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About Dallas Nutritionist Jennifer Neily

Jennifer Neily - Dallas NutritionistAward-winning registered dietitian nutritionist and Wellcoach® Certified Health Coach, Jennifer Neily helps people improve health, age gracefully, and have abundant energy to live the lifestyle of their dreams.

After seven years as a dietitian at Parkland Hospital working with seriously ill patients, Neily worked over five years at the world-renowned Cooper Clinic. Since 2009, she has been in private practice as a coach, public speaker, writer, and teacher. Neily works with local and national media and in social media providing unbiased, relevant health and nutrition information.

Neily is a foster mom to Great Danes. For 16+ years, she has lovingly cared for 49 gentle giants as they’ve awaited adoption. She lives in Dallas, Texas. She also found her creative side and makes functional art with her business Uniquely Neily!

Who I am

My name is Jennifer Neily, a.k.a. Neily

Women over age 40 are more often than not the people I work with (though I’ve had some pretty incredible male clients). Nonetheless my focus is primarily women—women who can’t seem to figure out how to get back the energy they once had. Women who feel desperate, wondering, “Where is the life I dreamed of having?”

In my practice I’ve been remarkably successful helping my clients build a healthy relationship with food so they can forever break their never-ending diet cycle. The kicker is they do this without giving up their most pleasurable favorite foods.

My Story

Managing weight is not easy. Trust me. I know. I maintain a healthy weight but it takes work and always has.

I’ve grappled with my own challenges for years—starting with my first diet as an adolescent.

A chunky kid getting teased by my brothers growing up was tough. My mom, bless her heart, didn’t have a weight problem but knew I suffered from the teasing.grapefruit-pixabay

We went on diets together. I remember something with eggs, then grapefruit, and everything in-between.

Looking for the magic cure

Having secretly saved some money after seeing an ad in a magazine, I went to the drugstore to buy weight loss chews thinking (and probably praying), “Please make me skinny—be my magic cure.”

Sound familiar? Eating one of the chews and expecting a miracle? Oh goodness. If only I knew then what I know now.

What finally was my salvation at that time was Weight Watchers. My mom had heard of it and asked if I wanted to go. I had just gotten out of 8th grade. I wasn’t an obese child. I was a “big girl.” I wore husky clothes—couldn’t even get clothes in the girl’s department. (Oh how I hated the “big girl” expression.)

Weight Watchers set my weight goal. Thinking back, I shake my head—I fixated on my weight goal. Having lost six pounds the first week, I was one of the most successful at my meeting. I could have been the Weight Watchers’ poster child.

By the time summer ended and school started I had lost 30-40 pounds. High school. New people. Some kids knew me and may have commented on my change, but honestly? I don’t remember and probably brushed it off. Until the Weight Watcher scale read “the magic number,” I was still fat. In my head.

If people looked at me it wasn’t because they found me attractive it was because they were looking at my overweight body—at least that’s what I thought.

And dating? One of my brothers was a star athlete and had some oh-so-fine-looking friends. But dating them? Oh no, (a) they were afraid he’d beat the heck out of them if they hit on me and (b) my self-esteem was so low, I didn’t think I was worthy of their attention, yet I craved it.

Good eating habits

What Weight Watchers did for me though was teach me good eating habits. The program was much different then and has changed with the times. At that time, you had to eat from all the food groups. And you had to eat liver—yes, liver—once per week. I did. I choked it down. Still hate liver to this day. I swear I was brainwashed, “no liver, no weight loss.”

Through the years I struggled with my weight. College came and with that drinking. So I would gain weight, quit drinking, lose weight, start drinking, quit, lose, and the cycle continued until I gave up alcohol completely.

Putting down alcohol seemed easy compared to putting down my fork. Through the years I recognized it wasn’t the food as much as what was driving me to eat. There were issues. Issues best addressed by a professional. I got help.

I didn’t know what to believe

Twenty-four years ago, in an established and successful business career, I was at a place in my life where I was tired of dieting. Quite honestly? Really confused about what to eat. I didn’t know what to believe.

One day I would read what one “expert” would say. The next day I would read or hear another “expert” say something entirely different. It was so confusing. Who was right? I needed to learn more.

Based on cold, hard facts, reality had struck.

I made a life-changing decision—while letting go of a wicked 2-pack a day smoking habit, a crutch used to help manage my weight.

Back to school. I received a Master of Science in Exercise and Sports Nutrition and became a respected registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) and later a Wellcoach® Certified Health Coach.

Wellcoaches logo (2) from AngelaDuring my journey I realized being healthy and full of energy was not about restriction, dieting, good foods/bad foods but about empowerment, freedom, and guilt-free eating.

Being able to help people has been my lifelong dream. Grad school and my career change were the best decisions I ever made. But they were my decisions. What are yours?

Work with Me

In my coaching practice I work with people helping them build a healthy relationship with food. The end result? They end their diet cycle forever, without giving up their favorite most pleasurable foods. Learn more!

As a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) my education is grounded in Dallas nutritionist Jennifer Neilyscience, not the fad-of-the-day. My work with you is built on evidence-based medicine. In our coaching relationship we will assess where you are now and where you want to be. With that determined, we’ll coach the gap that exists between the present and the future. The gap is where we strategize, plan, and offer new options for you.

