Moniqu Ryan

About Monique Ryan, MS, RDN, LDN, CSSD, CLT

Personalized Programs

Monique Ryan, MS, RDN, LDN, CSSD,  C-EP, CLT is a nationally known nutrition expert based in the Chicago area. Practicing as a dietitian/nutritionist since, 1984, she has been owner of Personal Nutrition Designs, LLC since 1992. She has a diverse, yet highly specialized practice.

  • Monique counsels clients in the areas of sports nutrition, eating disorder recovery, gastrointestinal disorders, weight management, food sensitivities and allergies, women’s health, and risk factor management.
  • Clients are provided with cutting edge nutrition advice developed from evidence based research. She translates this data into practical and workable nutrition plans. Her programs also have a strong emphasis on ongoing follow-up and support programming tailored to the individual’s nutrition goals in order to provide the most effective outcomes.


In addition to providing these personalized programs, Monique is a seasoned presenter and has delivered hundreds of presentations to corporations, professional associations, coach and athletics groups, community organizations, and sports/athletic teams and clubs. She regularly presents across the United States and has presented in Canada, Brazil, Australia, and Thailand.

Some presentations have included:

  • USA Triathlon Art and Science of Coaching
  • Medicine in Cycling
  • San Diego Triathlon Club
  • Texas Dietetic Association
  • Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Chicago Area Runner’s Association Super Clinic
  • Timex Multisport Team
  • Team Type 1 Training Camp
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Chicago Tri Club
  • Chicago Fire Football Academy
  • New Trier Aquatics
  • Ironman

Media Expert and Author

Monique is the author of several sports nutrition books, including the bestselling, Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes (VeloPress)In addition, she has also authored Performance Nutrition for Team Sports, Performance Nutrition for Winter Sports, and Complete Guide to Sports Nutrition.

Numerous published print and online articles (over 175) include VeloNews, Inside Triathlon, Runner’s World, Outside, Oxygen, Men’s Journal, eatright.org, kidseatright.org, Her Sports, Triathlete, and Women’s Sports & Fitness.

Besides being a busy author, Monique is often on the other side of the media world and for over two decades has been frequently sought out for her expert opinion.

Her publication of quotes includes: New York Times, Chicago Tribune, US News and World Report, Men’s Health, Runner’s World, Triathlete, Running Times, Competitor, Bicycling, Oxygen, and ABC Channel News. She has appeared on the NBC, WGN, ABC, CBS, CLTV, and FOX TV news.

The 4th edition of Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes will be available January of 2025.


Monique is a registered dietitian nutritionist (R.D.N.) and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND. She is a Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist (LDN) in the state of Illinois.

Certifications include:

  • Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (C.S.S.D.),
  • Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management through the Academy.

Monique is a member of several dietitian practice groups within the Academy:

  • Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists (SCAN)
  • Dietitians in Functional Medicine
  • Nutrition Entrepreneurs.

In addition she is  a Member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and is an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (C-EP).

Certified LEAP Therapist, for the MRT Test, a program that identifies food sensitivities and outlines a highly personalized and effective anti-inflammatory /oligo-antigenic diet.


Monique has a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics (1984) with a minor in chemistry from Northern Illinois University (NIU). She completed a coordinated dietetics program that incorporated clinical training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

  • She was awarded the NIU Outstanding Alumni Award from the College of Health and Human Sciences in 2010.

She has a Master of Science (M.S) degree in Nutrition from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (2002). She was given the Academic Excellence Award at this institution.

Endurance Sport Participation

Monique has competed in the sports of mountain biking, road racing, and triathlon. She is currently training for her ninth Ironman 70.3 and is a eight time Ironman 70.3 finisher.