Frequently Asked Questions
Please see below for answers to the most common questions I receive!
- frequently asked recipe-related questions
- frequently asked personal + career-related questions
- frequently asked business-related questions
Can you share the nutrition breakdown and/or calorie/macronutrient counts of a particular recipe?
For both personal and professional reasons, I intentionally choose not to include the exact nutrition breakdown of my recipes.
From professional experience, I’ve seen way too many people damage their relationships with food and their bodies by fixating on the numbers of calories and macros. For people who’ve recovered from disordered eating of any kind, seeing these numbers can also be really triggering. While it might seem counterintuitive, I know many dietitians who practice similarly and who are breaking away from diet mentality, diet culture, and promoting more intuitive eating.
What’s more – nutrition labels aren’t the most accurate. In fact, they’re allowed to have a 20% margin of error (meaning that the actual amount can be 20% higher or lower than what’s stated). Everyone has different needs and a serving size for one person is not the same for another, which again changes the nutrition facts depending on how much of the recipe one eats!
Food is SO much more than calories, and calories are simply a unit of energy. I much prefer to highlight the various health benefits of the whole food ingredients that I use in my recipes. I think food is one of life’s greatest joys and I never want to take away from that by focusing on numbers. I want food to be something that’s both nourishing and pleasurable at the same time. I hope this approach resonates with you!
Despite all this, I realize that for some individuals (say with certain medical conditions), that the breakdowns can be helpful. There are many nutrition calculators online that you can enter a recipe in to get an estimated breakdown if necessary (MyFitnessPal is an example). If it’s for medical reasons, I’d recommend working one-on-one with a nutrition professional if possible.
Do you have recipes for X ingredient or for specific dietary preferences?
Possibly! If you visit my recipe index, you can enter a specific ingredient into the search bar. Any recipe that uses that ingredient will appear in the results.
For dietary preferences, you can filter my recipes by the following diet preferences:
In many of the blog posts, I’ll share recipe modifications that can help you meet a variety of dietary preferences!
Can I use your photo or recipe in a roundup post?
You may use ONE photo from a recipe post to feature in a recipe roundup, with credit clearly stated and a mandatory link back to the post on my website where it originated.
I do not allow re-posting an entire recipe, using photos without linking back, or presenting any of my content as your own. Doing any of this can greatly hurt my business that I’ve worked so hard to build.
Any distribution or use of content from Walder Wellness beyond what is described herein constitutes as copyright infringement.
I don’t have/can’t eat a recipe ingredient, what do I do?
There’s a good chance you can swap it with something else! I try to share ingredient substitutions and recipe modifications in each post if I can think of them.
Otherwise, feel free to try making the recipe in your own way. Since the majority of my recipes are NOT baking recipes, there’s a high likelihood that they’ll work out with some of your own twists. I can’t guarantee that things will work, but experimenting in the kitchen is such a great way to become a more confident cook!
Do I need any special kitchen equipment to make your recipes?
You can find links to all my favourite kitchen tools on my Shop Page.
The equipment I use most include my Vitamix Blender, Food Processor, a high quality pan, and a good knife set!
Help! Where is the full recipe in your blog post?
The full recipe (with ingredient measurements + detailed instructions) is ALWAYS located in the RECIPE CARD at the bottom of a recipe blog post. If you’d like to skip straight there, feel free to use the “Jump To Recipe” button at the top of the post.
You have so many recipes! Where do I get started?
Check out my Get Started Guide for links to all my recipe roundups, how-to cooking guides, as well as 20 of my most popular (and personal favourite) recipes!
Personal & Career Questions
What is a registered dietitian? How do I become one?
Registered Dietitians (RDs) are regulated healthcare professionals and food/nutrition experts that have met strict criteria to earn and maintain their credentials.
To learn more about dietitians – what we do, what our training involves, and how to become one – check out my in-depth blog post all about Becoming A Registered Dietitian!
Where did you study nutrition?
I completed both my undergraduate, graduate (master’s degree), and clinical training (dietetic internship) in nutrition at New York University (NYU). For more details on the experience and the classes I took, feel free to check out the becoming a dietitian blog post linked in the question above!
What make you interested in nutrition?
My interest in nutrition was the result of constant struggles with digestive issues, a lack of energy, and a battle with pretty severe and sudden acne that occurred when I was 22. Because of this, I begun to experiment with new foods and spent countless hours in the kitchen teaching myself how to cook healthfully.
