1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your practice?
Hi, everyone from Burlington, Vermont, the home of Ben and Jerry’s, Burton Snowboards and Bernie Sanders. I’m Dr. Ellen, the Grow and Glow Coach. I’ve been a Registered Dietitian for almost 25 years, and I’m also a PhD Psychologist, Certified Professional Health and Wellness Coach and Reiki Master. I currently have an international coaching practice where I empower women at midlife to live vibrant, meaningful, balanced lives. I also run a private nutrition practice in Vermont focusing on helping my clients make peace with their bodies and food and reach the highest level of wellbeing possible. In addition, I’m the Chair of the Nutrition Entrepreneurs, Coaches Specialty Group where I mentor and coach other dietitians.
As a nutrition expert and educator, I’ve appeared on Extra, the Food Network and NBC World News and been quoted in Psychology Today, Eating Well and USA Today. I’ve written for SELF, Better Homes & Gardens and Good Housekeeping. The author of four books and the former online Nutrition Expert for Women’s Health, Men’s Health and The Abs Diet, I’ve helped thousands of women overcome negative body image, emotional eating and change of life challenges.
2. What’s your favorite part about being a dietitian?
I love food — cooking it, playing with it, eating it and enjoying the amazing things it does for your body — and helping people. It’s so rewarding to see people transform their bodies and live healthier lives. Plus, the science of nutrition is fascinating and there are an infinite number of career paths and opportunities to learn and grow.
3. Describe what your typical week looks like?
The majority of my time during the week is spent coaching and counseling clients and patients. I have over 65K followers, so posting on social media, writing articles and blog posts, speaking at webinars and summits and connecting with and inspiring people is a huge part of what I do.
4. How do you find balance between work & personal?
I practice what I preach, so self-care never takes a back seat to work. When you put yourself first and take care of your body, mind, heart, spirit and relationships, you are much happier and more productive at work. Life’s too short not to enjoy yourself. I schedule time to meditate, relax and have fun with friends and family. Plus, I looooove to exercise, and Vermont provides tons of opportunities to hike, bike, ski and get outside and enjoy nature.
5. What are 3 foods you can’t live without?
Chocolate, almonds and sweet potatoes