Hello! I’m Lauren Rice, MPH, RDN, CD (she/her/hers), a Seattle-based Registered Dietitian specializing in eating disorders and disordered eating for adults and adolescents. I have a particular interest in supporting athletes and clients who engage in dysfunctional exercise. I strongly prefer to see clients in-person, and offer virtual counseling as well.
You are the kindest, loveliest person to talk to and you always say just the right thing. I would always joke to my therapist that I felt like I was “cured” after our meetings because your advice and insight was so valuable in combatting my ED. Thank you so so much for your support and your role in my recovery. Wherever you go and whoever you help, they will be so lucky to work with you.-Former Client
I offer individual counseling for adult clients and adolescents/caregivers, looking for more support with the following:
- Eating Disorders
- Young Adults
- Adolescents 13+ [I am trained in Family Based Treatment (FBT) or the Maudsley Approach]
- Disordered eating
- Chronic dieting
- Intuitive eating
- Sports & mountaineering nutrition
- Relative energy deficiency syndrome
- Female athlete triad
- Hypothalamic amenorrhea
- Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
- Certified Dietitian (CD) in the state of Washington
- Registered Dietitian in the Student Counseling Center at Seattle Pacific University (SPU)
- Adjunct Professor at SPU, Sports and Exercise Nutrition, Spring 2022
- Nutrition Faculty Member, University of Washington Leadership Education in Adolescent Health Fellowship
- Outpatient Dietitian in the Adolescent Medicine Clinic at Seattle Children’s Hospital
- Inpatient Dietitian on the Medical Eating Disorders Unit at Seattle Children’s Hospital
- Published author, public speaker, and recognized preceptor
- Master of Public Health (MPH) in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Washington
- 1200+ hours of supervised training hours at Harborview Medical Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital
- Completion of the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health Fellowship (LEAH)with specialty training in the treatment of eating disorders
→ Partnership: my counseling style is one that works with you, not against you. My role is not to lecture at you, but team with you to share our expertise. You, as the expert of your own life. Me, as the nutrition expert.
→ Non-diet approach: I hope to guide you in finding a dietary pattern that works for you and your individual values and body. Restrictive diets promise ‘quick-fixes’ that set you up for failure. I practice using a Health at Every Size ® Framework and believe that all bodies deserve care and respect.
→ Empathy: the foundation of connection and something that I intentionally put into practice every day. I pride myself on being described as warm, authentic, and fiercely devoted to what I am passionate about: helping YOU!
→ Autonomy: I specialize in helping clients understand how nutrition and their individual and unique relationships with food works with – not against – you. I want to teach you to feel confident in trusting your own body because YOU are the ultimate expert of your body and life. This approach is adapted from the principles of Intuitive Eating ©.
On a personal note
I grew up playing competitive sports and have been a fitness instructor for over 10 years. These days, my time is mostly spent as an avid mountaineer and adventure-seeker. The name “Nutrition Elevated” is an ode to my love of summiting tall peaks and a symbolism of the healing power of nature.
Traditional health and wellness messaging in the fitness world is harmful. I recognize that the intersection between eating disorders and exercise is nuanced and complex. For some clients, exercise does not come up in sessions; for others, it is intertwined with the eating disorder. I do my best to create a safe space for clients to discuss their emotions and exercise behaviors, without feeling judged or shamed. I will also never push exercise on a client. Wherever you are in your journey, I’ll be by your side.