Diana Glasser, Holistic Nutritionist & Wellness Consultant

Lose fat, gain strength, increase energy, sharpen your mind, heal your digestion, love your food, live longer, live happier.

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About Me

Hi, I’m Diana. I was born and raised in the Republic of Moldova on a subsistence farm in the rural village of Mereseni. The meals I ate as a child were made almost exclusively with fresh ingredients straight from our farm. I was first exposed to prepackaged, processed foods when I came to the US at 18, to earn my BA in Liberal Arts. During my college years I developed a love for history, philosophy, and literature, along with an addiction to ramen, pizza, mac n’ cheese, and cheetos.

After graduation I married my college sweetheart and we’ve been loving and challenging each other ever since. Then I discovered Sally Fallon and Weston A. Price, who reignited my love of whole foods. I began cooking up a storm — everything from scratch like I remembered my mama doing when I was little. The nutritious meals we began eating three times a day eventually healed the hypoglycemia, migraines, lethargy, and gut inflammation I had developed throughout college.

This experience led me to want to share the healing power of food with others. After three years as a chef at a bed and breakfast, I enrolled in an MS in Holistic Nutrition through Hawthorn University and became the residential program director for Gutenberg College. I designed and ran the meals program, including creating menus, accommodating dietary restrictions, budgeting, cooking daily meals, and catering events. Next I created The Kitchen Rag to document my learning and healing journey while working on my masters. Quickly, my health and nutrition articles have become shared and read all over the world.

Few things bring me more joy than cooking a nutritious and delicious meal for my friends or family. I love learning and I’m interested in a variety of pursuits. More recently Jungian psychology and mythology have joined my passion for literature, traveling, film, backpacking, and writing. My husband and I live and work on an organic ranch in Eugene, Oregon with our six chickens and two ducks. When I’m not seeing clients I’m busy caring for the pigs, cows, sheep, and our vegetable garden.

Diana Glasser, Nutrition Consultant

My Philosophy

My approach is based in the Holsitic Health paradigm, which seeks to take into account the whole person, including one’s physical, emotional, and mental selves as well as all aspects of one’s lifestyle, including diet, exercise, and rest. Holistic Health addresses the root cause of health problems rather than just treating the symptoms, as is so common in western medicine. Chronic health issues usually result from a problem that has been developing for a long time and can only be treated by changing the conditions – often lifestyle choices – that created the problem. Addressing root causes also empowers one to prevent illness and disease from occurring through preventative medicine. One of the most important parts of our lives and one of the most powerful tools in the toolbox of preventive medicine is food. Thus, I have chosen Holistic Nutrition is my guiding paradigm.

The following are some of the fundamental principles of my approach to nutrition consultation.

Whole Foods

Making whole foods the foundation of your diet leads to improved health across the board. A whole food is a food that doesn’t undergo processing that changes its chemical makeup from the time it is harvested until the time it is purchased in the market. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that your body easily breaks down and assimilates, and is low in toxins, junk ingredients, and empty calories. I will show you how to easily, cheaply, and delightfully make the transition to whole foods.

Traditional Diet

Traditional methods of food preparation carry with them centuries of wisdom that kept our ancestors healthy and vibrant. Did you know that lacto fermented vegetables, kefir, sourdough, bone broth, stew, and offal are staples for most gut healing protocols? These preparations are time-tested and our bodies are evolved to love them. Together we will work on meal plans to incorporate these nourishing foods back into your diet.

Bio-Individuality

Each person has highly individualized nutritional requirements, based on factors such as personal tastes, food intolerances and allergies, digestive impairments, hormonal imbalances, metabolic rates, and genetic heritage. There are no one-size-fits-all diets. I am committed to helping you discover the nutrients best suited for your biochemical uniqueness and designing a custom program based on that knowledge.

