Get to know your RD – Maggie

Maggie McDaris is a Registered Dietitian and trained chef who has been helping her clients achieve their health and weight loss goals for almost a decade. Her career began in public health, where she learned how important culture, environment, and social support are to achieving health and wellness goals. In 2013, Maggie obtained a culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu so that she could not only educate her clients on nutrition, but also help them master basic principles of food and cooking. Maggie believes that healthy lifestyle changes aren’t simply a matter of willpower or education, but are also influenced by our circumstances, our emotional relationship to food, and our personal preferences. She loves helping her clients navigate these things to then achieve their health goals. Learn more about Maggie in our Q&A below!

What motivated you to become a dietitian?
  • Growing up, I was a competitive soccer player and was always fascinated by how the food I ate affected my performance and how I felt in my body. That fascination combined with a desire to help people made dietetics an obvious choice.
How would you describe your nutrition coaching personality?
  • Whenever I first meet a new client, I always say ‘I may be the expert on food, but you are the expert on you.’ My coaching personality is one that lets your individual personality, preferences, and lifestyle determine how we move forward in helping you reach your goals. Creating a plan that not only works for you but is also sustainable means working together to develop a program for lasting change.
What advice do you have for people who are just beginning nutrition coaching?
  • Start small and celebrate the little victories! There is so much to learn about food and nutrition and the temptation many of my clients face is to change everything at once. Unfortunately, most of the time that leaves people feeling overwhelmed and discouraged. Pick one or two small habits to change at a time and then celebrate when those new habits stick! Taking time to meditate on the little victories along the way is what keeps you putting one foot in front of the other on your journey towards health.
What’s your favorite food?
  • I’m a tried and true southerner, so anything that involves a buttery biscuit or pimiento cheese (or both!) tastes like home to me.
What do you like to do for fun?
  • As a trained chef, I love spending time in the kitchen and hosting dinner parties. I’m also a triathlete and take every opportunity I can to get outside and move. That said, my favorite activity is spending time with my sweet dog, Leo!

 

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