We are a month into the New Year and sticking to New Year resolutions of a healthy lifestyle has either followed through or fallen off for some. Like many, I have committed to adopting a new lifestyle change of watching the things I eat and buy. However, the knowledge of what should be consumed and what not to eat can be tricky. That is why the guidance from a physician or registered dietician (nutritionist) is essential to finding the balance your body needs in nutrients.
“In order to lose weight people have to maintain the mindset that it’s not a diet or a fad that will be finished when they lose weight,” said Registered Dietician and Chef Jessica Swift. “It has to be a complete lifestyle change. Learn what foods are good for you and find ways to make it they way you like. It’s a learning process.”
Chef Jessica Swift, 30, also known as Chef Jess, received her Masters in Nutritional Sciences from Howard University and specializes in culinary arts, nutrition, and recipe testing. She provides healthy and delicious foods for those experiencing food ailments, intolerance, or disease in the Washington, D.C. area.
“My experience first came when I help my dad manage his diabetes and literally shed almost half of his body weight,” said Swift.
After her father was diagnosed with diabetes Swift took matters into her own hands to help assist her father in adopting a new lifestyle. “I guess you can say my dad was my first patient with an ailment that needed help. Instead of him focusing on medication I showed him that it was really about what he ate. That really helped with his diabetes,” she said.
The Flint, Michigan, native focuses on diets as it relates to disease. She provides her services to many of her clients through her catering service and nutrition implementation for government programs.
“The main reason I started my business was because of the help I gave my father. Once I saw the positive change I made in his life I knew that I could apply that to other people who have health related sicknesses or want to change their lifestyle,” said Swift.
Swift has been featured on Food Network and featured as an expert for fitness with companies such as Beachbody, NBC, Discovery Communications and Essence Magazine.
One of her keys to successful nutrition for those who are on a budget is to buy produce by the season. “Buying your produce in season helps a lot with your budget and keeps you aware of different options so you’re not eating the same veggies over and over again,” said Swift.
Here are some tips Swift gave to help shed the weight this year include:
Swift believes that once a person adopts these tips into their everyday lifestyle it will help with staying on track towards health goals.
“Don’t look at this as something that you will do short term. Look at all the changes your making and say ‘This is how I want to build my life’ and it will forever change your perceptive about food,” she said.
To learn more about Swift’s business visit www.chef-jess.com.