I am so excited to have connected with Jayme White, and I want you to know about her! Jayme is an Integrative Clinical Nutritionist. You can read more about her qualifications and approach below. I love the name of her business “Desert Mindful Nutrition” and thus became curious, since we have mutual colleagues in Tucson. I have found her to be well grounded in science, level-headed, professional, and compassionate. Like me, Jayme can provide both in-person and virtual visits. Because of my yoga specialties, I was particularly interested in hearing her succinct advise regarding nutrition across the lifespan, especially pregnancy, and bone health.
Jayme and Bonnie sharing information.
What is your professional training and what kind of work do you do?
I hold a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Sonoran University (previously Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine). I am finalizing my accreditation with the American Nutrition Association as a Certified Nutrition Specialist in 2023. Prior to entering the nutrition field, I also worked in acute care hospitals for over a decade as a Speech-Language Pathologist. This allowed me to gain a solid medical background by collaborating with a variety of medical providers.
My present work focuses on helping people overcome chronic health conditions and symptoms by utilizing the power of proper nutrition, without restrictive dieting, calorie counting, or fad diets. I also educate on strategies for improving stress management, sleep quality, and integrating movement into our busy lives.
Who are the clients who are drawn to you?
My clients tend to be women who are highly motivated to improve the quality of their lives and invest in their health for longevity. They typically are ready for a change after being stuck with chronic health conditions and symptoms such as fatigue, brain fog, blood sugar dysregulation, hormone imbalance, and digestive irregularity, and are burnt out on trying to figure things out on their own.
If you were to list three essential nutrition habits that women with low bone density or osteoporosis, should know about and practice, what would they be?
-Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables! Aim for at least 4-6 servings daily of vegetables and 2-3 servings of fruit. Calcium and vitamin C are both critical for bone health and found in many fruits and vegetables. Some of my top foods for bone health include dark leafy greens, mushrooms, broccoli, oranges, figs, almonds, tofu, and sardines.
-Aim for daily sunlight exposure for vitamin D, which helps the body process calcium. If that is not practical or advisable in your case, make sure to consider blood work to double-check the D level and consider a supplement as recommended by your medical provider.
Include Vitamin-D-containing foods such as salmon, tuna, and eggs into your diet. There are many vitamin-D-fortified options such as dairy milk, plant-based milk (soy, almond, or flax), cereals, or oatmeal.
-Limit calcium-depleting foods including soda, caffeine-containing drinks, alcohol, and excessive salt consumption (such as from fast foods or highly processed packaged foods). These reduce the effectiveness of calcium absorption by the body and can cause calcium to leech from our bones.
If you were to list three essential nutrition habits pregnant women should know about and practice, what would they be?
-Eat protein-rich foods with every meal, especially breakfast. Incorporate a mix of plant-based and animal proteins such as eggs, Greek yogurt, salmon, beans, and lentils.
-Aim for increasing fiber intake to at least 30-45 grams to support better digestive functioning and help control blood sugar. Easy ways to add more fiber include adding in chia or hemp seeds, increasing consumption of your favorite vegetable and fruits, or even beans and lentils!
-Listen to your body’s hunger cues, pregnancy is really a time to hone in on what it feels like to eat intuitively. Before reaching for convenience foods, stop and think about what foods help you feel your best and leave you satiated. If you have trouble with your appetite or tuning into your hunger cues, it’s a great time to reach out for support from a Nutritionist that way you will have these tools during the postpartum recovery.
How do you individualize your nutritional guidance?
Personalizing my nutrition guidance is one of the things I am most passionate about. No two people have the exact same genetics, food preferences, health symptoms, or relationship with food. When I conduct our 75-minute deep dive consultation I will review your complete medical history, any current symptoms, recent lab work (or help guide as to if lab work may be beneficial), complete a nutrient-focused physical exam, discuss food preferences, and help identify top health goals to target.
This is just a starting point, as most clients benefit from at least 4-6 months of follow-up to modify the nutritional plan and address other health-impacting factors such as stress management and sleep quality.
What is the best way for potential clients to contact you?
The best way to connect is to book a free 15-minute discovery call to discuss your health goals, get to know each other, and determine if you are a good match for my services.
You can book through my website www.desertmindfulnutrition.com or if you want to email your questions feel free to reach out at [email protected]
Also, be sure to check out Bonnie’s upcoming specialty offerings here. Bone health and osteoporosis informed yoga, prenatal yoga, and more!