Maggie Michalczyk initially came up with the idea for her Instagram page, Once Upon a Pumpkin, as a dietetic intern. Now, with more than 109k followers, countless brand partnerships and appearances on national news outlets, Maggie shares the secrets to her success (hint: you can’t get TOO comfortable). In this episode, Maggie candidly talks about getting her start in PR, how she got her first “big gig” and the highs and lows of being a dietitian entrepreneur.

Hosted by Kristin Houts

Meet Kristin Houts, the newest co-host of The Dietitian Connection Podcast. Based in Chicago, Kristin is our US Marketing and Communications Lead, and a Registered Dietitian specialising in Irritable Bowel Syndrome and chronic GI issues. Don’t miss our upcoming podcast episode where you’ll get to know Kristin better and hear from our other host, Brooke Delfino. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn more about the voices behind our podcast and gain valuable insights into what’s on the horizon. Stay tuned!



Maggie Michalczyk is a Chicago-based registered dietitian and food blogger at Once Upon a Pumpkin. She is a frequent contributor to various news outlets such as Huffington Post and well+good and is passionate about helping people understand nutrition through fun, seasonal recipes and nutrition information that’s easy to understand.


In this episode, we discuss:

  • Maggie’s path from nutrition student to business owner
  • Strategies that skyrocketed her to 109k Instagram followers 
  • A typical day-in-the-life of a dietitian entrepreneur
  • The highs and lows of working for yourself– and wearing all the hats
  • Upcoming trends and opportunities for dietitians


Additional resources

Click here to watch Maggie host our panel discussion, “Beyond the books: What the next generation of dietitians really need to succeed”

Click here to visit Maggie’s website, Once Upon a Pumpkin

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