I saw what an impact it had in my life, and I found my passion in inspiring others to make positive changes in their own lives and health, through food. In 2014, I moved to NYC to go back to school and study nutrition!
Do you have a professional cooking background?
Nope! I taught myself how to cook when I was 22 (I was clueless in the kitchen before that believe it or not!) The only training I’ve received has been a few cooking classes that were part of my nutrition degree.
Do you eat everything that you post?
Yes!! Every recipe you see on here has been tested and eaten by both my partner and I. The recipes I create and photograph always end up being our meals 🙂
Do you have a cookbook?
I don’t have a physical cookbook at the moment as it has not aligned with my current business goals, but possibly one day in the future.
In the meantime, check out my digital recipe ebooks! They are comprehensive ebooks with 50+ recipes in a particular category. Download or print them for easy access to recipes, ad-free 🙂
What camera equipment do you use?
I currently shoot all of my recipe photos with a Canon 6D and a 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens.
All of my recipe videos are shot on my iPhone!
How did you get started with blogging? Do you have any tips?
I originally started sharing food and recipe content on Instagram just for fun back in 2015! Times were so different back then, but it grew beyond anything I could have ever imagined. Because social media platforms are constantly changing, I started to focus more seriously on this blog in early 2019.
Some of my tips:
- focus on SEO (search engine optimization) and keyword research early on! I’ve been working with Foodie Digital since 2019 and they’ve changed my entire business (best investment I’ve ever made!) They have an awesome free resource here about Food Blog SEO to get you started!
- work on improving your food photography as much as you can. Nice food photos can really help you stand out from your competition and can even be a revenue stream before you have a large audience. There are so many free resources online (The Bite Shot + Two Loves Studio are two of my favourites). In terms of paid courses – I enrolled in Broma Bakery’s Advanced Foodtography School in 2020 and so wish I had done it sooner!!
- remember that blogging is a slow burn. It can take months or even years to gain traction and receive substantial blog traffic and/or revenue. It’s also a lot more work than it looks like, so you REALLY have to love doing it (especially when it’s not making any money)! But if you love it, it’s such a great job 🙂
Is this your full-time job? How do you make money blogging?
Blogging has been my full-time job since the beginning of 2019. The primary ways I make money are through:
- display advertisement (the ads you see on my website)
- sponsored posts (I create recipe content for brands that I love, using their product, and promote them on my blog and social channels)
- affiliate links (I sometimes receive a small commission if you purchase something through a link on my website, at no extra cost to you!)
- freelance content creation (I create recipes and/or photography/videography for brands to use on their own websites, social platforms, or other marketing materials)
- digital products (I sell downloadable recipe ebooks)
What is the best way to support food bloggers?
First of all – thank you for asking! There is SO much work, time, and money that goes into creating the content you see on this site! Your support is so greatly appreciated. Below are the best ways to support both my business and that of other recipe creators:
- leave a star rating + review on the recipes you enjoy – this helps other people discover my recipes and also lets me know what types of recipes you’re loving!
- share links to the blog or recipes with friends and family
- share a photo of your recipe creations + tag the creator on Instagram. Seeing your creations is one of my favourite things about this job!
- follow along on social platforms + engage with the content, especially sponsored content. A like, comment, save, or share goes a LONG way with these constantly changing algorithms 🙂
- purchase digital or physical products, like ebooks, courses, or merchandise!
What social media platforms are you on?
Here are the best platforms to connect + stay up to date with new content:
- Tik Tok
- Join my email list to never miss a new recipe!
Do you work with brands?
Yes! I love working with brands that align with my nutrition and food philosophy. I’m very selective with the brands I work with, but please feel free to reach out if you think a partnership would be a good fit! You can find more details on the services I offer and request a copy of my media kit here.
Do you accept free products?
Sometimes! In an effort to reduce waste, I will only accept packages if I think it would be a good fit. Please note that sending free product does not guarantee a post on this blog or on my social media channels. If I really love a product I receive I will naturally integrate it into my recipes/lifestyle, but I am not able to work in exchange for free product.
Do you accept guest posts or paid link inserts?
Sorry, but I do not accept guest posts or paid link inserts on this site.
Do you offer one-on-one nutrition counselling?
Sorry, but I do not offer one-on-one nutrition counselling. If you live in British Columbia or New York, I’d be happy to refer you to some of my dietitian colleagues. Otherwise, I would recommend finding a local dietitian in your area by way of a Google search, doctor referral, or through the following websites:
What is the best way to contact you?
For any questions (or if you just want to say hello!), please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through my Contact Page.