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Excellent pediatric dietician for toddler
Seeking an excellent dietitian for my toddler daughter, who
has stomach and digestive challenges including significant
constipation. I'm ideally looking for someone who can go
beyond general recommendations to more specific ones (e.g.,
if your child tolerates quinoa but not oats, should we try
barley next or hold off on that?; would cod likely be more
tolerable than salmon if we're trying fish?). I know that
no dietician can tell me what food my child will or won't
tolerate in advance with any kind of certainty, but I feel
like having someone who is knowledgeable enough about the
molecular and other properties of food to be able to give
more guidance would be a help.
I highly recommend Theresa Tsingis of Lamorinda Nutrition in
Lafayette. She specializes in working with children and
stomach/gut health. She has done a lot of work with food
allergies and helping parents figure out what kind of foods
work/don't work. It sounds like she could really be helpful
to you and your child. You can contact her at 925-330-2729
or 925-283-9355. Her email is email@example.com
Dietician for gastritis sufferer
I've been suffering from gastritis for a number of months,
and am on a fairly restrictive diet. I'm at the point where
I'd like to find a dietician who can advise me on foods that
would work on this diet that I may not be aware of, and
perhaps ideas for recipes and cooking tips as well. Thanks
for any help you can give!
Dr. Jennifer Lanett helped with my constipation issues and she is a
digestive enzyme therapist so she might be able to help also with the
gastritis issue you are having... I'd call and talk to her!
Nutrition Coach Focused on Emotional Eating
Does anyone have a recommendation for a health & lifestyle coach that
works with emotional eating and sugar concerns? I find that after a
stressful day I eat way too much sugar and tend to go for those
''comforting'' foods. I need someone to hold me accountable in a
knowledgeable and supportive way without being too rigid or strict. A
good sense of humor is a must. Thank you.
Looking for Comfort in All the Wrong Places
Hi highly recommend Jessica Libby...
I worked with her over the phone for several sessions and found her to be
extremely supportive. i kept on thinking of hte things we talked about and
they really helped me make positive changes. I think she also sees people in
Hello - Signe Darpinian, MFT is great with Emotional Eating.
I have done 2 of her workshops at My Weigh in Oakland and
also one of her online workshops for Intuitive Eating. I
highly recommend her, very fun to work with. She certainly
has the sense of humor you are looking for. You may find
some helpful advice on her blog, she writes about emotional
eating and I remember seeing a video of a lecture on it too.
http://www.myweighfamilytherapy.com/blog/ Give her a call,
she is in the bay area every week.
Two of my good friends have been very successful losing weight and they rave
about Gerri Levitas, a weight loss coach and hypnotherapist who specializes in
freeing women from emotional eating. Her program, Inside Out Weight
Management, is designed to be the very last time you will ever have to lose
weight. Gerri offers a free 30 minute ''get acquainted'' session by phone.
I would very highly recommend Jamie at www.jamieliving.com. I have
known Jaime since she began her practice, which includes individual
consultation, group (food goddess) and special events. Even reading
her newsletter and blog is very informative. Thanks to Jamie's
influence, I have become smarter in what I eat, how I shop, how to
eat and realize the emotional root causes behind eating. Jamie not
only addresses these, but is trained in helping develop action plans
that will make a life long difference. In addition, I have enjoyed
her holistic approach to living, in the advice she gives on
environmentally sound living, cooking and product usage. Essentially
everything that is absorbed by our body (food wise and otherwise).
Lastly, she has some awesome recipes which really make it innovative
and fun to improve your eating habits. My current favorite is a
sweet heat red pepper dip from the middle east. i can eat that all
day! i also just had her braised vegetables and they are simple yet
brilliant! I whole heartedly recommend Jamie. Her openness, passion
and energy are truly unique - she will embrace your challenges and
turn them into successes! Apeksha
MD Dietician to help lose and keep off weight
Any recommendations for a doctor to not only help me lose weight but also keep
it off? I've tried lots but it keeps coming back.
I found Dr. Elvebakk through the parents group and want to recommend her
as well. I have been to Dr. Elvebakk for 3 months and have lost 35 lbs.
Some of my medical issues have improved greatly allowing me to get off
two of my medications. It has been the simplest food program I have ever
been on and I've been on most all of them. I like how she explains the
science to me so I finally understand what food is doing to my body. I
finally understand my sugar addiction and how harmful it is. I also like
the fact that she is there for me now while I lose the weight. More
importantly she will teach me how to keep it off and will be there for me
then as well.
Check out her book The Food Tree and her website http://foodtreemd.com/
She is in Oakland and SF. (510) 444-0322
Feeling so much better
Nutritionist for 18 year old
I am looking for a nutritionist for my 18yo daughter, who
would like to make sure her diet is balanced and she's
getting all her dietary requirements. I couldn't find a
heading for this in the archives. Does anyone have any
recommendations? (We're hoping for the East Bay, but SF
would be OK too.) Thanks. Mom of wannabe-healthy daughter
Judy Burgio, www.coachforwholehealth.com, is terrific. She
is a nutritionist as well as a pharmacist and really tailors
her extensive knowledge to each client's needs and health
status. 415.383.1908. She does phone consultations (after
reviewing the client's pre-session diagnostics) as well as
in-person sessions in Mill Valley; both work well. Good
Nutritionist for vegetarian with food limitations
Can anyone recommend a good local nutritionist and/or good
book or website for planning ones own diet when there are
food limitations involved? I am a vegetarian who has
recently learned a couple other major food groups are
causing me additional health issues. Thank you in advance!
Eating like a rabbit
I recommend Nori Hudson 510-847-3197. She is very knowledgeable and
I recommend that you contact Donna Morton, a Certified
Holistic Nutrition Consultant and instructor for Bauman
College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts. She
specializes in healthy vegetarian and allergy-free diets as
well as nutrition strategies for optimizing energy, mood and
general health. Donna is also a physical therapist and yoga
instructor who can integrate movement, stress reduction,
Tibetan yoga, and Jin Shin Jyutsu with whole-foods
nutrition if appropriate to address your specific needs and
problems. I just attended one of her seminars on nutrition
last weekend and was very impressed by her knowledge and
approach as well as the delicious vegetarian food and
recipes she used to illustrate her concepts. You can reach
her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510.290.9941.
