I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, former athlete and current fitness enthusiast who believes that eating real food and leading an active lifestyle are keys to not only physical health, but also mental health and happiness. As a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, I find great joy not only in aiding athletes to perform their best, but also using both research-based nutrition and fitness principles to allow any person to improve their physical and mental energy levels.
In our fast-paced society, advertisements and press make eating well seem too challenging, or promote too much restriction. People deserve nutrition information from not only a valid source, but one that is understanding of their individual needs. The more real nutrition-related knowledge acquired, the easier it is to unlearn poor habits, feel well, be more productive, and become a positive influence on the future of this country—our children. I think nutrition education has to include some of the science of nutrition, or the “why” involved in choosing the right foods as well as how you can start modifying behaviors. The simple “eat this, not that” approach doesn’t work because you already know cocoa puffs are not as good for you as a salad. Americans are conditioned by the media to think that we should be counting calories and swearing off “bad” foods forever. In fact, we need to recognize the whole diet approach and focus our regular meals and snacks around plant-based real food options, while allowing for flexibility. I encourage anyone reading this to recognize that the journey to true health includes readiness and willingness to step out of your comfort zone, set goals, make long term lifestyle changes, be comfortable with food and learn a new trick or two in the kitchen! Additionally, realize that one meal or days worth of meals will not define you or cancel out any of the healthful food decisions you make.
I feel what our bodies need is naturally occurring on this earth, not man-made in a lab. Many people only strive to be skinny and are easily influenced by claims such as “sugar free,” “zero calorie,” “blocks fat,” “melts pounds,” etc. Don’t give into the marketing! Let’s be real. What will artificial sweeteners and colors, fat replacers and stimulants do FOR your body? The processed foods, fad shake diets, excessive supplements, and the quick-fix American mentality make us think we are investing in our health and making our lives easier. In the long run, we’re wasting time and money on things that become bad habits and may hurt our health and negatively influence our appetite instead.
My main goal as a health professional is to empower anyone I can to stop worrying about being “skinny” or “jacked” or “swole” and start focusing on being healthy. Stop starving yourselves, listen to your body, and eat more whole foods in their natural form. Once you do, you’ll feel more energized and confident and a healthy weight will follow.
Kelly’s Nutrition Background
My interest in nutrition was sparked as a young teen. I began to read about the science, learn about our country’s food system and started my first job at a health food store (shout out to Nature’s Way in Stratford, CT!). I knew I wanted to pursue a career in nutrition. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science with a minor in Exercise Science at the University of Connecticut, completed the dietetic internship program at the University at Buffalo (required prior to sitting for the Registered Dietitian exam), and also completed my Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition with a concentration in Exercise Science at UB. I work as a full time faculty member (an Assistant Professor) at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA. Kelly Jones Performance Nutrition -aims to Optimally Fuel your Body and Mind with expertise in sports nutrition and wellness. I am a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. This is a NCCA Accredited Certification that you can find out more about here: CSSD.
I grew up as a competitive swimmer and continued competing throughout college as a Division I athlete at UConn. I transitioned into running after graduation and now love to compete in distance runs and triathlons. My experiences, knowledge, and love of good food allow me to relate well to athletes and active individuals of all ages as whether in a one on one or group setting. For more information on working with Kelly or booking her to speak to your group, click here.
Kelly’s other professional activities include:
Social Media Co-Coordinator for the SCAN dietetic practice group’s sports subunit; follow them on twitter @SportsDietUSA
Nominating Committee member for Nutrition Entrepreneurs
Campaign member and mini-grant recipient for Kids Eat Right
The only Registered Dietitian who is an Alliance Ambassador for PHIT America, a campaign to combat the American sedentary crisis via information and new legislation
Follow Kelly on Social Media:
Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND)
Sports, Cardiovascular & Wellness Nutrition (SCAN)
Nutrition Entrepreneurs (NEDPG)
Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (PAND)
Philadelphia Dietetic Association (PDA)
Newtown Business Association (NBA)
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