My name is Jess.
The best title I have? Life changer.
Protein-loving, vegetable-obsessed, wife, mom, Registered Dietitian, marathoner, wanderlusting adventurer. I have a lot of titles. And I love them all.
You see my goal in life is to inspire, encourage, challenge and educate you to push yourself to reach YOUR goals, live your best life and rediscover the joy within yourself.
My passion for nutrition began my senior year in high school. As a sports nut, I was eager to learn more about food and its effect on the body. More specifically my body. I wanted to learn how food (the “right” foods that is) could help my sports performance. So my senior years I completely changed my eating habits.
Gone were the days of cookies, junk food and other processed foods. Instead, I started preparing salads, fruits and lean proteins to take to track meets. I even started doing the grocery shopping and making meals for my parents! That track season, I flew past many of my self-imposed goals and even competed in the state track meet! (PS - I just missed beating the school record for the mile by 1 second!)
That is when I decided to become a dietitian. I knew it was my calling to share how good food can change your life. After graduating from Iowa State University in 2007 with a degree in Dietetics, I began working with the West Des Moines School District. Through a couple of career changes, I gained more connection with my clients as a dietitian for Mercy Hospital, Koch Facial Plastic Surgery and lastly, The Spa at West Glen.
"I have been helping women achieve their weight loss goals for over 10 years."
My mission is simple:
Achieving a healthy lifestyle can be fun, tasty, simple and affordable. Using evidence-based nutrition information, healthy, family-friendly recipes and inspiration to live each day to the fullest, let me guide you on your own “expedition” to whole health.
I was born and raised for half of my life in San Bernardino. California. My Mom decided to move us to Iowa when I was 14 years old so we can be closer to her family. I have lived in two different states in Mexico, 4 years in Durango MX and 1 ½ in Guanajuato, MX. I really loved it there, it is so beautiful, and the life is so slow paced compared to here in the States. I am married to my best friend and have 4 beautiful children who literally drive me crazy most days.
My love for running and playing sports all started my sophomore year of High School when my new friends talked me into joining the basketball team. Although I wasn’t the best at this sport, I loved how it made me more social and helped me make more friends who then convinced me to go out for track. Track is where I fell in love with running and the adrenaline rush I would get right before a race.
I have always had a passion for trying to maintain an active healthy life but have never been the best at it. It was literally just recently I contacted one of my best friends from high school (A.K.A Jessica Schroeder) to start getting some help on eating healthier so I can achieve my goal of losing some weight and to start toning my body a little. I started on this journey in mid- March of this year (right before the corona virus took over) and have lost over 20 lbs now. Not only did eating healthy help me lose weight it also helped me become more confident in myself and has given me more energy to accomplish more
things in my day-day life.
I have found my passion not only for exercise but I have found my passion for healthy eating and am now very passionate to share my experience and knowledge to others who a struggling with managing their weight and eating healthy.
My name is Jennifer
My name is Alex
Hi, my name is Alex Ceryanec and I’m a Registered Dietitian with Expedition Wellness. I’m an Iowa native, I grew up in Cedar Rapids and now live in Des Moines with my husband, Matt, and our dog, Mabel! I have a B.S. in Health and Human Physiology from University of Iowa, a B.S. in Dietetics from Iowa State University, and I did my Dietetic Internship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
My background is in clinical nutrition with experience in pediatrics and adults as well as specialty in cystic fibrosis, nutrition support, GI disorders, Endocrine disorders, and weight loss. Like many, as I was growing up I felt like I was constantly inundated with the media’s interpretation of what nutrition should be and it usually felt confusing or conflicting.
During my time at University of Iowa I got a snippet of science based nutrition and fell in love with learning just how feeding our body actually affects our mental and physical health. Once I learned that Registered Dietitian was a career path I jumped on board and went on to study Dietetics as well. I am passionate about nutrition, education, and body positivity.
I believe that everybody is unique and each individual should be armed with the personal knowledge, and confidence, on how to properly fuel and care for their body. I look forward to working with you on reaching your goals and finding a sustainable healthy lifestyle!