Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristen Espinosa, MS, RD.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Kristen. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am a Nutritionist and Registered Dietitian who doesn’t believe in society’s unrealistic standards for beauty and health. I believe our struggles with food and nutrition actually come from a lifelong battle with our relationship with food, starting from our early days as kids being told to “finish our plate”– basically being taught to ignore our body’s natural hunger and fullness cues from the very beginning. My mission is to help my clients repair this broken relationship and foster long-term health and wellness.
As far as my own personal journey—I can definitely say I am not your average health professional. Much of my life has been spent focusing on my creative pursuits and passions, including acting, music, and dancing (all of which I still love). I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Digital Video and Cinema and had the intention of going straight into a career in the film and documentary industry—until I realized an important piece of my life was missing—helping others. I am a huge believer in giving back and everyone doing their part to improve the world and the lives of the people around you and I started to think about how I could do this in my own special way. At the same time as this realization, I was learning more about nutrition and how it could help with some of my own personal health problems—I was absolutely amazed and had no idea how much hope and knowledge the nutrition field has to offer! I was officially hooked.
I went on to get a Master of Science degree in Nutrition, obtained my Registered Dietitian credential, moved to Los Angeles, and dove headfirst into the field of Clinical Nutrition, working at Cedars Sinai, UCLA, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. After almost six years of working as a Clinical Dietitian, I decided it was time to bring everything I had learned and experienced full circle into starting my own nutrition business, Roseberry Nutrition, where I can not only help my clients improve their health and nutrition in the traditional sense, but also foster and support long term growth and improvement with their relationship with food.
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?
I think with starting anything new, the biggest challenge is taking that initial “leap of faith.” If you are happy and stable with a job or a life circumstance, it is hard to consider “what could be” or how things could possibly be better or more fulfilling. For me, I knew starting my own business has always been an ultimate dream of mine, but saying goodbye to my job as a Clinical Dietitian in order to pursue this dream full-time, was probably one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make. I was lucky enough to have the full support of my family, friends, and co-workers in taking this leap and I am grateful for the clinical background I’ve established in order to help provide the most exceptional care possible for my clients. Other than this, I try to always accept the fact that any bump or obstacle along the way is part of the journey and a great opportunity to learn, grow, and better myself and my business because of it. At the end of the day, I strive to stay humble in everything I do and no matter what, give my clients my absolute all, 110% of the time. If I can positively impact even just one life—then I can confidently say it has all been worth it.
Please tell us about Roseberry Nutrition.
Roseberry Nutrition is a nutrition and wellness coaching and consultation business. We do one-on-one virtual and in-person nutrition coaching, corporate nutrition consulting, group workshops, brand partnerships, menu and recipe analysis, provide on-set nutritionists for the film and TV industry and so much more. What sets Roseberry Nutrition apart is the fact that we are founded on the principle that health and nutrition is not “one size fits all”. We understand that in order to truly achieve lifelong nutrition and health goals, the help itself must uniquely fit to what works for you. Using a wide range of strategies, including intuitive and mindful eating principles, we are here to help improve your relationship with food, wherever you may be in that process. We don’t push any specific diets or recommend restricting entire food groups but rather focus on achieving balance and optimizing your nutrition from the inside out.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite memory from my childhood, I’d have to say is making stuffed shells with my grandmom and my mom. I distinctly remember my grandmom showing me how to fill the shells with a big spoon and teaching me not to worry about making it perfect or “pretty”, as long as it was filled to the top, made with love, and tasted great—that’s all that really mattered. Although sadly, my grandmom is no longer with us, I have taken her stuffed shell advice to heart in almost everything else in life—give everything my all and do everything with love.
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- Website: www.roseberrynutrition.com
- Phone: (213) 973-9595
- Email: Kristen@roseberrynutrition.com
- Instagram: @KristenEspinosa
- Facebook: Facebook.com/roseberrynutrition
- Twitter: @kristenespi
- Other: Linkedin.com/in/KristenEspinosa
First image in white sweater- Kelly Balch