About Alexia

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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Experience

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

Credentials

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 credential is from the American Council on Exercise. She holds 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.

Writing

Celiac Disease: Real Life Nutrition Strategies to Improve Symptoms and Heal Your Gut, Smashwords, 2017.

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

Television Media

Heart Attack Survivor Shares Tips for Heart Healthy Eating, on WJXT Channel 4,  October 2014

Bizarre Weight Loss Tricks, Interview on WJXT Channel 4, September 2014

Packing a Heart Healthy Lunch that Stays Fresh Until Lunchtime, Interview on First Coast Living, August 2014

Interviews & Quotes

Is it Possible to Take Healthy Eating Too Far?, quoted in What’s Good by V by Christina Heiser, November 7, 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.

7 Ways Extra Calories Are Sneaking Into Your Diet, quoted in What’s Good by V by Christina Heiser, October 5, 2017

How to Lower High Blood Sugar the Natural Way, quoted by Julia Malacoff, September 2017

Take it To Heart Pilot Program Off to a Good Start, Quoted on WJXT Channel 4, September 2014

Beneficial Berries, Quoted in HealthSource Magazine, September 2014

FYI on GMO, Quoted in HealthSource Magazine, January 2014

Unconventional Dietetics Practice: Alexia Lewis, Florida Dietetic Association, Focus Newsletter , February 2013

Speaking

Alexia has delivered workshops that range from interactive, hands-on formats to  lecture-style presentations. Her audiences have been as young as 7th grade and as seasoned as seniors. She has spoken to church groups, local businesses, sororities, college athletes, cardiac rehabilitation programs, and professional organizations among others.

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

5 thoughts on “About Alexia

  1. Thanks! Yes… it has been difficult. And the hardest part has been convincing my friends that it’s not their cooking but the eggs and milk they put into their foods is the reason I can’t eat some of the things they cook. And to add to that my grandmother makes homemade banana bread with milk and eggs in it; I don’t have the heart to tell her I can’t eat it, so I just wrap it up and take it home.

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      • You’re welcome! About a year ago, I found out that I was allergic to eggs and milk– and that of course drove me away from most processed foods. So I basically started eating foods that I either grew or packaged foods with few ingredients.

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      • That sounds like a challenge – I’m sure you discovered that that eggs and milk are in a lot of foods/products! It sounds like you rose to that challenge though! I bet it feels good to know that you can change your eating habits and feel better. I’m a big believer in eating clean, minimally processed foods. Way to go!

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