Introducing Solid Foods to Infants
Substitutions for Food Allergies & Sensitivities
Vegan & Vegetarian Diets
I began eating a gluten-free diet in 2013 as an experiment and experienced decreased headaches, aches and pains, and IBS symptoms. However, as good as I felt, sometimes I found it difficult to get enough vitamins & minerals in my diet as well as find GF substitutes for my favorite foods (hello donuts & pizza!). I also felt like an outcast sometimes in social situations when I didn't eat what everyone else was eating. Since then, I became a Registered Dietitian and made it my mission to become an expert on food substitutions to help others navigating the nutritional, emotional, and social aspects of dietary restrictions.
In 2021, I started working with pregnant women, new parents, infants and children on basic nutrition. In 2022, I became a Certified Lactation Consultant and now have the ability to work through the concerns parents have while breastfeeding.
As an RD, I've enjoyed teaching cooking classes for up-and-coming dietitians with accommodations for dietary restrictions as the primary focus. I've also found reward in counseling clients with alternative eating patterns on getting sufficient macro- and micro-nutrients into their diets. For those caretakers or event organizers who struggle to accommodate the "gluten-free, vegan, peanut allergy" person, I've coached you, too.
I encourage you to make an appointment if you have any of the dietary restrictions to the left or may need to implement one or accommodate someone else's soon.
We can help with:
identifying trigger foods
targeting vitamins and minerals you may be deficient in
understanding nutrition labels
tips for "picky" or selective eaters
introducing allergenic foods to infants
With guidance from a Dietitian, anyone can learn to balance a healthy lifestyle with the pleasure of food. Food is the zest of life!
Nutrition coaching takes place virtually via a HIPAA-compliant web service. (Due to licensing requirements, virtual nutrition advice is only available in the following states: CO, AZ, MI, VA, & CA.) View our services menu here.
Corporate Consulting & Editing Services
For company event and meeting planners, choosing meals for large crowds with countless dietary restrictions can seem like a near impossible task. ZEST Nutrition offers solutions for you at reasonable costs.
ZEST provides editing services for the health care industry and students in the field.
For other corporate services, see our Corporate Consulting page.
ZEST Nutrition is run by Colleen Wysocki-Woods, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist & Certified Lactation Consultant backed by a Master's in Food Science & Human Nutrition. Colleen, herself, requires a gluten-free diet and understands the challenges and benefits of minority eating patterns.
Colleen began her career in corporate communications writing and editing for Fortune 500 companies. She has been featured in numerous media outlets; provides custom consulting and education services for universities, fitness studios, and senior living homes; and edits various academic and commercial publications. If you'd like to work together, please contact Colleen via email or phone.