Bridging the Gap with Nutrition Guidance and Expertise

Meet Lauren Manaker MS, RDN, LD, CLEC


Lauren Manaker is a Registered Dietitian turned entrepreneur and author. She launched her business after struggling with infertility and becoming a mother. Her personal experiences shed a spotlight on how much anecdotal and unsupported information is out there, and Lauren has made it her mission is to make accurate nutrition advice more accessible. In 2019, she authored the book Fueling Male Fertility: Nutrition and Lifestyle Guidance for Men Trying to Conceive.

Lauren’s credentials:

  • Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition. University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)

  • Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition. Rush University (Chicago, IL)

  • Commission on Dietetic Registration clinical training program at Rush University Medical Center (Chicago, IL) 

  • Lactation Educator-Counselor certification. (University of California, San Diego)

  • Research assistant at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Atlanta, GA), and Shands Hospital (Gainesville, FL)

  • Food Allergies certificate of training (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)

Infertility, Preconception, Prenatal & Postnatal Support from a Virtual Dietitian

Lauren’s Noteworthy Accomplishments:

  • Currently holding position on the executive committee of the Women’s Health Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2019-2020

  • Recipient of Emerging Professional in Women’s Health Award from the Women’s Health DPG of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2018

  • Member of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Breastfeeding Advocacy Committee, 2018-2019

  • Executive Committee member of Medical Nutrition Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2009-2011

  • Expert reviewer of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics position papers

  • Inaugurated into the Morrison Management RDN Hall of Fame, 2011

  • Contributor to media outlets such as Motherly, Scary Mommy, Organic Spa Magazine, Charleston Mom’s Blog,, and

  • Expert source for media outlets such as CNN, US News and World Report, Daily Mail, Women’s Health Magazine, SHAPE, Reader’s Digest, The Oprah Magazine, HealthiNation, and Cooking Light

  • Expert contributor to medical resources such as Atlanta Medical Association newsletter, Plastic Surgical Nursing Journal, Cultural Food Practices (published by Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics), and Endometriosis in Adolescents book by Ceana Nezhat, MD.

  • Expert reviewer for medical resources written for the public, including Looking Out for Number Two by Brian Varadabedian, MD and The Stress Free IVF Nutrition Guide by Elizabeth Shaw, MS, RDN.

Lauren worked with one of the most prominent Perinatologists in Southern Florida. Her inpatient experiences include acute care of pregnant women experiencing hyperemesis gravidarum, prenatal parenteral nutrition management, preeclampsia management, and lactation support.  She was also an integral part of the neonatal intensive care unit team, where she learned first-hand why self care for the mother is integral to maintaining milk supply and being both physically and mentally available for her new baby. Her outpatient experience includes nutrition counseling and insulin management for women diagnosed with gestational diabetes and preconception weight management. Lauren also has corporate experience. During Lauren's employment with Nestle’s Maternal and Infant Nutrition Division, she was nominated by Nestle leadership to represent the organization at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference for four consecutive years, and was the recipient of many awards while maintaining various positions within the organization. Nestle exposed Lauren to the most current and innovative research associated with nutrition. 

Lauren has been a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) since 2002. Lauren’s work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and in academy newsletters and books. She was asked to be a reviewer for two AND position papers.

Lauren currently lives and works in Charleston, SC. She is licensed in both South Carolina and Georgia, and with the formation of Nutrition Now, she is equipped to offer nutrition counseling and support services nationwide.

Purchase Her Book: Fueling Male Fertility-nutrition and lifestyle guidance for men trying to conceive