Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Esosa Osagiede, Founder of Melanin_Poppin Dietitian LLC, located in Dallas, TX, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
My company is called Melanin_PoppinDietitian LLC. I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in weight management and bariatric nutrition. My customers are women, primarily Black women, who are ready to embrace their cultural food, no longer want to feel guilt or shame when eating foods they grew up on or love, and are completely tired of the self-hating messages of diet culture.
Tell us about yourself
I started practicing as a dietitian in 2019, but I have been well immersed in nutrition and wellness for almost 10 years. Being in this position as a business owner who inspires other women is a calling from God, and I don't take it lightly. I have seen how my words have helped a woman get out of a chronic dieting cycle, low confidence and self-esteem and change into someone who is proud of the woman who sees the mirror, confident in choosing their foods without feeling guilt, and a woman who puts her needs first (more often). So many women are conditioned to think nutrition is all about how much you can restrict, about bland food, and no fun. But when you are rocking with me, your whole outlook on nutrition and mindset changes.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Stepping outside of my comfort zone to inspire other Black women to change their relationship with food and their mindset around what healthy means and look like to them through my Nourished Mindset Academy.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
One of the hardest things about being a business owner is staying consistent even when it doesn't look like your work matters or when it looks like nobody is watching.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Create a plan and outline what you want your business to look like in the short and long term.
- Make sure your DAILY actions match what your long-term goals are for your business.
- Give yourself grace constantly - it doesn't happen overnight, and you will make mistakes.
Where can people find you and your business?
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