The Dayton woman uses holistic approaches to health and wellness and helps people understand that food is more than just fuel for the body.

“I was accepted into a program that required a four-year degree and an internship,” Nedeff said. “I interned at local clinics like the Wexner Center.”

Monica Nedeff of West Carrollton, upon graduation from The Ohio State University in 2019. Her post-graduation plans were scrapped due to the COVID-19 outbreak and she ended up returning home and live with his parents for 18 months, putting his career on hold. CONTRIBUTED

Monica Nedeff of West Carrollton, upon graduation from The Ohio State University in 2019. Her post-graduation plans were scrapped due to the COVID-19 outbreak and she ended up returning home and live with his parents for 18 months, putting his career on hold. CONTRIBUTED

After graduating, Nedeff hoped to travel with an organization called Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF), but when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, her plans were scuttled.

“I ended up going home to West Carrollton with my parents for 18 months,” Nedeff said.

During that time, Nedeff said she tried different things, including working with SHIPT grocery delivery. Then, when her longtime best friend Emma Schuermann announced that she was planning to move to North Carolina, Nedeff decided to go with her.

Monica Nedeff, left, and her best friend Emma Schuermann, from their Alter High School years, stand in front of the moving truck before leaving Dayton to move to North Carolina in 2021.

Monica Nedeff, left, and her best friend Emma Schuermann, from their Alter High School years, stand in front of the moving truck before leaving Dayton to move to North Carolina in 2021.

Monica Nedeff, left, and her best friend Emma Schuermann, from their Alter High School years, stand in front of the moving truck before leaving Dayton to move to North Carolina in 2021.

“Emma applied for jobs all over the country and she narrowed it down to two spots,” Nedeff said. “She had connections in Winston, North Carolina, and she got a job there.”

Although Nedeff had never visited this area, she decided to take a leap of faith and move to a new jobless state.

Monica Nedeff, left, and her high school best friend, Emma Schuermann, in Winston, North Carolina. The couple left Dayton together after the COVID-19 pandemic began to subside. CONTRIBUTED

Monica Nedeff, left, and her high school best friend, Emma Schuermann, in Winston, North Carolina.  The couple left Dayton together after the COVID-19 pandemic began to subside.  CONTRIBUTES

Monica Nedeff, left, and her high school best friend, Emma Schuermann, in Winston, North Carolina. The couple left Dayton together after the COVID-19 pandemic began to subside. CONTRIBUTED

“It was an adjustment,” Nedeff said. “But it didn’t take long to find a job.”

Within months, Nedeff landed a job as an outpatient counselor as a dietitian in a program to help patients lose weight and improve their health, especially those struggling with diabetes and heart disease.

“I really feel like I picked the right pitch for me,” Nedeff said. “We have so many options these days and it’s hard to know what to do when you’re only 18.”

Nedeff believes in holistic approaches to health and wellness and helps people understand that food is more than just fuel for the body. She enjoys building personal relationships with her clients and helping them along their journey.

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“Food provides a sense of comfort and community,” Nedeff said. “It unites us in good times and bad and creates traditions that are passed down from generation to generation.”

While still in college in 2018, Nedeff started a blog and planned to write not only about healthy eating, but also about her experiences as a single woman backpacking twice through Europe. Today, that blog has grown into a website featuring mostly her own original recipes, which she creates, photographs and shares with her readers. She plans to continue developing her website and blog and eventually hopes to have her own private practice, helping people around the world learn how to eat healthy.

Monica Nedeff in Belgium in 2018, on her second solo backpacking trip to Europe. She hopes to make it safer for women to travel alone and for everyone to learn how to build healthier relationships with food. CONTRIBUTED

Monica Nedeff in Belgium in 2018, on her second solo backpacking trip to Europe.  She hopes to make it safer for women to travel alone and for everyone to learn how to build healthier relationships with food.  CONTRIBUTED

Monica Nedeff in Belgium in 2018, on her second solo backpacking trip to Europe. She hopes to make it safer for women to travel alone and for everyone to learn how to build healthier relationships with food. CONTRIBUTED

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things, including eating habits. Stress and mental health issues have increased, particularly during the lockdown period, and people have often turned to food for comfort.

“It’s a human thing to seek solace in food,” Nedeff said. “That’s what we’ve done since our first moments of breastfeeding and having that emotional connection with our mothers.”

Nedeff teaches people to look within and listen to their bodies rather than looking for food impulsively. It follows the principles of “Intuitive Eating”, a program created by dietitians, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. The program is designed around 10 principles, including rejecting the “diet” mentality and all fad diets that don’t help people lose weight and keep it off, making peace with food, learn to respect wholeness and deal with emotions.

Monica Nedeff, a Dayton native and graduate of Alter High School and Ohio State University, is a registered dietitian working in an outpatient clinic in Winston, North Carolina. She teaches her clients “intuitive eating” and has created a website featuring her own original recipes.

Monica Nedeff, a Dayton native and graduate of Alter High School and Ohio State University, is a registered dietitian working in an outpatient clinic in Winston, North Carolina.  She teaches her clients "Intuitive feeding" and created a website showcasing her own original recipes.

Monica Nedeff, a Dayton native and graduate of Alter High School and Ohio State University, is a registered dietitian working in an outpatient clinic in Winston, North Carolina. She teaches her clients “intuitive eating” and has created a website featuring her own original recipes.

“I urge people to watch where they eat and if they have the TV on or their phone with them,” Nedeff said. “Sitting at a table without electronic devices can really help you slow down and eat mindfully.”

Nedeff is building his private practice and plans to keep his license in Ohio as well as North Carolina. Her website focuses on fun, good quality recipes that help people enjoy their diet without feeling limited or guilty.

“Taking steps to change your relationship with food to one of abundance will help you redefine not only your relationship with food, but also your body,” Nedeff says. “My goal is to help people find the joy and love of food that we have by nature but often lose in a society obsessed with perfection and food trends.”

For more information, log on to monicanedeff.com