We had the good fortune of connecting with Chrissy Barth and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chrissy, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Definitely an adventure! When I became a dietitian back in 2004, I was working at Mayo Clinic as a Clinical Dietitian. I loved my job and at the same time, I also wanted to have my own business as my two passion areas at the time was sports nutrition and the nutritional management of eating disorders. There were not too many of these types of positions available and so I thought why not start my own business focusing on these two specialties. I also grew up watching my father work from the ground up in Corporate America and I knew from the age of 16, that I did not want to follow in his footsteps. I remember my father encouraging me when I was 16 to have my own business, to be my own boss if I was able to do so. I vividly remember that day like it was yesterday and it was over 20 years ago.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I would not be where I am today if I did not overcome the challenges I faced when I was a young teen. I am fortunate to be able to reflect back on my younger years with gratitude as overcoming those challenges propelled me into becoming the person and professional I am today. I have learned to honor my intuition in order to create a change that ignites my life so that I can best help others with their nutrition and wellness journey. My passion in nutrition and wellness as a registered dietitian continues to evolve. As an integrative and functional dietitian, my coaching and consulting business offers a holistic approach to helping my clients live their most nutritious life. My brand focuses on 7 pillars which include nutrition, movement, sleep and circadian rhythm, gut health, brain health, self-care, and mindfulness-based stress-reduction activities such as yoga and meditation. I believe all of these pillars work in a synergistic-like fashion to help one live a high performance lifestyle. I also serve as a Lecturer at Arizona State University in the College of Health Solutions where I teach a course on Entrepreneurship. This course provides me with an opportunity to educate and support my students on how to start their own businesses and by doing so, I hope to help guide them in the right direction based on my own experiences as an entrepreneur.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’ve been in Arizona since 1997 and I must say the city has boomed ever since offering tons of exciting and relaxing things to do from just before sunrise to well after sunset. I personally enjoy sporting events, spa days, hiking, shopping, and dining out at local restaurants and coffee shops. It’s also enjoyable to take road trips out of town to places like Sedona, Prescott, and Flagstaff to name a few favorites.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am full of gratitude for the support and guidance from my parents, colleagues, college professors, friends, clients, and students.