Nutritionist/Dietician for toddler
I have a 15-month-old toddler with an extremely sensitive
stomach and many dietary restrictions as a result. She is
seeing a pediatric gastroenterologist, but I'm still in
search of someone who could really help us strategize about
how to prepare foods that won't cause her tummy trouble but
will offer her good nutrition.
I saw one nutritionist about 6 months ago, but the advice I
got there was so general that it really wasn't helpful at
all -- and it seemed like that nutritionist, although a
pediatric nutritionist, wasn't used to addressing the needs
of children this young. Does anyone have a nutritionist to
recommend who is experienced with young children and can
give advice about meal planning beyond ''try carrots'' or
''avoid the foods that seem to upset her stomach.'' I'm
looking for recipes that are tasty but still within the
allowable food range, strategies to keep a child on a
restricted diet from meal boredom, strategic meal planning
so I'm not trying to cook a meal from scratch three times a
-dreading the kitchen at mealtimes
I recommend Virginia Watkins www.vwnutrition.com
She is a mom herself and gets how hard it can be to feed a toddler,
especially with food restrictions. She is also a French trained chef
and *loves* food and helping people make food tasty. She can
definitely help you come up with recipes that everyone could enjoy.
Hi I highly recommend Nori Hudson, 847-3197. Nori is one of the most
knowledgable nutritional educators I've met. She's helped my whole
family (kids and all) over the years. Good luck,
Need a nutritionist for my anemia
I recently had some blood work done and found out that I have very
severe anemia. It's so bad I was told not to go to altitude or fly.
Yikes. But all I was told was to eat more iron-rich foods and take
iron pills. I don't feel like this was enough guidance and would like
to meet with a nutritionist (I guess that's who I should be looking
for but other suggestions welcome) to talk about what I should
actually be eating and give me easy recipes that my kids will also
eat. Maybe someone to develop a 2-week rotation of easy recipes I can
I would also like to lose some weight but at this point, that is
secondary to getting my anemia under control.
My doctor referred me to Joyce Selkow MS, RD (510-339-1862)
for a variety of reasons.
I found her to be knowledgeable about diet and supplements,
supportive, non-judgmental and very helpful. She was also
covered by my HMO, Alta Bates Medical Group.
Hope that helps. Helpful
Nutritionist for vegetarian teen
I'm looking for a nutritionist who can advise me and my
daughter on vegetarian eating for health and weight
Kara Sorensen is super-knowledgeable and easy to connect with.
She's an acupuncturist with a Masters in nutrition. And a real
vocation for food & nutrition-related issues, from a holistic
perspective. She does wonderful work with teens and adults,
consulting in person, via phone and skype. Her website has lots of
Hmmm. I think you are overthinking this. No need for a
nutritionist. Just read DIET FOR A NEW AMERICA by John Robbins
and say hello to a healthier life. Or don't even bother with
that. Just get a vegetarian cookbook from the library and away
you go. The more animal products you remove from your diet, the
healthier and slimmer you get. It is as simple as that. And get
some exercise fer crimineys sake.
Chalyn Newman is an excellent nutrition and fitness consultant
who works with families. With her expertise as a nutritional
consultant I am confident that she can advise you and your
daughter about how to eat nutritious vegetarian meals that will
help you both stay healthy and energetic. Besides having
children of her own she also has a masters in education, and
works well with children and teens.
Chalyn has worked with my family and a number of my friends and
has an excellent knowledge base, and a warm, enthusiastic
demeanor. Before Chalyn advised me I struggled with almost a
daily afternoon dip in my energy and some other minor health
problems that were cleared up once I committed to changing my
diet. I learned so much about food, how to plan meals for me and
my family and how to eat to help me stay energetic throughout
the day. She is also a fabulous cook and will provide you with
delicious vegetarian recipes, and even cooking lessons if you
I would highly recommend Chalyn for anyone who is concerned
about the health and well being of their family. Chalyn can be
reached on her cell phone: (510) 520-5929 and would be happy to
speak to you about nutrition and fitness. Good Luck!
Nutritionist or Dietician for managing gallstone
I've been diagnosed with gallstones, and am working on
managing the condition with a low/non-fat diet until I have
surgery in the next couple of months. I'm also probably
going to maintain a lowfat diet afterwards.
I'm looking for a dietician or nutritionist who'd help me
work out an appropriate diet for this scenario. While I
respect the fact that there are folks who encourage
''alternative'' treatments, I'm not interested in pursuing
these, and really just want to focus on diet.
Any help's appreciated.
== East Bay Guy
I've been seeing Joyce Selkow,a registered dietician,(510)
339-1862 who is quite personable, and has a reasonable
approach to managing one's diet and nutrition. She's quite
helpful in coming up with one's own plan, and with providing
information. If you have health net, you can get a referral
from your primary, and it should be covered.
Look at the ''find a dietitian'' section at www.eatright.org Many RDs are working
for hospitals, but there are some that work independently.
Part Nutritionist, Part Trainer?
Struggling with weight, excercise and aging. Anyone out
there willing to meet with me once a week to get me on the
right track with some guidance? I am looking for someone
who has experience with exercise and diet in a supportive
nature. I live in Central Berkeley.
Hi. There is a woman who I have taken exercise classes with
who does personal nutrition and exercise consultation. I
don't think she is too expensive either. Her name is
Catherine Martikan. Her number is (510) 524-6337 Good luck.
Re: Nutritionist, Internist, or naturopath for digestion issues?
Your symptoms might improve if you read the book and follow
the advice within it Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.
The main advice is to go back to time honored methods of and
preparing foods that are shared in common by cultures around
the world--in addition to complex carbohydrates and whole
grains, it recommends fermented foods and beverages
(kimchi,naturally fermented beverages like kombocha--on the
counter at home, and nourishing broths made from bones) as
well as techniques (soak grains and allow them to 'ferment'
over night before use and soak raw nuts before roasting)
that improve our ability to digest and access nutritional
content. Because your post mentioned digestion, I thought of
this book. I don't follow every piece of advice or cook that
much from the recipes, but I do try to let grains sit in
water before I use them (quinoa tastes much better after a
lengthy soak)and try to start batters the night before.
