When trying to decide what she wanted to be when she grew up, Amy always loved everything related to food, cooking, health, fitness, talking to people about food, and, of course like most of us, eating. Nutrition counseling was an obvious fit. She remembers attending a nutrition camp with a dietitian as a child and how her interest in nutrition started there. Deciding on a major in dietetics, she enjoyed all parts of her education, from food science and counseling to learning the biochemistry of what was happening in the body when you eat.
“It wasn’t until I became a mom where I put all the pieces of a balanced food philosophy together. Although I always paid attention to the food I was eating, I still had a mentality that low-fat eating was the best. I was using high carbohydrate foods and sugar to get extra energy to make up for a lack of sleep with young babies and children. After my kids were born, I knew I needed to figure out how to cook more real food and cut out the processed foods and meals that were dominating my pantry. While experimenting in the kitchen, I developed a love of cooking and creative meal planning.”
She started to notice how the foods actually made her feel and how they affected her young kid's behavior too! Through testing and tasting in her own kitchen and using her nutrition education, she learned how to adjust recipes for very picky palates that still included a balance of protein, carbs, and fats. Now homemade family dinners are one of her favorite times of day because she loves to include her kids in the meal planning and prep process. “I have more energy than I ever have had before from eating balanced and regular meals. I love helping other people achieve that too.”
When working with clients, Amy likes to focus on small changes that make a big difference and keeping an upbeat, positive outlook. “I love helping people find ways to adjust their daily habits to make nutritious eating easier and to brainstorm creative ideas for incorporating new foods and techniques to meal planning. I enjoy seeing people find out how much better they can feel as they start to cut out processed meals and eat more real foods. I don't believe in people feeling deprived. Instead, I like to help people really enjoy the food they are nourishing their body with and come up with healthier alternative meal ideas that might even taste better than what they were eating before.”
Outside of work, Amy likes to run, explore nature, cook, try new recipes, and volunteer in the children’s ministry at her church. She spends a lot of time at the basketball court and baseball field watching her kids play sports and, on the occasional times that her house is quiet, she loves to read a good book.
Amy Crum is a registered dietitian licensed through the Minnesota Board of Nutrition and Dietetics. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition from The University of Texas at Austin. Amy has her Master's of Science in Nutrition from Texas Woman's University and completed her dietetic internship at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Houston Texas. She has professional experience as a clinical dietitian, with a focus on cardiac care.
Amy sees clients at the Wayzata office.