Healthy food is the foundation of healthy living.

Tara Nutrition Counseling San Diego

But there is no single food plan that’s perfect for everyone. Our bodies are unique as we are. When it comes to seeking out nutritional advice, however, most of us rely on the general information we find online or receive on a printout from the doctor. While general information certainly helps with the big picture, it can only go so far in helping you optimize your health. Studies have shown that even identical twins process food differently.

My nutrition and dietary consulting services begin with evaluation and assessment to determine your body’s specific nutritional needs. Then, I’ll use evidence-based nutritional principles to create a personalized dietary plan to help you reach your health goals. Nutrition and dietary consulting is a good option if you:

  • Have a digestive disorder
  • Want to lose weight
  • Want help managing a chronic disease
  • Have an eating disorder
  • Have food allergies or sensitivities
  • Experience uncomfortable menstrual/menopausal symptoms
  • Struggle with symptoms of depression or anxiety
  • Want to improve your athletic performance
  • Are worried about your child’s weight/nutrition/eating patterns
  • Are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or postpartum
  • Would like to improve your relationship with food and your body

Through individual nutrition and wellness counseling, meal planning, private grocery shopping trips, one-on-one meals, and a number of other services designed to support your health and wellbeing, I’m committed to helping you become your healthiest you yet.

Behavior Modification

Crash diets come and go. Unfortunately, weight does, too. Many of us get stuck in unhealthy weight cycles, repeatedly losing and gaining weight. This is hard on our bodies, and on our psyches, too. Changing our eating patterns is key for sustainable weight loss, but that’s usually easier said than done. Most of us have an emotional relationship with food that goes way back and has been reinforced over time. So, as much as we may “know” that we need to change the way we eat (how much, how often, what kinds of foods), actually doing so often seems downright impossible.

It’s not impossible. I promise.

I help clients learn to modify their eating behaviors and establish healthy lifestyle habits that lead to long-term success. Behavior modification involves specific techniques that change the behaviors that cause the weight gain. It sounds simple, and in a way it is. But when it comes to actually losing weight, most people focus on the idea of “being good” or on the number they see on the scale, rather than changing specific behaviors. I use behavior modification techniques to help clients take small steps that lead to lasting change. Examples of behavior modification include:

  • Keep serving dishes off the table (fill plates in the kitchen)
  • Eat only while sitting down at the table (never at the desk or standing up in the kitchen)
  • Record everything you eat in a notebook or on an app
  • Walk instead of snacking during work breaks
  • Increase your physical activity by 30 minutes a day
  • Drink a large glass of water before eating
  • Avoid shopping when hungry
  • Plan one treat per day
  • Create a plan for times of stress

Behavior modification does not happen overnight. It takes time, but the results are long-lasting. As your partner in health, I’ll help keep you accountable while you learn to establish positive eating behaviors that improve your relationship with food and optimize your overall health.

Corporate Presentations and Workshops

A culture of wellbeing can have a major impact on the success of a company by improving employee morale, decreasing absenteeism, lowering healthcare and insurance costs, and increasing employee retention. But an effective wellness program is about more than just offering yoga in the conference room at lunchtime. As a registered dietitian, I understand the complexities of addressing the range of health needs within an organization’s population. I can help develop creative strategies to engage your employees in a customized wellness program that fosters social connections and promotes a healthy workplace culture.

Whether you’re starting from scratch or want support for a program you’ve already put in place, I offer a range of services designed to help improve health and wellbeing within organizations. Through individual and group wellness evaluations, presentations and workshops, or even a full-blown, long-term wellness campaign, I can help create and implement programming that addresses the specific needs of your workforce.

Strategic areas of focus may include:

Nutrition and healthy living

Fitness challenges

Stress management

Mindfulness and rejuvenation

Whatever your organization’s needs, I can help make your corporate wellness program fun, impactful, and effective. Let’s get started fostering a culture of wellbeing within your company today!

Ready to be your healthiest you?

Schedule a call with me today!