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Meet Trailblazer Taylor Wolfram

Today we’d like to introduce you to Taylor Wolfram.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Taylor. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve always been a science nerd, animal lover and “helper.” Whether it was participating in Science Olympiad, advocating for animal rights or making sure my local homeless friend had his bus pass for the week, these are some of my most deep-rooted qualities and values.

I entered college as a pre-med student studying biology. But it wasn’t long before I realized that the lifestyle and practice of a physician weren’t for me. I wanted work-life balance and I also wanted to be able to have meaningful conversations with my patients. I wanted to help people explore the root of their issues and develop sustainable lifestyle changes that would support their mental and physical health. I switched to studying nutrition and never looked back.

I earned a bachelor of science and master of science degrees in nutrition and became a registered dietitian nutritionist. Like most RDNs, I was taught a weight-centered paradigm and thought that weight loss was key to health. I went through my own periods of disordered eating and exercise focused too much on weight, body fat and appearance. A couple of years into my practice, I started reading about intuitive eating, mindful eating, and Health At Every Size. These approaches focus on meaningful behaviors and outcomes, not on weight. I was loving what I was learning and took in as much information as I could through books, podcasts, workshops, and webinars.

Today, my practice is rooted in the principles of intuitive eating and Health At Every Size. I help clients make peace with food and their bodies and rediscover the joy of eating and exercise. I help people shift their focus from weight to health and develop strategies to support their mental, emotional and physical well-being.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Because healthcare is a weight-centered space right now, going against is never easy. However, there are numerous clinicians, including RDNs, psychotherapists, and physicians, who understand that focusing on body weight hurts health rather than improving it. There are countless studies showing that intuitive eating and Health At Every Size can support health and doesn’t necessarily cause weight gain.

I’m fortunate to have found a community of like-minded practitioners. There are Facebook groups, listservs, virtual mentoring groups and supervisors to offer support and safe spaces for discussion.

For anyone looking to break into the space of dietetics, I highly recommend seeking out continuing education in your focus area as well as a mentor and supervisor. Especially for those in private practice, that group interaction is so necessary.

Alright – so let’s talk about your work. Tell us about Whole Green Wellness – what should we know?
I use a Health At Every Size approach, incorporating principles of intuitive eating and mindful eating. I provide respectful care to clients of all shapes, sizes, religions, sexes, gender identities and races.

Most of my clients identify as women, which isn’t a surprise as women face unique body image challenges as a result of the patriarchal diet culture we live in.

I also am a ten-year vegan and offer expertise on vegan and vegetarian nutritional concerns. I have many clients who are vegan/vegetarian and also recovering from disordered eating. I love working with this population because I can help them separate their love of animals from their eating issues and show that you can be an ethical vegan and eat intuitively at the same time.

Here is a video chat I did recently about the intersection of veganism and disordered eating:

Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has an eMentoring program for members, which is something students and practitioners can participate in. Also, dietetic practice groups of the Academy typically have their own mentoring programs for their niche. Additionally, there are Facebook groups and listservs for lots of different practice areas. And it never hurts to reach out to a role model and ask if they would provide mentoring and supervision.

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1 Comment

  1. Sherry Roskam

    November 29, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Taylor, your Grandma Wolfram would be very proud of you! Judy was my aunt, the youngest sister of my mother, Lucille Logemann Molter. So Judy was born in March of 1940 and I was born in October of 1940. Unfortunately, I never got to spend much time with Judy as my mother and dad had a complicated relationship with the family. So, I am your dad’s first cousin, the oldest of around 40 cousins.

    I last saw your dad and the rest of the family at the funeral for Denise, a very sad occasion. Many blessings for continued success in the important work! Sherry Molter Roskam, Freeport, IL

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