Nutrition Therapist, RD, LDN
Liz Elam is a Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. She has a passion for helping others navigate the world of food and nutrition to find their own path to health and wellness. Through her years of experience as a Registered Dietitian, she has learned the importance of a holistic approach when it comes to achieving health where food, hormones, digestion, mental health, social influences, sleep, movement, and rest are all interconnected.
Her background speaks to that interconnectedness. In grad school, when studying nutrition science, she took an interest in public gardening and culinary nutrition. She co-founded Meredith College’s “Three Sisters Garden'' and farm stand. After school, she began her clinical work focusing on weight loss in the bariatric community, but quickly realized “prevention” better suited her interests.
Thus, she embarked on a five-year career in primary care. She worked with anyone and everyone - all ages, conditions, and walks of life. She built lasting relationships with clients where they explored their lives, identified their strengths and created unique strategies that targeted their goals using both the art and science of nutrition - where both food is creative and fun, but also medicine.
Upon having children, her perspective changed… (obviously)! Her children changed how she thought about food, how she cooked, and how she fed herself and her family. She took keen interest in child and family feeding - from birth to teen. Her passion for family feeding was fueled by her own struggles to feed her family and by conversations she had with others about the “what” and “how” of feeding. She started to build a self-study of some of the more common issues - food allergies, under/overweight children and teens, body image issues in teens, picky eating (of course!), meal planning, food chaining, and meal time battles (sitting in the chair, throwing foods, etc.).
That being said, a lot of her more recent work focuses on pediatrics but she is always thrilled to work with anyone who desires change for the better. Whether it’s to have a better relationship with food, to feel better, improve IBS symptoms, or have better lab values at the next primary care appointment she is well equipped and exited to help.