Sarah Crock is one dietitian you won’t be silently cursing under your breath as she helps you to a healthy lifestyle. The former ballerina is taking a no-nonsense approach to nutrition with her new business, the Columbus Nutrition Company.
“I am very realistic,” Crock says. “I myself eat cookies and pizza and ice cream and chocolate, so I really emphasize these types of food some people might consider to be bad can fit in a healthy lifestyle.”
For Crock, food should be fun. Nutrition should be common sense and not overly complicated. Moderation and tweaking recipes are a part of the plan instead of elimination and restriction.
“I think dietitians have a stigma and I’m really really working to get rid of that,” Crock says.
Columbus Nutrition company offers personalized nutrition counseling to its clients. Whether they are seeking a nutritional education to build a strong foundation for a healthy lifestyle, or needing to change their diet due to disease or other health issues, Crock’s clients fall all across the board.
“I don’t have one specific type of person that I see which is very, very fun and rewarding,” she says.
Each client that wants to work with Crock must go through an initial consult.
“This is a way for me to fully assess people as humans,” she says. It helps her get to know her clients on a more personal level while discovering how different facets of their life might be effecting their nutrition.
Moving forward, clients can choose Columbus Nutrition Company’s three-session or six-session HealthyMe packages, or continue on a session-by-session basis.
During the sessions, Crock covers topics like basic nutrition and education – what carbs are, what whole grains are, what are healthy fats, etc. – and also touches on meal planning, shopping on a budget and the general nutrition plan that’s customized to the client’s needs.
“Recipe modification and proving them with recipes is a huge component of what I do,” Crock adds. She’s found and developed several recipes herself, and can also modify recipes clients bring in to be more nutritious.
Growing up as a ballet dancer, Crock was exposed to a lot of nutrition information, some of it accurate, some of it not. She did a lot of research on her own about what worked and what didn’t.
“I found I loved sharing what I learned with other people,” Crock says.
She pursued dancing professionally for a few years before deciding to focus on nutrition.
“That was great,” she says. “I was so happy I pursued that dream to be a professional ballet dancer, but I was still missing something.”
Crock would make her way to Ohio State where she earned her degree in dietetics, also becoming a licensed dietitian and registered dietitian nutritionist. She initially set out to be a clinical dietitian, but while moving through her internships discovered she preferred a slower pace and personal connections.
“I love nutrition education,” she says. She wanted to be able to focus on one-on-one relationships and implement her own philosophies.
For more information, visit columbusnutritioncompany.com.