Welcome to Inspirational Interview – Fab 5. A regular feature where I share the story of a clever creative who inspires me, and I hope they’ll do the same for you.
Emma is not only very knowledgeable and incredibly friendly, as a qualified Australian dietician, Emma and her blog are great sources of credible advice on nutrition, health and wellbeing.
Your blog is fab! Who or what inspired you to create Scoop Nutrition?
Extra! Extra! Do you read all about it? Nutrition and health, that is? Well we think you’re going to love the Scoop on Nutrition.
One of my motivations for setting up the blog five years ago was realising that Dr Google and the digital age posed threats and opportunities for nutrition lovers. On one hand most people now have access to a dizzying array of content. But on the other hand sorting through the nutrition confusion can be really hard, unless you have a Master’s degree and twenty years speciality like me as an Accredited Practising Dietitian!
Our descriptor for the site is “Hot news bites with a healthy serve of what’s in flavour”. We scoop up the latest nutrition news from around the globe and also tackle those hot questions that people want answered. Nutrition professionals with established credentials write all our posts.
What blogging milestone are you most proud of and why?
Winning the 2014 Bupa Blog Award for Healthy Eating was a fantastic achievement as the judging panel included health professionals who recognised our credible content and writing. We were also thrilled to be Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Blog of the Month and in the Kidspot Top 30 Voices of 2014.
Personally though it’s what I can give back to younger nutrition bloggers, that gives me the most pride and satisfaction. Our mentoring program called Scoop Subs has had over 40 student and graduate dietitians participate! And we launched an ebook The Scoop On Blogging Secrets – for health and lifestyle bloggers to show people how to blog with integrity in this space.
What is your favourite food memory?
All my major memories, from a very young age are shaped by new foods, celebratory dinners and exotic cooking classes like 15 years ago having an intimate lesson in the home of Janet De Neefe from Casa Luna in Ubud. She even showed us where, as part of traditional customs, the placentas of all her children were buried in the garden!
We talk a lot on the blog about our amazing local produce, farmers, chefs and food festivals and encourage more people to understand and respect food provenance. Plus include recipes and motivation to help people get back in the kitchen. So you’ll find loads of deliciousness and better-for-you treat recipes on Scoop Nutrition too, like my Baked ANZAC doughnuts as part of the monthly Recipe ReDux challenge.
Who are the creative souls that inspire you?
My fellow bloggers and community including you Tara! I’m constantly refreshed with new inspiration spending time online. And have made some amazing real life friends too. A favourite food diary blog by a dietitian friend is Heidi from Apples Under My Bed.
Toot your horn! What’s coming up next for Scoop Nutrition?
Thanks for asking! We have just launched a brand new initiative for our 5th birthday celebrations on February 28th, Storehouse blog directory. It’s designed to be a one stop shop for credible nutrition blogs. All blog posts in the feed are written by our Members who are Australian nutrition professionals with established credentials. You can search the blogger directory to find new blogs to follow. Search for a hot topic of interest to get a range of posts from our Member bloggers. Or simply scroll the constantly updating feed of posts from our Member’s blogs on the home page.