Taylor is a Registered Dietitian and WAG Coach with a passion for all things fitness and nutrition. Her first passion was softball and she continues the love of the sport by playing on a co-ed team every summer with her family. Feeding into her competitive spirit, she also competed in CrossFit for several years prior to transitioning to Olympic weightlifting and competing on the National stage.
What originally got you interested in nutrition and fitness?
Participating in CrossFit and getting into the competition space is what led me to pursue fitness and become increasingly curious about nutrition. I was actually very health-minded in high school and always exercised and prioritized a healthy diet. I began tracking my intake on my own while studying nutrition in college and using myself as a Guinea pig in a sense. As I became more educated and realized the impact that nutrition plays on performance, body composition, and health, I had a strong desire to share these things with others.
What is the most rewarding part of your career?
I’d have to say when clients tell me how their relationship with food has improved and their perspectives of their own bodies have shifted more towards the positive side of the spectrum.
What’s an essential part of your daily routine?
I have to have my morning coffee! It’s not so much the caffeine that I need, but I just love the taste and watching the sun rise while listening to the birds chirp. It’s such a comforting time of the day.
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?
Relaxing and doing absolutely nothing sounds like the best thing ever to me. I’m not a “make plans” type of person. I like to go with the flow, maybe head out to a trail or a river nearby and explore. Being outside in the sunshine is what brings out the best in me.
Where’s the next place on your travel bucket list and why?
Probably Costa Rica or Hawaii. I want to go somewhere with both mountains and the ocean and experience the best of both worlds. I’m a very outdoorsy person, so that is the most important aspect of anywhere I go for vacation.
Which of your personality traits are you most proud of?
Performing well under pressure is a big one. This applies to all areas of my life. I have struggled with social anxiety and fear of failure my entire life, but when it comes time to buckle down and do the thing, I am in the zone. This fear of failure is largely why I tend to give 110% in everything that I do (which sometimes has its cons as well).
What's something you’d like to learn?
I would love to learn how to surf. It has always amazed me how easily people can make it look and the balance it takes to master it. Maybe I can look for a beginner's class next time I am near a beach!
What’s your favorite aisle in the grocery store?
The bread aisle. Whole grain bread, bagels, English muffins - I can’t live a day without them!
What's the most life-changing piece of advice you've ever heard?
“If it feels heavy, that’s because it is.” This was told to me by a past weightlifting coach and really changed my mindset when it comes to weightlifting and taking challenging attempts.
What exotic animal would you like to have as a pet?
Monkeys have always been one of my favorite animals! Any monkey would be awesome - the small ones up to a gorilla.