Meet Katie Di Lauro, RDN
As a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist, Katie specializes in adult weight management, digestive health, heart health, functional nutrition, preventive health, and lifestyle and behavior change. Katie aims to help clients explore their personal barriers to wellness by providing strategic and motivational wellness plans. Her approach is unique in the way that together you will create a personalized map to your wellness using a series of educational, motivational, and accountability techniques.
As an experienced corporate wellness consultant and certified Corporate Wellness Program Manager, Katie brings experience of both large and small corporate group health management. She supports organizations by creating innovative solutions to fit unique needs. Katie is passionate about helping clients support healthier employees and encourage individuals to understand and maximize their personal well-being.
B.S. in Clinical Nutrition from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Certified Adult Weight Management Specialist
Certified Corporate Wellness Program Manager
Certified Corporate Wellness Program Coordinator
Certified Corporate Culture Coach
Fitness and Nutrition Education Specialist Certificate
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
California Dietetic Association
Dietitians in Integrated Functional Medicine
“Whether dealing with weight issues, supplements, food intake or whatever else that so many of us sabotage ourselves with. Katie approached my personal issues with openness while remaining a true professional. I felt listened to – always in a positive manner, her kindness showed itself in concern for my wellbeing. I am encouraged to continue my drive to eat healthier and consider how my lifestyle affects my overall health.
She is like a ‘beacon in the night’. Thank you Katie!
Frequently Asked Questions
What experience do you have in the nutrition and wellness field?
I started my career as a personal trainer in 2001. After graduating with my bachelor’s degree in applied nutrition, I worked for a local company that focuses on physical education for children. I was tasked with developing a program that implemented nutrition education while providing community outreach and teaching teachers to be healthy role models. Through that experience I launched into worksite wellness, realizing that adults were in dire need of nutrition education as well. Since many of us spend 40+ hours a week at work, it makes sense that we should foster a workplace environment that supports and practices healthy lifestyle choices, right? After almost 4 years as a corporate wellness consultant, I found that my most rewarding moments were when I was able to contribute to an individual’s lifestyle shift that resulted in a healthier and happier person. I decided to leave the corporate world to practice as a dietitian. Since then I have had the privilege to work with amazing medical and osteopathic doctors. More importantly I have been able to help individuals better understand their health status, weight loss, improve their heart health, manage diabetes, prevent disease, eat with joy, and let go of food-guilt.
Why do people say our health is 80% about nutrition? Proper nutrition is not only about weight loss and maintenance but diet is tightly related to our energy levels, mood, immunity, and preventive health among many more benefits for you heart, hormones, and digestion.
What is the difference between a nutritionist and a dietitian?
Anyone can call himself or herself a nutritionist. There are no regulations behind the title. That isn’t to say there aren’t some great nutritionists out there, but their education is not structured, regulated or mandated. Dietitians have to graduate with at least a bachelors or masters’ degree in nutrition from an accredited university. After earning a degree they must then apply for a [competitive] dietetic internship, which requires at least 1200 hours of supervised practice in various areas. The final phase is to pass the registered dietitian exam. Dietitians are prepared to practice clinical nutrition and medical nutrition therapy.
What do people look for in a dietitian?
I think is it very important to relate to your dietitian. If you find a dietitian that doesn’t practice in a way that you can relate to, for example, they provide strict meal plans with little flexibly (that’s not me) and you don’t enjoy eating with structure or rules, then keep looking. The personal connection is also very important; you need to be comfortable sharing your successes and struggles. My advice is to meet with the dietitian and make sure you are comfortable with them. Make sure to let them know what you are looking for and ask if they can help with your specific needs or health conditions. If not, ask for a referral.
What is the biggest challenge when working with a dietitian?
Nutrition choices are strongly influenced by emotions, traditions, and lifestyle habits that formed when we were young. Most of us have said it at one point: “I know what I need to do, I just need to actually do it”. This may be a true statement, but what I try to focus on is the implementation. With many of my clients I do a lot of education, but I also focus on overcoming the barriers that stand in the way of practicing healthier choices. This is the biggest obstacle for many people. I find that my clients are most successful when they have a commitment to regular appointments with me that provide continuing education, accountability and support.
What is your own nutrition philosophy?
MODERATION! I learned a long time ago that you can’t take treats away from people, you just have to find ways to make it fit in along the journey to success. I like to provide my clients with education so they can ultimately make an informed decision about food choices. I also like to make it easy and fun… celebrate successes! A goal is achieved by a series of small successes. If you ‘blew it’ or feel guilty over food choices, then we will spend time exploring ways to overcome the barriers that led to those choices so the path can be more successful next time.
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