Ditto for nuts and occasional fementation experiments. Three
Stone Hearth in Berkeley can allow you to sample these foods
w/o trying out the techniques at home, but they are fun to do.
I was in a similar boat...started having reactions to foods, even though I''ve
always eaten pretty healthy.
I went to see Anasuya Batliner, a nutritionist in Bkly. She really turned my
life/health around. I took a class w/ her last spring called ''Spring Detox''.
a month long and REALLY REALLY helped me a lot.
I also had some private sessions with her and she had me do some lab
work...not the kind that they'll do at Kaiser or other HMO's.
Today I am 10#'s lighter, have lots of energy and no longer crave carbs like I
used to. I am also gluten free (have been for years), dairy free and mostly sugar
free. Anasuya's number is 848-8439.
Nutritionist or Dietitian for Food Allergies
I am worried about my 11 month daughter, as she has many food
allergies and sensitives and I'm not sure even what to do at this
point, including what to feed her that will both provide her the
appropriate nutrition and not make her sick.
I'm looking for dietion or nutritionist with related experience
to help me come up with a plan for what to feed my baby. I'd
prefer to work with someone who supports the Weston Price, &
Nourishing Traditions way of eating, as this has been the most
helpful for us thus far.
My son was suspected of having food allergies and we were
refered to Nori Hudson in Berkeley. She is very
thorough,paitient, fully embraces Weston Price (you mentioned
that is what you wanted), and really really knows her stuff!
She suspected my son had food allergies when he wasn't gaining
weight-and she was right!
I highly recommend her. She doesn't take insurance, but she is
well worth the cost.
You can find out more information here:
Nutritionist for 18 year old vegetarian
Can anyone recommend a nutritionist for an 18 year old vegetarian. I
would like someone who can determine vitamin deficiencies and suggest
foods that enhance mood and balance hormones.
The best holistic practitioner that I have found in this area is Leah
Mazel. She is highly trained and understands nutrition, herbal
ingredients that can assist with nutritional deficiencies, as well as
thorough nutrition counselling. She helps her patients to have the
healthiest diet, supplements, etc. within the framework of one's
chosen life-style. I really trust her knowledge and commitment to
helping her patients make good choices. She has seen me and my family
at various times and has so much good input that relates to the
choices that we make. I used to think I had a lot of answers myself.
But after her influence, I realize that my conclusions were not always
so wise. My health seems so much stronger and more resilient since I
have seen her and used her guidance. She has been in the field since
the late '70's and has so much to offer! Leah Mazel is in Berkeley
and can be reached at 510-548-5676. I actually found her by reading
the Berkeley Parent's Network, myself.
Wishing You Health!
I was just diagnosed with adult onset diabetes and I'm 80 pounds
overweight. I'm desperate about controlling the disease and losing the
weight but don't know how to get started. Can anyone recommend a good
diabetes specialist or endocrinologist? I'm also very open to
alternative medicine as well. Thank you for your help and advice.
Frightened Mom of a beautiful 4 year old girl.
I posted a few posts up....Diet change and monitoring will help
you a lot. I can highly recommend Anasuya Batliner. SHe's got
years of experience in nutritional counselling
I know several pre diabetics who controll their blood sugar thru
proper nutrition and never get worse...in fact, get better.
I was in your situation after my first baby. And the good news is
that you can absolutely do it. I got help from Dr. Ranveig
Elvebakk 510-444-0322. She has offices in San Francisco and
Oakland. She will put you on a food and exercise program that is
about redefining your relationship with food and redefining what
feeds your body. She can be tough but she knows her stuff and
will be there to get you to your goal. Check out her book ''The
Food Tree'' on Amazon. I see her every 2 weeks. And if you fall
off the diet and miss a few appointments please don't wait too
long before going back. Her rates are reasonable and she wants
you to succeed. She is not an endocrinologist but is board
certified is bariatric medicine. I wish you the best with
whatever choices you make. Formerly 222, now 142.
Run, don't walk to Sara Gottfried, M.D. I saw her in April 2008
and found out that I had a very high insulin level which is the
first step on the road to Diabetes. Under Sara's care I lost 35
pounds and feel so much better. Check out her website:
I was in the same position as you a year and a half ago. Don't be
frightened, just act on your determination. I'm now 45 pounds
lighter, have much more energy, and my blood sugar is under good
control mostly from weight loss, increased exercise, and changes
in my diet. I recommend the Diabetes Center at John Muir Hospital
if your doctor will refer and your insurance will cover. It's a
multi-part program, but I found it worth the time since they ease
you into lifestyle changes and combine personal sessions with
informative classes. After the initial program, they can do
ongoing monitoring along with your primary care doc. I wish I'd
taken my partner to the classes with me. I also found helpful
information on diabetes, diet, and exercise on mayoclinic.com and
nutriiondata.com. You didn't ask for advice, but let me just say
that the keys that my primary care doctor gave me the day of my
diagnosis have held up -- portion control (I was way off!),
exercise, double the amount of non-starchy vegies I eat, stick with ''smart carbs,'' (whole
grains/low glycemic index). I have some favorite books on diet
and recipes. I don't eat meat, but I think omnivores can find
good ideas for filling, whole food dishes in: The Vegetarian
Family Cookbook by Nava Atlas, The New Glucose Revolution Low GI
Vegetarian Cookbook, and Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing
Diabetes. Good luck.
Looking for a nutritionist for my child
My daughter has food allergies and sensitivities. Her allergist
recommended that I find a good nutritionist but she didn't have the name
of one. Does anyone have a tip? My daughter is 10 and is on a very
limited diet. We work with a Chinese herbalist and chiropractor to keep
her healthy, but a nutritionist would be great as we start a new round of
elimination diets. If the nutritionist knows about metabolic disorders
that would be icing on the cake.
