This article was first seen on the Huffington Post. For this installment, we are joined by Anne Mauney.
Let’s start off with a general introduction. How would you describe yourself, what are you all about and how did you get involved in health and nutrition?
I’m Anne, a Registered Dietitian with a Masters of Public Health in Nutrition. I own a nutrition counseling private practice, helping others to build happier, healthier relationships with food, and I have also been blogging at fANNEtasticfood for over 7 years.
On my blog, I share quick and easy recipes, health tips, simple meal ideas, travel and fitness adventures, and more. I love helping my readers and clients to see that eating healthy and moving more doesn’t have to be that complicated – and can even be fun!
You started out studying sociology, and that didn’t turn out to be what you expected. You decided this wasn’t for you and took a turn, what set things in motion for you?
When I first graduated from undergrad I started working in PR and communications; I stayed in that field for about 5 years before I decided to make the change to go back to grad school to become a Registered Dietitian. I wanted a job where I was able to help people and make a more direct one-on-one impact, and I knew it would be worth the nearly 4 years of school to get there. It was!
Over the last years a lot has changed for you and you seem to embrace change and thrive through it. What advice can you share around change?
I think change is exciting! I grew up moving around often, so I suppose that got me used to the idea that change could be interesting rather than just scary. I also knew that unless I made a change I would stay unhappy in my career, so as scary as it was to take the leap to try something new, I knew it would be worth it.
A lot of people aren’t happy in their current situation, yet find it hard to go for their dreams and change. How can they overcome their fears?
One thing that helped me was realizing that if I had just taken the leap when I first starting thinking about it, I would already have been where I wanted to be! I wasted a lot of time because I was scared of how much school (and hard science classes) would be involved in becoming a dietitian. It’s always scary to make a change but it is worth it to lead a more fulfilling life.
What’s your perspective on the importance of self-care?
Self-care is extremely important! I write about this a lot on my blog, actually, as being a solo entrepreneur is wonderful but can also be stressful because it’s hard to turn it off and stop working when it’s just you, and when you’re passionate about the work.
I’ve had to be really intentional over the past couple years about building in time for self care – and being okay with saying no to things that I don’t think will nourish me.
You were a teacher in Prague – how does your experience in teaching help you today as a dietitian?
Yes, I lived in Prague for a year back in 2008-09, just before making the plunge to go back to graduate school! I knew I needed a change and moving overseas to teach English was something I had wanted to do for a long time, so it was a great way to start out on my new journey. It also helped me to develop some teaching skills that I’ve utilized in my work now with my clients.
What has been the most interesting thing you learned working with your clients and helping them reach their health and wellness goals?
I’ve learned that pretty much everyone already knows what they should be doing – so the important thing is figuring out what’s going on behind the scenes (either logistically or emotionally, or both) that’s stopping them from doing it.
Tell us more about your blog. How often do you post and what about? What’s the most popular recipe and/or post on your blog?
I started my blog in 2009 as a way to inspire others to eat healthier and be more active in a fun and low stress way. I’ve been posting nearly every weekday ever since! It’s a lifestyle blog, so I share a lot of my life – what I actually eat, what my workouts look like, what my travel/life adventures are – but as a dietitian I also write some nutrition-related posts and I share at least a few recipes each month as well.
You’re an avid runner, what can you tell us about that?
Yes! I’ve done nearly 20 half marathons and 3 full marathons. Running is definitely my happy place – and my social outlet, too. I pretty much always run with friends – it’s my favorite way to catch up because we have so much undivided time to talk.
You also started your own online-based nutrition counseling private practice at AnneTheRD.com – what can you tell us about that?
I’ve had my nutrition counseling private practice for nearly 4 years now! I focus on helping people to develop healthier relationships with food by ditching the calorie counting and diet mentality and embracing a more kind and sustainable approach to healthy living. It’s so rewarding to hear clients say that food has become much less stressful – and that they are eating things that make them feel good both physically and mentally.
I have also created a 6 week virtual intuitive and mindful eating group program with two fellow dietitians. It takes the same approach that I use with my clients, but translates it into a full virtual program with worksheets and lessons that help participants to build more positive relationships with food and their bodies.
What are your biggest life goals for the year?
Continuing to build my Joyful Eating Program! The program is run live a couple times a year, but we are currently in the final stages of creating a self-study version of the program for those who don’t want to wait for a live session – or who want an even more affordable option. We are really excited about it!
Where can people go to learn more about you online?