a dietitian….with sass.
MEET LINDSEY MAUNTEL, RDN
My name is Lindsey Mauntel and I’m so happy you are here! I hope that by the time you stumbled upon my bio page, you are already super excited about your very own health revival. I feel it is important for you to know a little bit about me so that the trust can build. How are you going to feel comfortable here if you are silently wondering if you are going to be on the next episode of MTV’s Catfish show? I’ve provided my credentials, experience, and passion for my family and fitness below. I’m here, I’m real, and I want to help get your health on track.
First things first – I am a Dietitian (or Dietitian Nutritionist, if you prefer that title). My journey to becoming a nutrition expert started at the University of Kentucky (GO CATS!), where I majored in Dietetics and Human Nutrition. After receiving my Bachelors of Science, I moved to Dayton, Ohio to start my yearlong internship at Miami Valley Hospital…while living in my parent’s house. Ironically, the mandatory post-graduate internship program is technically a year of volunteering – but we were paid in food, and we took full advantage of it.
After my internship, I moved to Colorado and started life with my new fiancé. After passing the RD exam in 2009, I landed my first big girl dietitian job as a Clinical Nutrition Manager at the local nursing home. I assessed wounds, managed tube feedings, educated kitchen staff on medical diets, and also helped Mary ring in her 105th birthday. I asked Mary what the secret to her outstanding health was – her reply? “Don’t get married, have some kids, go outside and drink liquor every day”. She lived to be 110.
We moved to Los Angeles after our honeymoon (did I mention I married a military man?). I started working for Los Angeles County in a Compton HIV/AIDS Clinic and Diabetes Clinic. This job is responsible for lighting that fire inside me to become a cheerleader for the importance of prevention. Working with the HIV/AIDS population was very rewarding, humbling and very challenging. I enjoyed being a huge supporter of nutrition and health in general. I attended my first farmers market, ran my first half marathon and started taking care of my own body a little better.
In 2011 we moved back to Dayton, Ohio and I was working in a nursing home again, this time at the VA Hospital as an inpatient dietitian. Here, I really started to advocate for my patients and myself when I felt particular administrative staff didn’t have the patients’ best interest in mind. A few colleagues and I fought week after week to increase patient satisfaction, only to be shut down by our management. I resigned once my first son was born, and I never regretted it.
A year or so later, I was hired as the Oakwood [Ohio] Farmer’s Market manager and loved every second of it. Getting to know the local farmers and learning about their agriculture, their farm-to-table process, and their passion for getting healthy foods to the public was so inspiring. I learned how to run a non-profit organization and made life-long friendships. That same year, I also started working at the local YMCA as a Dietitian and Silver Sneakers Fitness Instructor. Getting back into the groove of teaching nutrition classes to the public felt great and my educational Mini Series called “Lettuce Turnip the Beet” (I like vegetable puns, can you tell?) was a hit. We talked about nutrition basics (what is trans fat, anyway?), exercise nutrition, how to read a food label – all topics that we all want to know more about.
My latest venture is this. You are witnessing it first hand – Raise A Little Kale. Our military man is now a Major and we are moving to Washington DC for his next job. It is important for me to continue pursuing both of my professions – being a mommy and a dietitian. This is my attempt to do both. Does it sound a little crazy – building a website in the midst of a half-way-across-the-country move? Yes. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s time to join the crazy (the good kind of crazy) and realize that life is always messy, but you can still control your health in the midst of it. So let’s burn the white flag, take charge and make a difference.
I’m a mommy. I’ve been making people eat food they don’t want to eat since 2013 (kidding). But I have been there. You make a meal for your family, only to sit down and hear some tiny person say, “I’m not eating that.” I’m here to help any way I can, whether it’s by providing healthy family recipes, or just giving you a ton of encouragement when you have to walk over the puddle of tears after you tell them there is nothing else for dinner, just the delicious meal you prepared for them.
My boys are so much fun, but they definitely keep me on my toes. My youngest is still nursing, but my 3-year-old drinks spinach through a straw (!!) and asks for a banana as a snack. No, I am not a magician and NO, life is not rainbows and unicorns every day. YES his favorite food is M&Ms, but learning how to instill healthy habits every day is something I strive for.
I’m also a wife. I have successfully integrated kale and chia seeds into my Kentucky born and bred husband’s daily diet. My military man is not only fighting to protect this country, but he is also fighting to stay healthy and always looks good doing it. Having someone to help hold you accountable is an amazing thing to have. If you don’t have a partner, you do now (ME!).
I think exercise is fun. And I know I’m not the only one out there! Fitness should be encouraging. Planning workouts, walking outside and getting off that couch should provide motivation. And if it doesn’t for you, I’m here to help you light that fire. Not everyone needs a gym membership to get a great workout. I’ve been exercising in my home for the last year. Exercise isn’t a general prescription – and I’m here to help you tailor your routine for you and your lifestyle.
That’s a lot of writing. But I wanted to give you a thorough background of why I’m doing this and why I’m qualified to help. The number one takeaway from this, I hope, is that you feel encouraged, motivated and excited. We only have one body, it’s time to experience its full potential.
In the words of David Bowie, “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.”