I don't have a specific recommendation, but I would want to see someone
who has a lot of experience working with children. So I would check out
the Nutrition services at Children's Hospital
Need a Nutritionist or Reg Dietician
I am so tired of struggling with my weight I can barely stand it. If it
wasn't for being on national TV I'd go on the biggest loser! can anyone
recommend a good, inspiring yet sensitive nutritionist in the berkeley
area? all existing posts are a bit old. And yes, I've tried Weight
Watchers but it doesn't seem to work for me for more than a few
months...that's why I'm going this route. thanks!
Look up www.eatright.org, for referrals for local dietitians, then
call them and see how you like the sound of them over the phone. I
know Laura Brainin-Rodriguez and Judith Levine, both excellent
dietitians, but very different personalities.
Hi - I'm looking for a nutritionist to speak to my mom's group.
Any suggestions on how to locate one? As a group we tend towards
and organic whole food approach. Thanks for your help.
Hi, I'd recommend Meredith McCarty, her website is
She's a gourmet vegetarian chef and cookbook author and has a wealth
of knowledge about healthy eating. It would be fun for your group
to take a cooking class from her.
In Regards to finding a holistic nutritionist to speak to your mom's
group- try the Psychology Today website at
or The National Association of Nutrition Professionals at
http://www.nanp.org/ and click on directory to search practitioners
in your area.
Try Anasuya Batliner (www.mybodywisdom.net) who is a fabulous
Also try Elizabeth Korza who is a naturopath and - naturally - very
knowledgeable in all aspects of nutrition: she has offices in
Berkeley as well as in San Francisco. Please see her website for
contact info: www.bewellnaturally.org.
I'm looking for a REGISTERED/CERTIFIED Dietician in the East Bay.
Check out www.eatright.org Then click on ''find a nutrition professional.'' You
can call different dietitians, and get a feel for them over the phone. Judith
Levine is on that list, and has a wealth of nutrition counseling experience.
I'm looking for a nutritionist, reasonably priced, who can support me
through an elimination diet. (Before I commit to a lifetime of the
gluten-free diet I've been on for 2 years, I want to be certain that I've
properly identified the problem.)
Anyone have any recommendations for a nutritionist (or other person) in
Berkeley who has a decent amount of experience with elimination diets?
I highly recommend nutritionist Nori Hudson. She has helped me enormously
in adjusting to a gluten-free diet (it was she who helped me discover that
I needed to remove wheat and gluten from my diet). She's careful,
thorough, extremely helpful, and she really listens. Lots of experience
with elimination diets, too.
Contact her at email@example.com
Judy in Berkeley
I would recommend Jamie Dougherty, Health & Lifestyle Counselor. Jamie is
fantastic! She uses a holistic approach and works closely with her
clients to create the life & eating habits that they desire. She has a
lot of experience with elimination diets. Check out her website at
www.JamieLiving.com or call her at (510) 393-0437. Best of luck to you!
Can anyone recommend a book on nutrition for the whole family? Having a
one-year old has motivated me to learn more about this topic. There are
just so many titles out there, and the research and trends change so
frequently, I don't know what's worthwhile. Thanks for any ideas you
Please look at Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. it advocates a
nutrient-dense diet based on the common principles of the diets of
traditional peoples around the world, and eschews processed and
'industrial' foods. The subtitle of the book is ''the cookbook that
challenges politically correct nutrition and the diet dictocrats''.
There is another very good book that is not a cookbook per se but that
discusses in depth the principles of nutrient-dense diets, called
'Traditional Foods Are Your Best Medicine'. Nourishing Traditions also
has some excellent information in addition to recipes.
This is a diet based on time-honored traditions rather than a 'fad'
Best of all our two-year old is thriving on it!
Please please read Michael Pollen's new book called In Defense of Food!
It is short, very readable, and incredibly informative. Pollen is a
food journalist who has made a distinguished career researching food
production, nutrition, their connections, and the industry. This book
was written in response to his popular book called Omnivore's Dilemma
because everyone kept asking him, well, what should we eat? He gives
some guidelines that are practical, rational and possible to follow. I
was so excited when I read this book two weeks ago that I have
purchased several copies to circulate among family and friends. I want
everyone I love to have this knowledge in hand. Pollen is a professor
at Berkeley, just to add a local flavor. If you are looking for a
follow up to his book, buy Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. I
have been researching nutrition as a hobby for 15 years, and have a
public health degree, but feel like these are two of the only books
that have given me real, r!
eliable and sustainable information. There are a few more out there,
but if you start with these two you will come across the others. Good
Healthy mom with healthy family
An invaluable book for nutrition for the whole family is ''Nourishing
Traditions'' by Sally Fallon. My kids' pediatrician recommended it a
few years ago, and it has transformed our family's health.
I just finished Michael Pollan's ''In Defense of Food''--I can't
recommend it highly enough. (I've bought 10 copies post-Christmas and
given them away...). It's truly life changing. The premise is that we
should eat only real food, not engineered food-like substances that
abound in the grocery store. Lots more plants, lots more food our
great-grandmothers would have recognized as such. (Hilarious section of
him imagining a discussion of Gogurts with his grandmother--which
apparently contain everything EXCEPT yogurt...) It's highly readable,
funny, and wise, and contains the latest thinking about nutritional
trends. LOVED IT and our whole family has started eating differently as
a result. Nice thing, I feel like I never need to pay attention or
follow ''nutrition'' trends ever again!
So, the classic tome is ''Nutrition and Physical Degeneration'' by
Weston A. Price, DDS. This is very dry, clinical, and written in that
cumbersome 1940's style that is hard to read. But the photos of the
very well-nourished traditional people vs. people of the same tribe who
ate Western refined/processed foods speak a million words, and it's
worth it to get the book just for those alone. A much more readable
and modern exploration of these similar themes is ''Real Food'' by Nina
Planck; I think she is working on or maybe already published a
cookbook as well. She references Dr. Price's work and explands upon it
with the latest research and a snappy fun-to-read writing style. I
also like ''Traditional Foods Are Your Best Medicine'' by Ronald
Schmidt, ND, and I believe the Nourishing Our Children campaign is
coming out with a cookbook soon (at least, I submitted a recipe for it
about a year ago, so it seems like publication should be imminent).
Both are based on Dr. Pri!
ce's work as well; you can read about the basic ideas of the latter on
http://www.nourishingourchildren.org. Good luck, and be well!
