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Meet Trailblazer Haley Hughes

Today we’d like to introduce you to Haley Hughes.

Haley, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I completed my master’s degree in nutrition and dietetic internship at Illinois State. Shortly after, I went home to Alaska after graduating to work in a hospital to gain experience managing chronic disease with medical nutrition therapy. I have worked in all aspects of nutrition including clinical, inpatient/outpatient, food service and community settings. The reason I started my own nutrition practice was to see clients follow-through with their goals and to be able to provide constant support. I LOVE my job, and believe it or not, it’s not just about RDRX’s image. I get to build relationships with amazing people and help them achieve success. I also get to help improve my clients’ quality of life while educating about two of my favorite things: Food and exercise! Translating science into real-life applications is what I do best.

I feel that our current healthcare system does not allow enough time or is a great setting to provide nutrition education. When people are sick and not ready to make lifestyle changes, it’s typically not a successful situation. I opened my own practice because I wanted to be able to provide not only the education but to also be a support system for my patients. I have been able to not just do nutrition counseling but a number of different things including menu analysis, presentations, writing articles, coaching CrossFit, hosting women’s fitness events, etc.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It was SCARY, quitting my comfortable full-time job as a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator! I knew nothing about business. My best advice would be to seek out resources and people who you admire in your field. Don’t make the mistakes and lose time, look for help and guidance. My biggest struggle has been saying no to every new opportunity that has been presented. I love helping people and sometimes get too caught up with my work. It’s hard to put the phone down and shut the computer. As an entrepreneur, it’s easy to forget your own needs when you are responsible for providing quality service. Don’t forget you can’t pour from an empty cup!

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about RDRx Nutrition – what should we know?
The majority of my work is nutrition counseling and coaching. I specialize in weight management, sports nutrition, and diabetes. I’m most proud of customizing my nutrition recommendations and being able to build relationships with my clients. Nutrition is so much more than food. What sets me apart is being relatable and transparent. I don’t believe in perfection, magic supplements or fad diets. I encourage progress and meeting the client where they are at to achieve their health goals.

Do you recommend any apps, books or podcasts that have been helpful to you?
I love the book Grit by Angela Duckworth, listen to nutrition-related podcasts (every chance I get), and stay involved in other dietitian groups to keep up with scientific-based research.

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Ashley Anthos, Trevor Bennion

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1 Comment

  1. Marcella

    May 7, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    I’ve been working with Haley since January and she is great! She has an incredible wealth of knowledge. She is very encouraging. She is soooooo responsive. If you are looking for a nutritionist you can’t do better!

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