I am and forever will be a Florida Gator (Go Gators)! It was there I met CEO and founder of Perennial Nutrition, Autumn Ehsaei. Completing a Food Science and Human Nutrition degree with a specialization in Dietetics, we left Gainesville, FL with a base of all things nutrition. So moment of transparency
I didn’t even know what a dietetics track was before I majored in it.
Like many other college attendees, I majored in something that I didn’t really know much about.
All things eventually come back full circle. Dietetics is very much a part of nursing. Whether it’s partnering with the registered dietitian for patients or having to do some nutrition-related teaching, we’re constantly educating our patients on how their diet affects their overall health. I took some time to speak with the dietetic queen herself, on her journey to becoming a registered dietitian as well as successfully running her own practice.
Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) are the food and nutrition experts. Living through the era of social media, exposes us to the many people that offer diet plans and nutrition services, promising quick results. RDNs actually carry the credentials to do so. It goes beyond diet plans. It’s so much more than losing weight here and there. In addition to creating plans that work, they’re able to help treat people with food-related issues such as celiac disease, diabetes, multiple food allergies, and so much more. You can find them in the hospitals, through corporate wellness programs, or private practices.
It’s so liberating to be a boss! It takes discipline, patience, and good timing to be successful. As of 2019, Autumn has been in business for the last three years. What would make someone leave their “guaranteed” paycheck to go to what may seem to be the very risky decision to go into business?
Knowing that she would be able to make more of an impact on the preventative side of healthcare, she decided to take the leap into entrepreneurship. Allowing her to be able to speak to clients before they need more invasive treatments on the medical side.
Following her graduation at the University of Florida, she completed a dietetics internship, opening the door to take her boards—officially becoming a registered dietitian. She worked in the nutrition world for a couple years prior to returning to obtain her masters degree. It was at this point she gained the confidence to start her own practice. During her graduate degree program, she began the work as a consultant for corporate wellness programs.
The road to success is not always conclusive. You place one foot in front of the other, not always knowing or understanding how one life event is going to affect the trajectory of your life. Those experiences provided the knowledge base for her to independently begin practicing.
With the big push for large companies to create ways to keep their employees healthy, many of them offer these programs as a benefit, free of charge to their employees. Autumn is often brought in to host lunch and learns, one-on-one consulting, and food demos. All managing a client base at her practice.
“No two days are ever the same and you’re constantly learning.”
Finding the perfect balance between work life and personal life is always a challenge regardless of whether or not you work for yourself. Autumn mentions that there is a flexibility that you get when you’re able to create a schedule to fit around your life as opposed to doing it the other way around.
It’s all about fulfillment. Finding the things in life that allow you to walk in your power. That allow you to walk in your purpose, while simultaneously serving others.
All things Harry Potter
East of Eden: John Steinback
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: Barbara Kingsolver
This segment of Parler: Table Topics was brought to you by contributions from Autumn Ehsaei.
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