Nutrition and Dietitians
MS, RD, LDN
I’m a much healthier person now than I started out. I wasn’t always into nutrition and I rarely exercised. Then a realization hit. If I don’t take care of myself now by choice, my body will demand it later. It will be expensive, stressful, painful, and burdensome for those dear to me. I’m a “now or never” kind of person, so did I just join a gym and make a new year’s resolution? Nope, I went full tilt, leaving a career in early childhood education to pursue a Masters in nutrition and a credential that would allow me to provide individual assistance to others in managing their own wellness and/or specific health conditions. I’ve worked long and hard, and had my two children along the way, which has made my journey truly unique. Not only can I finally claim the title Registered Dietitian legally as of 2019, but I am beyond thrilled to have the privilege to meet people individually and guide them on nutrition crafted specifically for them!
Of course, I did more than school as I studied. First and foremost, I started making better choices for my own wellness. I also taught nutrition through the Alice Aycock Poe Center in Raleigh, assumed leadership over the Three Sisters’ Garden, coordinated food oriented social events, and served patients at Duke Raleigh Hospital, among other things. Here we are six years later, and my passions are rooted in helping others strive for wellness through their food choices, growing things (this year it’s zucchini, carrots, and peppers…so far), and continuing to learn more.
In addition to being the club dietitian, I am also a wife and mom. God has blessed me with a wonderful husband and two boys (age 3 and 8 months) with whom I am absolutely smitten! We live in rural Sanford, take daily walks, and are total huggers. I’m outdoorsy, love silence, and in my free time, I snuggle eon my boys!
No transformation is overnight. I began to pay attention to my food choices seven years before changing my career! When we meet, you’ll learn that I will approach helping you reach goals at your pace. I strive to be motivational and encouraging, pursuing forward movement toward health. Wellness is a daily choice that is always easier to grasp with a sidekick. So, I’m Terri, your nutrition sidekick!