and out! I love her down-to-earth approach on nutrition and incorporating health and fitness into your life in an enjoyable way!

    • Wendy
      April 27, 2016 at 1:48 am (4 years ago)

      yesss she’s so awesome! If you know of any other RD’s we should feature, let us know!

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    May 18, 2016 at 5:29 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi I know of a dietitian you can maybe feature. Her blog is

    She does things like nutrition communication, marketing, food photography, recipe development. Very different from working in a hospital. Also great article! 🙂

    • Wendy
      May 19, 2016 at 1:16 am (4 years ago)

      We love Carlene! We’ll be featuring her in a future post!


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