Areas of Expertise
Lauren's digestive health expertise includes up-to-date nutrition therapy for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other functional bowel disorders, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), gastroparesis, reflux/GERD, mast cell activation syndrome/histamine intolerance, and more.
Lauren is an expert in the Low FODMAP Diet, and offers support and education for clients who wish to try this evidence-based approach to managing IBS symptoms. While the Low FODMAP Diet is helpful for many, it is not the appropriate choice for all; Lauren offers many other treatment options tailored to each patient’s individual needs and preferences. Lauren has studied extensively with digestive health experts Kate Scarlata, RD, MPH and Tamara Duker Freuman, MS, RD and has incorporated their treatment approaches into her own practice.
Lauren especially enjoys working with clients who have digestive symptoms and eating disorders, and understands the complexity of these issues.
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Eating Disorders, Disordered Eating, and
Lauren is trained in the Intuitive Eating method and uses this framework as a foundation to help clients develop a healthy relationship with food and body. She uses a non-diet approach influenced by the principles of Health at Every Size®.
Lauren recognizes that each person has a unique history and relationship with food and their own body. This history includes family and cultural influence, diet culture, social media, and societal expectations. Lauren wants to help you better understand your history in order to leave negative messages behind and make peace with food. She tailors her approach based on your individual goals, and strongly believes that working collaboratively is the key to successful treatment.
Lauren has spoken on the topic of nutrition therapy and eating disorders at the Annual Nutrition Convention and Exposition (ANCE), the Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA) Annual Conference, and the Massachusetts Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has also presented at the GI Motility and Brain-Gut Disorders Course at Harvard Medical School.
Additionally, Lauren has collaborated with Marci Evans, RD to create a professional training resource for clinicians:
Gut-directed hypnotherapy has been shown to reduce symptoms of IBS, improve quality of life, and reduce anxiety and depression related to these digestive issues. Lauren is a trained practitioner in clinical hypnotherapy and has found it to be very effective for many of her clients.
About Dear Nutrition
Lauren's passion for nutrition grew out of a love for cooking and growing food. She was brought up in a food-obsessed Jewish household where the freezer was always so full you had to stand back before opening it. During her college years, Lauren spent five months traveling and working on farms in a variety of jobs. After graduating in 2005, she worked on two organic farms in western Massachusetts, and also taught gardening, nutrition, and cooking to elementary and middle school children. These experiences shaped Lauren's approach to nutrition counseling. Her own GI diagnosis inspired her to specialize in digestive health.
In Lauren's free time, she can be found experimenting in the kitchen, taking walks around Boston, collecting vintage kitchenware, and most of all, laughing, playing, and eating with her husband and daughter.
BA, Smith College, American Studies and Education
MS, Tufts University Friedman School, Food Policy and Applied Nutrition
Didactic Program in Dietetics, Simmons College
Dietetic Internship, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center