Meet Becki Parsons, our Registered Dietitian and Certified
Clinical Exercise Physiologist. Becki graduated from Washington State University with a Master of Science in Nutrition & Exercise Physiology knowing that she wanted to help others improve their health.
She has worked as an inpatient dietitian at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, WA as well as an on-base contract dietitian with the Air Force at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA. Most recently, she spent over two years working at Sea Mar Community Health Center in Olympia, WA as an outpatient dietitian, assisting low-income and Hispanic populations in gaining empowerment in their health.
Becki is also the author of the blog Dietitian on a Diet, where she documents her journey following different diets, eating styles, and workout plans, both for your entertainment and to further her knowledge as a practitioner.
What motivates you to help others improve their health?
I believe that health provides the foundation for the rest of our lives. Poor health can cause our dreams to crumble, while a foundation of wellness allows us to build lives beyond our wildest dreams. Fad diets and misinformation have led so many people to feel helpless in their health, and my goal as a dietitian/exercise physiologist is to come alongside people, educate them, empower them, and help them create tailored plans to the lives they want! Few things are as motivating to me.
My goal is to teach and empower others to reinforce that foundation and surpass their nutrition and fitness goals. Clients will receive supportive, accessible, evidence-based nutrition and exercise counseling personalized to their lifestyle and desires, and have fun building the life of their dreams!
What is your favorite piece of wellness-related advice?
Oh boy, good question. It would probably be that there are a thousand ways to be healthy, and healthy is a spectrum, not an all-or-nothing wagon off which you fall. What works for one person may not work for another, and that is usually more about personality, lifestyle, preferences, family, culture, etc. than it is about willpower. I find that misunderstanding to be the primary cause of feelings of disempowerment and helplessness in my clients — people see certain plans, diets, or habits working for someone else but they can’t seem to stick to them. That makes them feel like a failure, when in reality that plan was totally wrong for their lifestyle or their body. I never provide a one-size-fits-all plan to my clients. They are very involved in the process of choosing their plan because they know themselves the best!
What made you want to go into business on your own?
As much as I loved working at the clinic, I really wanted the opportunity to work with clients on my own terms and expand my practice to include more work with exercise. I believe God brought me the desire, passion, and opportunity to start this practice. i’mPowered Nutrition & Fitness gives me the opportunity to honor God by pursuing my passion with integrity, hard work, and freedom.
What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?
I love to travel, spend time with my husband, read, craft, dance, and snowboard. I also love to cook and eat — that’s one reason my entire job is about food! Oh, and tea — I can’t let a day go by without drinking tea!