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Meet Amanda Sauceda

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Sauceda.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Amanda. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I love food and I love to eat so I wanted a career where I could combine both of those things. It was in my junior year of high school that I learned what a dietitian was. I was sold. It was the perfect job; I would be able to talk about food and get paid for it. Once I became a dietitian, there was no stopping me.

I wanted to be able to provide my clients with the knowledge to improve their health while at the same time giving them tools to be able to make the changes.  This is why I continued my training to get my Master’s degree in nutrition and earn additional certifications in intuitive eating, health coaching, food sensitivities, culinary genomics, and integrative and functional nutrition.

Currently, I have a private practice in Long Beach where I am able to work 1:1 with clients. But I also teach at California State University, Long Beach and have worked in nutrition programs at local school districts.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The first struggle was realizing how much science I needed for a nutrition degree! I thought we just learned about food. Little did I know I would be one class away from a chemistry minor by the time I was done with undergrad. The science piece to my degree was challenging for sure but also fascinating.

My other struggle has been learning how to run a business. I went to school for nutrition and I never had one business class. It’s not enough to just say here I am world, please hire me. I would be a great asset to your healthcare team! This is why I hired my own coaches to help me improve my personal skills, the things they never teach you in school.

Amanda Sauceda, MS, RDN, CLT – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
In my private practice, I work with clients who have digestion problems like bloating, gas, constipation, and diarrhea. I want everyone to love food as much as I do but when you have digestion problems, you don’t always love to eat. So really, I help people rediscover their love of food again.

In fact, I have had my own problems with digestion so I understand the frustration and sadness that can come when you look at a plate of food and are worried if it’s going to make your stomach hurt or feel bloated or make you run to the bathroom.

My approach to helping people manage their digestive symptoms is through uncovering client’s food sensitivities and then developing personalized elimination diets. This is what I do through my signature 90 Day Gut Reset Program. I help women go from confused and frustrated to confidently managing their food sensitivities and digestion problems.

One of the things that I am most proud of is the fact of how much time I spend with my clients. I am genuinely invested in their health and so I spend almost an hour with them during each session. Also, this might sound silly, but I also always ask how my clients feel at the end of our sessions. This is because I understand how overwhelming it can be to make changes to food so asking them how they feel allows me be able to better support them through their journey.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
The proudest moment of my career so far was saying yes to myself when I decided to have my own private practice. Like I said, business, was never something I was taught so making the jump to having my own business was a huge deal for me! IT reminds me to say yes to my dreams no matter how scary.

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