About

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  • EDUCATION AND TRAINING

    • Lenoir-Rhyne University, Dietetic Internship
      • Solmaz Institute for Weight Management
    • Middle Tennessee State University
      • BS, Nutrition Food Sciences
    • University of Tennessee
      • MAcc, Taxation
      • BS, Business Administration and Accounting

  • LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATIONS

    • Registered Dietitian (RD) and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN)
    • Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), Level 1 Coach
    • Breezing Mobile Indirect Calorimetry and The Black Bag ™

  • AFFILIATIONS

    • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
      • Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Dedicated Practice Group
      • Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition Dedicated Practice Group
      • Weight Management Practice Group

  • OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS

    • Amateur athlete
      • Completed 17 marathons and one Ironman Triathlon
    • Coached large community groups
      • Diamond Rio’s Big Brother Big Sister Team Rio
        • 2009 Half and full marathoners
      • Fleet Feet, Brentwood, TN
        • 2002-2006 Speed Sessions
      • National Association for Women Business Owners
        • 2002-2004 Walk for Women
      • Leukemia Society’s Team in Training
        • 1998-2002 Country Music half and full marathoners
      • Race Director
        • Susan G. Komen Race for The Cure, Nashville, TN

Why Hire an Aviation Human Performance RD

Nutrition

  • Application of functional foods
  • Intervention and maintenance plans
  • Meal adaptation for line pilots and flight crews
  • Evidence-based science approach

Human Performance

  • Flight and lifestyle stressors
  • Potential disease states
    • Root causes
    • Prevention/reversal
  • Aging process
    • Prevention/reversal
    • Root causes
  • Lab testing analysis vs aviator signs and symptoms

Aviation Specific

  • Aviation physiology
  • FAA medical certification requirements and processes
  • TSA and airport food rules
  • Familiar with the lifestyle having lived as a Pilot’s wife
Jill Mongene, RD, LDN - Aviation Nutrition Specialist

MY NUTRITION PHILOSOPHY

My beliefs around nutrition is that food is to be enjoyed.  By restricting food groups, I find that my clients may have long seated emotions tied to those food groups, which I am not legal trained to resolve. Therefore, when I find a client calls a food “good” or “bad”, we have a discussion around the client’s Food Story.  It is important for me to understand how the client grew up, how the client was fed and what was offered in the home during the formative years.

I want my clients to be able to approach all foods and provide their bodies with ample amounts of nutrients and pleasurable experiences.  Afterall, which day would you remember most?  The day that you did not eat the cake while everyone else was…or the day you had the favorite cake and made memories with those you love?

ABOUT ME

As a child, I struggled with my relationship with food.  Unfortunately, I was raised in a home where certain foods were labeled “good” and “bad.”  This led to a disordered eating habit in my early 20’s but prior to, a decade of longing to fix myself.  Fast forward a few years where I learned about proper nutrition and exercise.  I entered a 10k race and became an amateur athlete, marathoner and eventually a specialty running store owner!  Like Forrest Gump…I just kept running.

In my third decade, I found myself pulled to nutrition even more when my pilot husband continued to have health problems that forced time off work.  It was not until his diagnosis of Celiac Disease, that a future colleague convinced me to become a Registered Dietitian.  Lucky for me, the timing was perfect since my husband found himself in an even more rigorous lifestyle as the say “traveling over the pond.”  

Through my experience as a pilot’s wife and Human Performance Dietitian Nutritionist, I have been able to generously and appropriately fuel my husband’s body with nutrient dense packed aviator compliant meals and snacks during trips.  Seeing my husband’s energy level soar, his health issues dissipate, and his cognitive ability exceed past years I wanted to be able to help others in his profession.  He never shows up to a FAA medical certification and must stress about his pass or fail again!

I have been able to share my knowledge with other pilots who find themselves on the edge of losing a FAA medical certification.  Therefore, I created True Course Nutrition to aid where a need has been unmet – our aviation professions health!  

I may not be a pilot, but I can assure you I am just as passionate about your position having lived side by side one of your colleagues for almost two decades!