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My name is Jill Merkel and I am a Registered Dietitian (RD) & Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) specializing in sports & performance nutrition. I have a Master of Science in nutrition with an emphasis in sports nutrition from the University of Utah. Currently, I am in Nashville, TN running my private practice sports nutrition business.
Previously, I worked with collegiate athletes at the University of Utah, University of Louisville and University of Virginia educating and motivating them to use nutrition to improve performance and enhance recovery. I also worked with athletes of all ages (youth, high school, collegiate, professional, and adult exercisers) as the Performance Dietitian for EXOS (formerly Athletes' Performance) at Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center in Minneapolis to provide nutrition education and consultation to help them reach their full potential.
My philosophy is to focus on healthy eating (and lifestyle) most of the time. I don't believe in “one size fits all” when it comes to nutrition and every individual (especially athletes) needs a plan that works for their body, their sport, and their goals. I believe my purpose is to fuel athletes well, provide education and encourage whole foods as much as possible.