I really like The Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood by
William Sears. It's a friendly, anecdotal read. I also
like Marion Nestle's book What to Eat. She's matter of fact
in her advice, has a sense of humor, and focuses on food
safety and the motivations of the food industry. Her book
is pretty weighty - I use it as a reference book and haven't
read it cover to cover.
Can anyone recommend a nutrition newsletter written for parents of toddlers and
children? I have several books on nutrition for toddlers but would really like a
monthly newsletter with updates on nutrition, recipes, new info on supplements,
product reviews, etc. I get Nutrition Action Newsletter and would love to find
something similar to it that is specific to nutrition for children. Thanks for your
Check out Tinytummies.com! I received this newsletter for years, and
passed it on to others... wonderful information formatted for a quick
and useful read.
Happy to help
I like this free newsletter:
Ellyn Satter has posted a current Family Meals Focus newsletter on her
You can view this newsletter on-line at
I am looking for a dietitian and/or nutrition counselor who can help my family with
some lifestyle changes in the way we eat. We're all within normal weight ranges,
but my husband has high cholesterol and I would love for all of us just to eat
better. We eat some meat and have no interest in becoming vegetarians, following
some fad diet, or completely giving up everything we love (like ice cream). I am a
biologist by training so I want someone who really understands the science.
Time to get healthy
An place to look for a dietitian, is on the American Dietetic Association
website, www.eatright.org There is a listing of local professionals who
provide private counseling.
I hope others will recommend nutritionists to help you.
I wanted to recommend a book that might appeal to the scientist in you, if
you're interested in doing some reading on the topic: What To Eat by
nutritionist Marion Nestle is not only fun reading, but is extensively
footnoted and she's good about giving the science behind her claims. It's a
no-nonsense general guide to nutrition and great eating. It's long, but up
to date, comprehensive, readable, and well worth it!
I know just the person! Jamie Dougherty is a health and lifestyle counselor
who works with people who want to improve their eating habits, experience
more energy and vitality, and learn to choose and prepare foods that are
right for you and your family. Jamie is an Integrative Nutritionist meaning
she combines knowledge from a number of different dietary perspectives. She
can help you with goal setting, food counseling, menu planning, and greater
awareness of eating healthfully for optimum wellness. She knows her stuff
and is really passionate about what she does!
Jamie can be reached at (510) 393-0437 or you can check out her website:
Hi, can anyone reccomend a bay area nutritionist who works in the field of eating
disorders? Someone registered or certifed who knows something about it.
If you know anyone like this please let me know. I really appreciate it!
I'm working with Michele Vivas in Rockridge (595-9474). I appreciate her straightforward
approach, and she has lots of experience and knowledge around eating disorders.
Grateful I Found Her
I am looking for a local nutritionist who could help me reduce my body fat ##s. Im
healthy and exercise regularly but would like to lose a chunk of body fat and not sure
how to approach it. Thanks!
I highly recommend my nutritionist Manuel Villacorta in San Francisco. He is
located on Market across the street from the Four Seasons Hotel. He is
extremely knowledgeable and his program is realistic and very practical. I
like his approach to emphasize that the program is not a diet but lifestyle
management. He is such a nice guy and I've been personally motivated in my
goals from working with him. Importantly, I've seen good results. You can
check his website at www.mvnutrition.com.
Courtney Zaleski works on both nutrition and exercise in a holistic
manner altho i'm sure she could deal with nutrition only if that is your
preference. Most American nutritionists are trained for
traditional diets with white sugar and flour but Courtney is more into whole
grains and limiting simple carbs (white flour and sugar). It's a much
healthier approach. She's lovely, flexible, and very creative about
different approaches when i've gotten stuck
or slid backwards. Her email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Talk to Lisa Wetmore at 510-548-8044. (Her office is at 1962 University Avenue in
Berkeley.) She has really useful advice & a good understanding of the difficulties people
face when trying to make dietary changes. Sympathetic & practical.
I'd like to recommend Katy Joy. She is a nutritionist and marriage and family therapist.
Katy is warm, easy to talk to and has lots of knowledge and skill. Her number is 524 9630.
Looking for a nutritionist to work with me and my family (age
range 13 - 60). We need to change our eating habits, rid the
house of ''unacceptable'' foods, learn some new ways. Would like a
house-call and perhaps on-going consultations. Preferably Marin
County (we live in Fairfax) but any recommendations appreciated.
I highly recommend Jane Fowler. She is absolutely non-judgemental and
experienced. She has taught at Acalanes Adult School for many years, but
workshops and consults privately. I used to work with her and she is a
person. She lives in Walnut Creek and I think you can find her number in
book. Good luck!
Hi - I need a good basic book about nutrition. I'm also willing
to take a class. I'm particularly concerned about feeding my
toddler (already have the superfoods book). Something that will
help me make good choices for our family. I'd like to better
understand what happens in the cooking process (e.g. is steaming
better than boiling and why? What happens during freezing and
how does that affect nutrition value, how long does food last in
the frig - when does it lose it's ''power'' - for example, if you
buy organic broccoli, when is it less nutricious, etc.) I read
labels, but there's a whole lot of stuff that I have no idea
what it means. Thanks for your recommendations!
Michael Pollan wrote a relevant and interesting article for the New York Times
magazine a couple Sundays ago regarding nutrition information and the western diet.
The title is ''Unhappy Meals''. It's a good read and offers a helpful perspective on how
we think of food and nutrition in our culture.
I highly recommend ''Child of Mine'' by Ellyn Satter, RD. It was
recommended to me by a nutritionist and has been an invaluable
resource for me from nursing my baby to now feeding a toddler.
It's just very reasonable and won't make you feel neurotic about
you are (or aren't) feeding your family - helps guide sensible
choices. Another really good one is the American Dietetic
Association's Complete Food & Nutrition Guide.
I've taken a workshop with Julie Matthews and found her extremely knowledgeable and
creative. She leads classes like: Cooking for Baby, Recipe for a Healthy Family and
more. You can check out her website for classes, ideas, etc. at
I have two suggestions that really impacted how I feed my children and changed my
own relationship to food:
1) the book Nourishing Traditions, Sally Fallon - it is a great learning tool and
cookbook, you can read it in small doses and the organization really works for me.
