We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan Salazar, RDN and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Megan, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I wanted to start my own business to have my own say in how I did things and when I took on clients. When I started it I had just found out that I was pregnant with my third child and my first child was going into kindergarten, so I knew I needed more flexibility. I had also suggested to my previous company that we do more virtual consults with our nutrition clients, but they were not keen on the idea. I knew this was a direction that things were trending, so I wanted to jump into this area on my own.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with 6 years of experience in a fitness setting, I was tired of seeing women cycle on and off diets. I could see and hear the damage it was doing to their lives, their relationships, and their bodies. I wanted to commit my business to helping women get out of the revolving door of dieting and better their relationship with food and their body in the process. Too often, women are given a meal plan or told good/bad foods that eventually doesn’t last or at worse – backfires. Their body is constantly in a state of stress and survival, putting up barriers to the goals they want to achieve. I am proud of being able to help many women and some men to achieve their health goals while building up their variety of foods and truly understanding how to use food to propel their bodies into better health.
I had to overcome some personal mental challenges, especially after the birth of my youngest, in order to continue and be happy with where my business is today. Being an entrepreneur is never easy and is a constant mind game, but fighting back with the tools I had – exercise, nutrition, rest, social life, and structure – has helped me get to a place in my business where I am happy with what I have achieved. To me, my business of replenishing client’s nutrition and health (hence the name Replenish Nutrition) is exactly how I have been able to get through challenges and continue on with even more hope and fervor for the future of my business. I hope that I can continue to set a good example for myself, my clients, my family and other businesses.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Before heading to the mountains for some hiking, we would hang out at some of the local breweries in Greeley – WeldWorks and Wiley Roots. After some beers, getting some grub at Luna’s Tacos and Tequilas would be necessary. We would have to stop by Blush Boutique to get some new clothes and Mom’s Popcorn for some snacks. We would go hiking at Horsetooth Reservoir in Ft. Collins and maybe even stop by Devil’s Backbone for a hike in Loveland. After that, a drive up to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park would be necessary. The taffy would be a must buy to find in Estes Park, as well as finding more hikes in the area.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband has been the most supportive of this venture – willing to risk a drop in income and security for me to go out on my own. My mom and mother-in-law have also been helpful in watching my kids as needed until I could afford to pay for more child care for my kids. I have read many books, but Atomic Habits by James Clear has been the most impactful in my business, my coaching and my personal life.