RENEW YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD AND MOVEMENT
Lauren Anton, MS, RD, CEDRD-S, CPT (CDR # 1019451) is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer in private practice in Culver City, CA.
As a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian, Lauren specializes in eating disorders, athletes and eating disorders, exercise dependence and avoidance, sports nutrition, and helping those who struggle with their weight find peace with their body. She is also an Approved Supervisor through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp) to train other dietitians in eating disorder treatment.
Lauren specializes in assisting clients in moving away from a punitive experience with food and movement to one of self-compassion and self-care. Her non-diet, weight-inclusive, Health at Every Size® approach allows clients to shed the rules and regulations that bind them to behaviors that no longer serve them. Lauren is passionate about normalizing and enhancing the eating experience and encourages each of her clients to “taste their food with all their senses” in her Mindful Eating experientials.
As an expert in eating disorders and nutrition therapy, Lauren has spoken at numerous national conferences and events on adolescents, eating disorders, athletes and eating disorders, and sports nutrition, and has presented her own research examining the effects of intuitive eating – based nutrition education on adolescent female cross country runners. She has been quoted in publications such as the Washington Post, BuzzFeed, and the Huffington Post.
Lauren has served as a co-chair on the Academy of Eating Disorders Weight Stigma and Social Justice Special Interest Group and as a board member on the iaedp Los Angeles Chapter board.
Each person who walks through my door has their own story. During our first session, we will uncover that story and put together an eating and activity history. We will talk about your goals and preferences, family history, medical history and symptoms, and eating and physical activity patterns throughout your life. Subsequent sessions will vary, based on your individual needs and goals. I seek to allow all my clients to begin to re-connect to their innate hunger and fullness cues and how certain situations, emotions, and history distort your perception of physical hunger and fullness, leading to emotional over- or under-eating.
Sometimes, families need assistance in coming together over a meal. We will work to establish feeding and eating guidelines using Ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibility approach and exploring what is already working and what you would like to see changed. The goal: having flexibility, joy, and maybe some fun with family eating!
As human beings, we are wired to enjoy food — it is part of our survival mechanism. We will begin to tap into our senses to more fully experience the food we eat, learning techniques that will allow you to develop a keener sense of hunger and fullness cues and learn actual food preferences, as opposed to obeying food “rules.”
In our society’s race towards having the so-called “perfect” physique, the joy of being able to move one’s body is frequently lost. Physical “play” becomes the chore of exercise and is often aimed at weight loss, leaving no room for actual enjoyment and appreciation of one’s body. We will work to uncover what activities you love, what your body wants and is able to do, and finding reasons to move aside from weight manipulation. In so doing, you can begin to experience the gratitude and freedom that comes when you discover ways you can enjoy the body in which you live. We will work in-office or in the outdoors at one of the surrounding parks in Culver City, located within walking distance of my office, and other agreed-upon local locations as indicated.
Eating enough to fuel for your sport and increase your performance is the goal. Too often, athletes — from weekend warriors to elite athletes– will underestimate their nutritional needs, which decreases performance and can increase injury. Timing will also be addressed to ensure you are adequately fueled at the right times for practice and competition.
An unhealthy relationship with food can decrease the food we allow into our life, allowing fear to dictate our choices. When we have a healthy relationship with food, we can make choices that spring from curiosity, joy, and respect.. Together, we will work to decrease anxiety and expand variety and enjoyment at local eateries, enjoying food in a social atmosphere while being mindful of the sensory and ambiance experience. We can also do mindful eating experientials in-office with foods that are meaningful to you.
Too busy to cook? Don’t know how? Feel like it’s a waste of time to cook for yourself? Let’s have some fun cooking in your home and how cooking can be a natural part of your life that you might even start to look forward to!
Grocery stores and farmer’s markets can seem overwhelming for some. For others, new ideas can arise from a hands-on, fresh perspective. This experiential is tailored to your needs, whether that be getting a few days of groceries or a walk-through detailing the new food you can begin to add to your meal and snack-time repertoire.
I look forward to helping you begin your new relationship with food and movement! Feel free to call or email me for more information