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Eating Healthy For Life with Shelley Rael
I have with me a true Heartrepreneur, someone I’ve gotten to know and do an interview with. She is amazing. Her name is Shelley Rael and she is a Registered Dietitian. She’s been doing that since 1999. She considers her title of Dietitian Nutritionist as more than just a credential or a job. Her mission and passion are to help people feel better physically, with proper nutrition and find relief mentally about food. Shelley has always worked in the area of wellness and disease prevention. She worked for thirteen years in worksite wellness and health promotion until deciding she would do better by being her own boss. Shelley has her own private practice and helps people have more energy through food and physical activity so they can have more sustainable energy. Here’s one of the things she says that I so deeply resonate with, “No gimmicks, no supplements, just with the food you eat.”
Thank you, Terry. That introduction had all the passion that I wrote it with.
I can feel the passion because I’ve been so fortunate to actually get to be with you. I heard your passion and we even talked a little bit about how you do new food experiences with your husband. I think that’s so cool. Not a lot of people do that. Let’s start at the beginning. How did you go down the path of saying, “I’m going to be a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?”
I was in a class when I was pregnant. I was sitting in a nutrition class and the person was teaching me stuff that I knew from growing up. My mom was self-educated on nutrition and I took for granted what she gave us. The gift of good nutrition and it being second nature. When I heard this person teaching it, I said, “I can do this.” When I decided I wanted to be a Registered Dietitian, I didn’t know the path it would take. It’s a science-based degree, an internship and that sort of thing. I already had a family but I was determined to get through this. I find it’s important for people to understand how nutrition affects their body. I took the time to go through school and graduate school. Even though I didn’t know it when I was younger, even when I first started college, this was the path I was supposed to take and I did it.
You were working for someone else. What made you say, “It’s going to be a better way if I do it on my own as my own company, my own boss?”
The environment I’ve worked in was something where I had to ask for permission every time I wanted to implement an idea. That was the thing that kept disappointing me. I wanted to share something with somebody. If I wanted to share, implement a program or idea, that was not the environment that I was in. I had to get permission from a half dozen people. They had to bring it down the chain of command back and forth for me to move forward. That’s just one of the big things that if I have an idea, I want to implement it. I was better at being my own decision maker on that aspect.
There is a lot of politicking and bureaucracy within any kind of corporate environment, no matter how big or how small it is. The world is better having you out there on your own especially because I believe that the way you think and the way you feel is what’s needed. Why is this so important to you? Why do you want people to have this as a gift and what you bring out to the world?
This is more so with social media, but even in a group setting, I hear people talking about their struggles with eating, trying different diets, detoxing and fasting. All these different things seem to change with whatever the year is. When I help people, I’m talking about a way of eating that is for life. No matter where you are, no matter where you go, I customize it to the individual. We do all have different needs and preferences. I feel it in my chest, even talking about it. It disappoints me or hurts me that people feel they have to continually have a restriction or beat themselves up with how they’re eating. They’re constantly on a quest for the next latest greatest thing. I teach people to feel comfortable with the food that they’re eating, but also feel good in their body, be healthier for it and not feel deprived in so many of the negative things that tend to come with this diet mentality.It's important for people to understand how nutrition affects their body. Click To Tweet
I talked about not only feeling better physically with the proper nutrition but mental relief. I have to tell you that reading Facebook posts sometimes, I can feel the lack of mental relief. I can feel the chaos and struggle. It’s like, “I’m doing intermittent fasting. No, I’m going to sign up for this company and take these supplements. No, I’m having shakes and bars.” People are going from one thing to the next. It’s obvious to me that there are struggle and difficulty. They bounce from thing to thing. What is causing us not to learn how to eat and move our bodies in a natural way?
That’s something I talk about a lot. Our society, our day to day living has shifted in the last 30 to 35 years. People want to blame one thing and it’s not. It’s multifaceted, but we have more screen time. We have screens literally at our fingertips. We have more screen time, more technology, and we don’t have to exert effort to connect with people or do certain things. We have access to more food, at least in this country in the United States. We have access to food 24 hours a day. It’s a multifaceted approach here that’s caused us to sit more, move less, but have all this information coming at us.
