Courtney Slack, a nutritionist, an expert in the field of food and nutrition. She advise people on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or achieve a specific health-related goal.She teach her clients to intuitively nourish without counting calories or macros long-term. Her area of expertise are weight loss, nutrition coaching and wellness.
Can you tell us a bit more about yourself and your career journey?
Yes! I am married to my high school prom date, I’m a mama to our one year old and our sweet goldendoodle pup. I am a full-time dental hygienist that has always had a passion for health and wellness! I studied at the University of Oregon followed by 2 years of dental hygiene school. Once practicing as a hygienist for a year I decided to pursue nutrition, as my long term career goal has been to pair hygiene with personal training and nutrition. I currently live in a small city where personal training isn’t in demand, therefore, I chose to solely pursue nutrition at this time! Maybe online personal training in the near future 😉
What inspired you to become a nutritionist?
Simply put, I wanted to stop learning from second hand sources and learn from a world renowned source. I have always been considered a “health freak” and though this may seem like an insult to some, I take it as a compliment as I truly do have a strong passion for health and wellness. I love how exercise influences one’s well being and I’ve found that nutrition and well-being go hand in hand.
What do you like most about your job?
I love the connections. I almost feel like a cheerleader. Everyday I am checking in with clients seeing how they are doing with their goals and how they are feeling emotionally and physically. My goal as a nutritionist is sustainability. I am not one to count macros/calories. My clients and I focus on long term sustainability to assure their changes aren’t going to come and go. I want them to develop life long habits that will stick and be applicable even when we are no longer working together. My ultimate goal as a nutritionist is to help share my knowledge. I want my clients to work with me for a short period of time in comparison to their life span so that they can learn from me, apply what they’ve learned then share this knowledge with others!
What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started as a nutritionist?
As a nutritionist you will not only educate your clients on proper nutrition but you will become their confidant, their friend, their cheerleader and go-to support. Your clients become your friends, they count on you to hold them accountable, and somewhere past all of that you develop a relationship that is long lasting and far beyond just simple nutrition tips.
What do people inevitably ask you when they find out what you do?
I think they always feel judged by what they’re consuming. It makes me laugh cause girl I can eat my fair share of ice cream and french fries. I just have the knowledge behind what I am eating- and THAT is my goal. I want to share that knowledge. I am not here to judge because quite frankly, I enjoy those things too. I strongly promote balance: eat your french fries and eat your spinach.
What’s the most common mistake people make that causes them to fail at their diet?
This really depends on if the person is following a particular diet, but all in all I really believe portion sizes have a huge impact on one’s overall diet.
What do you know now as a nutritionist that you wish everybody knew?
Food is fuel. You must eat to sustain your life and daily activity level. Many believe they can skip meals and this will lead to weight loss, but overtime your body will go into starvation mode. You must fuel your body. Focus on whole foods. Read your food labels, check your portion sizes. Look at the contents of the food you’re consuming. If you want more tips on these topics, I talk about them on my instagram page @healthycourt_
Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers, any advice?
If you’re reading this and feeling overwhelmed when it comes to food and how to properly and effectively nourish your body. I get it. I have been there. There is a lot of information out there, find sources you know are reputable, read books that will educate you on the basics of nutrition. Find a community that is willing to spread knowledge and support you on your wellness journey. I started my instagram account when I was in college. It was private and no one knew I had it. I used it for motivation, I learned so much from other women, this was the start to where I am today.
When it comes to what to do in this exact moment. Start with making small changes. Small changes will have a huge impact on your overall well being. Do not overwhelm yourself, i.e. drink more water for a couple of weeks then add in the reduction of fats to your diet for a couple weeks. Build on your habits, build on these goals.