I am passionate about nutrition and helping others achieve their health, nutrition, and weight goals. I started my educational journey at UCLA studying biology then continued with a Master of Science Degree in Nutritional Biochemistry from Tufts University, a Masters of Education in Community Nutrition and a Ph.D. in Behavioral Nutrition from Columbia University. I am a board-certified Clinical Nutrition Specialist Professional (CNS-S). I work at The University of California, San Diego as a Project Scientist and recently started a private nutrition consulting practice, specializing in the low-carb lifestyle and weight loss. I am hoping to share my passion and expertise in nutrition to educate people and help them meet their nutrition and lifestyle goals.
I am a LOW-CARB NUTRITIONIST and specialize in The Ketogenic Diet. I love helping people embark on and fully understand the amazing Keto Lifestyle! Though my primary focus is The Keto Diet, I do offer consulting services for other low-carb eating plans that can help with a variety of health-related conditions.
Behavioral nutrition is the combination of psychology and nutrition. Nutrition research shows that long-term and lasting changes in dietary behavior need to incorporate both nutrition knowledge/education and behavior modification techniques such as goal setting, weighing pros and cons, identifying barriers to change, and self-confidence building. My approach to nutrition education is unique in that I include all of these important components into my educational programs. This helps increase the chances of a successful long-term dietary behavior change. Changing food behaviors is not an easy process. The key to maintaining dietary goals is to try new techniques and find ways to stay motivated. This behavioral component is what sets me apart from most other nutrition professionals.
La Jolla Nutritional Health is set to open in February at 7590 Fay Ave., Suite 204B, with former Las Patronas member and UC San Diego Department of Medicine Ph.D. Lauren Bartell Weiss at the helm. The intent is to provide workshops and individual nutrition counseling for teens, families and older adults.
“I’m really interested in helping the layperson learn what a healthy diet is, be happy with their weight, lose weight if they want, and that’s why I wanted to start a company where people — especially teenagers — could come and learn how to eat, especially before going off to college to be on their own,” Weiss told La Jolla Light.
The workshops will group six people with similar health goals, who get together a few times a week.
“If I could get six teens in here, talking about nutrition — especially snacking, which is a really big issue — I would be super happy,” Weiss said. “If I could change their mentality about food and decision-making, that would be great. It’s so important to teach teens that what you put in your body is what you are. A healthy diet helps your skin stay good and balances hormonal changes, and once teens start eating well and seeing how good they can feel, they catch on and then the habits are set for life.”
Weiss will take that same approach to work with families, couples, older adults with changing dietary needs and individuals. She said she will look at what the person eats and help them find ways to replace less healthy options (such as white breads and pastas) with more healthy options (such as low- glycemic carbohydrates).
With a background in behavioral nutrition, Weiss focuses on psychological changes one can make to make sure the dietary changes become lifelong habits.
In terms of fees, four-week workshops with direct access to Weiss in between via text or e-mail are $350 per person for teens, $600 per family, $350 for older adults. Individual consulting is $150 for the first session with six-week packages costing $700 for individuals, $600 for married couples and $500 per person if someone comes with a friend. She also offers nutrition seminars (one-time classes that are offered on a specific topic related to nutrition). Seminars are limited to six participants and cost $60 per person. lajollanutritionalhealth.com