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S2 / E49: Emma Shafqat, Dietitian and Founder of Dietitian with a Difference

November 22, 2023

Welcome to another exciting episode of the Bizzimumzi podcast with your host, Ashley Verma! This time, Ashley is thrilled to welcome a very special guest, Emma Shafqat, who crossed paths with Ashley through the magic of Instagram. Emma is not only a Paediatric Dietitian but also a fellow allergy mom who has navigated the challenging world of fussy eating with her daughter, Olivia.

In this episode, Emma opens up about her incredible journey from graduating with a first-class honours degree in Dietetics and Nutrition to becoming a dedicated Dietitian. She currently wears multiple hats, working for the NHS, in special needs schools, and running her private clinic, all focused on children’s health. Emma’s passion shines through as she helps children and their families overcome a wide range of dietary issues.

Ashley and Emma kick off the conversation with a good laugh about the unique experience of going back to school after your 20s. While Ashley confesses her aversion to school, Emma shares her genuine enthusiasm, as it ultimately led her to her fulfilling career as a Dietitian.

The heart of the discussion revolves around Emma’s personal journey as a mom to Olivia, who faced severe reflux as a baby and later developed multiple food allergies. Emma vividly describes the moments of despair and concern as she saw Olivia arching her back in pain and dealing with the challenges of allergies.
Listeners will be treated to Emma’s valuable insights on dealing with fussy eating toddlers and discovering effective ways to communicate the importance of nutrition to children. From sharing language tips to discussing why broccoli can be just as yummy, Emma’s expertise shines through.

Emma’s credentials speak volumes about her dedication to her profession, including being a Registered Dietitian with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), a member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA), and part of the Paediatric Educators’ Special Interest Group. Her impressive background includes a first-class honours degree in Dietetics and Nutrition and receiving the Dietetic Subject Group Prize, among other achievements.
Don’t miss this enlightening episode where Ashley and Emma dive deep into the world of paediatric dietetics, allergies, and fussy eaters. Whether you’re a parent or simply interested in nutrition and child health, you’re sure to gain valuable insights from this conversation. Tune in to the Bizzimumzi podcast and join Ashley and Emma on their journey of discovery!

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