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Life & Work with Roxanne Sardone

Today we’d like to introduce you to Roxanne Sardone.

Hi Roxanne, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I’ve always liked working with people and I’ve always liked food so when I discovered dietetics in college, I knew it was a good fit. I worked in traditional roles at a hospital and then a fitness center for my first couple of years and enjoyed the work but knew these weren’t the positions I wanted to do forever. I was introduced to working with eating disorders when a new treatment center was opening in my town and needed a Registered Dietitian. I quickly fell in love with helping others nourish themselves and return to a life that was enriched by food rather than damaged by it. I moved to Denver in 2014 to work at Eating Recovery Center where for 6.5 years I served as a clinical dietitian, Nutrition Manager, and then Nutrition Director. Each position taught me new things about myself and treating eating disorders. In 2020 I decided I wanted a change in my career but didn’t want to stray far from what I was passionate about. I opened Grounded Nutrition Therapy two years ago to serve clients with an array of nutrition concerns at an outpatient level. Over the past two years, I’ve learned so much about business, what I’m capable of, and the health needs of those of in our community.

Alright, 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?
Shortly after starting my career as a Registered Dietitian, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This meant putting my new adult life on hold for a bit as I moved home with my family and went through treatment. I learned how important it is to have a good treatment team who truly cares for you as a person. I also discovered how much you have to advocate for yourself in our healthcare system. It’s not easy to be sick. I’ve been in remission for 12 years and am lucky this is something I rarely think of anymore. However, it gave me a better perspective on what it’s like to be a patient and how a good provider can make a difference.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’m a Registered Dietitian and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Supervisor. I’ve spent the past 10 years of my career educating myself on the treatment of eating disorders and unlearning diet culture. A lot of messaging around food and nutrition isn’t based in fact and is more harmful than helpful. Disordered eating is a spectrum that ranges from unhelpful to dangerous, and so many of us have engaged in disordered behaviors with a goal of being healthier. My work is aimed at helping people examine these beliefs and tune into themselves to know what truly brings wellness to their lives. I also provide supervision and case consultation for other professionals. I love being a support for dietitians and therapists in this field.

What matters most to you? Why?
Keeping balance in my life and helping others find that too. I’m passionate about my work but I’m not a workaholic. It’s important for me to have downtime and to have uninterrupted time with family and friends. That’s not to say that every day is a perfect balance- we all have seasons where more energy is put into one facet of our lives- but I’m careful to check in with myself and make sure I’m filling each of my cups in a way that feels sustainable. I try to bring this into my work with clients too. Nutrition and health are important aspects of their lives but I don’t want them to put all their focus into overhauling their diet; that’s not sustainable.

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