Natalie achieved her undergraduate degree in Dietetics and Nutrition from Florida International University. She is a hospital-trained Registered Dietitian, previously dedicating most of her days to educating patients and interns on nutrition therapy for chronic disease management.
Although her passion is nutrition, Natalie also completed her Master's in Marketing from Florida International University to better serve the community via tailored communication. With over four years of experience in digital marketing content writing and brand development for healthcare professionals, Natalie enjoys content creation, program management, education, and creative design.
Tell me a little about yourself!
Hello! My name is Natalie Carabeo, and I am a registered dietitian in South Florida. I am Cuban American and grew up the majority of my life in Miami. Although it's sunny over here, I live with my husky Logan, who enjoys sunbathing, too! My hobbies include organizing/cleaning, listening to music, and photography. Although nutrition is my passion, I genuinely believe the first step to making a significant impact on public health is effective communication.
You’ve got a lot of credentials behind your name, what do all those mean?
I am aiming for the alphabet! The “MS” stands for a Masters in Marketing, “RDN” stands for registered dietitian nutritionist, and “LDN” stands for licensed dietitian nutritionist.
To become a registered dietitian, I had to undergo a rigorous dietetic internship and pass a nationally accredited exam. Although it was difficult, I loved every minute of it, and I wouldn't trade it for anything! To maintain my credential and license, I must perform a certain amount of continuing education credits to stay abreast of the current literature and recommendations.
You are a Registered Dietitian and have a Masters in Marketing, that’s amazing! What motivated you to pursue this career?
Not the typical trajectory of a dietitian, right? Actually, my Master's has proved so helpful! Throughout my undergraduate education, I felt that I did not learn strategic approaches in communication delivery. My philosophy is that if providers know a lot about health and food but cannot deliver the content and ensure understanding, the knowledge is not very useful. That is why I decided to complete a master’s in marketing and learn the most effective marketing, branding, and communications strategies.
What is your role here at Pendulum?
As the Nutrition Communications Liaison, I serve as the go-to gal for all things health care professional related. Specifically, I am building the Pendulum Partners Brand Ambassador Program, including fun perks like microbiome training for free continuing education credits, coupons codes, and the potential for collaborations! Check out one of our health care professional partnerships here.
My goal is to help bridge the gap in understanding microbiome health and Pendulum Glucose Control for any health care leaders interested in learning more about our brand and product offerings!
You have such a unique role! What is a common question you’re asked when people find out what you do?
Thank you! I’m often asked- “how do you come up with strategies to educate a variety of audiences?” First and foremost, listening is key. Understanding your population's needs and pain points to deliver tools and communications tailored to individual needs. Then like most successful marketing initiatives, testing which tactic performed best to replicate and optimize accordingly.
This question may be a common one, what’s the difference between a nutritionist and a Registered Dietitian?
Such a great question! There are a few significant differences between a nutritionist and a registered dietitian (RDN). RDNs must attain a degree in nutrition, followed by a dietetic internship and passing the board examinations. As a registered dietitian, you can practice medical nutrition therapy (MNT) and work with various chronic conditions within the hospital and outpatient setting. Although nutritionists can provide baseline nutrition education within some states, they cannot offer MNT. On the other hand, nutritionists may undergo certifications; however, they do not require intensive hours.
Summer is here! What are your favorite go-to, high fiber foods this season?
My go-to high-fiber foods will always be fruits and vegetables because there are just so many options! Every one of them provides unique nutrients and fun flavors. With all their colors, they are such a fun way to spice up your meals. For more ideas on high fiber additions to your meals, visit our blog, 5 fiber-rich superfoods.
Speaking of summer, it's about to get a lot warmer as well. Why is drinking water so important, not just for hydration, but also for fiber intake?
Although it is common knowledge that 60% of our bodies are made up of water, it is important to remember water is an integral part of metabolism and bodily functions. If you live in high temperatures and are constantly sweating, you are losing H2O. Therefore it's essential to keep yourself hydrated- it's as simple as carrying a water bottle with you!
Also, if there is insufficient water intake while digesting fibers, it may lead to gut discomfort, swelling, and constipation. Therefore, working with a registered dietitian who understands your unique needs is ideal to avoid these consequences!
Along with good weather comes the opportunity for outdoor exercise. What’s your tip for getting exercise in, and why is it so important?
Exercise is essential not only for physical health but also for mental health. However, it's crucial to find a movement that YOU enjoy. When you're catching up with friends or family via telephone, one tip I have is to make a walk of it! This way, you are connecting with your loved ones while taking care of your health. For more tips on how movement provides positive benefits such as lowering blood glucose levels, visit our blog, A sports dietitian shares how glucose levels affect energy levels.