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About Jen

Practicing Sports Dietitian

Jen Sommer-Dirks, MS, RDN, CSSD, CEDRD, is a certified specialist in sports dietetics. She is a firm believer in the importance of nutrition for athletic performance as well as overall health and well being.  Because of this, she is passionate about helping athletes improve their performance and health by maximizing their nutrition.  As an athlete and nutrition professional she has a full understanding of an athlete’s unique nutrition needs.  She also is in tune to the fine balance of managing ones diet and weight for sport without sacrificing mental and physical health.

 

Jen first became interested in sports nutrition during her undergraduate studies at Colorado State University. During that time she participated in a bike tour of the French Alps and the 2004 Tour de France. Pushing herself up those super steep climbs, and then watching the pro cyclists do it twice as fast, got her thinking about how critical nutrition is to athletic performance. This inspired her to pursue a Masters in Exercise Science, which she received from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and then to obtain her certification in sports nutrition. She also started competing in local cycling races, as well road and trail running races. Since then she has participated in several races and organized rides and runs, but mostly prefers to ride and run for enjoyment. Jen excels at uphill events and altitude and has run several trail 50ks and marathons. In the winter she continues her uphill exploits on skis!


Amanda Turner

 

About Amanda

Owner

Amanda Turner MS, RDN, CSSD, is a certified specialist in sports dietetics. As a marathon runner that has qualified several times for the Boston Marathon, Amanda knows the amount of dedication required to be successful in athletic events. As a registered dietitian, she especially realizes the impact of nutrition on success. She created Active Fueling LLC to be able to help aspiring athletes, like yourself, to achieve the next level of their goals.

Amanda completed her Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics at Missouri State University. She then went on to the University of Kansas Medical Center to complete her dietetic internship and Master of Science in dietetics and nutrition. Beginning her career in clinical nutrition, she quickly learned that she preferred working with individuals outside of the hospital setting. Amanda has worked with well-known names such as The Biggest Loser® Resort at Fitness Ridge; Dixie State University™; Curves™ International; and the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center™. What sets Amanda apart, however, is her attention to each individual. Amanda strives to make goals attainable for each person that walks through the door, fully educate them on their body's physiology and nutrition needs, and she helps coach them through the barriers that get in the way. 

 

What to Expect

Food

When working with Jen, she is likely to suggest lean meats, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, oils, nuts, seeds, legumes, and even ice cream! She realizes that each individual comes from a different nutrition background with different nutritional preferences. Therefore, she works with the athlete to meet them at their current nutritional comfort to change their nutrition in a sustainable way. Research has shown a great correlation between carbohydrate timing, nutrient density and exercise performance. Jen will use this research to help build the optimal plan for your sport. While it is preferable to eat a whole foods diet and cook all meals from scratch, Jen is able to help you find that healthy balance between convenience and performance needs.

Empathy and Expectations

Jen wants all of her athletes to meet all of their goals. Therefore, she speaks directly to what needs to change in order to meet goals. She listens effectively, and looks at daily food choices as "data" that we can problem solve around if anything veers off track. Most importantly, she wants and needs total honesty and openness from her athletes to be an effective ally in their performance goals. By open discussion around successes and struggles, she will help you feel confident in all of your nutrition decisions.

Homework

Like the athletes she works with, Jen has high expectations and thrives on a challenge. The two of you will work together to define clear goals and work together to get there. Jen prescribes "homework" after each visit, and she expects you to follow through by the next appointment time. Nutrition changes don't happen overnight, and each athlete must put in the same time and effort in the kitchen that they would put into the gym. By following her program, you can be the best athlete you've ever been.


Memberships

Amanda and Jen are members of the Colorado Dietetic Association, the Denver Dietetic Association, the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitian Association (CPSDA), Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), and Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition SCAN).