“I was renewed in a program that required a four-year degree and an internship,” said Nedev. “I trained with local clinics like the Wexner Center.”
After graduation, Nadif had hoped to travel with an organization called World Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) but when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, her plans were implemented.
“I ended up going home to West Carrollton with my parents for 18 months,” Nedev said.
During that time, Nedf said she’s tried different things, including working with grocery delivery service SHIPT. Then when her best friend of many years, Emma Scheuermann, said she was planning to move to North Carolina, Nedeff decided to go with her.
“Emma applied for jobs all over the country and I cut her down to two places,” Nedeff said. “She had connections in Winston, North Carolina and got a job there.”
Although Nedif has never visited that area, she decides to leap of faith and move to a new country without a job.
“It was an adjustment,” said Nidev. “But getting a job didn’t take long.”
Within a few months, Nedeff landed an outpatient consulting job as a dietitian in a program focused on helping patients lose weight and improve their health, especially those with diabetes and heart disease.
“I definitely feel that I have chosen the right field for me,” said Nidev. “We have so many options these days and it’s hard to know what to do when you’re only 18.”
Nedeff believes in holistic approaches to health and wellness and helps people understand that food is more than just fuel for the body. She enjoys building personal relationships with her clients and helping them throughout their journeys.
“Food provides a sense of comfort and community,” said Nedev. “It unites us through good times and bad and creates traditions that are passed down from generation to generation.”
When she was still in college in 2018, Nedeff launched a blog and planned to write not only about healthy eating, but also about her experience as a female solo backpacker twice across Europe. Today, this blog has evolved into a website with mostly her own original recipes, which she creates, photos and shares with her readers. She plans to continue developing her website and blog, and eventually hopes to have her own clinic, to help people from all over the world learn how to eat healthy.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things, including eating habits. Stress and mental health issues have increased, especially during the lockdown period, and people often turn to food for comfort.
“Searching for comfort in food is a human thing,” said Nidev. “That’s what we’ve been doing from our first moments of breastfeeding and forming this emotional bond with our moms.”
Nedeff teaches people to look inward and listen to their bodies instead of impulsively searching for food. She follows the principles of Intuitive Eating, a program created by dietitians, Evelyn Tribull and Elise Rich. The program is designed around 10 principles, including rejecting the “diet” mindset and all diets that don’t help people lose and maintain weight, come to terms with food, learn to respect satiety and deal with feelings.
“I urge people to look at where they are eating and whether they have the TV or their phones with them,” Nideff said. “Sitting at a table without electronics can help you slow down and eat carefully.”
Nedeff is building her own clinic and plans to keep her license in Ohio as well as in North Carolina. Her website focuses on good, fun recipes that help people enjoy their diet without feeling restricted or guilty.
“Taking steps to change your relationship with food to one of abundance will help you redefine not only your relationship with food but also your body,” Nideff said. “My goal is to help people find happiness and love for food that we naturally have but often lose out on living in a society obsessed with perfection and diet trends.”
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