Allyson T. Rutledge, RD, LDN
- Allyson T. Rutledge, RD, LDN
- Hometown: Matthews, NC
- East Mecklenburg High School, Charlotte, NC
- BS Nutrition: Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
- Undergraduate Internship: Mercy Hospital, Charlotte, NC
- Post graduate work/Approved Pre-Professional Practice Program (AP4)/Intership
- UNC-Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
- Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte, NC
- Registered Dietitian since 1995
- Certification Adult Weight Management 2006
- Certification Adolescent and Child Weight Management 2010
Nutrition and health was not something that I ever thought about until my great-grandmother had a stroke when I was in elementary school. I was with her when she had the stroke and did not understand what was happening, what a stroke was, and why it was happening to a person that I loved with all my heart. I knew that I never wanted to have a stroke. While in school, during recess, my third grade teacher would eat a bar of Philadelphia Cream Cheese for lunch and when I asked her why she ate the blob of white stuff, she said it was because she was on a diet. I wondered then what a diet was. This was the beginning of my interest in nutrition. I wanted to know why we ate food. I wanted to know what the food did for our bodies. I wanted to know these things because I knew I did not want to have a stroke and I never wanted to be on a diet. In my third grade year, when the book orders were available at school, I ordered books about nutrition which further enhanced my interest in nutrition. During high school, I was assigned a research paper on eating disorders, so my studies and interest in nutrition continued. I knew that I enjoyed learning more about nutrition but never knew that it could be a career path until I babysat for a neighbor who informed me that she was a Registered Dietitian for the local Charlotte hospital. I spent quite a bit of time with her that summer learning different aspects about the field of nutrition. I knew in my heart that I wanted to study all that I could with regard to nutrition because if I could prevent someone from having a stroke by helping them with their food choices, I wanted to do so. Nutrition and health became my primary focus of study because I wanted a career that would help people with disease prevention and healing.
With more than 20 years of experience, I have had the pleasure to work in the fields of geriatrics, WIC (Women, Infants, and Children), high risk obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN), stroke rehabilitation and cardiovascular health, orthopedics, diabetes and thyroid disease, hospital in-patient and out-patient counselling, corporate health, and private practice for physician referrals. These opportunities have allowed me to improve my knowledgebase of disease processes so that I can better understand nutrition goals for healing. I have received certification in adult, child, and adolescent weight management for guidance and support for a healthy lifestyle versus a diet. I believe that mindful eating habits also support healthy lifestyle choices.
I became a Registered Dietitian because I wanted to help people achieve their personal nutrition goals. Very simply, I never want anyone to suffer like my great-grandmother did. I never want a child to suffer like I did with sadness because their loved one was sick. I am rewarded daily by client improvements and the reasons that I am a Registered Dietitian are reinforced as my clients achieve their goals. Lifexcel allows me to work with clients needing nutrition guidance to improve their health. Lifexcel is a team of individuals that have the client’s best interests at heart in achieving overall personal health.