2) Listen toThe Balancing Point, hosted by John Nieters, Licensed Acupuncturist on
KEST 1450 AM Thursdays 8-9am. It is a health radio talk show and he covers
nutrition and supplements in depth in response to caller's questions. Each show is
like a class in nutrtition. He has taught Eastern and Western Nutrition at the
Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences for many years and he has a
clinical practice Alameda, Ca.
I have found through experience that the best experts on
nutrition are registered dieticians. I suggest Secrets of
Feeding a Healthy Family (has lots of easy recipes for
families) and Child of Mine by Ellyn Satter, MS, RD, CICSW,
BCD. She's got more credentials on children's nutrition than
you can imagine--even children with special needs. Her books
are easy to read and make sense. You can order her books at
B&N (I think they even had Child of Mine in stock when I got
it) or you can order online. I have a 5 month old and a 2 yr
old and I swear by her books! I buy these books for anyone
that is having a baby! You can check out her website at
http://www.ellynsatter.com/ where there is a description about
I just wanted to tell everyone about this book. I came across
this book not long ago, and it has been a blessing in the sky.
I have been calling my girlfriends every other day, my parents
every day always about the same thing: What are you cooking
today? And finally, I do not have to do that anymore. This book
tells me what to cook for breakfast, lunch and dinner, for
three weeks in a row. No-brainer, literally. I love it. One
less thing to think about. As a book lover, I give this book
an A+. I found it at http://www.lulu.com/content/692922.
I am looking for a speaker to address high school kids and
their parents on the topic of nutrition, performance both
physical and intellectual and long term health management. The
talk could include eating disorders, but it's not the main
focus. Thank you for your ideas and referals.
I recommend Jane Fowler, she's really awesome. I know she
handles kids and family nutrician, I'm sure she can handle High
School matters... Here is her contact info...
Jane Fowler - Feeding and Nutrician Education (925)-938-8174
I wholeheartedly recommend Shannon Williams. She is a Certified
Nutrition Consultant and her speciality is health and nutrition
planning. She would be perfect for what you are looking for.
Her phone # is 925-820-6205.
Laurie has a lot of speaking experience with teens!
Try the City of Berkeley Public Health Dept for the Physical
Activity/Nutrition program for a speaker for teens/nutrition.
Community education for young people is a big part of what they
do! (And it's free!) Call 981-5300 for more information.
I'm looking for an introductory course on holistic nutrition - something
that meets locally for a few hours a week. Ideally, it would start in
January and run for a semester or so. Thanks!
You should try Elephant Pharmacy. They have classes taught by local nutritionists on a
monthly basis. One of the really great nutrition instructors, Ed Bauman, gives talks
every other month in the Berkeley store. He's the founder of the holistic nutrition
college, www.baumancollege.org. His talks are always on a Saturday from
I am seeking recommendations for a nutritionist to work with me
on cultivating health-oriented eating habits. I have just
finished 6 months of chemotherapy for colon cancer, and need to
eat a colon-friendly diet to reduce the chances of a recurrence
of my cancer. I also have weight to lose, which would further
help reduce my chances of a cancer recurrence. Can anyone please
recommend a nutritionist used to working with middle-aged women
with health issues? I am looking for strong dietary advice with
a sensitivity to my eating preferences and family circumstances,
plus monitoring. I am looking for someone with a practical
sensibility. I would prefer a woman and someone located in or
close to Berkeley.
Nori Hudson is your gal.
She's an excellent nutritional educator, consultant, teacher.
Her e-mail is email@example.com
Nori has helped me and my family so much over the years. She REALLY knows the body, food,
supplements, how it all works together. She amazes me. Good luck to you. In good health.
You can search for local dietitians at the website of the American Dietetic Association:
www.eatright.org. Click on ''find a nutrition professional'' and you can search by
location, as well as by specialty (ie oncology, digestive disorders, weight loss). another
I do not know of a nutritionist, but I do know of a well written, thorough book on nutrition
and using nutrition for healing, called Healing With Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford. This
man's life work, of studying Eastern medicine, modern nutrition, etc. is in this book and it
has sections that will adress your issue. I do not want to say this will take the place of a
nutritionist, but this guy knows his stuff, this book is the real deal, and I hope you can
find it. It was just republished recently, so I figure you will be able to
I heartily recommend Michelle Nemer. She offers comprehensive
dietary and lifestyle recommendations and provides weekly follow
up for clients. She has extensive history with colon cancer and
other cancers - and clients who have used all manner of medical
She has more than 20 years experience with macrobiotics and
traditional Asian medicine and will undoubtedly recommend a
principally plant based way of eating and specific foods to
balance and strengthen major organ systems, immunity and blood
quality. She also teaches workshops and cooking classes.
Check her website: http://home.earthlink.net/~mnemer/ for more
information. email her
(firstname.lastname@example.org). She is in El Cerrito.
Michelle also works with a variety of health concerns: from the
more serious chronic degenerative illnesses to general health
promotion and maintenance, children's health issues from fussy
eating to ADHD, asthma, allergies etc. She provides pregnancy,
labor and post partum support and has assisted numerous hospital
and home births.
And she also has an extensive referral network to connect clients
to other helpful practitioners from naturopathic MD's to
acupuncturists, midwives, doulas, chiropractors, feng shui
consultants, cooks, cooking instructors some of whom she trained
personally, and other bodyworkers etc.
More info than you wanted, perhaps. But as a two-time cancer
survivor myself, this is a subject near and dear to my heart. I
wish you the best of health!
My husband has slightly high cholesterol and very high
triglycerides and would like to try and reduce it through diet
rather than taking the drugs. He has since started swimming two-
three times a week, but has seen no change in his chol. levels.
