We had the good fortune of connecting with Brigitte Zeitlin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brigitte, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My approach to nutrition has always been an all-foods-fit mindset. And I wasn’t seeing that in the private nutrition practices out there. I was seeing nutritionists/dietitians teaching women how to diet….I wanted to teach women how to live. I wanted to build a nutrition practice that reminded women food is meant to be enjoyed, not weighed-not calorie-counted- not restricted. That was the initial seed from where BZ Nutrition grew.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I have been a dietitian for nearly a decade and it has been the best decision I ever made. When I first came out of undergrad, I was in fashion PR and event planning and nutrition started out as a hobby. It wasn’t long though before I realized that nutrition was my passion….but more specifically helping with their nutrition. I nerd out on all the science and am most excited when I get to break it all down into real-life, easy strategies for my clients to implement.
Starting off was not easy, well-established dietitians, that I had long looked up to where pretty hateful when we interacted. And while I know it was out of fear and jealousy, it was really disheartening at the time. I am a big believer that that is enough for everyone, but I did not let them scare me off. I started to focus only on myself and my practice–like a horse on the race track wearing blinders–I didn’t let anyone else distract me. I learned that the haters meant I was on the right track and to trust my gut and follow my instinct…always.
I want the world to know that your dream job is not always easy, but it is always worth it. And for me, changing careers has been the most rewarding and exciting experience of my life. I feel so honored to be a part of my client’s health journey and the transformation we create together. Working with me is a real partnership between me and my client and every goal they reach=I feel the same joy and celebrate just as much as they do.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live in the West Village of New York City and it is my favorite area of the city. So much of my life (maybe, all?!) is about food..so let’s start there. We would get matcha lattes (or you can get a coffee) at The Elk then take a walk along the Hudson river. For brunch we would either eat at Buvette, Pastis, Two Hands, Cafe Cluny, or just grab a croissant at my new favorite local bakery, Harris Bakes. Then we would hit up the Whitney Museum and later in the week the MOMA.
My apartment is an easy walk to SOHO where I love spending the day popping in and out of clothing boutiques seeing if anything catches my eye. On the weekends, lunch is usually at Cipriani Downtown followed by a stroll…note, there is lots of walking in NYC! I can’t wait for concerts to re-open because I love live music and usually work that in whenever I can, especially if a friend is in town. The Lower East Side has some of my favorite bars and post-dinner drink spots and I cannot wait for them to re-open. A forever favorite (and opened!) go-to of mine is Dudley’s – brunch or dinner- the vibe, the music, the food…all great. I would make sure we also hit up my other favorite dinner spots like Joseph Leonard, Fairfax, Tacombi, Loring Place, ABC Cocina, Via Carota, Morandi, and Hudson Clearwater.
A not-to-be-missed for any NYC trip is our pizza, and Lucali in Brooklyn has the best! One of my favorite museums in the city the the Museum of National History (because, science nerd, remember!) and if I can get my guest to than I add that to the itinerary too. Working out is a big part of my life so I would also treat my friend to some rides at SoulCycle with me (check out Karyn’s and Ariel’s classes, my personal faves) and work in a yoga class with Sky Ting too. Some time in Central Park is always a must (depending on season) and the Meatpacking District has some great shops and eateries too. SO much to see and do! Let me know when you are coming through! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My dad, a compassionate surgeon, supportive father, and one of my closest friends. I grew up watching him save people’s lives, build a thriving medical practice, and always have time for his family. While creating your own business there is a lot of blood, sweat, and tears…and my dad was always there to wipe my tears and give me the advice that calmed my nerves.
Another man, that plays a big role in me finally trading in my paycheck for living out my dream, is an ex. He was a sounding board for all the troubleshooting I had to do in the those early days and he helped me put on my business-owner hat, not just my dietitan-hat.
the two photos IN the kitchen and one of me in the white blazer are by: Praise Santos of ComePlum the other in the farmers market photos are shot by friends – no credit