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Diets, Sport Nutrition

Meagan Nielsen | MS, RD, CSSD, LDN
Specialties: Strength Sports Nutrition

Meagan O'Connor, MS, RDN, CSSD, LDN

Sport Nutrition Coach

Meagan is a sports dietitian and also holds records in the powerlifting world for both USPA and WUAP. Meagan works for a sports science institute where she uses nutritional principles backed by science to support elite athletes, and was the dietitian for the Chicago White Sox throughout the 2017 season. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD), which is the premier professional sports nutrition credential in the United States and internationally. Meagan has been helping strength athletes to fuel for performance and change body composition for several years now, and is the team dietitian for USA Weightlifting. In 2016, she was the sports dietitian for the Chicago Cubs Triple-A affiliate (the Iowa Cubs) when the Cubs won the World Series. Meagan received her Bachelor of Science degree in Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics from Illinois State University. She then completed her dietetic internship with a sports nutrition emphasis, and received her Master of Science degree from Northern Illinois University.

About me - Born and raised in Chicagoland, currently live just across the Mississippi River in Iowa. I’m married with a growing number of plants. Reppin that Auntie life since 2002! I compete in powerlifting and I’m the team dietitian for USA Weightlifting (come at me bro, they're both barbell sports!). I make it a goal to visit a beach and the mountains as much as I can.


Why did you start coaching? I love strength sports, nutrition, and helping other people to successfully combine the 2 into a healthy lifestyle.


What is your coaching style? Realistic about expectations, tough love when needed to stay on track towards goals, also supportive of big picture and non-scale wins which lead to greater long-term health.


What kinds of clients do you work with? Clients who want to focus on strength sports nutrition


What is your favorite part of coaching? Connecting with people from all over, learning new things from my clients


What type of client would be the best fit to work with you? Someone who is willing to work hard and not make excuses for themselves, yet also understands that this is a learning process as not to beat themselves up if life happens