What is your current position?
I am the founder of my private practice and consulting business, Jessica Jones Nutrition. I’m also the co-founder of Food Heaven, a multimedia wellness platform and podcast. I help people from diverse backgrounds improve their health while healing their relationship with food.
How did you get started in your career?
I was a journalist first and then decided I wanted to become a dietitian as a second career. I started my nutrition career by taking all of the prereqs and while also working for the NYC department of health teaching nutrition education and conducting cooking demos in marginalized communities in Harlem, the Bronx, and Brooklyn. Once I received my RD and MS, I went on to work in-patient, then outpatient, and finally in University Health Services. It was there that I started working with clients who had eating disorders. This wasn’t something that I was originally interested in, but I discovered that I had a passion for working with underrepresented folks within this population. My ultimate goal was to work for myself and open a private practice while also doing recipe development and co-hosting the Food Heaven podcast. I was so excited when that dream finally became a reality in 2019.
What advice would you give to someone new to the field?
Stick with it! Becoming a dietitian isn’t easy and I wanted to quit SO many times (and I’m not a quitter, it was just that intense). When you are feeling like it’s hard remember your why and try to take baby steps towards your goals
Learn more about Jessica Jones, MS, RD, CDE (she/her):
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Certified Diabetes Educator
o: 510.423.3636 I c: 415.572.1444
Food Heaven, www.foodheavenmadeeasy.com
Jessica Jones Nutrition, www.jessicajonesnutrition.com