Jen Verola

Jen is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a mindful, realistic and individualized approach to wellness.

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Meet Jen

I hope to inspire people to ditch the diet approach to wellness, and recognize all the good that different foods bring to the table. Nourishing our bodies is about feeling good AND satisfied, and I want to encourage my clients to find the joys in eating while also finding their version of a healthy balance. I personally follow a pescetarian, but mostly plant-based diet, and am a huge proponent of any type of movement. I would love to share my knowledge of food and passion for wellness with you, and help you reach your goals.

Outside Gyroscope

I love spending time with my friends and family, being active, and spending time outdoors! When not working, you’ll find me on a hike with my boyfriend and his new puppy, by the water, baking banana bread (still perfecting this!), or practicing yoga with friends via Zoom. When the world opens back up again, I'm looking forward to concerts, game nights with friends, exploring the beautiful parks and delicious food in New York City, and skiing up at Mount Snow in Vermont.

Location

New York, USA

What is your favorite kind of workout?

Running! I love to run outdoors, as I get to explore, be out in the fresh air, and feel a little bit more free - if you’ve given running a chance you might know what I mean! And of course, I get to listen to my favorite music - I’m a big music person! Unfortunately, I’m recovering from a hip injury so I’ve taken a break, but luckily finding a similar kind of joy through daily walks, yoga and pilates.

What is your main focus?

My speciality is nutrition. I have a master’s in Nutrition and Public Health from Teachers College, Columbia University, and am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. I am experienced in the prevention and management of a variety of diseases and conditions, including nutritional deficiencies, diabetes, heart and kidney diseases, high blood pressure and GI disorders; and experienced in pre and postnatal health and weight loss. I personally follow a pescatarian diet, and enjoy cooking simple recipes - emphasis on simple - with minimal prep. I have a lot of tips and tricks for making your guilty pleasures both satisfying and nourishing (for those looking for a healthier chocolate pudding, we should talk!). If you are interested in reshaping your eating patterns and learning to follow a healthier, but also delicious diet that satisfies your individual needs, I would love to work with you! I also have experience in improving sleep hygiene and enhancing the overall sleep environment. If you’re someone that generally has trouble sleeping, we can definitely work together to make minor changes in your life to ensure a healthy and restful sleep cycle. Lastly, l am a Certified Lactation Counselor for any new moms who choose to breastfeed and have questions or just need some encouragement. I look forward to working with you!

How did you get interested in health?

My health journey started at 8 years old, when I decided to stop eating red meat without any influence from my parents. I’ve always had a basic understanding of how food can affect our health, and as I got older my interest in nutrition grew. I am interested in the preventive side of healthcare, and truly believe food can be medicine. I view my health as one of the most important things in my life, and I want to encourage my clients to see the value in their health and accomplish their wellness goals.

What was one of the biggest health changes you’ve made?

I love food as much as I love exercising and eating well, and it's taken me some time to find my balance. I gained weight during my early 20’s despite exercising daily, as I struggled with portion sizes and late night snacking. When I graduated, I knew I had to make a change and shifted to a more sustainable and healthy lifestyle. I started to focus more on the quality of my food and portion sizes, incorporated some basic elements of intermittent fasting, and followed a new, more impactful exercise routine. I gradually started to lose weight, and felt like myself again after 4 years. I am so thankful for this transition in my health, and am so excited by the potential of helping others find a similar kind of freedom! Different things work for different people, and I hope to coach my clients on how to find the solution that works for them.

What do you think most people should do differently to be more healthy?

Listen to your body! The body has its own language, and tells us what it needs on a daily basis. It tells us when we’re thirsty, hungry, or in need of some fresh air. Listening to our bodies is an extremely difficult task when we’re tempted by so many different things in our environments - I see you Oreos! But step by step, when we listen to our body cueing satiety, hunger, etc, we can be more in tune with our needs, more in tune with meeting those needs, and ultimately finding a healthier balance.

What are some books you recommend?

I was about 20 years late to the game, but since reading the Harry Potter series about 3 years ago, they are still my favorite books!