ellen Jones, ms, RD, LD
Roots Reboot Lifestyle Wellness Specialist
I am one part nutritionist, one part educator, and one part food lover.
I came to this career in nutrition through my personal relationship with food and its multifaceted complexities.
Food has always been a large part of my life’s celebrations. From birthdays and graduations to holidays and vacations, food was, and is, positively at the center of the event.
Through my life I’ve grown to love cooking, tasting and sharing all cuisines.
In what feels like a total juxtaposition to this life long love affair with food, I am also a child of the American diet culture.
For decades, television advertisements, magazine covers and talk show hosts have inundated my generation with quick fix diets, ridiculous food rules and unattainable body standards. This inundation has only grown over the past 15 years with the rise of social media.
After finishing my undergraduate degree at North Carolina State University, I taught in a special education classroom at an elementary school, in Charlotte, NC, where honed my natural knack for teaching. It was during this time that my two food worlds began to collide. I enjoyed cooking, and did so most evenings as a mindful, post-work, stress reliever.
However, I found that food rules that I had acquired through my diet obsessed media culture were leaving me confused, frustrated and even feeling guilty about the foods that I was preparing.
Was I supposed to be eating carbohydrates? Was I allowed to snack after dinner? Aren’t fats “bad” foods? I found myself scouring (the wrong) books and blogs, found conflicting information, and ended up even more perplexed.
I decided to quit my teaching job to pursue a career in nutrition. I received a masters degree in Human Nutrition from Winthrop University, completed a 1300 hour dietetic internship through Lenior-Rhyne University and, ultimately, I passed a national credentialing exam to become a Registered Dietitian.
I gained immense clinical experience in the inpatient hospital setting at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. I then got back to my roots in teaching as the Health and Wellness Specialist for HopeWay Foundation, a mental health care treatment center, also in Charlotte, NC. There, I have built and implemented a nutrition education curriculum for groups of clients struggling with mental illnesses. I also work with clients on an individual basis, providing nutrition counseling with regards to specific medical nutrition therapies as well as improving poor food relationship, often related to that same American diet culture that I grew up in.
Through both my personal experience and work with individual clients, I have found that trustworthy nutrition education can be
pivotal in leaving behind the diets culture for good and finding balance, joy, and confidence in choosing foods that help us meet our health and wellness goals.
lifestyle wellness Specialist at Roots Reboot
Roots Reboot Specialty
Adult Weight Management
Lifestyle Health + Wellness
“The thought of working with a registered dietician was initially a little intimidating to me, because I knew I had a lot to learn and I was afraid of failure. But it was honestly such a positive and rewarding experience. Having someone help me tackle the topics of health and nutrition in an approachable and realistic way was so refreshing. I was given tools and information that allowed me to start making better decisions, shop for food thoughtfully, and implement changes in my routine that were practical and achievable. And the encouragement and accountability along the way were invaluable, not to mention the positive changes I saw and felt! I am so grateful for the knowledge I have gained!!”
(90 Day Reboot Program, June 2019)
Inpatient Clinical Dietitian, Carolinas Medical Center Main, Charlotte, NC
Health and Wellness Specialist, HopeWay Foundation, Charlotte, NC
MS- masters degree
RD- Registered Dietitian
LDN- Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist
fun facts about ellen
All of the dogs in my family (my parents’, my sister’s and my dog) are named after our birthstones, Ruby, Opal and Pearl! Opal is mine!
I am a new mom having welcomed a baby boy in August of 2018.
I have lived in North Carolina my entire life. I love it. I can drive to the mountains or the beach in 3 hours or less.
I once went skydiving over the Swiss Alps. It was a ONCE in a lifetime experience (meaning… I won’t ever do it again!).
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