It is always tough at the beginnings. I believe my courage to start a business is inherited from my parents who left home and started their lives all over again in this strange place, New York. After countless trials and persistence, DaNutri is thriving. In these short 3 years, DaNutri received referrals from over 50 doctors, conducted over 100 nutrition presentations at community centers, served as nutrition consultant for over 30 companies. And in January 2017, the second DaNutri Clinic was opened in Chinatown, New York. There are now 4 Registered Dietitians and 1 nutrition assistant working with us.
What is better than to serve the populations with similar cultural background? As born and raised in Hong Kong, I speak fluent Cantonese and Mandarin, and am familiar with Asian diet. I am confident in providing culturally-suitable diet plans and nutrition advice, together with various education materials in Chinese.
As a first generation immigrant, I hope to define my value at this new place and work hard to become a life-changing person. I grew up in a middle class family and received education in Hong Kong. Our family moved to New York when I was 16 years old. I started off as a high school Junior, got into college and became a registered dietitian. After working for several years, I opened the first DaNutri clinic at Flushing, New York in March 2013.
為了使營養服務普及化, 讓更多人受益, 我們接受各大醫療保險, 營養師不只是”有錢人的顧問”, 不只有明星或職業運動員才會聘用, 就是因為每個人都要吃飯, 所以每個人都應該得到營養資詢. 如無保險者, 我們的服務收費合理. 我們不只求盈利, 更希望的是能達到推廣健康生活及飲食的目標, 讓營養資詢成為維持健康的強大後盾.
作為一個第一代新移民, 我希望可以在這裡找到自我的價值, 努力成為一個幫助別人改變生命的人. 我出生於小康家庭, 在香港接受教育,十六歲移民紐約, 就讀高中三年班, 高中畢業後考入了康乃爾大學, 完成了營養科學學士學位, 畢業後於半工讀的狀況下在布碌倫大學完成了碩士學位及營養實習課程, 並成為註冊營養師. 工作數年後, 於二零一三年三月在紐約法拉盛開設了第一間纖營診所.
Dietitians not just work for the high-end population. Everyone needs to eat, so everyone is entitled to get nutrition service. In order to make nutrition service more accessible for everyone, we accept majority of health insurance. For those without health insurance, our pricing is very reasonable and affordable.
曾經聽過有些人認為營養師只是幫人減肥, 實際上, 營養師的訓練主要是學習使用醫學營養療程 (MNT) 幫助病人以科學驗證的飲食策略處理各種長期疾病. 我尤其對糖尿病管理感興趣, 除了因為我的家人都患有糖尿病外, 糖尿病飲食管理仍存有很多誤區, 得了糖尿病就像得了絕症, 過份”戒口”而 造成食物恐慌甚至營養不良, 生活質素下降, 這都是不必要的, 所以正確的營養教育是十分重要的.
萬事起頭難, 就像我父母一樣, 他們拋低工作事業, 離開家園, 來到一個陌生的國土, 縱使不清楚前面的路, 仍一步一步帶著我們重新開始新生活. 相信我創業的勇氣也來自於他們, 經過無數的考驗和不斷的堅持, 在三年間得到超過五十位醫生的轉介, 與大小機構, 保險公司及社區中心協辦上百次營養健康講座, 成為三十多間長者活動中心的營養顧問, 於二零一七年在曼哈頓唐人街設立第二間纖營診所. 現在纖營一共有四名註冊營養師及一名營養師助理.
I am a Christian. I believe I would not have accomplished anything without God's help. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." I seek God's power and guidance every day, and pray that whatever I am doing is in accordance with God's will. It is my hope to help more people in needs, spread the love of God, and let people know God through my work.
I am passionate about science and would like to use scientific knowledge to promote health and wellness. I believe that prevention is better than treatment. We are now battling with chronic diseases that can actually be prevented if dietary intervention is started early. However, most of us overlooked the importance of disease prevention.
Chinese people is very particular about diet. However, there are some people too concerned about diet taboo. Some even becomes food-phobia, resulting in malnutrition. Medical Nutrition not only guide patients with scientifically sound diet taboo, more importantly, help patients to change diet habits and lifestyle for managing disease. Therefore, I chose Medical Nutrition as my profession.
DaNutri - Decoding Your Healthy Diet
纖營 - 爲您的健康飲食解碼
對科學有濃厚興趣的我, 希望可以運用科學知識以推廣健康, 不靠使用藥物來預防及管理疾病, 我相信預防勝於治療, 我們現今所面對的長期疾病其實都可預防, 無奈預防疾病這方面往往都被忽略. 雖然病從口入都是為人知曉, 但日常生活確有很多食物的誘惑, 快餐店到處都是, 加上應酬, 社交, 大魚大肉還是很難避免, 使實踐健康飲食加倍困難.
中國人傳統對飲食都十分講究, 有些人卻對不同的飲食宜忌過份關注, 以致什麼都不敢吃, 甚至對食物產生恐懼, 造成營養不良, 醫學營養學不但提供有醫學實驗驗證的飲食宜忌指導病人, 更重要的是幫助病人合理地規劃餐飲, 改變飲食習慣及生活方式以處理疾病. 醫學營養結合了中醫及西醫的治療方法, 天然得來又有信心保證, 因此, 我便選擇了醫學營養作為我的專業.
DaNutri Medical Nutrition Counseling Center is one of the few private nutrition clinics that is able to provide professional dietary guidance for the Chinese-speaking clients. In 2013, DaNutri was founded by Ida Lam, a Registered Dietitian. Through personal counseling and education, DaNutri aims to help clients managing disease, increasing their awareness of nutrition, as well as promoting their overall health.
能為與自己背景相若的人群服務是最好不過的! 身為一個土身土長的香港人, 操流利廣東話及國語, 加上對中國以至或亞洲人飲食習慣及喜好的了解, 必能更有效地幫助說中文或使用亞洲飲食的人作出合宜的飲食計劃和營養建議, 並提供可靠的中英文資訊及教材.
我是一個基督徒, 如沒有神的幫助, 我知道我只是一個無能的人. “我靠著那加給我力量的, 凡事都能作.” 我每天尋求神的幫助和帶領, 盼望我所堅持的是合神心意, 希望透過我的工作去幫助更多有需要的人, 把基督的愛傳開, 讓人認識主. 願一切的榮耀都歸給神.
To some people, Dietitians only help patients to lose weight. In fact, Dietitians focus on using Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) as a tool for managing diseases. I particularly interested in Diabetes management not only because Diabetes runs in my family, misconceptions about Diabetic diet are existing in the community. Therefore, proper nutrition education is very important.