It’s difficult to find the right words to honor the incredible Adele Hite. Perhaps that’s why I love the heartfelt tribute written by Anne Mullens for Diet Doctor. It really showcases what Adele accomplished, who she was, what she loved — and who loved her so much.
Even while battling cancer, “Adele continued to attend and contribute to Diet Doctor meetings up until two weeks before her death. She could always be relied upon to provide a brilliant insight or a trenchant conceptual framework that helped shape the company’s products and activities,” Mullens writes.
The fact that Adele kept up at Diet Doctor really struck me — but I have to say, it didn’t shock me. That’s the kind of person Adele was. She was passionate about what she did. Persistent, brilliant, determined — and always, always up for the job.
I first met Adele in 2020, while applying for an editorial role at Diet Doctor, a Sweden-based health and wellness company dedicated to helping people around the world achieve better health through low carb.
When I received an email from Adele, I noticed her email signature read: “ADELE HITE, PHD, MPH, RD.” Trust me when I say, it was a bit intimidating — and it was clear that Adele knew her stuff. Soon, I learned she was very much a pillar and well-known advocate within the low-carb world, especially when it came to the link between health, science, food and nutrition. And she was a damn good writer.
Aside from our work together at Diet Doctor, I will always, always remember Adele’s bright and shining personality. I will forever miss her clever quips, audacious attitude, impenetrable integrity, unmatched honesty, and above all, her warm smile, heart, and presence.
Adele, it’s hard to believe you are gone. I hope we can all be as loved, admired, and accomplished as you when it’s our time.
When I learned that your husband, Greg, sang ‘I Will Follow You into the Dark’ by Death Cab for Cutie to you, I smiled and cried, knowing that you had something so special planned together. It sounded absolutely perfect.
RIP, Adele, our dear, brilliant friend.