Meet the Nutrition with Wendi Team!

Associate Sports Dietitian and Wellness Coach: Sydney Mink, MS, RDN, LD
CEO, Health and Performance Coach: Wendi A. Irlbeck, MS, RDN, LD, CISSN


Sydney Mink, MS, RDN, LD

Sydney earned her MS from Illinois State University! She is passionate about sports nutrition and fueling adequately to perform at an elite level. Sydney was a First-team All-American athlete who competed at the Olympic Trials in the Discus throw. She is passionate about building muscle mass and fueling to have optimum energy, reduced injuries, and a positive relationship with food. Sydney uses an intuitive eating approach to empower individuals to understand one’s bodies for sustainable eating habits that can optimize athletic performance and improve day-to-day functioning. She played basketball, volleyball, softball, golf, and soccer and competed in track throughout her life. Sydney has experience coaching Division 1 track and field throwers. Sydney was recently married and moved near Iowa City, Iowa. She enjoys playing with her dogs, trying new restaurants, and traveling with her husband. She enjoys disputing myths about diet culture and aims to help clients find a positive relationship with food by following the gentle nutrition concept of intuitive eating.

To book a discovery call with Sydney to discuss your goals click the bookings link!

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Wendi A. Irlbeck, MS, RDN, LD, CISSN

Nutrition can make a good athlete great or a great athlete good. The difference between being good and being great is found in our daily routine. We help you build a healthy routine that offers structure with an emphasis on quality sleep, nutrition, and prayer. Structure supports success!

Wendi is a follower of Jesus and a devoted Christian that uses her God-given talents and abilities to help others as a means to Glorify Christ. Wendi is a well-known, virtual registered dietitian, writer, speaker, performance nutritionist, and healthy lifestyle coach. She utilizes evidence-based science to create nutrition programs so athletes can optimize performance, minimize health risks, and enhance recovery from training while focusing on injury prevention. She partners with parents, sports performance staff, special needs, and recreational athletes, and organizations to eat and fuel for success. We also work with the general population on healthy eating. In addition to lifestyle coaching, she makes her rounds presenting across the country and even in Canada.

Wendi has presented at various conferences and clinics. To name a few, the University of Regina in Canada, the University of Northwestern in Iowa, Northwestern State Clinic, and Michigan State High School Strength and Conditioning Association clinic.

Wendi is a former college athlete, with over a decade of experience in the health and fitness industry. Wendi earned both her B.S. and M.S. at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and has spent time learning from several professionals in the field. She even landed a competitive sports nutrition internship at the University of Florida in 2016 while wrapping up her M.S. degree.  Wendi offers virtual nutrition coaching services across the USA, Canada, and the UK. Wendi is based in Nashville, TN but is available to travel on-site for events and clinics or provide virtual services.

We are here to serve you collectively to achieve your next level by self-using an evidence-based approach that is biblical and individualized.  With God all things are possible! When you partner with us you are joining a community and a culture. You are never alone, it’s never a “me” thing but a “WE” thing! It’s all for Him.


Wendi has also taken her own advice over the years and transformed her mind, body, and faith in God. See her transformation here.

The goal of Nutrition with Wendi is to serve those who aspire to improve and excel in their athletic performance and health. We define success by transforming each individual, athlete and competitor in their respective goals. Nutrition can make a good athlete great or a great athlete good! It is paramount to control your controllables. Nutrition is a controllable.

We help athletes reach their fitness goals

We partner with both high school and college student-athletes on improving their nutrition and sleep to optimize health and physical performance!

We are available for speaking engagements

Presentations include a variety of topics such as sports nutrition, heart health, women’s health, weight gain and loss, faith and christian lifestyle, and more.

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“Working with Wendi helped me understand how to properly fuel my body and that I needed more carbohydrates as a distance runner. We met on ZOOM regularly to review my nutrition, and fueling plan around my training as well as recovery.”

Caroline Schoen
Flossmoor HS, IL

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“Wendi helped me understand what to eat at meals and snacks to gain weight. Along with the timing of my meals. We discussed sleep and drinking more fluid. I immediately had more energy in class and at training with her tips. “

Florida HS Football Athlete

“She has been working so hard in the pool, weight room and her nutrition. Fueling played a huge part in her success. Thank you Coach Sydney for all your help and advice.”

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