Sally Twellman, RDN
LIFE & WELLNESS COACH
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Like many dietitians, Sally focuses on health and happiness. This reminds me that we're not aiming for restrictive, but sustainable ways of eating and as Sally brings up, our relationship with food. Once again, she wants to clear up that we're not the food police! Where does that come from anyway? With experience in nutrition and coaching, it seems fitting that her blog looks at the 'pursuit of wholeness'. Her private practice came about due to changes in life circumstances (aka kids), which I can relate to.
Why did you become a RD?
To be honest, because I was obsessed with food; Eating it, controlling it and restricting it. But during my journey towards becoming a dietitian and after in my career, I healed my relationship with food and my body and now help others do the same.
What area of dietetics do you work in?
Private Practice: Health and Wellness
How would you explain what you do?
I help people change their relationship with food, love their body and create a healthy, happy life.
What are your ‘typical’ daily/weekly tasks?
My days changes, but typically I see about 2-5 clients in a day, create content for my blog and social media channels or do other administrative work.
What has been your career path?
I worked as a clinical dietitian for 5 years before deciding to stay home full time with my children. I stayed home for about 3 years, then decided to start my private practice, which is primarily online or phone consults.
What advanced education or special training do you have?
Besides getting my RD, I became a life coach to give me extra habit modification skills.
In an ideal world, what does the industry look like 5 years from now?
I want to see more RDs killing it in the online space. We are the experts in food and health and we should be leading the nutrition and wellness conversation.
What misinformation about RDs would you like to clear up?
That we are the food police.
What would you like people to know about RDs?
That we are the most qualified nutrition and wellness experts.
What are challenges you encounter as a RD?
Not having a flexible mindset about helping people make real changes in their lives. When I first started my practice, I was stuck in the old expert mindset of change, aka telling my clients what to do. Then I found that my clients really started making more fundamental changes when I asked them questions, met them where they were and helped them make small incremental changes in their lives.
What do people think that you do for a living?
Help people lose weight.
What makes RDs unique/different from other nutrition/wellness professionals?
We have a scientific knowledge and background.
What is your favourite meal?
I love having Pizza on friday nights with my family!
What tip(s) would you give to our readers?
Start where you are now and focus on making small changes and build on your success. Whatever your goal is, become aware of one small thing you can change, and change that consistently for 1-2 weeks and then add to it. Also, every change must happen from a place of self love and self-respect, when you start there, the actions that will get you to your goal will fall into place.
More about Sally:
Facebook: Sally Twellman - Coach
Pinterest: Sally Twellman