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Meet Courtney Sullivan of Nutrition For Body And Mind in San Marcos

Today we’d like to introduce you to Courtney Sullivan.

Courtney, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve always had a passion for health, nutrition and fitness. In school, I looked for an opportunity to combine my passion with my career. I graduated Cum Laude, with a Major in Nutritional Science and a Minor in Chemistry from the University of Arizona.

I successfully completed my Dietetic Internship at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and passed my Registered Dietitian Exam in 2008. I have been working as a Registered Dietitian (certified through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) for 11 years now. I became a Certified Personal Trainer (certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine) in 2010. I have so much passion for helping others heal their bodies through nutrition, lifestyle behavior modifications and fitness.

My expertise in nutrition is grounded in my early work as a Clinical Dietitian where I worked in an acute care hospital setting. In my six years working as a Clinical Dietitian, I also taught a monthly diabetes support group to active members in the community and helped to create an employee wellness program. I worked hand in hand with a Board Certified Gastroenterologist for two years helping my clients in all realms of digestive disorders, weight loss and/or lean muscle gain and sports nutrition. I also worked with a Board Certified Neurologist and created a weight loss program with a holistic approach.

I have expanded my services to bring a well-rounded knowledge base and personalized approach to my clients. I have presented on sports nutrition and preventative health to organizations including LA Ballet Company, National Charity League, MAC UCLA rowing team, and Lululemon. I have written for The National Academy of Sports Medicine the Training EDGE Magazine and was featured as the cover model of the summer edition in 2013.

I moved from West Los Angeles to North County San Diego in December 2016. I now have three beautiful and spunky, fun-loving kiddos, a 3-year old daughter and 17-month old twin boys. They sure keep me busy and running! I am active in the community with Fit4Mom San Diego, Stroller Strides and Body Back San Diego/San Marcos. I have continued my private practice, Nutrition for Body and Mind, and love being a part of my clients’ health journey.

All I can say is that hard work pays off. There are no shortcuts to success. You have to study, work hard, put in the time and energy, and build your business from square one. Making connections and expanding my network has also been an important factor.

My preference for fast-paced environments has been the catalyst from which I have developed my strongest attributes: initiative, integrity, tenacity, enthusiasm, motivation and eagerness to face new challenges.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It was difficult to leave my job as a Clinical Dietitian (which yielded stability) to pursue my passion for being an entrepreneur (uncertainty of the future). However, I had faith that I was making the right decision in following my dreams to help people get healthy through a preventative health and wellness approach, and treat my clients with food instead of medication.

After I started my private practice, Nutrition for Body and Mind, I wanted to reach out to the community to let them know of my specialty in helping others through nutrition. I shared an office in Beverly Hills with a few amazing doctors, but I also wanted to expand my network.

I researched some other top doctors in LA that were close to the location of my office (i.e. Beverly Hills and West LA including Brentwood, Santa Monica, Westwood and the Pacific Palisades), and scheduled meetings with them to discuss how we could work together to help make nutrition part of their wellness plan. If the Doctors weren’t available for a meeting, then I went door to door delivering mini pumpkins (it was the Fall season) with my business card attached, to reach out and make the connection. In the end, everything worked out for the best and I ended up partnering with a handful of the best Doctors that I had originally hoped to connect with, which was amazing! It wasn’t easy to get to that point, but I believe everything happens for a reason and is there to teach us a lesson going forward.

Please tell us about Nutrition For Body And Mind.
I am passionate about inspiring others and helping my clients reach optimal health through the delicate balance of nutrition and exercise. No matter what degree of change you seek, Nutrition for Body and Mind has a program for you!

My private practice is focused on lifestyle behavior modifications, fitness, overall wellness, sports nutrition tactics, pregnancy nutrition, supplementation protocols, hydration needs and customized nutrition plans to accomplish your goals and address food allergies or nutrition-related disease-specific concerns. I focus on intuitive eating to create a healthy relationship with food and your body that will give you long-lasting energy and help meet your weight goals.

I emphasize pre and post-workout nutrition, pregnancy-specific nutrition needs, portion control, nutrition facts label reading, dining out strategies, travel nutrition, and personalized macronutrient needs, which give you the tools to enable you to have a healthy relationship with food to nourish your body the right way!

I don’t believe in diets. There is no “one fits all” approach with nutrition. Each person has specific and individualized nutrition needs based on height, weight, goal weight, age, activity level, and past medical history. I provide customized nutrition based on these factors, which is one thing that sets me apart as a Registered Dietitian.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Family vacations to Lake Tahoe were always my favorite childhood memory. My family had a cabin on the North Shore in Incline Village. I grew up going every summer and winter with my family and my grandparents. It is still my favorite place to travel and one of the most special places in the world to me.

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Katie Caldwell and Stacey Taylor

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