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Meet Amari Thomsen, MS, RD, LDN of Eat Chic Chicago

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amari Thomsen MS, RD, LDN.

Amari, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
After starting my nutrition blog back in 2009, I have since expanded my career by developing a nutrition communications and consulting business, Eat Chic Chicago. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, I moved to Chicago in 2005 and today I split my time between Chicago and San Francisco. I graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and later completed my nutrition education at the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Master’s degree in Nutrition Science.

Has it been a smooth road?
In addition to my private practice, I have always worked a full-time job. I’ve worked as a nutrition coach at a fitness facility, was a supermarket dietitian and spent several years in public relations working closely with food and beverage companies to refine their nutrition communication strategies. Balance between my full-time work, nutrition business and personal life can be a struggle and there is certainly a learning curve to starting and owning a business. However, I’ve enjoyed the journey thus far and look forward to what’s ahead!

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Eat Chic Chicago – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am a registered dietitian, freelance writer, cookbook author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide: Autoimmune Cookbook and nutrition communications expert.

I serve as a nutrition spokesperson and an established public speaker for both media and corporate opportunities. I contribute my nutrition expertise to writing articles and developing recipes for Food & Nutrition and Today’s Dietitian online and print magazines, am a writer for Today’s Dietitian RD Lounge blog, and have been referenced as a health expert in numerous consumer and health publications including SHAPE and Women’s Day as well as in local newspapers including the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times.

I’m also an experienced recipe developer, food stylist and photographer. I specialize in heart health nutrition – developing heart-healthy recipes, digital heart disease resources and online plant-based meal plans. I work with food and beverage brands and commodities, provide private nutrition counseling services, and offer on-site corporate wellness seminars and cooking demonstrations.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love the Chicago seasons – from the crisp fall football season and snowy windy winters to the short sweet spring and the long-awaited hot summers, there is something festive to do every month of the year, which makes Chicago really special. Being from the Midwest, I also love the vibe of the city. Chicagoans have the big city hustle with a humble Midwest attitude, which makes it a great place for entrepreneurs and small businesses to succeed. What do I like least? Probably the cost of living – however, now that I split my time between Chicago and San Francisco, I have a better appreciation for this!

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