Jenny Carrazana, Associate Dietitian
Do you know how humiliating it is to be confused for a pregnant woman at the beach?
Well, that was me exactly 20 years ago. I never really took great care of how I ate during high school or in my early years of college. I ate mindlessly. I’d skip meals, and when I did sit down to eat, my portions and food choices were way off balance. Unfortunately, because of this, my body suffered the consequences and I didn’t feel my best.
I know how it feels to not be able to fit in your favorite clothes. I know what it’s like to feel shame and guilt after eating certain foods. But now I also know that it is not one’s destiny to be unhealthy or to struggle with feeling good about their body. Weight gain and diseases don’t have to come with age. I weigh 15 pounds less today than I did 20 years ago, but more importantly, I feel empowered to live healthily and I have the energy I need to be my best self. I am a living testimony that mindful eating along with life balance will lead to achieving and maintaining a healthy body and I can help you achieve it too!
I completed an undergraduate B.S. in Dietetics from Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida and then went on to complete a Master in Science, Degree in Nutrition, also from FIU. I have been a Registered Dietitian since 2009. As your nutritionist, you will not have to worry about me being a food tyrant or force you to cut out your favorite foods. Pretty much all foods will fit into your meal plan and I will show you how to create a balance and provide you with guidance on portion sizes as well as suggest alternatives. I believe that one reason why many find it difficult to sustain or find satisfaction in “eating healthy” is because of the misconceptions many have about what it means to have a balance in how they eat on a day to day basis. The “all or nothing” mentality creates a yo-yo effect leaving your body confused and throws off your regular metabolic pattern. I will calculate the portions of the different food groups tailored specifically for you in order to create this balance.
I started off my career as a dietitian as a nutrition educator for the WIC (Women Infants and Children) program & counseled many women on the importance of adequate pre/post-partum nutrition/wellness for themselves and their children. I then briefly transitioned into a clinical setting working alongside doctors and nurses in long-term care facilities and hospitals. Since becoming a registered dietitian I have learned so much and I find that I continue learning new things every day. One of the reasons why I have chosen to transition from a clinical setting is because of the tragic death of one of my classmates who died of a massive heart attack. That made me realize that many lives can be saved, many diseases can be prevented and the onset of many diseases can be delayed simply by nourishing yourself properly. So, in 2017 I joined the team at Vida Nutrition. I am excited to be an integral part of Vida Nutrition’s Mission and Vision to help clients build healthy habits and a positive relationship with food.