Miss Nutritionist and Dynabites were both founded by Rosie Millen, who trained at the renowned Institute of Optimum Nutrition. She talks us through the industry, suffering with Adrenal Fatigue and what it takes to have a career as a Nutritional Therapist.
Can you introduce us to who you are and what you do?
My name is Rosie Millen. I’m a fully qualified Nutritional Therapist and I set up my company, Miss Nutritionist, in 2010. In 2014, I developed a health condition called Adrenal Fatigue and have been on a long journey of recovery ever since. Now I am 90% recovered and specialise in fatigue, helping women of all ages across the country to regain their energy just by making changes to their diet and lifestyle.
For someone looking to pursue a career in nutrition, what would be your top tips? Any key challenges to overcome? Or advice to give?
1. Make sure you train at a good school. ION and CNM are the top two.
2. As soon as you graduate, get a coach! You need someone to guide you on how to set up and run a business. It’s the first thing I did and made all the difference.
3. Don’t do everything. Specialisation is key to branding and your success. And don’t say ‘yes’ to everything either, otherwise you will end up with burn-out. Make sure everything you do is concise and focussed.
4. The hardest thing you will have to overcome is the income you will make in clinic. It is not sustainable alone, which is why I advise you to look into other revenue streams such as events, products, additional services, etc.
Don’t do everything. Specialisation is key to branding and your success.
You have developed Dynabites – can you tell us a little about what these are and why you decided to launch them?
Last year I launched my first line of food products: The Dynabites. A family of three energy bars that are a nutritious snack for those on the go with an explosive taste. Look out for them in Planet Organic and many other health food stores and gyms!
They are basically high protein energy bars that are gluten-free and dairy-free. I wanted to make a snack that wasn’t dominated with dried fruit and oats! I invented them completely by accident in my kitchen and got them off the ground because my clients kept telling me how good they were.
What do you think are the key challenges when it comes to educating the general public about nutrition? Are there any common misconceptions you’re noticing or recurring health problems that keep cropping up?
The public are much more aware now but there will always be conflicting information. The challenges are sources of information! There is so much out there that you can Google now and all sorts of people acting as professional and qualified. So that is always a challenge.
I see A LOT of fatigue now – women, especially, with burn-out symptoms simply because life is becoming more and more stressful, which has a detrimental effect on our health and this number is growing by the day.
I still think that the nutritionists of today will become the doctors of tomorrow, which is great news.
How do you see the nutrition industry developing and changing with the rising popularity of health and wellness? What does the future of the industry look like in your opinion?
I think it’s going in the right direction. It certainly seems to be booming, well received and in demand. I still think that the nutritionists of today will become the doctors of tomorrow, which is great news.