Hi and welcome to Spilling the Beans, a blog dedicated to nourishing healthier relationships with food and self. I’m so glad you stopped by!
I’m Amanda, a 26-year-old Registered Dietitian and Licensed Nutritionist who is passionate about dispelling diet-culture myths, moving women towards normalized eating, and eating satisfying foods. No foods are off limits in my world as both a dietitian and human being.
I started this blog in 2017 to more actively join the conversation around combating diet culture and spread the word about intuitive eating. My mission is for this blog to be a cozy community for women to feel more empowered in their eating, body image, and mental health. Being a woman today can be challenging. We often feel that we must conform to unrealistic standards. Believe me—I’ve been there. I fought through my fair share of these same challenges with disordered eating in my teens and early twenties. There are plenty of blogs in the world that can leave you feeling less valuable because you don’t eat green smoothies and go to SoulCycle x times a week. My hope is that Spilling the Beans helps you realize that while nutrition is an important part of your life—it’s not the only part of your life. I’d hate to wake up one day when I’m 85-years-old and realize I wasted so much of my life obsessing over the scale and tracking the calories of each meal—I imagine you might feel the same! I post on Tuesdays and Thursdays about topics ranging from intuitive eating, self care, body image, digestive health, meal inspiration, life updates and more.
Aside from blogging, I have a private practice, Spilling the Beans Nutrition, that opened in 2018. My practice focuses on helping women recover from disordered eating in addition to guiding individuals in breaking free from diet culture and moving towards intuitive eating. Currently, I am seeing clients virtually through a HIPAA-compliant platform. (If you are living in Sioux Falls and would prefer to meet in person, schedule an appointment with me at Hy-Vee by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Professionally, I received my BS in Nutrition and Health Sciences at South Dakota State University. From there, I moved to central Illinois for two years to complete my dietetic internship and MS in Family and Consumer Sciences. While I enjoyed the friends and connections I made in Illinois, a job offer and the desire to be closer to family brought me back to South Dakota in 2016. My first job as a dietitian was in a hospital setting where I worked with inpatient/outpatient clients, facilitated diabetes classes, and designed and taught classes for the newly opened chemical dependency unit. After a period of time, my career led me to Sioux Falls, SD where I currently work as a retail dietitian for Hy-Vee, in addition to my private practice. (If you live in South Dakota, you’ve probably seen my face on Keloland News a few times. 🙂 ) Because I like to stay busy, I also teach a class for SDSU called Food, People, and the Environment.
Outside of being a nutrition neRD, I love traveling, camping, yoga, good music (Ben Howard is my favorite), listening to podcasts, cooking, and spending time with my family and our yellow lab, Bela.