Who is Jennifer Zucconi?
I’m Jennifer Zucconi, and I’m so happy you’re here! It’s my hope that you’ll feel welcome and make yourself comfortable here in my little virtual space nestled in the inner webs of the Big D. I’m eager to hear your health story—your energetic highs, your life-zapping lows, and everything in between. And, you can rest assured that I already understand some of what you’re feeling. Probably because I’ve been there, or somewhere near there, too.
As a child digestive problems were part of my norm. It was thought that food sensitivities could be playing into my condition, but after unsuccessful trials avoiding suspected foods, I was back to my irregular self. Later in my teens, my symptoms reached a new high. Frequent abdominal pain coupled with amenorrhea and possible endometriosis led to surgical intervention and an end diagnosis of IBS and “too much stress!” Just relax and you’ll be fine!
Medications continued to fail me, yet I popped those symptom-relievers into adulthood. Let’s fast-forward a bit…difficulty conceiving; thyroid nodules; years of biopsies and ultrasounds finally resulting in a section of my thyroid being removed; rekindled gut flares and inflammatory abdominal symptoms led to surgery to remove an ovary and abdominal adhesions; migraines; multiple rounds of antibiotics meant to treat an infection (don’t ever get a pedicure!) caused extreme gut dysbiosis and yeast overgrowth, but failed to ever heal the infection! In short, I was an inflamed mess! Conventional medicine and even mainstream nutrition was’t working for me and was costing me a fortune emotionally, financially, and relationally. Despite being a registered dietitian and thinking I knew how to eat well to stay well, my own health was bottoming out! So, armed with my passion for real food and sound science, an emerging holistic mind, and a desperate desire to recover the real me, I sought out a completely new way to heal.
I found hope in the field of Functional and Integrative Medicine. Working with an MD, I dove in deep and tried everything I learned on the most responsive patient I could think of. Myself! I slammed the door on my medicine cabinet and opened wide the doors to my kitchen pantry and fridge. I traded in my prescriptions for produce as my focus shifted to the power of food and its ability to truly heal. Over the course of a few months, eliminating food offenders and adding restorative foods, nutritional supplements, and lifestyle enhancements transformed my health for the better. My gut went from crazy to calm, my energy levels stabilized, my skin looked like new, and I truly felt like a new me!
My children, too, have traversed this path with life-threatening food allergies, food sensitivities, severe eczema, and GI issues. I’ve learned through extensive personal experience with myself and my family, science-based research, and the success of others how food works in harmony with our unique bodies to restore our health. I’m eager to share this knowledge with you and to celebrate YOUR success! So let’s not wait another day. Let’s recover the YOU that you deserve!
What’s with all the letters?
RDN: Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Commission on Dietetic Registration
LD: Licensed Dietitian, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
CLT: Certified LEAP Therapist, Oxford Biomedical Technologies
How the letters came to be:
- Bachelor of Science, Texas Christian University, 1997
- Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics
- Cum Laude
- Dietetic Internship Program through degree program at TCU. Trained with top health and nutrition professionals in the DFW area.
- Worked as an RD in clinical and acute care rehabilitation settings at hospitals in Austin, TX and St. Louis, MO
- Currently a candidate to become an Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner (IFNCP) through the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics