Hello, I'm Melinda!
Melinda Benz, RDN (she/her/hers) is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and business owner of Melinda Benz LLC. Her virtual nutrition private practice is located in Northern Colorado and serves the state of Colorado.
Melinda specializes in plant-rich vegan nutrition and mindfulness-based eating approaches. Her mission is to educate people on simplifying nutrition by eating more plant foods and finding balance within their lifestyles.
She has experience working in Integrative Medicine, where she provided Medical Nutrition Therapy to patients, gave presentations on various nutrition topics for the community, and was featured on local TV to perform cooking demonstrations.
Melinda is certified in Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT) through the Mindful Eating Training Institute (METI). She is passionate about nurturing positive connections between our mind-body and eating experience.
In addition, Melinda is a Usui Holy Fire® Reiki Master and is an Affiliate Member of the Reiki Membership Association (RMA).
She enjoys learning and keeping up-to-date with the latest nutrition and wellness trends in the industry, especially in the field of plant-based/vegan nutrition, sustainable eating, and mindfulness-based approaches to well-being.
Melinda is an empathetic and enthusiastic educator and holds the utmost expectations and integrity in her work, from speaking engagements to client consultations. Her style is genuine, down-to-earth, and brings lighthearted humor to conversations.
Melinda is available for speaking engagements and media inquiries. She welcomes collaborating with companies and organizations that align with her nutrition and wellness philosophies.
A Snapshot of My Nutrition Philosophy...
From my perspective, being connected with our overall wellness has a multilayered meaning, but at its core, is about making lifestyle changes that align with our personal values.
I am first and foremost vegan for my love of all animals and environmental reasons. I’ve also experienced health challenges before discovering I was highly intolerant to eggs and dairy, both of which were vital staples in my diet throughout childhood and into adulthood.
My views on nutrition and “healthy eating” are ever-evolving. I remember perusing the supplement shopping aisle as a teenager, fascinated by the descriptions of what different vitamins and minerals do in our bodies.
I made the shift from omnivore, vegetarian, to vegan throughout my life. I made the choice to go vegan once I connected the path between my ethical values and personal health values. When these paths intertwined, there was a greater sense of alignment, peace, and confidence with my food choices and overall well-being.
This lifelong interest in nutrition studies and my empathic nature led me down the path to becoming a nutrition counselor.
Health and wellness is not a one size fits all solution! Nutrition concepts can become complex very quickly. I believe there is much to learn from one another and the stories we tell ourselves about our bodies, health, or the “picture-perfect” vision of wellness.
It’s a common misconception that vegan diets are restrictive and not a lot of fun. There can be concerns around getting enough protein, or not getting proper essential nutrients. In my opinion, vegan living is anything, but boring! In fact, I’ve found that there’s so much creative potential with plants!
Teaching people how simple it can be to go more plant-rich is a joy to me. I strive to encourage others to listen to their intuition or gut instinct regarding their wellness. After all, the gut is commonly called our second brain!
My goal is to support you in creating the lifelong changes you envision for yourself. Whether you wish to go more plant-rich for your health, the animals, the environment, or all the above, I’m here to guide you along the way!
Areas of Specialty
Plant-Rich Vegan Nutrition
- Shifting to a plant-rich eating pattern
- Vegan/vegetarian nutrient needs
- Food sensitivity and food preferences
- Practical plant-rich ingredient swaps
Health and Wellness Promotion
- Nutrient needs throughout adulthood
- Food label reading
- Healthy eating on a budget
- Personalized lifestyle changes
- Enriched mind-body connection
- Confidence with food choices
- Enjoyable eating experience
- Flexibility with eating habits
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Member of the following Dietetic Practice Groups (DPG) through the Academy:
Dietitians in Business and Communications
Behavioral Health Nutrition
Formal Dietetic Education and Training
Ohio University – Bachelor of Science in Human and Consumer Sciences,
Area of Study: Dietetics
Wellness Workdays – Distance Dietetic Internship