5 Questions with Jessica Quinn, RDN/LDN

Wouldn't it be awesome if you had a knowledgable, talented, and bright nutritionist who happened to be your friend that you work out with every day?  Guess what - you do!  Jessica Quinn took some time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions about how she views food, working out, and balance.  

1.)   Most commonly believed nutrition myth: I guess I have 2 common nutrition myths: 1.) That you have to drastically restrict your calories to lose weight, and 2.) That you can’t balance indulgences into you daily eating plan and still lose weight. Healthy eating is a total lifestyle change so it needs to be something that you can sustain on a daily basis, life happens, eating disasters happen, but you just pick up the next day or meal and continue to eat healthy and have fun with it!

 Jackie McCarthy (L), Jessica Quinn (R) at the Pittsburgh Marathon

Jackie McCarthy (L), Jessica Quinn (R) at the Pittsburgh Marathon

2.)   What do you wish people knew about how their diet affects their performance: I guess that’s kind of a difficult question. I can’t say there is one thing I wish people knew, but I wish people would view their body more as a vehicle to be able to do the intense exercise and movements we do on a daily basis. We are the vehicle, food is our fuel…I always tell people to view their body as something like a car...if you don’t put gasoline in it you’re not going to go very far…same as if you don’t take care of your car, it won’t run very well. Fueling your body with healthy, nourishing foods and fluids can do wonders for your body, as well as your workouts! It definitely is not paid attention to as much as it should be.

3.)   When you go out to eat, what do you like to order?: I’m a normal person lol so I order whatever Iwant really. I myself don’t go out to eat all that often, I try to cook at home as much as possible. So when I do go out to eat I like to indulge…maybe even…gasp…order a dessert! Lol…If I had a job where I traveled a lot or had to eat out more frequently I would definitely pay attention to key wording on the menu and order smart! For example if I had a salad and I was trying to order smart I would pay attention to the salad dressing and all the toppings it comes with, a salad although people may think are healthy can become very high calorie very quick. A salad with candied pecans, French fries, ranch dressing, cheese, bacon, dried cranberries, etc. could be very high calorie/fat…never be afraid to alter your order and ask for different items and substitutions!

4.)   How did you get involved with CrossFit?: I actually started with crossfit through one of my coworkers, Dana Kennedy!! I had just started my current position and the two of us really hit it off, felt like we had known each other forever! We would always talk about working out and the different things we liked to do. I was always a gym person, not really knowing what I was doing and would more than likely quit after a couple months when I got bored. Dana had mentioned to me one time that I should check out her CrossFit box in Bethel Park she went to at the time and I was nervous, scared, and lived in Robison which was not very convenient for me. When I had moved to the South Hills about 2 years ago Dana would not take no for an answer now that I lived so close. Very reluctantly I went to my first basics class and she attended with me, and from that point on I was hooked! Haven’t gotten bored with it once in the past 2 years! Crossfit has definetly made a positive impact on my life, giving me more self-confidence and empowerment than I had ever had before; for me it is definitely much more than an hour long workout.

 Lauren Hazlett Dukovich & Jessica Quinn

Lauren Hazlett Dukovich & Jessica Quinn

5.)   What inspires you every day? Multiple different things have inspired me throughout the years.  What inspired me at a young age to get involved with fitness and nutrition is my dad. We would always workout together (which I truly hated at times lol) he even did Tae Bo with me in the middle of our living room, it was awesome! Day to day at this stage in my life strong, independent women is really what inspires me. There is nothing more inspiring and motivating than seeing other women succeed at whatever it may be, and to bring each other up, rather than tear each other down. 

Join Jess, along with her fellow registered dietitian, Dana Kennedy, are hosting a great Nutrition Challenge this October!  The program is full of personal coaching, advice, and support - and we wanted to take some time to get to know both Jess and Dana and their nutrition philosophies.  Registration for the Challenge ends September 24 - make sure you have your spot reserved!  You can purchase your tickets by clicking the link below:

Eventbrite - Nutrition Challenge with Jessica & Dana