Dietitian, Culinary Nutritionist and Eating Psychology Coach Caroline Trickey gave us a detailed insight into her career and the many hats she wears! Here’s the full interview:
Despite starting your dietetics degree straight from school, I believe it took you a long time to finish. Can I ask what happened?
Well I got bitten by the travel bug first, so planned to take a year off between my degree and masters to travel, but it ended up being a lot longer than that!
During this time, I ran a very successful café and catering business, studied naturopathy and did quite a bit of overseas travel. But deep down I always knew I wanted to be a dietitian, so eventually came back to it in my mid 30’s and completed my degree at Monash Uni in 2005.
I like to see it as I gathered a lot of life experience, which has helped shape me into the person I am today and makes me a better clinician. I certainly would not have been ready to consult with people straight out of uni in my early 20’s!
You work in two rather different roles, first as an eating psychology coach and you teach cooking classes. Can you tell me a bit about each?
As you mentioned, I work in private practise 3 days a week and I run 1-2 cooking classes a month. However I see my roles overlapping a lot. In clinic I explain how to enjoy food and make it work to manage certain conditions or reach certain goals, whereas in my cooking classes I show how quickly and easily this can be put into practice. And I love showing people that healthy eating can be incredibly delicious!
Tell me a bit more about Eating Psychology and where you studied
I did an 8-month online course with The Institute for the Psychology of Eating (quite a mouthful isn’t it) in Colorado, US. The institute’s founder and primary teacher Marc David has a wonderfully positive and inspiring approach to food and how it truly nourishes us, which I love. While it’s not for everyone, it’s definitely a style I feel most comfortable using in my clinics.
I believe your cooking classes are hugely popular. Tell me a bit more about them
They are small ‘boutique’ style classes of only 6 people and I have 4 main themes – Boost Your Energy, which focuses mostly on low GI; Anti-inflammatory Eating, which is popular with anyone with an auto-immune condition or arthritis; Damn Quick Dinners, where we cook healthy weeknight meals and Veggie-licious, which teaches how to eat more plant-based foods – something I am most passionate about!
The classes start by covering some theory, we then cook a dish which shows how to put that theory into practice. They are a lot of fun and despite being a lot of work, I love running these classes.
You are just about to publish your first cookbook in which I believe you wrote all of the recipes and took all of the photos. Is that correct and can you tell me more about it?
My cookbook is called “veggie-licious” How to cook with lentils, beans, chickpeas, tofu and eat more plant-based foods. I initially wrote 2 e-books which I sell on my website, and have now combined them into a hard copy book which I am self-publishing. It’s been an epic journey getting to this point, and I have learnt a LOT about the publishing process, as well as food styling and photography, but I am very excited and it’s a book that I am really proud of.
Do you have any advice for anyone who would like to start a blog or publish a book?
Yes, just do it!
We need more dietitians out there in the ‘healthy eating’ space with a level-headed but still very passionate approach.
Find a great mentor who can guide and advise you. Most of all believe in yourself. 😊
You can find out more about Caroline, her cooking classes and get access to nearly 300 of her delicious recipes at healthyhomecafe.com