Leslie Schilling, MA, RDN, CSCS, CEDRD-S
What is your current position?
- Owner/Sport Dietitian/Nutrition Therapist/Speaker at Schilling Nutrition LLC
- Performance Nutrition Consultant for Cirque du Soleil
- Creator & Coauthor, Born To Eat
How did you get started in your career?
I started my career in sport and pediatric research. Sport nutrition was all I wanted to do and I had a very big blind spot about eating disorders in sport (& in general). One day I had a mom call me and say her daughter was an athlete and seeing me for sports nutrition may be the only way to get her attention about her eating disorder. I overnighted every ED book I knew of and got on the phone with this young woman’s therapist right away. How naive I had been to think I wasn’t going to work with those who suffered from EDs. This therapist, along with a few others with ED specialties, took me under their wings and trained me to work with people struggling with EDs. I like to say “I was brought up in this field by therapists.” Don’t forget about the power of interdisciplinary training along with the supervision of seasoned RDs.
What advice would you give to someone new to the field?
There’s so much more training and supervision available now than when I was “growing up” in the field. If you can afford it, go to multidisciplinary conferences, specialty trainings, and get supervision across the disciplines. With little funds (but extraordinary value), you can learn a tremendous amount on the IFEDD listserv; I learn there every day.