Internationally, 2020 was a year of medical, social, political, racial, and economic upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic. More than 7,000 Louisianans died while 173,000 were unemployed and all 710,000 K-12 students and teachers were sent into virtual schooling. Within the struggles of the year, the America saw its own horrors and beauty. Moving into 2021, The Drum sought Louisianans who are not only people to watch but are people who work for the community, for the demands of nation building, and for the growth of others. They are People for 2021.
While hosting monthly televised nutrition segments, dietician Bianca Plant, MPA, RD, LDN presents nutritious recipes and healthy lifestyle strategies shared in her first cookbook, Eating to Live–Eating God’s Way. During a time where many people are looking to nutrition to prevent or heal from diseases, Plant’s guidance and instructions stretches across social media, into organizations and congregations.
The Drum asked Plant about 2020 and her focus for 2021. She said, “Although 2020 was a year of upheaval for everyone, it was also a year to be most planted in God. In everything that occurred, God’s grace was still sufficient in our weaknesses and mercies were new every day. Despite of it all, He kept me. It seemed as if justice continued to be broken in our community, but our perseverance and prayers instilled a platform in order for us to rise up once again.”
What has been the best thing to do during the pandemic? Create new recipes and soak up the sun!
What advice would you give others? My personal testimony is to never give up and to always persevere no matter what the circumstances look like. After taking an eight-year sabbatical from the field of dietetics, I returned back to complete the necessary protocol in order to work towards my licensure. Although I had the knowledge and many doors opened for me to serve my community nutritionally, I finally passed the licensure exam on the third try. I am now a part of the 2.6% of African Americans in this profession. Many times I wanted to give up on the dream and the gift, but I always remember that God’s timing is better.
What’s your motto for 2021? “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28
What can we look forward to? In 2021, you can look forward to seeing more “Healthy Eating with B” YouTube Shows, broadcasted health segments, and private consultation services to underserved communities. This fosters the brand that provides nutrition and lifestyle resources for all audiences in order to promote a healthier life—mentally, physically, and spiritually.
How will you impact others? Increase partnerships among organizations in order to disseminate nutritional information for the community and collaborate with more local churches in the Baton Rouge area to promote congregational health for a healthier atmosphere of believers.
What are your successes? Being a registered dietitian, publishing a cookbook, promoting health for Louisiana through Aetna Health Insurance as a feature on billboards across the state, and having food blogs featured in Acadiana Lifestyle Magazine and VanGuard Magazine. I host a healthy nutrition YouTube series “Healthy Eating with B.” I became a nutrition advocate for state-wide health and wellness initiative, “Exercise Your Faith,” president of the Health and Wellness Ministry at New Hope Baptist Church, a River Road African American Museum board member, Lafayette Commission on the Needs of Women honoree, Smithsonian Institute intern, and Action for Healthy Kids grant recipient.
What are you reading? “Promises for Your Everyday Life” by Joyce Meyer
What’s on your playlist? Vincent Bohanan & The Sound of Victory
What are you watching? “Married at First Sight”