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LA’s Best Health And Nutrition Experts

September 13, 2013 6:00 AM

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(credit: Joy Bitonio)

(credit: Joy Bitonio)

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(credit: Jeremy Strubel)

As Jim Rohn eloquently says, “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” Quality nutrition is one of the most significant ways to do this. Aside from fueling our bodies to perform basic functions, food impacts our mood, energy, cravings, mental capacity, sex drive and sleep quality.

Whether you are determined to lead a healthier lifestyle or have specific health-related goals or issues to address, working with nutrition professionals is the way to go. These experts demystify the relationship between food and a healthy body to craft a personalized plan for your specific health needs and goals. Our relationship to food is often an emotional one and common triggers and obstacles can be identified with the help of an expert. If you’re ready to make the positive lifestyle changes your body will thank you for, here is a list of pros that offer a variety of methodologies for you to choose from.

(credit: Elissa Goodman)

(credit: Elissa Goodman)

Elissa Goodman

(323) 596-0003
www.elissagoodman.com

Goodman is a Holistic Nutritionist and LA’s leading cleanse expert who believes that “once you cleanse your body, you will cleanse your entire life.” She is the expert behind the comprehensive cleanse programs at both Café Gratitude and M Café. She discovered that food and self-love was the way to go when it came to curing herself of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Since then, she has committed herself to partnering with thousands of clients to successfully do the same. Goodman’s coaching style is one that enables client to have the knowledge and confidence necessary to ensure their progress continues toward permanent change, long after they complete their six-week program.

Whether you’re looking to kick cravings, lose weight, heal disease or increase energy, private coaching with Goodman is the way to go. She creates custom programs and supports clients along their personal journey to living the best life possible.

(credit: Jeffery S. Beasley)

(credit: Jeffery S. Beasley)

The Life Chef

www.lalifechef.com

Seth Santoro (Founder of The Life Chef) is an LA-based health and nutrition coach who spent most of his life as an athlete widely considered to be a healthy individual. After experiencing the loss of his mother to cancer, Santoro’s passion towards health and mastering the essentials of a proper diet deepened.

Santoro takes on the approach of whole body and mind wellness. Not only is he a Board Certified Holistic Healthcare Practitioner, but he is also an NASM-certified personal trainer. As The Life Chef, he does everything from coach clients of all ages on how to be healthy, teach cooking classes, holds workshops and more. He even has a meal delivery services that takes the guesswork out of healthy eating for busy Angelenos.

Santoro says, “I will guide you to live in the present and sustain miracles in your daily life. I will help you discover the power that’s already in you, but is just hidden or blocked. Bringing it out invariably solves problems, previously thought unsolvable. There’s nothing more fulfilling then watching a person transform and live a healthier and happier life. I teach people how to be healthy in all aspects of their lives and I give them tools to reach their goals and can sustain them. The by-product is happiness. I enjoy helping individuals discover the best version of themselves.”

(credit: Kimberly Snyder)

(credit: Kimberly Snyder)

Glow Bio by Kimberly Snyder

(323) 782-3939
www.myglowbio.com

Kimberly Snyder is an in-demand clinical nutritionist, bestselling author and the go-to nutritionist for several top celebrities and media outlets. She believes that “outer beauty is a reflection of inner health.” Clients follow a holistic protocol intended to heal the body from the cellular level up to increase energy and achieve beautiful balance. Her eating plans, recipes and tips can suit all lifestyles, though she emphasizes a mainly plant foods-based diet. Although Snyder is not taking on new clients at the moment, people interested in following her nutrition principles can head to Glow Bio in LA to get her signature smoothies, and as of recently, some of her signature dishes.

(credit: Koya Webb)

(credit: Koya Webb)

Koya Webb

(310) 818-6622
www.koyawebb.com

Koya Webb is an internationally-recognized holistic health, fitness and nutrition expert. She is known as a “transformation specialist” with her life-changing “Mind and Body Detox Retreats” that are held across the country. Nutritional advice and services are provided to participants during these three-to-10 day programs. She is also author of the book “Koya’s Kuisine: Foods You Love That Love You Back” to help people make healthy lifestyle choices that cultivate self love, weight loss, increased energy and their best health. She has a roster of celebrity clients and is also a highly-regarded expert for nationally recognized media outlets and publications.

(credit: MLH Wellness)

(credit: MLH Wellness)

MLH Wellness

6404 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 1025
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 425-3045
www.mlhwellness.com

At MLH Wellness, the goal is to “treat the source, not the symptom.” Founder Monica Hershaft entered her unique profession as a nutrition response testing practitioner after a long battle with her own health issues. She utilizes nutrition response testing along with the cutting-edge technology of the Asyra PRO to identify the cause of common health concerns. Today, she is one of only 300 people in the country certified in Advanced Clinical Training (ACT) in nutrition response testing. These tools gather information about how the body is functioning, with which a homeopathic formula is custom-made for each individual according to the findings.

When followed, these personalized programs enable the body to repair itself of health challenges such as food allergies, digestion issues, fatigue, insomnia, infertility and more in as little as four to six weeks. Clients swear by this balanced approach to holistic body repair through nutrition, herbs, homeopathy and whole food supplementation.

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(credit: RA MA Yoga Institute)

RA MA Institute for Applied Yogic Science and Technology

304 Lincoln Boulevard
Venice, California 90291
(310) 664-3700
www.ramayogainstitute.com

At the root of Kundalini (an ancient yoga practice) is a life-changing methodology that applies science and technology to address everyday health, fitness and nutrition issues. Enter RA MA Institute for Applied Yogic Science and Technology. This is where you will find the founder, Guru Jagat, a captivating Kundalini teacher who was taught by Yogi Bhajan, the Kundalini Master responsible for bringing the practice to the US. Through the approach of Kundalini teachings, students perform techniques proven to strengthen the nervous and endocrine systems. Proper function of the latter directly affects metabolism, which is also affected by nutrition. As a certified nutrition counselor with ties to the Kundalini lifestyle, Guru Jagat offers a unique approach towards healing the body through anthropological and yogic nutrition principles. Becoming a student of RA MA is the best way to benefit from this specific approach. Check out the class schedule on their website.

Joy Bitonio has the phrase “Joie de Vivre” tattooed on her shoulder, a reminder to enjoy life every single day. She has a voracious appetite for fun, adventure, food, good cocktails and works out like a madwoman to keep it all together. Check out her other articles on CBS L.A. She also covers fitness on Examiner. Follow her on Twitter.

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