How many of us Moms let our own health take a back seat as we take care of our families? Tonight’s Meet a Mom, Tamsin Jordan, a mom of two, and the Founder of Jordan Nutrition, helps explain why sometimes partnering with a registered dietician can be revolutionary for taking control of your health.
Jordan’s love of sport and curiosity about how nutrition could fuel endurance and enhance health led her to pivot from her to pivot from financial communications to researching how nutrition can help both physical and mental health and ultimately starting her own practice.
As a mom and entrepreneur, Jordan understands the lack of time, low energy and burnout that can all contribute to a pattern of unhealthy eating and over time, chronic health conditions.
Jordan Nutrition is a Greenwich-based nutrition and wellness coaching business provided by Registered Dietitians. Their main focus is women and family health, including fertility, pregnancy, hormonal imbalance, weight management and digestive health. Their mission is to deliver personalized, sustainable nutrition guidance that empowers you to take control of your own health by resolving underlying health issues before creating a nutrition plan and generally improving your mindset around the food you eat.
Please tell us a bit about your family and life in Greenwich (names/ages of kids, where you live, etc), what do you like to do as a family?
My family moved to back country Greenwich just over a year ago from New York City. Prior to that, I lived and worked in London which is where I met my husband and where I’m originally from. I’m a mom of two, Chloe (age 3), Bode (age 1). At the weekends, we love to organize get-togethers with friends or spend time in the Hudson Valley.
What do you love about Greenwich and your neighborhood?
Moving to the suburbs has been a bit of an adjustment after living in two big cities! My husband and I love the city life, however, the pandemic quickly brought home to us that we needed more space for our growing family. I love that Greenwich is family orientated and has a close community feel. We landed on back country because it reminded us of our own childhood. I grew up in the English countryside, and my husband grew up in New Hampshire. We also wanted to live somewhere that was close enough to the city that we can commute in.
For anyone who isn’t familiar, how would you describe Jordan Nutrition?
Jordan Nutrition is a Greenwich-based nutrition and wellness coaching business provided by Registered Dietitians. Our main focus is women and family health, including fertility, pregnancy, hormonal imbalance, weight management and digestive health.
Our mission is to deliver personalized, sustainable nutrition guidance that empowers you to take control of your own health. As a mom and entrepreneur, I know how easy it can be for self -care to take a back seat. Lack of time, low energy and burnout can all contribute to a pattern of unhealthy eating and over time, chronic health conditions. At Jordan Nutrition we provide 1:1, virtual nutrition coaching that addresses the needs of each individual. We offer practical, simple solutions that can help the whole family achieve better health and vitality.
Can you please share about your professional background and what led you to launch Jordan Nutrition?
My journey to becoming an RD was a little convoluted! After graduating with a Natural Sciences degree in the UK, I started out working in the unrelated world of financial communications in London. A few years in, I realized this was not the career I wanted to pursue long term. At college, I played a lot of sport and was always interested in learning more about how nutrition could fuel endurance and enhance health. During my corporate career, I started to encounter my own health issues related to over exercising and stress. I spent many years reading research around how nutrition can help both physical and mental health and I started to think about pivoting my career to focus on helping others achieve wellness.
Fast forward a few years, my husband was transferred back to the States for work.
It was a difficult decision, but I decided to quit my corporate job and go back to school! I embarked on a master’s degree in nutrition, completed my clinical training and sat the board exams to become a Registered Dietitian.
As part of my training, I worked at Greenwich Hospital. One of the rotations involved working with women that had gestational diabetes during pregnancy. This experience ignited my desire to focus on women’s health and new moms. Over the years, I have worked with hundreds of women in different settings. Alongside my private practice, I also work for some obstetric and gynecological practices focused on pregnancy and PCOS.
I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit and decided to launch my own private practice in 2019. Being in charge of my own schedule has allowed me to see my kids and also continue to grow my career simultaneously. While it hasn’t been easy to juggle, I feel lucky that I can spend time with them at this early stage.
What differentiates your company from others in the nutrition field?
Unlike many health and nutrition coaching businesses, our sessions are provided by Registered Dietitians (RD). RD’s have met specific educational requirements spanning many years of training, we are fully licensed to support chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, and are eligible to accept insurance coverage.
Our 1:1 nutrition coaching model, provides a more personalized approach to nutrition care compared to many others. We also take a functional and holistic approach to health conditions. This involves a full analysis of not only your eating habits but also stress, sleep and exercise. Where necessary, our RDs are trained to recommend functional health testing such as those available to analyze hormones, inflammation and gastrointestinal health. We offer 3, 5 and 10 session programs as well as a monthly wellness membership.
What would you say are the biggest benefits from working with a nutritionist?
Everyone knows that it is important to eat fruits and veggies and stay active! The problem is, many of us have underlying health conditions that need to be resolved before you can fully benefit from enhancing your diet. Dietitians dive deeper into what could be the root cause of your health conditions rather than trying to ameliorate the symptoms. Examples could be a leaky gut, leptin resistance, HPA Axis dysregulation from chronic stress or nutritional deficiencies.
Another key benefit of working with an RD is that we can work on improving your mindset around the food you eat. We do this with a combination of motivational interviewing, goal tracking and intuitive and mindful eating tools.
Any tips for busy moms to easily incorporate into their days to stay healthy and energetic?
At some point during the day, try to find a quiet space where you can take some deep breaths and focus your mind on how your body is feeling. This can be 1 minute or 10! Too often, we get disconnected from what our body is telling us because we are constantly having to think through what needs to be done that day. I suggest setting up a reminder on your phone or using a mindfulness app. Once we get into the habit of reconnecting to our body we are also more likely to accurately interpret hunger and fullness signals.
What is the best feedback you have received from a client on their health journey?
I worked with a patient in her late 30s who reported having chronic bloating and abdomen pain for the last 10 years. She was confused about what she should be eating which had resulted in her developing disordered eating tendencies. After conducting a nutrition assessment and reviewing her food logs, I suggested she got a small intestinal overgrowth test conducted. Sure enough, the test came back positive. After a course of anti-biotics, we worked together to eliminate foods that were increasing gut permeability and inflammation and slowly re- incorporated foods that would promote healing. After 3 months of working together, my client reported that her bloating and pain had gone and she had more energy than ever before.
What is your “working mom mantra” or anything that gets you through busy times as a working mom?
Raising young kids and trying to run a business is always going to be tough. I rely heavily on keeping my google calendar up to date, talking through logistics with my husband regularly and leaning on others (especially my nanny!) for support when I need it.
Anything else you’d like to share?
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at [email protected]
We love to support local businesses. What are your fave places locally to:
Grab coffee – Coffee for Good
Workout – Greenwich Barre Studio
Go on a date night – Hinoki Sushi
Go out for a girl’s night – Doppio
Go out to dinner as a family – Gingerman
Get your hair done – Salon Mimoza Greenwich
Get your nails done – Muse nail salon
Have fun as a family – Bruce Park or swimming at the YWCA