When nutritionist Kellie Dye moved away from Conway, she left behind a host of people happier than they have ever been.
These are the winners in the constant battle to lose weight, warriors who under the watchful eye of the Conway Health and Fitness Center nutritionist established incredible goals.
Now Dye is no longer part of the scheme here, having departed for Ogden, Utah, where she will consult in the health field that has given her the expertise to impart critical knowledge, to wit "that food is joy and nourishment, not to be abused, a pleasurable that one must take the time for and be thankful for."
This has been the Dye mantra over the years, since the time the Conway Health and Fitness Center opened its doors some 15 years ago. It is a proposition that many people have bought into while losing amazing amounts of weight by the simple expedience of believing that people should care more about their bodies, as opposed to adorning the outside.
Many of the weight losers among her clients here have been heroic - losing up to 144 pounds, as an employee of the Conway Corp did. Many members of Dye’s nutrition classes have lost varying amounts. They all posted winning scores while following Dye’s instructions for "dieting in the real world"
This nutritionist has insisted that there are no good or bad foods or right or wrong diets, stressing instead that moderation in all things is essential, especially in the arena of food.
She has always felt inclined to tell people to take time to garden, shop and cook good food.
She once said "I also wish that people would try new foods, new flavors and new ways in preparing foods".
Particularly dicey are the fad diets that should be rejected despite their outlandish claims. They should be anathema, and common sense in eating should prevail.
She has made a frontal assault on the "easy way" of losing weight. She is to be considered an expert in the field of kitchen craft, a veteran of the cooking who has dedicated her career to educating audiences about the craft of coking.
She was especially frank when she told her "students" that they should not believe everything they hear or read when it comes to nutrition and health.
In a farewell message Dye said "I wish we could accept and be thankful for our bodies; we are beautiful and amazing no matter our weight or size. Identity and awesomeness have nothing to do with your weight."
Dye, writing in the center’s newsletter "In Motion, reflects on the state of her profession declaring that "Many more people should give licensed nutritionists and registered dietitians understanding. We are the experts on counseling people about nutrition and health. We are trained to look at the whole body - not just your weight, cholesterol or blood sugar numbers. We look at the whole YOU."