Nia Rennix is a nutritional powerhouse that has donated over ten plus years of working, studying, and traveling to aid in hunger relief, and to understand the essential power of healing that comes with a maintained and healthy lifestyle. Traveling through Southeast Asia to understand traditional Chinese medicine in Vietnam, Hong Kong, and more, has given Rennix the courage to see a more holistic approach to healing the human body. Along with holding positions as Director of Nutrition Programs in New York City, and of a city-wide food and fitness collaboration; her desires to help communities open their minds to the consideration of other healing entities besides traditional American medication have become her life mission.
Rennix’s journey began with wanting to make a change within herself. Through her personal weight loss journey, Rennix lost a total of 120 pounds, curing her Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), while regulating other healing alignments. Holding degrees in Clinical Dietetics and Political Science, with a concentration in Health Care Policy, Rennix manifested her deepest passions into her business, thus the birth of The Rennix Weigh. Running her health company among working with non-profits and for-profits and implementing food nutrition programs, Rennix is a role model for millennial’s everywhere, to take their health and their lifestyles to another level. Helping with undeserved communities to high profile clientele, Rennix is continuously working and spreading her knowledge of “health is wealth”.
We had the honor of interviewing Rennix and chatted with her about her journey with her company and her undying passion of health knowledge:
MillBuzz: What experiences led you to start your weight loss journey?
Rennix: I knew that I had to do something to get a grasp on my overall health. I always felt tired, suffered from inflammation, and I just didn’t feel comfortable in my own skin. I knew that I wasn’t at my very best. I was diagnosed with PCOS and a metabolic disorder as a teenager, which ultimately made it difficult to lose weight the more traditional way (calorie counting). When I lost over 120 pounds over 10 years ago, there weren’t a lot of weight loss resources besides your traditional weight loss programs like Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, etc. That is why I created my own protocol.
MillBuzz: How hard was the journey to become the CEO of The Rennix Weigh? What obstacles did you have to hurdle over to put your company on the map?
Rennix: There were lots of obstacles. As a woman, sometimes people don’t take you as seriously, and you have to find ways to overcome that and hold your head up high and prove them wrong. Also, being a woman of color, I’ve always had to be that much better than others. I’ve always had a great support system and team, which is half the battle, because you can’t do it alone. It has been an amazing journey, and there is so much more to come.
MillBuzz: From your studies in Southeast Asia, do you believe that Traditional Chinese Medicine contains more healing entities than Traditional Western medication?
Rennix: I don’t really look at it in those terms. TCM and western medicine are so different. As for myself, I tend to lean more towards a holistic approach to healing. Like Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” I’m a big believer in healing from the inside out, which is what I did to myself and many others. TCM is centered in the same core belief.
MillBuzz: Why is it that our communities are less willing to try more holistic and/or natural remedies, but are willing to risk their health with man-made medications that are able to obtain deadly side effects?
Rennix: I just think that our communities are more comfortable with what they are most familiar with. It’s hard for people to be taken out of their comfort zone. If I had not spent time in Asia and healed my body from obesity, PCOS, and other ailments with the combination of foods in my protocol, I would feel the same way. It’s really about re-educating the public, which can be a hard task especially if they’re unwilling to listen.
MillBuzz: If you weren’t a clinical nutritionist or a non-profit organization, what occupation would you have pursed?
Rennix: This one is hard! If I wasn’t a Clinical Nutritionist or non-profit executive, I would probably own a bakery (only healthy baked goods) or be a reporter for CNN.
MillBuzz: What advice would you give to those that want to start their weight loss and health journeys but lack the motivation and/or are scared to take a chance?
Rennix: I would tell them to just do it. Start making small changes and eventually, once you start to feel and see those changes, you’ll want more. I would also say don’t wait until your health completely fails you before you begin your healthy journey, because by then it might be too late. Find a weight loss program that is realistic, and something that you and your family can do together. Lastly, I’d say don’t worry about being skinny. The key is to be strong and healthy. At my lowest, I was 110 pounds. For me that was way too small. I have been up and down in weight and not too long ago realized where I feel most comfortable. Living a healthy lifestyle is a life long journey, but so worth it!
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