Megan Roosevelt RD, LD
Getting to know Megan Roosevelt RD, LD…
Where did you do your undergrad and internship?
Montana State University, Bozeman and I completed my Dietetic Internship through Utah State Universities Distance Program completing my rotations here
Tell us about Healthy Grocery Girl?
Healthy Grocery Girl offers nutrition services that include; Nutrition Coaching and Counseling, Healthy Kitchen Makeovers, Meal Planning and Grocery Shopping Assistance. A unique aspect to my business is my Healthy Kitchen Makeovers, in which I clean and organize client’s pantries and refrigerators removing and setting aside all unhealthy food and in return provides suggestions for healthier alternatives. All unwanted non-perishable foods are then donated to the Oregon Food Bank and clients receive a tax write-off for their donation.
What does a day at work look like for you?
This is a good question! No day is really the same. I usually start my morning with running or yoga and my favorite breakfast staple is my Green Goodness Smoothie. From there the day can really vary. I may go see clients, prepare for future client appointments, prep for upcoming HGG workshops or events or work on the business development side of Healthy Grocery Girl. In addition to Healthy Grocery Girl I work as a nutritionist for a corporate wellness company creating and developing nutrition programs and nutrition education materials as well as a nutrition coach for a local Health and Sports Club.
What inspired you to become a dietitian?
Honestly my own health- or lack there of it- inspired me. I would like to say that I have always been knowledgable about living a healthy balanced life, but that would be quite a boring testimonial. I struggled with anorexia and bulimia in high school and the start of college. I knew I wasn’t healthy, but I didn’t really know how to change or how to heal. It held me back in life because I was frustrated and consumed by my own health problems. It wasn’t until I switched my majors in college from nursing to nutrition that I began to really understand and appreciate the amazing human body and the complexity and healing properties of food. I found healing from my own destructive nutrition past by learning to eat real, balanced and natural foods. I have been healed from my eating disorder for years. I do not even identify with the woman in my past who had the eating disorder because now I am so passionate about taking care of myself and feeding my body well. However I am glad I endured such a struggle because it has given me depth, and empathy for others who are struggling in their own life from nutrition related health problems. Today I am so in love with being an advocate for healthy living and helping others to achieve and enjoy living a REAL life. I have been on both sides and I’ve experienced first hand how much better life can be when we are striving to live to our full potential, feeding our bodies well and are not held back by sickness or disease.
What books have shaped you and your practice the most?
The Bible. My faith is the basis for all the decisions I make in life and in my business.
My first nutrition text book “Understanding Nutrition” was and still is a favorite of mine.
What websites and journals do you refer to for your practice?
Where can we find you on the web?
My Website: www.healthygrocerygirl.com Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter!
Do you enjoy cooking? Have you discovered a favorite recipe recently?
I do enjoy cooking, because I enjoy eating! I have to admit I rarely follow recipes as they are. That makes sense to my personality though, I always want to be creative and think outside the box. I often take a recipe and try to tweak it to make it healthier. A few of my favorite recipes that I have created are my; Homemade Pizza, Sweet Potato French Fries, Blueberry Hazelnut Coconut Macaroons, and Almond Butter Gluten-Free Oatmeal Banana Pancakes. I am working on a Healthy Grocery Girl cookbook right now!
Tell us about a ‘dietitian’ moment you’ve had recently.
You only want one? I think I have one every single day! Let’s see, I have giant prints of quinoa, coconut, walnuts and spinach hanging in my office. People think that the Quinoa are tadpoles. I always have healthy snacks in my purse, it’s like a mini grocery store in there. I also have friends who love to send me photos of their meals when they are about to eat something healthy, it’s funny, I love it.
Getting to know Megan…
How did you end up in Portland?
I grew up here, so I am an Oregonian at heart. I have lived other places but I love the Northwest. There is nothing quite like it, it is beautiful.
What keeps your life balanced?
My faith. It reminds me that there is a bigger picture. I am really passionate about what I do because there is a deeper meaning to what drives me. I know that overall my job in life is not to be a dietitian, my job in life is to love others and my business is just an avenue to be able to do that. Also spending time with my friends, family, being active and exercising. I love listening to music, being outdoors, and I try and surround myself with people who I laugh easily with. I love a good belly laugh!
In regards to a balanced life, who inspires you most?
I am inspired by people who are not living to please everyone. When we try to please everyone we lose balance. I am inspired when I see or read about a woman who is in a career she is passionate about, is a down to earth, present and loving wife, mother and friend, and also takes time to care about herself and stay physically fit and healthy. To me that is beautiful and a balanced life.
What’s on your bucket list?
I look forward to finding the right man to share, love and enjoy life with, have a family, become a published author, go sky diving, see the grand canyon, travel through Europe, learn to play the guitar (well) and grow HGG to the point where I can be in the position to provide more job opportunities to creative like-minded health-foodies and dietitians as well as invest my time and resources into charitable opportunities I am passionate about.