Mitzi Dulan, RD, CSSD is a highly-regarded expert in the field of nutrition, exercise, and wellness. She is the dietitian for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals, and co-author of the new book The All Pro Diet (co-authored with NFL star Tony Gonzalez). Mitzi is also a cutting-edge nutrition entrepreneur and the owner of NutritionExpert.com.
I have been getting to know Mitzi over the past couple of months as one of her Virtual Interns. I have learned a lot from Mitzi, and wanted to share some of that information with you! So, Mitzi agreed to do an exclusive interview for my blog. Enjoy!
1. Tell us a little about your nutrition philosophy.
I want people to understand that you get out what you put into your body. I encourage people to eat foods with simple ingredients that are easy to pronounce. Actually, when you eat foods that are “closer to the ground” they taste better and provide whole food energy and nutrients. I also believe food should be an enjoyable part of life and it’s okay to indulge in your favorites from time to time.
2. What is it like being the RD for the KC Chiefs and Royals? What are some of the best parts? Biggest challenges?
I have always been a huge sports fan and grew up a Chiefs and Royals fan so sometimes I do pinch myself as I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with the players. The best parts are when you help a player improve his diet and he sees results. I also enjoy going to the games. The biggest challenges are when you want to help a player lose weight to hopefully help extend their career and decrease injuries but he hasn’t yet committed to putting in the extra effort to execute.
3. What is your favorite (or most important?) part of your new book, The All Pro Diet?
Getting people to pay attention to how they are fueling their bodies. I am an advocate of pure, real foods and avoiding artificial ingredients. Also, one of my favorite parts about publishing a book has been to get emails from people all over the country sharing their successes with me. It is an unexplainable feeling to read those emails. Very rewarding!
4. What advice would you give to a budding young entrepreneur?
Don’t get discouraged by hearing the word “no”. In fact, the more “no’s” the better. It means you are working hard. Pick up the phone and tell people what you want. Be persistent and always do what you say you will do. Hang around positive people.
5. What are your top 3 favorite foods?
Ice cream, strawberries, good cheese!
To learn more about Mitzi, go to NutritionExpert.com. Also, be sure to check out Mitzi’s blog for the latest nutrition info and useful wellness tips at NutritionExpert.com/blog.