How did you start your own business? My father has a successful OB/GYN practice and felt having a dietitian on his team would be an asset to his patient population.
Why do you do what you do? I have always been fascinated by food; what it does in our bodies, how we break it down, how we store it and how we use it.
What are the best three pieces of advice you could give someone? Find your motivation, your reason to make changes. Have a plan, something specific to follow. Reward yourself for meeting your goals (a non-food reward).
Do you think supplements are good? If you eat a well-balanced diet there’s typically not a need for supplements. However it depends on age, intake and complicating conditions.
Are there any diets you recommend? I sway people away from “fad” diets. These might produce weight loss, but not usually long-term. I work with my clients to find a way that works for them without depriving them of any food groups.
What is your overall goal when working with patients? Whether it’s losing five or 50 pounds, controlling diabetes or figuring out a food allergy, I want to help people reach their personal nutrition goals using real food in a healthful way.
Jessica Schultis MS, RDN, LDN, 455-2031, JessicaSchultisRDN.com