Today we’d like to introduce you to Meghan Lyons.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Hi! My name is Meghan Lyons and I’m in the practice of helping people. Technically, I am a Nutritionist; but what that really means is that I walk alongside people as they navigate their relationship with food. In doing so, I serve a purpose to help, and beneath that larger “help” umbrella, my role breaks down to listen without judgment, to problem-solve with purpose and to hold people accountable to their goals and intentions.
I began this journey in 2001 when I entered CalPoly San Luis Obispo as a nutrition major. I declared nutrition as my line of study and although I wasn’t ultra clear on exactly what my undergraduate degree would evolve into career-wise, I ventured out on the path to learn and that is what I did. I studied Psychology at that time as well and took great interest in the human mind and how we process information. I accepted a wonderful internship my junior year teaching young, vibrant fourth graders about healthy food choices.
I learned how to make dietary recommendations for all socioeconomic backgrounds. And the list of learning within the realm of nutrition goes on. Upon completion of my undergrad program, I entered corporate America working for a leading national dietary supplement brand known as NatureMade and took on several roles there, ultimately serving as a nutrition specialist in the scientific affairs department. We considered our team the bridge between marketing and scientific research, taking complicated science and making it palatable for our consumers and customers.
During my time with NatureMade, I completed my graduate work in nutrition at Cal State Northridge, and not only broadened my scope within my field of study but also learned more about helping others. After my first daughter was born in 2012, I decided to remain home with her (best opportunity ever) and did not return to NatureMade; however, I always kept my pulse on the world of food and nutrition and eventually opened a shop for my own nutrition consulting business.
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?
When it came to my love for nutrition and knowing that I wanted to remain in the field for as long as it would keep me, I would say that has been a smooth road. When it came to my personal life, the road was not exactly such. Not terrible; but, not without a few bumps. After my daughter was born, I struggled with post-partum anxiety which returned again after my second daughter was born in 2015.
I mention this only because getting through this time stood as a major roadblock between me and my career goals. It also paralyzed me in my personal growth and development. I knew that I wanted to make my business successful. I knew that I wanted to help people. I was just struggling with getting to that place where I could mentally and emotionally feel confident and able to carry out my goals. I felt like I was riding a roller coaster for a few years.
I would get going and they would struggle and would then gain speed again. On October 1st, 2017, I ran for my life out of the Route 91 Harvest Festival venue in Las Vegas after the shooting began. I swore terrorists were on the ground chasing us with machine guns and I truly thought my life was facing its final hours.
By 2 am on October 2nd I made it safely to my hotel room and watched the news with my girlfriends in shock of what we just survived. From that day on, I made a solid commitment to myself and my girls to take care of me, live life to its fullest, visualize good results, express gratitude, be kind and chase my dreams. After much therapy and the gift of time, I can say I have never felt better and my career and my sense of hope radiates a lot of light, for which I am beyond thankful and excited.
Meghan Lyons Nutrition – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
As mentioned already, I am in the business of helping people and supporting their journey with food. I sometimes consider myself a food therapist. There is a lot that goes into understanding why people eat the way they do and so it goes so beyond just likes and dislikes. As a Nutritionist, I consult on a personal level but I am also open to helping companies help their employees, fitness studios help their clients, and physicians aid their patients.
The sky is really the limit. I would say I am known for my happy and hopeful demeanor, and being a person that people can confidently confide in. I feel that I am good at relating to people and making them feel like they have known me for years, even if it’s just our first appointment. I just love people and I think that that, coupled with my true desire for making an impact, sets me apart.
This past month, I also joined forces with an incredible business partner named Abby to launch our corporate wellness business… The Insighters Nutrition. I am excited to see how our joint specialties in nutritional science and our passion for serving others will evolve.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Oh gosh. This may be hard to pinpoint. I recently spent time with a client going through chemotherapy. We sat around her kitchen table with her caregiver and her dear friend and we tackled all of her concerns and set up a great system for getting through this difficult time in her life.
I left our appointment feeling so good because we laughed and we planned and I felt like I could really help her even if that meant just being another person on her team to keep her strong, energized and hopeful.
- Website: www.meghanlyonsnutrition.com
- Phone: 3104226031
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @itbeginswithgreens
- Other: www.theinsightersnutrition.com
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