A person generally works with a coach either to add something to their life (e.g., healthy behaviors) or to get rid of something (e.g., negative behaviors). With my help you will be encouraged to develop your action plan. I will use my insight, experience and logic to support you in your nutrition, health and wellness vision.

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My Credentials
  • Received my Masters of Science (MS) in Exercise and Sports Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University and became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).
  • Worked as a clinical dietitian at Dallas’s Parkland Memorial Hospital. This gave me a rock-solid foundation and profound experiences working with a very unhealthy and ill population.
  • Served under the leadership of Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper of the world-renown Cooper Clinic in Dallas. Focusing on wellness and disease prevention, I provided nutrition therapy and coaching to over two-thousand patients.
  • Received my health coaching certification from Wellcoaches®. Founded in 2002 in collaboration with the American College of Sports Medicine, Wellcoaches® is at the forefront of establishing coaching science in the U.S. and is setting the gold standard for health and wellness coaches.
  • Have appeared in hundreds of media interviews—print, radio, TV, internet, etc. See In the Media for more info.
  • Adjunct (part-time) professor since 1998 teaching Nutrition and Diet Therapy at Richland College and also at the University of Dallas since 2013.
  • Recipient of numerous awards including being the youngest member of the Dallas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FAND) – (earning this honor means I’ve accomplished a lot)

So, believe me, I get it! Also believe, I can help you.  Learn more!

A Personal Peek

When I’m not coaching, writing, speaking, or volunteering, I balance my time by living what I coach—eating right while maintaining a healthy weight.

I don’t eat perfectly and don’t expect my clients to. I loathe the words “cheat meals” or “cheat days.” No. No. No. Life is to be fully lived, at times celebrating with fun meals. Guilt-free eating. For me, I love a good burger and fries on rare occasions. And, of course, sweet treats. Conscious decisions.

On a different note, my heart is huge for animals. I cry—all too easily—with any mistreatment of them. There are moviShadow & Rylee walking (640x640)es I won’t see because I know the sad ending. World-class wuss. That’s me.

You may find me walking my old east Dallas neighborhood with my foster Great Danes. They’re my “bodyguards” although they wouldn’t hurt a flea. For over 15 years I’ve taken care of 48 gentle giants as they’ve awaited Great Dane Rescue of North Texas finding their perfect forever-family.

One last tidbit about me. What’s on your bucket list? Skydiving was on mine. Check. Done! And yes, would do it again.

Dallas nutritionist - Jennifer Neily


To learn more about my other services, head on over to my Writing, Speaking, and Media Expert pages.

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Affiliations & Leadership

North Dallas Business Women Express Network , American Business Women’s Association (VP of Programming, 2015-16)

Nutrition Entrepreneurs (Chair, 2013-14)

Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists

Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group

Diabetes Care and Education

Dietitians in Business and Communication

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (President, 2007-08)

Dallas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (President, 2003-04)
What Clients Say

"Neily helped me define areas in my diet that needed tweaking so I would have more energy. She also made me aware of my emotional triggers and how to develop positive ways of dealing with triggers. My friends noticed my changes—I notice my empowerment." − Alice Seale | Dallas, Texas

"Jennifer Neily provided information, backed by science and resources, enabling me to make informed decisions regarding my overall health—diet, exercise, mental, lifestyle. The results were seen in modified behaviors, improved lab results, improved fitness and mental capacity. She is upbeat and encouraging! It was a pleasure working with her!" − Paula M | Tulsa, Oklahoma

"I am not sure what made me 'ready' but very thankful my internet search led me to the 'teacher-coach-dietitian' Jennifer Neily. Our coaching sessions enabled me to become a better, healthier me! Thank you!" − Erika Zanders | Dallas, Texas

"Working with Neily opened my eyes to a lot of my unhealthy eating patterns, such as being more aware of mindless eating and when I'm actually hungry versus full. I also found she helped me discern better food choices. Neily is a great support and always there to answer questions and cheer you on!" − Lorie Burch | Plano, Texas

"From the beginning I felt we were a team—I had support from someone who had knowledge and insight to guide and advise me. You asked questions that helped me delve deeper into desire, planning and strategies. The concept of non-scale victories was new and extremely powerful since I often battle feelings of failure that whatever I do is not enough. I realize it is not all about the scale. When I remember all the positive results I have experienced—all the non-scale victories—I feel better about myself and my self-discipline. Thank you Jennifer Neily!" − Susie Phillips | Dallas, Texas

"I emailed several nutritionists when I wanted to learn healthier eating habits. Jennifer contacted me and within those first few minutes I quickly knew she was the nutritionist for me. She listened to my struggles and helped me with my goals which is something I am able to do since I am a licensed professional counselor. However she helped me realize my issues with food and just how deep they were. Jennifer helped me build a healthy relationship with food and change my lifestyle. As a counselor, I have worked with many therapists. I have been to several therapists and even though Jen is not a therapist she has the skills it takes to support, listen, validate, challenge and create an achievable plan to reach your goals. She will always be my food therapist and I wouldn't be where I am today without her. I am a better therapist. I am a better friend. I am a better person because of her." − Lindsay K | Dallas, Texas