Bridging the Gap with Virtual Nutrition Counseling

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Nutrition Now is a virtual nutrition counseling service that is tailored to fit the unique needs of busy clients who are eager to conceive or enhance pre and postnatal health. The service was launched by Registered Dietitian, Certified Lactation Educator-Counselor, Certified Personal Trainer and devoted mom-of-one Lauren Manaker. Having struggled with infertility and a challenging pregnancy personally while balancing the demands of an ambitious career, Lauren knows, first-hand, how hard it can be to fit healthcare appointments into an already full schedule. Even with adequate time and money to see specialists, it can be easy to overlook the most basic aspect of reproductive health—nutrition. 

Nutrition has a profound impact on a couple’s ability to conceive, and proper nutrition is the cornerstone of a healthy pregnancy and postpartum self-care. As such, it is crucial that couples who are attempting to conceive, women who have conceived and those who have recently given birth get accurate and timely advice about what to eat and why. Nutritional guidance needs to be…

 
  • More substantive than a doctor’s boilerplate brochure
  • More accurate than well-meaning advice from a friend or family member
  • Less time consuming than consulting with “Dr. Google” and attempting to discern medical fact from fiction
 

Nutrition Now fulfills those needs by providing convenient access to a Registered Dietitian.


Learn more about virtual nutrition counseling services.


Meet Lauren Manaker

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

Lauren Manaker is a Registered Dietitian turned entrepreneur. She launched Nutrition Now in 2018 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.

Lauren’s credentials start with the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL), where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition. She later earned a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition and also completed the Commission on Dietetic Registration clinical training program at Rush University Medical Center (Chicago, IL).  During her training, she worked as a research assistant at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Atlanta, GA), and Shands Hospital (Gainesville, FL). 

Lauren later earned a Lactation Educator-Counselor certification from the University of California (San Diego, CA), and a certificate of training on Food Allergies through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She 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, and she has held leadership positions within the Medical Nutrition Practice Group and Women’s Health Practice Group of AND. She is presently a member of the AND Breastfeeding Policy and Advocacy committee. 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. Recently, "freelance writer" was added to her resume, and her work can be found or quoted in various media outlets such as Scary Mommy, Cooking Light, Charleston Mom's Blog, and Shape Magazine. In 2018, she was the recipient of the prestigious Emerging Professional in Women's Health Award from the Women's Health Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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.