Diets fail. Good nutrition doesn't.
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Why Leah Kaufman chose to be in the helping profession
During my final year of college, I made the decision to become a Registered Dietitian. I was studying business at the time but realized that I wanted to do more than just sit in front of a computer all day. As a competitive dancer growing up, I witnessed many girls struggling with eating disorders, and I knew that I wanted to help people in a meaningful way.
Nutrition and food have always been a passion of mine, so I decided to pursue a career in this field. After completing my undergraduate degree, I went to graduate school and earned a Master of Science in Nutrition Education. Soon after, I became a Registered Dietitian.
Today, I am grateful for the opportunity to help others achieve optimal health through personalized nutrition counseling. I am passionate about empowering my clients with the knowledge and tools they need to make informed decisions about their health and well-being, and I am committed to helping them achieve their goals sustainably and enjoyably.
Leah Kaufman's approach
I began my career as an inpatient Dietitian, working with medically compromised patients where medical nutrition therapy was crucial to their recovery. As a private practice Dietitian now, I have more flexibility to counsel patients using an intuitive eating approach. However, I still apply my background in medical nutrition therapy to effectively treat patients with various diagnoses.
I believe that each patient is unique and has their own story. Therefore, there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to nutrition counseling or any kind of therapy. I always aim to build a healthy working relationship with my patients by taking an individualized approach that is tailored to their specific needs, goals, and lifestyle.
When working with clients, I focus on their current habits, attitudes, and behaviors around food, and help them make small, sustainable changes that will improve their overall health and well-being. I encourage my clients to listen to their body's signals and make food choices based on hunger, fullness, and satisfaction.
My approach is centered around empowering my clients to take control of their health and well-being and to develop a positive relationship with food that is sustainable for the long term.
What you can expect from sessions with Leah Kaufman
During our initial 60-minute session, we will discuss your nutrition background, habits, and environment in detail. We will also review what has worked for you in the past and what hasn't, and create an individualized plan to help you achieve your goals. This plan may change as your life and lifestyle change, and we will continue to work together to ensure it remains effective.
Follow-up sessions are crucial, as this is where we will assess your progress, make any necessary adjustments, and provide ongoing support and guidance. Together, we will work towards building sustainable habits that will improve your overall health and well-being.
Leah Kaufman's experience working with the Jewish community
Working with patients from all walks of life is exciting, but I have a special affinity for working with individuals from my own Jewish background. I understand the importance of traditional Jewish foods and customs, and I am very familiar with Kashrut as I also keep Kosher. This allows me to provide valuable guidance to my patients as they navigate Jewish holiday meals and other occasions.
I believe that eating traditional Jewish foods is an integral part of our Jewish identity, and I am passionate about helping my patients incorporate these foods in a healthy and sustainable way. Whether it's adapting traditional recipes to make them healthier or finding ways to enjoy Jewish cuisine while still meeting their nutritional goals, I am committed to supporting my patients in achieving optimal health while honoring their cultural and religious traditions.
People I work withAdults
Personal religious affiliationsConservative
Jewish community experienceExtensive
Licensed to work inCalifornia, Colorado, New Jersey, New York, Virginia
Where people can see me in personBrooklyn, Cedarhurst, Far Rockaway, Five Towns, Lawrence, Long Beach, Manhattan, Monsey, Purchase, Queens, Woodmere
NYC, New York
10 years in practice
- Registered Dietitian 2010
- Masters of Science in Nutrition Education by Teachers College, Columbia University 2010
- Certified Diabetes Educator