Interview: Rebecca Subbiah

One of the great things about being a freelance writer is meeting wonderful folks like Rebecca Subbiah. She’s a great writer and has generously written articles for my Help Someone With Diabetes blog. Her articles “First Line Advice for Diabetes,” “What to Expect from the Dietitians Visit,” and “Tips for Loved Ones with Diabetes” are informative and offer a differ perspective from the average health article. One thing I like about her writing style is that it is down-to-earth and filled with advice that anyone can follow.

Talking with Rebecca reminds me that freelance writers truly do come from all different walks of life. They can be generalists, or someone like Rebecca with a background in food, physical fitness, and diet. We’re going to see a lot more from Rebecca as time goes on, so I’m happy to interview her here. Enjoy!

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You’re a registered dietitian in both the United Kingdom and America. You’ve got a wonderful level of knowledge regarding diet and fitness. How did you first develop an interest in writing?

I have always written education materials for patients and even a couple of articles for the hospital newsletter, but I found my passion for writing when I started my blog. I also joined the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Group of The American Dietetic Association it has the most inspiring Authors in it.

What type of freelance writing work are you looking for?

I adore blog writing, I already blog for an Alaskan Seafood Company, an Organic meat company and I have just started the blog and social media (twitter and facebook) for my local Indian store. So I am looking to expand this niche with more food companies.

Your blog, Chow and Chatter, is an awesome collection of recipes, photos, and information. I get hungry whenever I pop over to see what you’ve added! As a personal trainer and dietician, you’ve obviously got a healthy outlook toward the body. Freelance writers sometimes have problems gaining a few pounds once they start working from home. What are some things freelancers should be careful of or keep in mind to avoid gaining the “freelance pudge”?

Here are some simple tips to prevent weight gain or help you lose:

  • Prioritize you; make time to cook a healthy meal and exercise. Remember you are your most important asset and writing tool.
  • Keep healthy snacks around, have a glass of water and fruit bowl on your desk.
  • Weigh yourself, prevention is the best cure.
  • Schedule meal times, its all too easy to get caught up in your writing and skip meals then eat more later on. Taking a short lunch break will not make you miss the deadline. Also research shows regular meals keeps your metabolism ticking over and helps maintain a healthy weight.
  • Follow some food and health blogs along with writing blogs to give you daily tips and recipe ideas.
  • Enlist support from your friends and family and make family time more active, go for a swim; take a walk in the park.
  • Make sure you get enough sleep at night; studies have shown that lack of sleep will also contribute to weight gain. There’s always tomorrow to finish the article.
  • Consider consulting with a dietitian to give you tailor made advice and help you keep you on track.

Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?

I aim to continue to improve my writing and built my portfolio of clips, maintain my blog and go after paid work!

What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?

I loved Nelson Mandela’s Autobiography I read it as a teen and it stays with me.

Book you’re currently reading?

Remember, Remember (the Fifth of November): Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About British History with All the Boring Bits Taken Out by Judy Parkinson my Mum got it for me, as a Brit its fun to learn more of my homelands history in a easy to read format.

Any type of writing ritual you have?

I also draft what I am going to write on a notepad then type it out, a bit old fashioned I know!

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, how did you get past it? If not, why not?

I think its easy to write about what your passionate about that way idea’s don’t dry up.

In your opinion, what’s the measure of a successful writer?

That the Author is happy and has reached out to their readers and connected with them.

Advice for other writers?

Never give up and believe in yourself

Where can we learn more about you?

My blog.


Anything else you’d like to add?

I adore Cherie and this site is a great resource lets all help it to grow. [Editors note: I adore you, too, Rebecca! Thanks for the interview.]

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6 Comments on "Interview: Rebecca Subbiah"

  1. Fantastic….I love Rebecca and have been a guest writer on her blog. Not only does she write well, she has a knack for picking guest posters. Good on you and nice feature

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  2. Kitchen Butterfly:

    Yes, Rebecca is great. I think you’ve got a wonderful blog, too.

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  3. Kitchen Butterfly: oh your guest post was so good, and your blog awesome and what a great photographer you are
    Cherie: thanks again

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  4. Rebecca is a brilliant blogger, so attentive to her readers. Always a pleasure to read her writings.

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  5. Rebecca is my daughter of whom I am very proud. I am not sure where she gets her interest in cooking probably her grandmother on her fathers side. She is a Yorkshire woman from a family of coal miners. She has always been a fantastic cook especially chocolate cakes. I too love cooking and have always tried to have healthy meals for them to eat.

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  6. Kay,

    How nice to have Rebecca’s mom on here! Thank you for stopping by. She’s been such a pleasure to work with and I know I have to give you some credit for that! She’s lovely.

    Interesting about her love of cooking. Isn’t it funny how we pick things up? Sometimes it comes from our families, and other times it’s a combination of family and the outside world. I imagine you are a fabulous cook as well, and so good that you instilled the joy of eating healthy and smart in your daughter as well.

    Thanks so much for commenting, Kay, and have a lovely holiday season!

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