Meet the Dietitian: Diane Wade
Diane Wade attended San Diego State University, first as a theater arts major, and later received her bachelor of science degree in foods and nutrition and her master of science degree in nutritional science. She became a registered dietitian in 2000 and worked at Alvarado Hospital for seven years before coming to Sharp HealthCare in 2007.
Diane spent 20 years in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles working as an actress, a theater producer and a casting assistant. She helped cast the pilot episode of "The X-Files" and worked on many other shows. In 1994 she was ready for a change and wanted to be near her family, who were all in San Diego, so decided to go back to college to work in the nutrition field.
How did you become interested in the field of nutrition?
I was 39 years old when I went back to college and was interested in nutrition as I knew it would be more and more important for my own health as I got older. I had heard so many conflicting reports in the media regarding what was or wasn't good for me to eat that I wanted to get the straight scoop. I never planned to become a dietitian but found that I love the work.
Do you have a particular specialty or focus area?
I'm a certified nutrition support clinician (CNSC) and work primarily on the cardiac and ventilator units at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. Nutrition support includes taking care of patients who aren't able to eat and rely on tube feeding to get nutrition, which is often the case for my patients on ventilators.
What is most satisfying about your role at Sharp?
I enjoy being part of an interdisciplinary team working with the doctors and nursing staff to meet the nutrition needs of the patients. I'm always impressed with the level of commitment to providing the best patient care, especially from my fellow dietitians.
What is your best piece of nutrition advice?
When people ask me how to lose weight I tell them "eat less, do more." I think most people know what they need to do and are hoping I'm going to give them a magic formula. I have made major changes in my life over the years that I could have done at any time but I wasn't ready. It's the same for weight loss or starting to exercise or any new healthier choice, when you are ready you will find the resources you need that will work for you.
What is your favorite recipe?
I like to bake biscotti for my friends for holiday gifts — definitely one of my favorite recipes since it is fun to make!
To learn more about Sharp's specialized hospital nutrition support services, please call 858-499-3114.
To learn more about Sharp's Nutrition Education and Counseling Program or to schedule an outpatient appointment, call 619-740-4632 or send us an email.
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