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Affectionately called The Foodie and The M.D., Ed and Caroline Cederquist have been happily married for over 20 years and have been working together to create a compelling difference in people's lives for almost as long. For Ed and Caroline, experiencing personal journeys with weight loss and living for weight loss and living for weight management, it's not about being on a diet, but embracing a healthy lifestyle change. By combining their love for great-tasting real food with the unique knowledge that food is medicine, the duo has formed and sustains one of the most successful weight loss programs in the industry, bistroMD.

Dr. Caroline J. Cederquist | The M.D.

Dr. Caroline J. Cederquist is a board-certified bariatric physician with a specialization in nutrition and metabolism whose primary focus is in weight management. She is a nationally recognized versatile media personality covering a wide spectrum of health-related news and topics. As a graduate from the University of Miami, School of Medicine, she completed her residency and board certification in Family Medicine. In 1998, she opened her practice Cederquist Medical Wellness Center in Naples, Florida. Based on requests from a rapidly expanding client base in 2005, she co-founded bistroMD, a national weight loss company that provides healthy, chef-prepared weight loss meals delivered to your home.

Ed Cederquist | The Foodie

Ed Cederquist, with a passion for food and creativity, has studied and worked alongside top professional chefs across the country. When Ed heard patients from his wife's, Dr. Caroline Cederquist's, weight loss medical center share the difficulties of preparing fresh, healthy meals and snacks every day, a lightbulb went off. In 2005, Ed and Caroline Cederquist started BistroMD, a nutrition company that provides healthy and delicious meals for those with a wide variety of medical conditions, including diabetes and menopause, or people simply looking for a healthy weight loss solution. To this day, Ed experiments in the kitchen with new ideas and creates unique recipes with a healthy twist to share with the world.

Nutritional Team

BistroMD articles are written by our team, backed by scientific evidence and reviewed by our team of licensed dietitians.

Christy Zagarella | Director of Member Success

Living a healthy lifestyle has always been a passion of Christy's. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Dietetics and her Master's Degree in Food and Nutrition from Florida State University. As one of our lead Registered Dietitians, Christy works directly with The M.D., Caroline J. Cederquist, to ensure the principles of her nutritional foundation are being met and interacts frequently with bistroMD members to provide one-on-one consultations and support. She also works closely with our chefs and dietitians to ensure all entrees are nutritionally balanced, and that they meet our standards for sourcing clean ingredients. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and daughter, going for a run or swim, and loving on her dogs.

Sarah Asay | Director of Nutrition and Product Development

Sarah Asay, RDN, purposefully leads the nutrition department in strategic direction, developing entrees, snacks, and nutrition education to inspire ownership in health and wellness. She believes sharing nutritionally-focused products and programs that are both delicious and appealing to the senses will serve to regenerate the nation's perception of health and wellness. Sarah works directly with our chefs and kitchens to create flavorful entrees that meet the nutritional science set forth by The M.D., Caroline J. Cederquist. She upholds bistroMD product standards and enjoys researching new products available in the food market, to ensure only the highest quality ingredients are utilized in bistroMD products. Sarah enjoys traveling with her husband and spending time with their two dogs, Lola and Harvey. She also loves to entertain and create new recipes to share with friends, while finding inspiration in legendary chef, Julia Child's quote, "People who love to eat are always the best people."

Sydney Lappe | Nutrition Editor


Sydney Lappe is bistroMD's Marketing Registered Dietitian residing in St. Louis, MO. She completed her undergraduate work in Psychology and Dietetics at Missouri State University. She then participated in Saint Louis University's Dietetic Internship/Master's Program where she published research on the concept of mindful eating. Once an official RDN, she began orchestrating evidence-based guidelines into user-friendly articles with bistroMD. She continues combining her love of writing and nutrition, while elevating content through the pillars of SEO. Sydney also served as a clinical dietitian at a psychiatric rehabilitation center, which deepened her understanding of the relationship between nutrition and mental health. Also recognizing the importance of motivational interviewing, Sydney strives to connect with others on an intimate, yet professional level. She loves trying and eating good food (just like any RD does), drinking endless cups of coffee, hanging out with her feathered friend named Pax, running, hiking, and enjoying lake time.

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