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I'm SOOOOO EXCITED to announce that my second #HonestGirl is Molly Rieger, celebrity nutritionist and one of my closest friends!!! I have always struggled to eat a healthy, well balanced diet and Molly continues to inspire me to live a healthier lifestyle everyday. Here is her story!
After being diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in high school, I was on a mission to understand how food affected how I felt. I began cooking healthy meals for my family and I loved how it felt to bring loved ones together through food. I truly believe that the best memories are made in the kitchen or around the dinner table.
As a registered dietitian with my master’s in clinical nutrition, my career path began working with chronically ill patients. It was while working in a hospital that I realized I wanted to give people the tools and education to not only prevent these chronic illnesses but to strive towards the best version of themselves. There is nothing better than helping a client attain the confidence and energy needed to tackle their life’s passions. I counsel clients with a range of goals and challenges including weight loss, increased energy, gastrointestinal issues, and food intolerances.
Tell me about the philosophy of your nutrition business.
For those interested in working with me, the first thing to note is that I take an individualized approach. Each client has unique challenges, goals, and preferences, all of which influence their meal plan. I like to think of myself as the nutrition angel on each client’s shoulder. A majority of my clients know what they should be doing, but it is my job to keep them accountable and motivated. Eating is a multi-layered, emotional act and anyone who gives you a diet without considering that complexity has it all wrong. Together, we will work on eating mindfully and creating healthier habits that keep you looking and feeling your best. If I were to put my philosophy into one short sentence, it would be "eat mostly plants, and keep it colorful!"
Was there a particular moment that made you realize this career was for you? Have you always been interested in wellness and nutrition?
As I mentioned, the real turning point was being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in high school. I was determined to figure out which foods made me feel great and which to avoid. It was then that I really started researching the effects of food on the body and experimenting with different recipes in the kitchen. Cooking was always very calming for me. I started noticing how much better I felt and how much more energy I had when I ate healthy, natural foods and limited the sugary/processed crap! That is when I really fell in love with the idea of pursuing nutrition as a career!
What was the inspiration behind your business? How did you come up with the idea of Molly's Best?
The inspiration behind my blog and website is to find creative and fun ways to enhance my followers' lifestyles through healthy and delicious recipes, nutrition tips, and interviews with influencers. The website was also a way to connect with curious people that I couldn't work with one on one. My private counseling business is inspired by my passion for helping others look and feel their best. Nothing is more satisfying than when a client says they have increased energy or confidence due to their new way of eating. The name Molly's Best came about because I am always striving to be the best version of myself, and help others become their best selves!
What advice do you have for other creative women with a passion for entrepreneurship and starting their own business?
Don't be afraid or overwhelmed to start your own business just because there is a lot of competition or you see other girls doing the same thing. Find your lane and figure out how to do it in YOUR way. Your unique personality, style, and motivation will make your business stand out regardless of how many competitors you have.
What makes your approach different than other celebrity nutritionists out there?
I don't believe diet is "one size fits all". Instead of prescribing one diet to all my clients, I take my clients' specific goals and lifestyle into account. I take a holistic approach that goes beyond food. The food choices you make are all based on your sleep habits, support circle, and stress levels. I work with my clients to find balance in all of those arenas while we work onpracticing mindfulness to make habitual changes.
Whats next for your career? Any exciting new projects?
I've partnered with the personal training gym Dogpound in order to create the nutrition program for their clients. I'm really excited to have the team and resources to be able to provide clients with a full wellness program that includes both food and exercise.
My short term goal is to build my practice and expand my client network. Down the road I see myself creating a private label food line and eventually building a market. I've always loved the idea of creating a physical space where customer's have the peace of mind that every dish and product has clean ingredients and is responsibly sourced. Stay tuned for that!
How do you stay honest to your brand?
With nutrition, it is really easy to get swept up with the new trends and fads. New diets are popping up every day. I stay true to my brand by staying up to date with the research and thinking about the longevity and long term benefit to my client. I would never recommend anything to a client without trying it out first myself.
Molly sees clients in person in Manhattan, or via videoconference for those out of the area. Head to her website Molly's Best for more!!!
Thanks for sharing your story Molly!! Check back next week to see who our next #HonestGirl is!!