Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Dianne Rishikof, MS, RDN, LDN, IFNCP, Owner of Health Takes Guts, Inc., located in Natick, MA, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I'm a Registered Dietitian, Licensed Nutritionist who practices integrative & functional nutrition. I use innovative, cutting-edge techniques and a holistic approach to get to the root of and address health issues and heal the body from the inside out. I specialize in gut health (such as IBS, IBD, SIBO, GERD, gluten sensitivity), brain health (such as ADHD/ADD, anxiety, and depression), and also help people with chronic un-wellness (fatigue, inflammation, hormone imbalances, pain, skin issues and more).

I am the President of Health Takes Guts, Inc., and have been in private practice for 17 years. I am also a national speaker and a published author, and I enjoy mentoring other dietitians. I have a successful course on gut healing for other health professionals.

Tell us about yourself

I have Crohn's disease, so I was searching for some answers after doctors let me down. They don't have all the answers and just want to prescribe. But nutrition, diet, and supplements offer root cause solutions, address the underlying cause, and symptoms vanish.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Helping my clients get wellness! And my book and course are great accomplishments too.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

The blurred lines between work and home. I love working from home and working seven days a week (whenever it suits me), but then again, there are no boundaries.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. You can do it - it is just a lot of work.
  2. Get help. Get a mentor. (like me) :)
  3. Don't fall for all the scams out there.

Where can people find you and your business?


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