Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Anton.
Lauren, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I became interested in eating disorders while studying sports nutrition while working on my Masters in Nutritional Science. I realized that if I was going to do sports nutrition, I needed to be well-versed in the treatment of eating disorders. For my Master’s thesis, I devised a controlled pilot study examining the effects of intuitive eating – based nutrition education on adolescent female cross country runners. The study went well and I presented it via poster session at a couple national conferences. I have worked at most levels of care for eating disorder treatment at several capacities, from clinical dietitian to Director of Nutrition Services. I now own my own private practice: Arrive: Nutrition~Movement~Life.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I learned a LOT while working at various levels of care. It’s really the best education I got — just listening to the lived experiences of those whom I got the opportunity to work with. The more I listened, and the more I shed any assumptions about the person, the better the work we did together. I have also learned the importance of downtime and teach my clients this, as well. If I’m going to be of service to others, I need to be taking care of myself. Simple things such as getting to sleep on time, deep breathing for one minute, mentally noting or actually writing down things I’m grateful for in my life — these become essential in this work. I’ve also cultivated a group of friends and colleagues who understand this work and who speak my language, and that is a source of renewal, as well.
Please tell us about Arrive: Nutrition~Movement~Life.
I specialize in nutrition therapy and intuitive movement, eating disorders, sports nutrition, and love seeing anyone who wants to explore their relationship with food and/ or physical activity. I work one-on-one with clients to dismantle beliefs about food and physical activity that block them from living fully. We can do this a few ways: in-office visits are one way. I also go grocery shopping with clients, go out on meal outings, mindful eating, and in-home cooking experientials. The point of these is to allow the client to learn what their own “food personality” is, apart from the “rules” that society tells us to follow. I am a Health at Every Size (R) practitioner and encourage a cultivation of body trust and the realization that you are the expert of your own body. You just need to tune in.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I live and work in Culver City and I LOVE it. It is so family-centered! My son loves the parks and the school district is top-notch. I also love that there are so many wonderful dining options! My husband was a chef for many years and with me as a Dietitian, we are just a family of foodies. We love trying out the eateries around us. What I love about the LA area in general is the local access to culture, dining, beach, city. You name it, we got it! We also have an excessive amount of traffic, which is, of course, my least favorite thing about our city!
- Address: 13101 Washington Blvd, Suite 248, Los Angeles, CA 90066
- Website: www.arrivenutrition.com
- Phone: (323)369-5940
- Email: LaurenAntonRD@gmail.com
- Instagram: @laurenantonrd
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laurenantonrd/
- Twitter: @lganutrition
John Helyar (just the one in the red shirt)