About Deborah Rankin, RD.

Burnout Recovery

Often we tell ourselves we just have to endure a challenging time. We expect that when it’s over, things will be better. Have you ever thought “I’ll take better care of myself after [x.y.z situation] is over?

I have been there, done that.

Once upon a time I lived the good life. I enjoyed my medical sales job managing a multimillion dollar territory and leading a team of ten. I traveled half the time, and when at home I LOVED my house. It sat on a hill on the border of Tennessee’s largest natural area, with a gorgeous saltwater pool.

I lived at a fast pace, cramming as much into each day as possible. I enjoyed it all–work, exercise, going to live music venues with friends, or writing the great American novel.

Then one day my beloved father was diagnosed with a fast-growing, untreatable cancer. I took over managing his affairs and healthcare. A couple of people I cared about drifted away, perhaps because I lacked the energy to meet their expectations. My employer eliminated my job. I got high blood pressure, vertigo, and double vision.

Within months the good life vanished. I was grieving, unemployed, and sick.

I sold my dream house and moved into a garage. I searched for work, but stayed unemployed for two years. My circle of friends got smaller. I valued the ones who were left, because they were super kind, caring, and fun. 

I knew no other way to recover but to return to basic principles I learned from my studies as a registered dietitian (RDN) with a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences, plus years of working as a health coach.

I remembered that what we eat, how we move, and the stories we tell ourselves and others point us either toward exuberant energy, or drained exhaustion. From the rock-bottom I learned how to reduce stress, simplify life, and do self care that was more impactful than candles and massages.

I finally got my health back and returned to work in great jobs.  I dialed down my stress and dialed up my vitality. I’m grateful for what I learned when I crashed and burned. 

I’d love to walk with you through your stressed and challenging  journey! I can guide you to an empowering, encouraging road map in which you discover the best you.

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You work hard, and have an important mission to accomplish with your one, beautiful life. Don’t try to do everything alone. Get yourself a guide who will support and encourage you!

Deborah Rankin, RD Scientific Publications

Hunt, Deborah R. Selenium status during recovery from extensive thermal injury. University of Texas Health Science Center Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, 1982.

Hunt, Deborah R, et al. Selenium depletion in burn patients. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition 8(6):695-699, 1984.

Hunt, Deborah R, et al. Hand grip strength-a simple prognostic indicator in surgical patients. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition 9(6):701-704, 1985.

Hunt, Deborah R, et al. A simple nutrition screening method for hospital patients. Journal of the American Dietetic Association 85(3): 332, 1985.


From Deborah Rankin, RD

Five Things to Start Now to Lose Belly Fat