My name is Audrey Inouye. I am a Registered Dietitian and a stay at home mother with an amazing husband and three young boys. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to Balance Junkie and am looking forward to getting to know all the readers of Balance Junkie!
A little about me, personally and professionally
I am originally from Ontario. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Nutrition at the University of Guelph in 2000. While I was living in Guelph, I got an amazing job working at the Nagano Olympics in ’98 as a tour guide. I likely got the job because I love to talk and I love to travel. It was a fantastic experience and I was able to see loads of Olympic events.
I was very lucky how the timing worked out because the Sydney Olympics started just after I graduated from my Nutrition degree. I was re-hired by the same company and became a tour guide at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. That was a fantastic experience, then I spent three weeks post Olympics traveling around Australia, also loads of fun.
Once I returned from Australia, I moved to Edmonton to complete a one year nutrition internship with Capital Health. This is where I met Liz (Jim’s lovely wife) also a Dietitian. My rotation with Liz was about the same time that she started dating Jim and I started dating Dave. Now, fast forward a few years. Jim and Liz are married, Dave and I are married and collectively we now have 7 children, all boys.
As a Registered Dietitian, I started working with the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada. I had great experiences visiting many First Nation communities to offer nutrition workshops, cooking workshops and generally assist with their health programs. In exchange, I was welcomed into every community and encouraged to share in their culture. I should also mention that I took a short leave from work to be a tour guide at the Salt Lake City Olympics as well. That was fun but it was my last Olympic experience as I had a serious career ahead in nutrition.
Did I mention that we like to travel?
Shortly after my husband and I started our careers, my husband applied for a paid year off (work for four years at 80% salary then take your fifth year off). His fifth year came up when the boys were two and four years. I took a leave from work, we rented out our house, sold our van to our tenants, packed up two large backpacks, got on a plane and left Canada for 9 months. We went (with the kids) to Indonesia, Thailand, Columbia, Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. It was an experience we will never forget and we look forward to doing it again in a few years. We blogged about it here if anyone is interested and has time to kill.
Now that we have three children, life is busy. I have decided to take another year off work from Health Canada and find myself keeping connected to nutrition by doing vegetarian cooking workshops, nutrition workshops, building a facebook page and doing a little blogging. If you would like tidbits of nutritious info and to find out about my workshops, you can get all of the information on my facebook page.
Please let me know if there are any nutrition topics that you would like me to blog about. I will do my best to provide accurate and interesting nutrition information as well as provide practical tips in the kitchen and my favourite recipes.