The 5 R’s

In general, I ascribe to the following protocol: Remove nutrient-depleted food (refined carbohydrates, rancid polyunsaturated fats, processed foods, pesticides, GMOs). Replace nutrient-depleted food with whole foods, complex carbohydrates, high quality protein and fats. Reinoculate the your microbiome with fermented foods and probiotics. Repair your gut with gut healing dietary protocols. Rebalance through stress management and lifestyle changes.

Intuitive Eating

Due to years of mechanical dieting our bodies’ natural signals are clouded. Remember back before you began counting calories, weighing yourself daily, following some variation of a low fat diet, and falling out of love with food? We’ll go back to that time during our sessions and begin to redevelop self-awareness of your body’s needs and desires. Learn to want food when you’re hungry, want to stop when you’re full, crave healthy foods, and stop craving junk.

Honesty & Openness

You’re more than a food intolerance and I’m more than a nutrition textbook. Our whole bodies and minds enter into the equation of healthy eating and that includes our beliefs, our emotions, our pasts, our personal struggles. I want to be in a relationship with the whole you and go where we need to go help you find the power to improve your life. This may mean slowing down when you feel overwhelmed. It may mean staring down some frightening truths. Either way, honest communication is key.

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“… the way we eat represents our most profound engagement with the natural world. Daily, our eating turns nature into culture, transforming the body of the world into our bodies and minds.”

― Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

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There are obstacles on the way to the optimal functioning of your body and mind, and to the healthier and happier version of yourself that you want to become. Walking that path alone is, at best, hard. After all, you have other obligations in your life too; but I have committed my life to learning and leading people down this path.  I seek to be a source on expertise, inspiration, and guidance during your journey. Using practices such as nutrition education, dietary and biochemical analysis, and therapeutic supplementation, we can address issues including:

  • impaired digestion / gut dysbiosis
  • intestinal permeability (leaky gut)
  • food intolerances
  • pathogen overgrowth
  • lethargy
  • poor sleep
  • mental fog
  • adrenal fatigue
  • weight loss
  • hypoglycemia & hyperglycemia
  • hormonal imbalance
  • PMS
  • anti-aging
  • brain degeneration
  • fertility diet
  • pregnancy diet
  • eating disorders
  • nutrition basics
  • preparing whole foods
  • eating healthy and affordable

Consultation

The core of our work together will be you and I exchanging thoughts and information about your needs, desires, and challenges, and about how dietary changes, lifestyle changes, and mental/emotional orientation can affect the health goals you have set for yourself. We will gather data about your experiences and your body, determine what you would like to improve and set goals measuring success, and develop strategies for achieving progress toward those goals day by day. Over the course of however many sessions you choose, we will cover strategies ranging from cultivating bodily awareness and mindfulness, to planning changes to your diet, to learning about healthy cooking and shopping techniques, to referring you to trusted physicians for specialized treatment or information. I will be there with you along your journey to witness your progress, share insight, and help you adapt to your changing body and mind.

Meal Plans

3 times a day. 7 days a week. 52 weeks a year. That’s a lot of meals (and snacks!) and a lot of ideas to come up with, which takes time, research, and, well, the desire to do so. And if your health concerns require a specific or restricted diet, it can become a real challenge to create tasty, satisfying food. Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to think about what you’re going to put on the table for the kids tonight, or grab on the go in the busy morning, but still knock it out the park with a great recipe every time? I have lots of experience making food for people with specific health-related requirements, including most major modalities such as paleo, ketogenic, AIP, GAPS, and a (very) big list of recipes that work. I will develop a calendar of meal ideas for you that is designed to aid you in your quest for better health, inspire you with culinary delight, and empower you through their practicality and economy. Itemized ingredient lists, price estimates, and recipes can be included.

Grocery Store Tours

Grocery stores are overwhelming and frankly treacherous places. Often designed to trick you into shelling out your hard earned cash for empty, sickly foods that make you sadder and fatter in the long run, they are lined floor to ceiling with thousands of attractively packaged products, containing cryptic ingredients lists and false advertisements. I will guide you through the aisles of your local grocer and together we will develop an understanding of what healthy foods look like, where they can be found, how to read labels, and how to create successful shopping trips that will set you up for healthy and delicious (and affordable!) meals at home.

