Vicki Shanta Retelny, RDN

Vicki Shanta Retelny, RDN

Lifestyle Nutrition Consultant


Nutrition Counseling


Ithaca College, Loyola University Chicago



Vicki Shanta Retelny, RDN, is a former writer for Verywell Fit covering nutrition and healthy eating during pregnancy. She's a nationally-recognized lifestyle nutrition expert, speaker, writer, and culinary and media consultant. She is the author of two books, The Essential Guide to Healthy Healing Foods and Total Body Diet for Dummies.

Vicki consults for Northwestern Memorial Hospital as well as Northwestern Specialists for Women, where she counsels patients on pregnancy, weight management, diabetes, and fertility. She owns her own nutrition communications consulting practice. Vicki’s passion for translating nutrition science into usable, real-life messages combined with her culinary capabilities educates consumers on appreciating healthful ingredients and delicious flavors while creating tasty, nutritious meals.

Her expertise, recipes, and writings have appeared in dozens of national publications, including SHAPE, Prevention, Martha Stewart Living, The Costco Connection, EatingWell, Delicious Living, Today’s Dietitian, and Chicago Health. She contributes her expertise to WGN-TV, CBS-TV, and ABC-TV in Chicago.

She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, having served on many boards and working groups, including as chair for the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetics Practice Group. She lives to eat well with her husband, two active children, and their precocious pet pug in Chicago, Illinois. She also blogs at Simple Cravings. Real Food.


Vicki holds a Bachelor of Science in communications from the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, as well as a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in food and nutrition from Loyola University Chicago. She is a licensed registered dietitian nutritionist.

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