Who doesn’t want a fun, quirky Registered Dietitian to help them navigate the confusing world of food intolerances and nutrition!?
Enter Jessica Roocroft: Owner of her own company Jess Nourishes, is a North Vancouver-based private practice dietitian who helps women frustrated with their bloating nourish themselves, break up with uncomfortable toilet time, and navigate their food intolerances based on best practices (no expensive supplements or wacky “testing” here)!
Jessica specializes in balancing intuitive eating with the Low FODMAP Diet for touchy tummies (mainly those living with IBS, IBD, or undergoing treatment for SIBO). She shares her knowledge and expertise with clients, organizations, and soon with groups in her upcoming & ground-breaking new online program My Bloat Code that takes a holistic approach to getting rid of women’s digestive woes once and for all.
Learn more about how Jessica can help you!
What area of dietetics do you work in?
I’m contracted by individual British Columbians, social media figures, and organizations to bring my unique nutrition expertise to the table and serve my people.
What would you say is a unique benefit & value of working with you?
I dial down the nutrition “noise” out there and keep people focused on one simple task: Putting amazing food on their plate, even when there may be allergies or sensitivities happening.
I approach my irritable bowel syndrome clients with a holistic approach this means that I’m going to look at everything from stress, trauma, lifestyle related issues, exercise, the ability to breathe.
There’s also a lot of anxiety around eating after someone has been experiencing symptoms for a long time it can be very scary to figure out what they can eat how much and how it will affect them so I really work with clients to liberalize their diet as much as possible and get back to enjoying life, stop missing work, stop missing out on great moments because they’re stuck in the bathroom.
What’s a favorite compliment you’ve received from one of your clients?
Oh wow… You want me to pump my own tires?
Ok, well I get emails weekly from women who finally get the relief they’ve dreamed about, going from bloated and miserable to symptom-free and living life NOT seemingly always chained to the toilet or afraid to eat because of gut issues.
The positive feedback I get makes me jump out of bed each Monday. I fricken love my work, because I was once just like them, and I know what it means to feel good in one’s own body!
What’s a memorable experience you’ve had in your work that made you feel proud of your work?
I host a nutrition workshop for youth with concurrent issues, and being told I brighten their day, even when they’re going through some majorly tough stuff… Well how would that not make someone feel all the warm and fuzzies?!
Why and when should a client take a step to get in touch with you?
What’s your favorite blog/product/post you’d like to share?
My new program “The Bloat Code” is going to take all the factors that are at play with someone with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and bring it to the client in a self-paced step-by-step approach.
In this program, clients are not only going to be able to learn and follow the low FODMAP diet and reintroduce things with confidence but they’re also going to learn how to breathe, how to stretch, how to relieve gas, how to you use the toilet in a manner that will help them get the best poops they can possibly get and also addressing any emotional or mental issues that could be at play as well.
What are you most passionate about in your line of work?
Having fun with food, and making food fun again for others!
What is your favourite meal or snack?
My nut and peanut-free seed butter cereal treats, and my prawn penne!
What tip(s) would you give to our readers on how to find a dietitian nutritionist that’s right for them?
Ask them how many years experience they have working in the area that you’re looking for help in, to start. For example, bloating and women’s health is 99% of my work, so I may be able to best connect-the-dots on that one little nuance a client tells me about when describing their symptoms compared to someone who doesn’t research or deal with the topic of bloating day in and day out.
Location of the bloating (high, centred, low, all around), how it feels (sharp, dull, tight), when it comes on, after what foods, and what the size, frequency and colour of their poops look like all can hold the key to the issue (or issues) that are occurring, and thus how to best approach them via nutrition and/or other evidence-based measures to alleviate symptoms.