Cooking Workshops

Learning how to cook new kinds of foods using wholesome ingredients and from-scratch processes can be one of the funnest, most fulfilling things in the world. It can also be intimidating, and without a mentor it may take some time and a few failed recipes. If you are suffering from a health issue, or too busy with life to dedicate yourself to a new hobby, you need to learn quick. I will show you the quickest and easiest ways to make the healthiest and most delicious foods for you and your family, and help you develop a repertoire of staple meals that make the biggest impact on your health for the least effort and expense.

Test Analysis

There are many tests you can take to gain valuable information about your body, including genetic reports, hormone balance tests, comprehensive stool analysis, food sensitivity tests, toxic load tests, and more. But reading the results of these tests can be difficult, and require expertise and experience. As part of our work together, it may be beneficial to collect some objective data about your body, and I will help you interpret this data and apply it through diet and lifestyle changes.

Email Support

Need to get in touch with me between sessions? Have a quick question about which ingredient to buy? Just need someone to talk to who knows what it’s like to have powerful cravings or severe food-intolerance induced pain? When we plan multiple or regular sessions, I make myself available via email so that you can get the support you need even when we’re not in session.

Pricing

Our first session will be 90 minutes ($90 one-time fee) so we have time to meet, discuss your health history, and work toward establishing your future goals. After that, sessions are 60 minutes, and can be scheduled for a regular time or as needed.

Initial
Consult

$90session
  • 90 min
  • 1 on 1
  • my office / Skype

Follow-Up
Session

$60per session
  • 60 min
  • 1 on 1
  • my office / Skype

Meal
Plans

$70per week
  • 21 meals + snacks
  • 1 household
  • via email

Grocery Store
Tour

$120per tour
  • 60 min
  • up to 4 people
  • local market

Cooking
Class

$180per class
  • 90 min
  • up to 4 people
  • my office
Diana has helped me through four years of health struggles. When I didn’t know what questions to ask my doctor; when I didn’t know all my options; when I felt overwhelmed by the contradicting information about nutrition: Diana was a helpful and encouraging guide. She offered me balanced and doable solutions and used her vast knowledge to help me understand the way nutrition works.
Katherine Caballero, Mother
It’s true that I made it through the Chinatown disaster turned e-coli infection with medical intervention, but let’s talk about the recovery period. Diana was professional, clear, and enthusiastic – things I really needed in such a weakened state. She helped me stabilize and rebuild the gut health I’d lost after treatment, and within just a couple days I was eating my normal foods. The doctors helped me through the crisis but said nothing about getting me back to my previous state of health. Diana knew exactly what the doctors would help me with and carried on with me where they left off. And though this is worth the price alone, what impressed me most about Diana was her bedside manner. I wanted a simple and affordable way to take care of myself, and Diana’s knowledge and skill allowed her to find the right fit for my lifestyle. She was emotionally supportive, able to answer my questions, and able to translate what I needed to know. I would gladly recommend her to anyone looking to get a better handle on their health – or even to recover from a disaster like mine.
Erik Johnston, LMFT
I first met Diana when I moved to Eugene 4 years ago in 2012. Many years of consuming anything and everything without consideration of either quality or quantity had left me with digestive, hormonal and skin challenges, even after switching to a cleaner diet. Through her suggestions, research and constant encouragement, I now feel confident about the decisions I make about food, supplements and even a skincare regime. Diana is able to easily customize her recommendations due to budget and dietary restrictions. She is passionate about her work and helping people to become the healthiest and most balanced version of themselves.
Jen Jensen, Manager of the Pearl Day Spa

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I offer a no-fee introductory phone consultation to discuss your present health concerns and the goals you would like to achieve during our time together. If you decide to move forward we will schedule the first evaluation session at your earliest convenience.

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