Who is nutrition coach Julie Cornelius? Here is a little Q&A with her to get to know her better:
What got you into nutrition in the first place?
I became interested in nutrition when I was a teenager. I grew up eating not the healthiest foods, and when I was around 14, I knew I wanted to make a change for myself. I had told myself “I will wait until I am older,” but one day, I realized, I didn’t need to wait. I started researching nutrition and asking my parents to buy healthier foods for me. I started off college pre-med, but when I realized it was not the right career path for me, I dove headfirst into the passion I had been developing since my early teen years. I finished up my Bachelors of Science in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Arizona, and had developed a second passion of riding bikes. I entered graduate school with the solid understanding that I wanted to combine my two passions into a study of Sports Nutrition. Since then, I have been able to work with individuals to help them improve their health and athletic performance through eating certain foods and timing their nutrition. It is an incredibly rewarding career and I love seeing clients reach their goals!
What is your favorite thing to do when you are not coaching clients in nutrition?
My favorite activity is mountain biking! I love being out on my bike and exploring new places via my bike. Part of that is that I love traveling to new places, too! Don’t be surprised if you get a call or an email from me and I am half way around the world. My nutrition coaching is remote via email and phone, so I work from wherever I am at. Also, my approach to nutrition is one founded in science, but I also have the first hand knowledge of what it is like to ride for hours on end and how to fuel properly.
So your business is all remote, where do you actually live?
My home base is in Moab, UT. I am originally from Arizona, and after traveling the world, I realized the desert is my happy place. I got asked to come to Moab to work as a mountain bike guide for Rim Tours. During the season, I guide for a few hours in the morning and create nutrition plans in the afternoons. I love living in Moab! It is a mountain biking and outdoor Mecca. My dog loves living in Moab, too 🙂 I do have a built out van, so I like to take road trips, as well as travel overseas to explore new trails.
Tell us about your dog.
My dog Fritz is the best! He is a wiener dog with tons of personality and too smart for his own (or maybe my own?) good. He loves to go everywhere with me and proves what little dogs are capable of. I take him hiking and on short mountain bike rides. His favorite is the Lazy/EZ loop at the Bar M Trails in Moab.
What is your top nutrition tip?
I really focus on making changes that can be maintained long term. I take an approach of moderation, and that means having “less healthy” items too. I think it is important to have these things in your diet because food is enjoyable and social for us. The key is not too overdo it, but if you do, it’s ok! Just get back on track as soon as you can.
What is your favorite guilty pleasure food?
I love chips! Any kind of chips. I try to not have them around, but like I mentioned above, I don’t avoid them completely.
I have a passion for getting more women out mountain biking and into the outdoors. I am happy to be working with AndShesDopeToo as an ambassador and MTB Director. I am also excited to be heading to Nepal this November to help develop a mountain bike program for women there, as a means to help empower them and provide new opportunities. If anyone has an specific questions for me, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.