The Educated Dieter, LLC Coach
About Gillis Pellegrin
Early on in my career, I knew that nutrition was a passion and that I wanted to help others. In those years all I knew is that I enjoyed learning and having a good understanding of how nutrition impacts someone’s life. Coming from a family that was brought up on unhealthy options for food, having a sound nutrition regime was taboo in the household. What inspired me at an early age is knowing that I wanted to change the curve in seeing a family that was battling so many illnesses. Even as a child I delt with illnesses such as childhood asthma and weakened immune system. I was one of five people living in a household and was the only person that didn’t smoke tobacco. I suffered as a child being in and out of hospitals due to secondary effects of smoke.
Being the determined child, I felt like I needed to break the mold and got heavily involved in sports. I played football at the age of 10 and by the time I was twelve, I decided to use weightlifting as a way to improve my kraft in the sport. I eventually went on to do Summer Camps at Louisiana State University. I was amazed at how many athletes were attending these camps. I became more involved in understanding how I could properly fuel my body while attending some of LSU’s classroom instruction that discussed food for performance. From this point I knew that it was more than just about me. I felt compelled to help close friends around me.
Doing what I felt what the next step in my life, I graduated Highschool and began my first year in college. I decided later that I would pursue a degree in Sports Medicine. My mindset at the time was still the athlete and found that I struggled with just being more discipline in my studies. I was never the “naturally smart kid” I had the mindset of an athlete that could put in more work to become better, but the same work ethic didn’t transfer to my studies at the time. After a year and half, I felt stagnant in life and decided to make a bold move in my life and joined the military. Those years were some of my best times. I had never given up the passion while serving and felt like I needed to fill this void. This was the birth of my bodybuilding career.
I spent the next 3-4 years competing in the Virginia Beach area. After my military years, I re-visited my lifelong passion of wanting to use my interest in nutrition to help others. My educational background includes MS in Exercise & Nutrition Science and experience in both athletic performance and clinical settings. Additionally, I hold a B.S. in Nutrition & Dietetics. During Graduate Studies, I worked with professional athletes in preparation for entering the National Football League. During my time with these athletes, I focused on optimizing performance with nutritional interventions that worked concurrently with their strength coaches. I know that there is no single approach for nutrition and exercise modalities. I’ve spent time working with veterans that are getting reacclimated back into the civilian world after serving active duty. Most of my work today consist of using an advanced approach to coaching strategies in complex cases that range from physique athletes to people dealing with metabolic/hormonal dysfunction. and spent time working with veterans that are getting reacclimated back into the civilian world after serving active duty. I help clients who include Performance athletes, Physique Athletes, and lifestyle only.Early on in my career, I knew that nutrition was a passion and that I wanted to help others. In those years all I knew is that I enjoyed learning and having a good understanding of how nutrition impacts someone’s life.