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Hi, I'm Jessica

I help people of diverse backgrounds improve their health while healing their relationship with food

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A little bit about me...

  • You want an inclusive approach to health and wellness that honors your culture and preferences

  • You don't need a cookie cutter, one-size-fits-all "nutrition prescription"

  • You are looking for a collaborative process in healing your relationship with food, not an "expert" telling you what you "need to be doing"

  • You may have been told by your doctor that your BMI is "too high" and that you "must" to lose weight to "be healthy", but something about that approach doesn't sit right with you

  • You want to focus on cultivating healthy habits that will actually last, because you're exhausted from trying various diets that are designed to fail

  • You have met with health professionals in the past, but don't like that they always seem to make assumptions about you without asking questions

  • You want to explore healthy eating that goes beyond green juice and cottage cheese

  • You want to learn a balanced and flexible approach to eating that doesn't stress you out 

  • You are ready to make change and live a better life starting now

  • I'm passionate about the intersections of health, inclusive wellness, culture, disordered eating, and chronic disease

  • I have advanced training in motivational interviewing, which helps to evoke meaningful and lasting behavior change 

  • I love working with folks from diverse communities, who want a safe space for exploring their relationship with food

  • Many of my clients were wary of seeing a dietitian at first but said they felt welcomed and at peace from the moment we met

  • I don't focus on weight or weight loss (because you are worthy in your current body and you have the right to pursue health at any size). What I DO focus on is learning how to take care of yourself in a complex and comprehensive way

  • I take a neutral, flexible, "all foods fit" approach to food. You will never have to worry about being judged for your choices or habits

  • I only take on a very small amount of clients (up to 25 per year) so that I can focus on giving you the attention you deserve

  • All are welcome

Professional Highlights

  • I have been working as a nutrition professional for over 10 years

  • I have a passion for helping people from diverse backgrounds transform the way they eat, make peace with food and live a healthy life that they love

  • I've worked as an outpatient dietitian at UCSF and Eastmont Wellness Center. I've also worked as a Clinical Dietitian at the largest hospital in Brooklyn and held a 3-year stint as a Senior Nutritionist for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. 

  • I'm the co-author of the 28-Day Plant-Powered Health Reboot and A Diabetes Guide to Enjoying the Foods of the World, both emphasizing an inclusive approach to balanced eating

  • 8 years ago, I co-founded the healthy living website, Food Heaven (and the Food Heaven Podcast) to provide evidence-based strategies for living a delicious life

  • As a nationally recognized dietitian, I am a go-to nutrition expert for many media outlets. I've penned countless articles about food, health, and nutrition for publications like SELF.com, Buzzfeed, and Today's Dietitian

  • Last year, I was honored when SELF magazine named me one of 17 dietitians to go-to for truly trustworthy advice, and this year I started an official health & nutrition column for the magazine

  • I've spoken about nutrition, health, and wellness at places like Essence Beauty Carnival and the New York Stock Exchange

  • This year I was named Member of the Year by the Bay Area Dietetic Association

 

 

 

 

CREDENTIALS

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN)

Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)

Masters of Science, Health and Nutrition

Qualified Bilingual Staff (QBS): Spanish

PUBLICATIONS

28-Day Plant-Powered Health Reboot

A Diabetes Guide to Enjoying the Foods of the World

Krause & Mahan’s Food and the Nutrition Care Process

15th Ed. textbook (2019), Diabetes Chapter Author

EDUCATION

M.S. Nutrition, City University of New York: Brooklyn 

B.A. Journalism: San Francisco State University

 

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Weight Inclusive Nutrition & Dietetics, Board Member

Diversify Dietetics, Board Member

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Member

California Dietetic Association, Member

Bay Area Dietetic Association, Past Newsletter Editor

Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group, Member

National Organization of Blacks in Dietetics, Member

Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine, Member

ADVANCED TRAINING

Motivational Interviewing

Eating Disorders

Disordered Eating

Diabetes & Prediabetes