He worries that most lowering cholesterol diets seemed to be
aimed at weight loss, but he is not overweight. He'd like to
get a meal plan and guidelines to help him lower his levels
without ''withering away to nothing.'' Either a nutritionist or a
good website would help us at this point.
too high but too skinny
Jessie Harsham , MPH, RD, is a registered dietitian and is in the Alta Bates Summit
Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. She is very knowledgdable about diet and cholesterol
and vey encouraging with practical strategies for improving diet and excercise. I saw
her twice a few years back and am not sure if she is still there. I saw her at 3030
Telegraph Avenue (across side street form Whole Foods). Her phone number: (510) 204-
1928. I do not know what health insurance she takes.
I can highly recommend Nori Hudson as an extremeley knowledgable nutritional
consultant/educator. Her number in Berkeley is 847-3197. What I know about
cholesterol is that exercise is the best way to raise HDL, and Omega 3 fatty acides
lowers LDL. It's a start.
You can find a local Nutritionist (Registered Dietitian) at www.eatright.org, look
under ''finding a nutrition professional.''
A good website to start with is americanheart.org, under ''healthy lifestyle.'' This
has info on getting adequate calories, so your husband won't thin down too much.
Re: Alternative Dr. for recurring Cellulitus infection
Please call Nori Hudson, 847-3197. Nori is a nutritional
educator, consultant. She knows more about nutrition than anyone
I''ve ever met (and remembers it all).
SHe recently helped me with a liver congestion problem(pain in
my side under my ribs) I was having. It involved my thyroid and
adrenal glands. By changing my diet, drinking a few different
herbal teas I am now feeling 1000 times better. My MD was ready
to schedule me for gallbladder surgery. Nori is a gem. I've
seen her a few times over the past few years and every time she
is right on.
Re: Alternative practitioner for prescription medication side effects
Nori Hudson is a nutritional educator. She is SOOO knowledgable
it blows my mind sometimes how much info she holds in her brain
and can tell you about at any moment. She's really an
inspiration and has helped me and my family tremendously with
various health issues. Her number is 847-3197. She teaches a
nutrition certification program at the Bauman College of
Nutrition. Good luck,
I'm looking for recommendations for a nutritionist/dietician type of person
who is knowledgeable about the connection between food and mood,
and kinds of food and diet which promote healing. I think if I have an
actual person to coach me and prod me and give me a specific plan I
will be more likely to make permanent changes in my eating habits,
rather than getting caught up reading books and not actually changing
anything. I will have spinal surgery this year and want to help my body
be in as good condition as possible to withstand this and promote
(bone) healing, considering I'm quite a bit older than the first time I had
this procedure done. If anyone reading this can suggest other things
they've done to help them heal, and to cope with altered body mobility,
I'd love to hear them.
I can highly recommend Nori Hudson. She is a certified nutrition
consultant. I have been taking classes from her at Bauman College
and reaped many benefits from her vast knowledge of food and
nutrition. She will work with you and help guide you to your
goals in an open and gentle manner.
Nori can be reached at 510-847-3197 or by email at
Does anyone have recommendations for a
registered dietician, preferably one who has worked with
breastfeeding moms post-partum? I am only 5'2'' and need to
lose at least 50 pounds. Two back-to-back pregnancies have
taken their toll. I realize it will take a while, but I would
like to do it right, especially because I'm breastfeeding.
Thanks for your recommendations!
Nori Hudson is a ''Nutritional Educator and Consultant''.
She knows more about nutrition than anyone I''ve ever spoken to.
She helped me a few years ago when I turned 50 and felt
generally crappy and overweight.
She sent me a bunch of papers about my medical history and every
possible symptom to fill out before meeting with her. Then I met
with her two or three times for about 1 1/2 hours each.
She suggested some lab tests I should get, got me started on a
really good cleansing diet (I needed yeast free, at that time)
and gave me some really good supplements. I felt better within
At that point she referred me on to someone else who she felt
could help me more with specific issues I had, but I check in
with her now and then and she is always happy to steer me in the
She is in Berkeley, 847-3197.
She also teaches a nutritional certification program at a nearby
institute (can't remember the name).
Good luck. Please call her, she's really so great.
I know that your post requested info about a nutritionist, but I
would also like to recommend Weight Watchers as a sensible way
to lose baby weight. I lost 35 pounds while breastfeeding my
son, was hardly ever hungry, and have been very pleased with the
program. WW provides a lot of information about healthy eating
habits, exercise and weight issues in general. Also, as a new
mom, I really enjoyed the social aspects of the meetings, which
are very good in this area. Good luck!
My 11 month old son is now nursing only 4 times a day and is
allergic to milk products and soy, possibly eggs, too. I'm
afraid he's getting more carbs than anything else...mostly
pureed organic babyfood since we're having trouble getting him
to eat ''real'' food, except for slices of whole wheat bread and
Cheerios. I'd like to talk with someone who can recommend a diet
that will provide enough protein and calcium. He's an unusually
large child for his age, weighing in a 23+ pounds and 33 inches
long...so I guess I'd also like to know how many calories he
needs along with the protein/carb/fat component breakdown. His
weight gain has really slowed since he went from 6 to 4 feedings
per day (within the past month) Are there pediatric dieticians?
Children's Hospital in Oakland has pediatric dietitians who
specialize in different areas of care.
Do you know of a nutritionist or healer treating depression and
anxiety with nutrition and supplements?
(preferably affordable, preferably but not necessarily a
certified clinical nutritionist). Any leads that seem close,
would be very appreciated. This is urgent. thanks.
mom needing natural help
Chi Nei Tsang can be very helpful in addressing dietary issues related to depression
or any undigested emotions. It's a taoist practice using internal organ massage, diet,
exercise, and meditation to facilitate a healthy digestive system - both physically
and emotionally. The wholistic and practical nature of this tradition is an incredible
resource to me in my life and in my work with clients. You are welcome to contact
me if you have questions or call the Chi Nei Tsang Inst. in Berkeley for a list of
practitioners. Good luck!
I recommend Emily Bender 415-453-8160. She is excellent and a
dedicated problem solver, very committed to using food and
supplements, well trained.
You may be interested in utilizing the services of a
naturopathic doctor, who is trained in western medical science
but uses nutrition and other natural healing therapies. I know
that I have had good success treating depression and anxiety
using therapeutic nutrients to help rebalance the brain
chemistry. I also may utilize laboratory testing to help
determine these imbalances. Feel free to call my office (925-
602-0582)to find out more or to get a referral for another ND
that might fit your needs.
