Alyson Roux, MS, CNS, MFA, is a clinical nutritionist and health coach who combines a decade in the arts and entertainment industry with her background in science, research and evidence-based medicine to help creative professionals transform their health and reach optimum wellness using practical, sustainable tools. After ten years in the arts and entertainment industry, she returned to her science roots by combining her experience as a research scientist, acting teacher, director and producer to get Los Angeles creative professionals healthy, happy, and make smart investments in themselves.
- Maryland University of Integrative Health, Masters of Science (MS) in Nutrition and Integrative Health
- Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Health Coaching Certificate Program
- Smith College, BA in Biology and Theatre
- University of Washington, MFA in Directing
ASSOCIATIONS / ADDITIONAL WORK
- Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) by the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists (BCNS).
- Professional Member in good standing of the American College of Nutrition (ACN).
- Member of the International Association of Health Coaches (IAHC).
- Guest Faculty at AMDA College and Conservatory of Performing Arts, Los Angeles in the area of Health and Wellness for performers.
I had it all; I had worked for Tony and Oscar award winning theatre and film companies, directed and produced projects in cities across the country, and taught at some of the most prestigious drama schools in the U.S. Then one day, working for the head of a major Hollywood movie studio, as I tried to start another 12+ hour workday, the nagging low back pain I had pushed through for years could no longer be ignored. I couldn’t sit down without what seemed like the worst possible pain running down my legs. I could barely feel my toes, let alone give them a wiggle. Grabbing my blackberry piling up with emails, I painfully drove to the doctor. I had no idea at the time, but I was never going to return to the job that I had fought so hard for, and all of those blackberry emails would (gasp!) have to wait...
After years of hustling on sets, and alternatively long hours of sitting at a desk a disc in my back decided to give up. All of a sudden I was disabled, I couldn’t even eat sitting down, stand still, drive, tie my shoes and just like the disc in my back, my social life and career disintegrated. Months of being in bed, multiple rounds of epidurals, one major surgery, and almost a year of physical therapy later I reemerged able to sit for limited periods of time, and a much stronger, very grateful person.
The thing is, I've been there; exhausted, stressed out, forgetting to eat, eating too much to just stay awake for a few more hours of work, having to go to ten cocktail parties in a week and worrying how to stay on a "healthy diet," and putting off exercise because 30 minutes of being alone and watching the Daily Show is too precious. I learned the hard way how keeping your head down and just focusing on career can backfire. You can't be great at what you do if you don't have your health.
Over that year I was fairly homebound and hurting, so to keep busy I started taking online courses in Nutrition and Health; an encouraging new path emerged. I thought about what had happened to me because of how I treated my body at work, and I thought about all the people I knew that just in that year had suffered from serious, but potentially preventable illness: cancer, stroke, heart attacks, autoimmune conditions. I realized that I wanted to help brilliant, creative, hard working people live long lives and avoid preventable chronic disease. I had previously struggled with weight gain from an autoimmune disease, and on my own lost over 40 pounds while in graduate school by reading every book about diet and inflammation I could get my hands on. When the disc in my back went rogue, I took my interest in health even further and graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) Health Coach Certificate program. I applied what I was learning to my own diet and was able to keep my weight steady despite my lack of mobility, and through healthy food choices I sped up healing time post-surgery, and improved my energy levels. Inspired, I pursued a clinical masters of science program in nutrition. Now I channel my passion for food and nutritional knowledge into helping other creative professionals reach their health goals in safe, effective, practical ways.