It is truly conflicting information. I see through it because I do have the background. I see that it’s not so conflicting or there’s not any evidence behind some of these things. All of those things you were saying with the fasting or the detox, I saw somebody who was like, “I’m getting ready to do a fast,” it was so much anxiety I felt through that post. I desperately wanted to tell her, “You don’t need to do this,” but it wasn’t somebody I was close enough with that I felt I would have had an impact. I said, “Be careful about some of these things and if you have any questions, let me know.” It’s everywhere.
I was with some friends and three of them said, “We can’t go out to breakfast because we do intermittent fasting and we can’t eat until noon.” Somebody else said, “I’m not eating lunch anymore. I’m drinking shakes now.” I’m like, “What is going on?” It used to be very simple. You would say, “Do you want to go to breakfast or lunch?” People would go and they would make healthy food choices. I questioned why we have such a focus, and maybe we want a quick answer. If I take that one pill or drink that shake, buy that supplement, I don’t eat until noon or whatever it is, that’s going to be the miracle. Do you think people are looking for the quick easy answer versus learning how to eat food?
We have shifted into an instant gratification society on many things. This is the place where I see it so much, but I probably tapped into it more than other people. I say, “Health is a lifetime. Wellness is a lifetime. It’s not something you start tomorrow and do it for a week then you’re good. Weight changes as necessary.” I want to emphasize that because a lot of times I see people who want weight changes that don’t necessarily need it. It is the society that’s defining that for them. I’m not going to say whether it’s the right or wrong thing for them.
It’s how people sit back, look at and listen to that. What you said about going out, that’s something that gets me to the core. We do socialize with our friends, family, meeting people with coffee, breakfast, lunch, whatever it is. The holidays in most cases are around food and that’s not here or there, whether it’s good or bad. It’s how our life runs. It is disheartening when people say, “I can’t do this because of my restrictive diet,” even though that’s not exactly what they’re saying. “I can’t socialize with you because I’m doing this particular diet.” That’s hard for me to hear that.
It makes me sad. I feel food is a part of life, socializing and breaking bread together is also. Whenever I hear people say that, I think, “You’re missing out on a life experience. Surely, you can eat something healthy and be with other human beings.” I’m in total agreement. I’ve loved this conversation because you are real. You’re right down to Earth about this. How can people connect with you and find out more about what you have to offer?
The easiest way to find all the ways to connect with me is my website, ShelleyRael.com that has my social links. I’m prolific on Facebook as well as Instagram, but it also lists some of the upcoming programs that I have, how to work with me and more about my philosophy. I had somebody talked to and he said, “One of the reasons I felt I could connect with you is because of this one thing,” I mentioned in my bio. He loved it and I thought, “How great is that?”So many negative things tend to come with the diet mentality. Click To Tweet
Thank you so much. This has been very valuable. I hope that as an audience, you will take a look at connecting with Shelley. Rethink about the restrictions and concerns. Understand that you could have so much joy and freedom in moving your body and eating in a healthy way. Shelley, thank you again for being my guest here at Heartrepreneur Radio.
Thanks so much for having me and allowing me to share.
It’s been a pleasure. For the audience, don’t forget to grab the free training that we have set up for you at GetHotPayingClients.com. It’s free training to help you in your business. We will see you next time.
About Shelley Rael
I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) helping adults (mostly women at the mid-point of life) have more energy using food and physical activity.
I’ve been a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist since 1999 and have worked in health, wellness, and disease prevention/management my entire career. I worked in corporate wellness for over 13 years prior to going on my own in private practice.
I help people have more energy, so they can get through the day with energy to spare so they can enjoy family or social time when they choose to, without feeling exhausted. I also am a #NutritionMythBuster. The field of nutrition is complex and there is no one size fits all.
I customize my recommendation to the individual because we are all different. I want to end the on-going roller coaster of the so-called “right” way to eat and help people choose a way of eating that works for them year-round, not just before a big event, vacation, season or change of the calendar. Fads, trends and the quick fix will come and go, but eating will always be necessary.
We can do this without a list of foods to reference but shifting our mindset and choices overall. I work with people to create their own CustomizedNutrition Blueprint, a design in the personal pattern or eating that works best for the individual.
I am a professional speaker and speak about the Quest for Energy and Stamina and the Common Nutrition Myths that Block Us from Getting There. I also work with companies to design a wellness program to help increase productivity and employee health and reduce health care costs. I am an adjunct faculty teaching nutrition my local community college and university (both of which I attended). I am a wife to one husband, mother to one son, Nana to one Grandiose-Daughter and the mom to two rescue Dachshund mutts.