Hi! I’m Jill. I’m a registered dietitian nutritionist and a certified intuitive eating counselor who has fallen in love with just about every homemade salsa that I've ever tried - at first bite. Needless to say, I happily ate my way through Mexico when I lived there as a former twenty-one-year-old. In fact, it was then and there when I realized that I was crazy about bold flavors. And mangoes. Gosh I love a good mango!
But while fresh-off-the-tree mangoes had me at "Hola" in my early twenties, I sure didn't love my body as a teenager. Or during parts of my twenties and thirties - unless I had just finished losing some weight. And then I liked my body's appearance. In other words, while I adored food that tasted delicious, I also bought into diet culture. I thought that I "should" look "thin." Therefore, as a teenage athlete and off and on through my thirties, I would prepare for a beach vacation or special occasion by exercising more than usual. I would also eat a little less, and avoid keeping "forbidden" foods in my house that I was sure to eat in a short amount of time. Actually I kept those foods out of my house almost all the time. Unsurprisingly, buying into diet culture never worked on a long-term basis because it wasn't sustainable for me physically, emotionally, or mentally. It was harmful.
While I did not develop an eating disorder, I wish that in my teens, twenties, and thirties I would have respected my body for its ability to move me forward in life, dance, play sports, hold baby cousins, transport me through beautiful cities or the countryside, and hug my family and friends. But sometimes when we least expect it, a life-changing event occurs.
When I decided to pursue becoming a dietitian, I did so because I wanted to work with food as much as possible through recipe development and a nutrition-related private practice. Shortly after becoming a dietitian, I read the powerful book, Intuitive Eating, which was written by the dietitians, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. As I read their book, I really tuned into the fact that I absolutely needed to develop a healthier relationship with my body, food, and mind. As a result, I took a year off from working as a dietitian to do my own internal housekeeping and create a business that I could truly believe in.
I am happy to report that I am now a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor who can keep my formerly “forbidden” foods in my home and feel comfortable around them. No food is off limits. I now feel gratitude for what my body can do. When I move my body, it is to promote my overall health and joy. The days of counting calories and using a scale are over. And they can be for you too. As I run my private practice, Cultivate Joy Nutrition, I hope to assist you in empowering your overall wellness - at any size.
Jill Clodfelter-Mason, RDN, CD, is a bilingual registered dietitian nutritionist and a certified intuitive eating counselor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Ball State University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Kansas State University, and completed a massage education program at Blue Ridge Healing Arts Academy.
Jill has lived and studied in Mexico, Peru, and the United States, in addition to having worked in social services, human resources, and the field of massage therapy. While formerly working as a massage therapist, Jill realized that one of her greatest passions in life was cooking and sharing delicious food with her loved ones. It suddenly dawned upon her that one way that she could promote wellness was through eating scrumptious and nourishing meals (And now she promotes also enjoying play foods).
Knowing that she would like to work with recipe development and run a nutrition-related private practice, she obtained her degree in dietetics from Kansas State University, completed her dietetics internship through Sodexo, and briefly worked as a clinical dietitian before deciding to launch Cultivate Joy Nutrition, LLC. As a certified intuitive eating counselor, Jill believes in promoting joyful-based health through making peace with food, our minds, and our bodies.
Jill is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Food and Culinary Dietetic Practice Group, and the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group.
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