Plant Sumo Interviews

Andy De Santis

Andy The RD

Andy is a private practice dietitian, blogger and author from Toronto, Canada. He graduated with a Master’s degree in public health nutrition from the University of Toronto Dalla Lana School Of Public Health in 2014 and went on to work at Diabetes Canada before pursuing a career in private practice. He has since published 6 books on various nutrition topics, with more on the way. Andy credits his success to a joint commitment to blogging and social media, using both in tandem to increase his visibility and demonstrate expertise and competence in various nutrition topics.

Company Profiles

What Is The Book (Or Books) You’ve Given Most As A Gift, And Why?

Since I've written seven books, it's probably my own books that I've given most as a gift- for obvious reason hehe. The books with the biggest influence on my life, I'd say the Lord Of The Rings trilogy for its pure brilliance but even more so the Count Of Monte Cristo which is the ultimate story of redemption which I resonate with greatly.

What Purchase Of $100 Or Less Has Most Positively Impacted Your Life In The Last Six Months?

My new Sony bluetooth headphones 🙂

When You Feel Overwhelmed Or Unfocused, Or Have Lost Your Focus Temporarily, What Do You Do?

I remind myself who I am to make proud with what I do.

What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?

Cutting out your favourite foods - that never works!

In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?

Dabbling with intermittent fasting and cold showers has been fun - but generally I've taken my work more seriously over the last five years - including via social media - which has helped tremendously.

How Has A Failure, Or Apparent Failure, Set You Up For Later Success?

Starting my own business, I went through more ups and downs than I care to share but it has made it all the more worth it in the end.

Tell us about your business. What does it do and what value do you add?

I'm a registered dietitian and I help people re-frame how they think about and use food to improve all aspects of their health and quality of life

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Professional football player or player agent at the very least.

Where do you see your industry in the next 5 years?

Increasingly online and app based.

Tell us about someone you admire and why you admire them?

My dad, selfless.

What popular celebrity do you admire the most and why?

Any pro footballer, due to the dedication it requires

What one thing in life do you consider to be overrated?

Cheese

What's your favourite holiday destination?

Miami

What's your star sign?

Leo

What's your favourite colour?

Blue

What are you NOT Very Good at?

Handstands

What's your favourite vegan meal?

Tempeh baked until crispy with smoked paprika

If You Could Have A Gigantic Billboard Anywhere With Anything On It — What Would It Say And Why?

Eat More Plant Based Protein.

What careers advice would you give to your 21-year old self?

Start taking things more seriously, work harder, take better care of yourself.

What Advice Would You Give To A Smart, Driven College Student About To Enter The “Real World”?

Whatever you do, do it well.

What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made?

Investing time in writing, blogging and Instagram! Oh and my health 😉

What is the most significant thing that someone much younger than yourself has taught you?

To be kind to strangers.

What is a useful skill someone could learn in one minute?

Taking a cold shower?

Are you vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian or something else entirely?

Closer to a Pescatarian in fact!

What's your favourite vegetable?

Kale

What one song can you listen to every day non-stop?

Flavour of The Weak by American Hi Fi

What did you have for breakfast this morning?

Bagel with peanut butter!

What is a 'hack' you have for success that most people don't know about?

Haven't found it yet haha

What is the most surprising thing you've seen in your industry

How well we've grown and propogated via social media!

How has Covid-19 changed your industry?

Moved it more online

How has Covid-19 changed your company?

Moved it more online

What's something exciting you're currently working on/learning that only a few people know about?

Learning Canva!

About the Author

Heather-PS

Heather Wilkinson is a globe-trotting content creator and PR enthusiast who’s finally put down roots in her native UK. When she isn’t working, you’ll find her pretending to care about Minecraft for her son’s sake, while secretly reading the latest Ace Atkins novel (or sleeping – her second favourite past-time).