I've searched the archives to no avail: desperately seeking a
nutritionist for our son, preferably East Bay. Thanks for any
We saw Gail Seche at Children's Hospital Oakland for several
years. She was quite calm (good listener) and had good practical
advice. The practice there (part of the GI clinic) leans towards
mainstream food products but adapted their database for our
Whole Foods/Trader Joe's diet (we were tracking and trying to
increase caloric intake for our son). Good luck.
Nori Hudson is the person to help you. She is a nutritional
educator, consultant, etc. She REALLY knows her stuff..it amazes
me to listen to her. She teaches about children's nutrition in
schools and in private consultations. She will do a complete
history of your child before your initial visit. And she knows
great ways to sneak healthy food into unwilling children. She
works with children and adults (and is a parent herself).
Her number is 847-3197. Good luck
Does anyone know of a good nutritionist (or chef or dietician
or...) who can take a list of foods my family likes and create a
list of healthy vegetarian menus, with relatively easy/quick
recipes? We've lost all imagination, and I for one am rapidly
gaining weight on the stuck-in-a-rut carb-and-cheese-rich quick
foods we're eating. I've avoided going to nutritionists or the
like before, because although we're not really picky as a group,
we do have taste/texture preferences that are important to us
actually eating what someone recommends. If you have
recommendations, please email me directly
or respond to the list.
trying to improve
Oh my God! I could have written your post. Please pass on to me
any recommendations you get. I'd like to add that I've recently
become concerned about our protein intake as whenever I
conciously make the effort (adding a protein shake, etc.) my
active 12-year-old daughter says she really feels she has more
energy. We need help..
I teach nutrition at a vocational school here in Berkeley. One of my former students is an
amazingly creative person when it comes to recipe modification,
adaptation to different taste buds, and accomodating food preferences. Here is information
Bari Mandelbaum, Certified Nutrition Consultant
foodfairie at hotmail dot com
Another of my former students, also a nutritionist, has worked for Wind Chime of Marin (a
seniors home) and has a great imagination and flair for preparing and
presenting tasty, healthy, and personalized menus. Her name is Leigh Trombley and she can be
reached at (415) 721-0839 or Ppepperlane at aol dot com.
Re: Weight loss resources: E-diets.com? (June 2003)
I have never tried e-diets, so I can't speak to that, but I do
know a great nutritionist. Her name is Michele Vivas, and
her office is on College Ave. in Rockridge (she recently
moved there from Telegraph.) I actually found her in the
recommendation archives. I saw her on an ongoing basis,
and found her to be down-to-earth, funny, and extremely
helpful. She is a Clinical Nutritionist and Exercise
Physiologist, so she understands the science of the body
very well, and as far as I know she does not do anything with
herbs or acupuncture. I really appreciated her directness,
non-judgemental stance, humor, and wealth of knowledge.
My friend saw her one time, so I know she will do a one
appointment consultation. I can't recommend her enough!
Re: Weight loss resources: E-diets.com? (June 2003)
If you are a member of the Berkeley Y, I believe you can see a
nutritionist for free, for a group session/orientation (and ask
questions there), and for cheap or free in a follow-up personal
Your health plan may also offer something like this - if you
have UC Berkeley coverage, check out the Tang Center, or if you
have Kaiser, they usually cover this kind of consult - maybe
other plans do too?
Should also be losing weight
My wife was recently diagnosed with gestational diabetes. It
was a late diagnosis -- OMNI Prenatal forgot to tell her that
her initial glucose screen came back positive so we were a
month late in getting treatment.
OMNI has been a tremendous disappointment, and the
nurtitionist with the state ''Sweet Success'' program has
been unappealing and perfunctory in her approach to us.
We are very worried about the health of the baby (and
mother). Can anyone recommend a nutritionist in the
Berkeley area with expertise in gestational diabetes? We
need to speak with someone and would be happy to do this
I had gestational diabetes as well and went to Alta Bates at
5730 Telegraph avenue. I worked with Missy who is the
nutritionist there. I found her to be informative and very
helpful with the changes needed in my diet. I learned how to
inject insulin when needed and received a BP check as well as
listened to the baby's heartbeat each time that i went. Good
luck with everything.
Try Michelle Vivas in
Berkeley. 510-642-5075. She's terrific.
Having just recovered from an unexpected illness and surgery for thyroid
cancer, I'd love some guidance from a trained nutritionist who has
experience dealing with illness, diet as it relates to recovery and
wellness, and hormonal issues. Many thanks
I worked with Judy Levine, RN at the American Heart
Association in SF, but she also has a private
practice. She is very gentle and understanding.
The last number I had for her is : 415-665-2522
I see Carol Lourie, who is a nutritionist, naturopath and homepath and
specializes in cases that have not been successfully treated by conventional
medicine. She has treated me many times (with great results) and I referred
her to friends on occasion who have been very happy. She has been the
profession for many years and is extremely confident and knowledgable. She
has a no-nonsense approach, which I like. Her office, The Center for Natural
Health Care, is in Berkeley and her number is 510-526-2028
Julie Devin is a licensed acupuncturist and nutritional counselor. I've been
seeing her for more than a year for a variety of issues (none as serious as
yours), as has my son with a variety of allergies. Julie is very competant,
has worked with a variety of illnesses, hormone issues (including my
hypothyroid condition) and has helped our family tremendously. I've referred
several people to her over the last 18 months with rave reports (in fact a
woman I recently referred to Julie had thyroid cancer surgery a while ago and
was not doing well with her medication). Julie's number is 652-5014. Healing
wishes to you.
Check out Isaac Cohen with the
Alta Bates Comprehensive Center. He is trained in
Chinese medicine who treats with herbs, diet, accupressure. I don't have a
phone number for him but the Cancer Center will.
Best of luck,
I've heard really good things about Dr. Beth MacDougal at the Preventive
Medicine Center (415/566-1000). While she's not a nutritionist per se, she
does consult with people on using diet and exercise to deal with health
Michele Vivas, at the Tang Center, is a clinical nutritionist and exercise
physiologist. She is very knowledgable, practical and funny! I highly
recommend her and her class, "Healthy Lifestyles," offered through Tang.
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