Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Heath Coach who believes life is better with science, humor, and beautiful, delicious, healthy food. As a heart attack survivor, my passion is heart-healthy nutrition made easy and I serve it up with a non-diet approach and a side of body acceptance and empowerment.
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Alexia knows first-hand how difficult it can be to change your food choices. She survived a heart attack in 2007 and – in addition to tightening up on her own food and activity habits – she decided to become a nutritionist and health coach to help others learn how to change their food choices and improve their health… or just make life easier! Since then, she has worked in private practice, with a private workplace healthcare and wellness company, and with the University of North Florida as the Campus Wellness Dietitian, an Adjunct Instructor, and a preceptor for master’s level dietetic interns and undergraduate nutrition students.
Alexia has coached, counseled, educated, and learned and laughed alongside hundreds of people to improve their nutrition quality, break their food rules, transition to a new way of eating (plant-based, low-sodium, Mediterranean, gluten-free, etc.), and manage their health and weight – even those with a crazy schedule, those on a tight food budget, and those concerned with the quality or – or additives in – their foods
Alexia is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist credentialed through the Commission on Dietetic Registration and Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist with Florida Department of Health. Her Certified Health Coach and Certified Personal Trainer credentials are from the American Council on Exercise.
In addition, she has received a Culinary Nutrition Certification through the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and is a Weight Management Specialist through the American Council on Exercise.
Her formal education includes earning a Master of Science degree in Nutrition & Dietetics and a Bachelor of Science in Health from the University of North Florida. From her previous career, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business and Professional Management from Nova Southeastern University.
Whey Protein Evidence-Based Health Benefits – Is It Good for You? HealthInsiders, November 28, 2019.
200 Surefire Ways to Eat Well and Feel Better, Fair Winds Press, 2014. Co-author with other University of North Florida faculty
“D”-vine Orange Chipotle Cod (recipe), 904Fitness magazine, June 2014
Running on Fats, 904Fitness magazine, March 2014
Lactose Intolerance, Basics & Beyond, Professional Development Resources, February 2014
Celiac Disease, Basics & Beyond, Professional Development Resources, March 2013
The Goods: Myths and Facts about Acai Berries, The Florida Times Union, October 2013
The Goods: Myths and Facts about Pluots, The Florida Times Union, July 2013
Genetics: An Old Excuse on its Way Out, 904Fitness magazine, February 2013
Pumpkin Love, 904Fitness magazine, October 2012
Note: Publications prior to February 2012 were written while Alexia was studying and interning to become an dietitian.
Whose Plate Is It Anyway? (see page 2), Jacksonville Dietetic Association Journal, August 2011
Gardening: Before One Can Harvest, One Must Plant (see page 6), Jacksonville Dietetic Association Journal, October 2010
Happy Healthy Holidays! (see page 2), co-authored, Jacksonville Dietetic Association Journal, November 2009
Packing a Heart Healthy Lunch that Stays Fresh Until Lunchtime, Interview on First Coast Living, August 2014
Interviews & Quotes
Celebrating Hanukkah? Make Latkes your Pre-Workout Snack, quoted in Shape Magazine (online) by Julia Malacoff, December 12, 2017
I Had a Heart Attack at 38 – And It Inspired Me to Become a Dietitian, interview by Christina Heiser, November 2, 2017.
6 Tips for Losing Weight Without Counting Calories, quoted in What’s Good by V by Kelsey Butler, October 18, 2017.
Take it To Heart Pilot Program Off to a Good Start, Quoted on WJXT Channel 4, September 2014
Unconventional Dietetics Practice: Alexia Lewis, Florida Dietetic Association, Focus Newsletter , February 2013
Past topics include:
- The A.S.P.I.R.E. Strategy to Plan Healthy Meals
- Heart-Healthy Eating Strategies
- What’s In My Food? Deciphering Food Labels and Ingredients Lists
- Cooking Tips and Recipe Revisions
- Cooking Demonstration: Beans, Beans, They’re Good for your Heart
Alexia is media trained through Communications 21 and is available for broadcast interviews on the topics of food, nutrition, and health/wellness in the Jacksonville and surrounding area. She is an effective and personable speaker.
- Starting Your Business: Panel speaker for Using Social Media and Marketing to Promote your Business
- Personal Experience with Heart Disease: Panel speaker for Pink Goes Red for a Day: Sisters with a Heart-to-Heart Connection
- Let’s Talk Nutrition: What Can Fitness Trainers Tell Their Clients If They Aren’t Dietitians? Requested by UNF Student Wellness Center fitness trainers
- Eat for the Planet: Eating Sustainably and Busting Myths about Vegetarianism: Panel speaker for National Nutrition Month/Garbage on the Green event at UNF
- Choose My Plate and Fast Food Choices: Guest speaker for summer camp for inner city 7th-8th graders
- Why Reinvent the Wheel? Policies that Address Food Issues: Guest speaker for Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Steering Committee meeting