My name is Jill Merkel and I am a Registered Dietitian specializing in sports nutrition, health & wellness, body image, and disordered eating.
My philosophy is to focus on healthy eating (and lifestyle) most of the time. I don't believe in “one size fits all” when it comes to nutrition and every individual needs a plan that works for their body, their sport, and their goals.
My journey into nutrition began when I set the goal to complete a half marathon and discovered a passion for running and nutrition. To improve my athletic performance I changed my eating habits by limiting fast food and paying closer attention to food labels. I was pleasantly surprised with the positive results, both physical and emotional, that came from making a few simple changes. This inspired me to want to help others see how taking small steps can ultimately lead to healthier living, prompting my return to school to pursue a degree in dietetics.
After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics from the University of Southern Indiana, I moved to Salt Lake City to pursue a master's degree emphasizing in sports nutrition while completing the RD internship requirements.
I have worked with college athletes at the University of Utah, University of Oregon, University of Louisville, and University of Virginia. I also worked for EXOS (performance training department) at Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine where I worked with athletes and clients of all ages and abilities including youth, high school, collegiate, professional (NFL, NHL, NBA, WNBA), and adult "weekend warriors". I also consulted for Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) working with NBA G-League players for three seasons and currently, in addition to private practice, I am in my 4th season (2020) as the team dietitian for the NFL Tennessee Titans.
My hobbies include running, photography, reading, and traveling. I have run over 80 races including 16 half marathons and one full marathon. I have a long-term goal of running a race in all 50 states.
Work With Me
Clients who work with me receive:
- Personalized nutrition plan and goals
- A flexible nutrition approach
- Mindset and behavior change
- Accountability and support
I believe that all foods can fit into a healthy, balanced, sustainable way of eating. My nutrition coaching incorporates mindful eating tools, Intuitive Eating principles, non-diet approach, and is not weight-focused but rather behavior and health focused.
Head to the Work With Me page to learn more. You can also call or email today to set up a time to chat.
I am an Enneagram Type 6 (Loyalist)
My ideal outdoors temperature is 65-72 with low humidity
I love to travel and explore new places
I am a tad OCD about germs and bed bugs are one of my biggest fears!
I love to read books
My favorite ice cream is Ben & Jerry's The Tonight Dough
RD - Registered Dietitian through the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
MS - Master of Science in nutrition with an emphasis in sports nutrition
CSSD - Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics
LD - Licensed Dietitian in the state of Tennessee