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Hi! I'm McKenzie.

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) currently located in Holly Springs, North Carolina, a suburb of Raleigh. I am also a licensed dietitian nutritionist (LDN) in North Carolina and a certified dietitian nutritionist (CDN) in New York. This allows me to practice virtually in either state, as well as states that have no nutrition licensing laws. I have a Bachelor's in Health and Nutrition Science from Brooklyn College, and completed my dietetic internship in NYC through the University of Delaware.

I have led numerous cooking and nutrition classes for adults and children of all ages throughout NYC--in schools, at farmers markets, grocery stores, clinics, and community centers. With gratitude for technology, I continue to teach virtual cooking lessons for NYC students and staff. I teach in-person cooking and nutrition lessons at several locations in the Raleigh, NC area as well!

Although I love teaching group classes, my passion lies in one-on-one counseling. The group setting is a great start or long-term option for lifestyle change, but in order to get to the root cause of the problem, things must be worked on individually. 

 

I started my practice, McKenzie Ziegler Nutrition, in 2020 with that in mind. I also knew I wanted to bring my personal experiences into my practice. I've lived with anxiety disorders since I was a young child, and overcame depression as a young adult. I struggled with my body image and low self-esteem, leading to disordered eating and orthorexia as a teenager and young adult. I went on a journey of intuitive eating and came out healthy on the other side.

 

These issues I've struggled with are serious and tremendously hard to live with. I've had to deal with them almost entirely on my own. But here's the thing: these concerns are able to be recovered from, and you don't have to do it alone. You aren't alone. If you deal with any of these issues, I am here to help you.

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Some fun facts about me:

  • ​I love re-watching my favorite sitcoms and George is my favorite Seinfeld character. 

  • My taste in music is wide, I listen to everything from blues to house, from old school hip hop to new wave, from indie rock to heavy metal.

  • I always have a song stuck in my head.

  • I grew up in a small country town in Ohio.

  • I had a chocolate lab named Dakota growing up.

  • I moved to NYC by myself when I was 18 to go to college, and lived in Brooklyn for 7 years.

  • I moved to NC in 2020 and it's my favorite place I've lived so far.

  • I love palm trees and sloths.

  • My birthday is in August and, naturally, I love the summer.

  • I tell people my favorite color is blue but really it's the shade of this background.

  • I love food (no surprise!) and my favorite food is spaghetti.

  • I like my coffee and chocolate dark.

  • I ran cross country and track in high school and ran the 2015 NYC marathon.

  • Someday I want to visit Hawaii, the Bahamas, Italy, France, and Germany.

  • I love to write and hope to one day write a memoir, children's book, and cookbook.

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