Hello, my name is Aphrodite Dikeakos. I completed my education in New York, where I also grew up. With my Bachelor in Biology, my Master in Nutrition Sciences and my Dietetic Internship training at New York Presbyterian Hospital of Cornell Medical College, I went on to work in the area of research. At the Rockefeller University Hospital I was an active member of the clinical research team and then went on to a management position in Quality Assurance. In Athens, Greece, where I currently reside, I worked as a Clinical Dietitian at the Ygeia Hospital and then as Manager of the Nutrition Department of the Metropolitan Hospital. I also work as a freelance columnist writing about health and nutrition topics. As of September 2005 I work at the out-patient Endocrinology Unit of the Eugenidio Hospital in coordination with the Athens Medical School, counseling patients and contributing to research studies. I expand my knowledge constantly by reading research articles and attending seminars and conferences.
For me, the issue of dieting is a very personal one. I struggled with my weight from a very young age. I tried countless diets to lose weight, but always ended up gaining it back. In the end, none of the quick and easy fad diets that promised miracles seemed to work. These types of diets don’t teach us how to eat properly and how to maintain our weight. In order to lose weight, and keep it off, it required lots of hard work. I had to relearn how to eat, without feeling deprived of anything. Of course, we mustn’t forget the role of exercise; it’s a very important part of the equation. The combination of a well-balanced diet and exercise along with some patience and perseverance is a great formula for success!
My goal is to help others change the way they think and feel about dieting. In particular, I want to dispel the idea that dieting has to be harsh and full of deprivation, and to show how a healthy, well-balanced diet can bring about a healthy and well-balanced life.
My love for cooking, along with my love of good food and the desire to maintain my weight, has led me to continually create and search for new healthy and delicious recipes.
With all this being said, I would like to invite you to form a new partnership; a partnership, in which I can share my knowledge and experience with you. A partnership that will give you the skills you need to modify your dietary habits and embrace a new and healthy lifestyle!
Aphrodite Dikeakos, MS RD