Hi Everyone! I am beyond excited to embark on this journey into the blog-o-sphere and begin to share all my tricks of the trade with you all. But first I think it is pretty important to share a little about myself so you know just what you are getting yourself into by reading this page. My name is Jenna Stock-Werner, (recently married, used the awesome HitchSwitch program to get my paperwork, buuuut still haven’t sent them in, probably because I am too busy writing and eating, so for now I am using both last names!) I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and health nut, in only the best way, of course. I grew up in a home with a super fit mom and a super fit dad, who had a super sweet tooth, that was passed on to me of-course. Family dinners were the best part of my day and at a very young age I learned to associate food with happiness and family time. Thus, where one may say the love affair began. So, for all intents and purposes, you should know, I have always loved food.
When I went to college I was asked what I wanted to study and had no idea. The counselor asked me what I loved and my answer was simply, “food and people.” The question though was, how to find a job that blended both of my loves and hi-lighted my strengths. The answer? Nutrition.
I then went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutritional Sciences and Hospitality Management from The Pennsylvania State University, (the perfect blend of food and people if you ask me! Thanks Penn State guidance!) and completed my dietetic internship with Aramark Healthcare.
Post college, I began my career in the sub-acute care clinical setting. I learned a lot about myself and watched my text books come to life. I learned that nutrition is not black and white like the text books make it seem sometimes, and I learned at the end of the day it is the people that make the decisions on what to eat, no matter what I would say.
After 2+ years in this setting, I moved on to the hospital world. A little faster paced and surrounded all day by multiple healthcare providers. I learned so much from watching the flow of this world and got as much out of it as I could.
But, it was still not my “place.” I moved on to start a career in the retail setting. In this position I learned truly how important it is to blend people and nutrition. I have learned that every person is different, every person cares about something different, and not one suggestion will ever work for more than one person. I also have become an absolute pro at food labels, portion sizes, product and brand knowledge. With this experience I have learned how many ways you can make your taste buds happy and truly believe every single person can find a way to live healthier and happier, and since it is in my tag line, if necessary and in-line with your goals, maybe a little slimmer.
What you will see on my page is realistic, fun, nutrition advice. Real, raw and unfiltered. I will teach you things I have learned throughout my journey and practical ways to make them your own. I will share my unique experience getting fit for my wedding day and all the healthy recipes, tips, tricks and product finds I have discovered along the way.
And finally, here is what I truly believe…nutrition should always be fun. Food for me has always meant happy things, and no diet or changes should ever take that away from you! Nutrition should be just as realistic as it is delicious and just like anything in life, small changes create big rewards, and when it comes to food, you should never have to sacrifice flavor, fun or smiles.
Now, let’s get #happyslimhealthy!