Rachel Begun, MS, RDN is a nationally recognized food and nutrition expert, consultant, and communications professional. She believes enjoying food is essential to lifelong healthy eating habits and that nutritious should always be delicious.
With 14 years of food and nutrition marketing, communications and media experience, she brings an educated, balanced and strategic approach to educating the public and advising industry about food, nutrition and culinary issues. Prior to starting her consulting business, Rachel served as a nutrition expert and public relations professional in many arenas of the food industry, including for a PR agency, natural food brand, food and wine retailer, and foodservice operator.
Rachel is now the owner of Rachel Begun Food and Nutrition Solutions, LLC, a consulting and communications firm that helps people make the best food choices they can while also working with industry to help them be a part of the solution to building a healthier food environment.
On the consulting side, Rachel specializes in helping the food industry–manufacturers, agriculture commodity boards, foodservice providers, retailers and cookbook publishers–to explore and leverage healthy eating trends and then communicate their efforts. As a nutrition communicator, Rachel is a renowned public speaker, media spokesperson and writer, including authoring her own blog, The Gluten-Free RD. Rachel recently launched a podcast–A Grain of Salt: A Closer Look at Nutrition News–to help people find clarity amongst much of the nutrition misinformation they hear in the news.
As a dietitian nutritionist living with celiac disease herself, Rachel has a special interest in helping people with food allergies and intolerances to safely and healthfully navigate their food environments. This includes working with the food industry to help them meet the needs of consumers following special diets.
Rachel is a former national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. As a savvy spokesperson, she is regularly called upon to provide food and nutrition expertise to the media. She has conducted hundreds of interviews with top media outlets, including ABC News, USA Today, The Huffington Post, U.S. News & World Report, O The Oprah Magazine, Eating Well, Fitness, Shape, Better Homes and Gardens, MSNBC, CNN, and more.
She is a Scientific/Medical Advisory Council Member for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, an advisory board member for Delicious Living magazine and The Creative Kitchen, and a member of the Sterling-Rice Group Culinary Council.
Rachel graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University in Atlanta, GA with a B.A. in Biology and a concentration in pre-medical studies. She earned her M.S. degree in Nutrition Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and completed her internship for registered dietitian certification there as well.
Rachel is an avid tennis and baseball fan and loves hiking, yoga, going to the farmers’ market and spending Sunday afternoons cooking. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband.