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Nutrition Counseling

The goal of our Nutrition Department is to use a clinically driven, community-based approach to nutritional health and wellness. We provide quality nutritional care to our patients experiencing a variety of medical conditions such as: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, digestive disorders, weight management, nutrition-related problems during pregnancy, and diabetes management. 

Contact our registered dietitian nutritionist for questions or to schedule an appointment at 323-233-3100 x 116.

Sonia E. Jaramillo-Lua
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

What is nutrition counseling?
Dietary habits can have a real impact on the prevention and treatment of many health issues such as high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, and/or obesity. For example, research shows that receiving education from a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) helps people with type 2 diabetes better manage their diabetes, take fewer medications or lower doses, and to  feel better overall compared to those patients that don’t receive nutrition counseling. The RDN works together with patients, patient’s family and other medical provider to provide a comprehensive nutrition assessment and counseling to meet patient’s needs. The goal of nutrition counseling is to guide patients in making long-lasting nutrition and lifestyle changes that will help promote and enhance the patient’s overall well being.
 
Who can benefit from working with a nutritionist?
Everyone in the family can benefit from nutrition counseling, including patients who have the following conditions or diseases:

  • Obesity or overweight

  • High Blood Pressure

  • High Cholesterol

  • Fatty Liver

  • Pregnant Women with nutrition related problems

  • Prediabetes or Diabetes

What To Expect During Your First Session?

Your first session with Sonia, our bilingual nutritionist, includes an assessment of your eating patterns, food preferences, medical history, laboratory values, and other pertinent information.  She will develop an individualized nutrition plan that will work for you and your lifestyle. You will have a series of follow-up visits and the number of visits depends on your needs.  This will help her monitor your progress and make changes as needed to accomplish your health goals. She will explain the impact that healthy eating has on disease prevention and disease management in a way that is easy to understand.  


Potential benefits include: 
 

  • Weight loss

  • Lower cholesterol and/or lower blood pressure

  • Better control of your disease 

  • Healthier eating habits

What Our Patients Say About Working with Sonia:

I was sent to see Sonia after I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. I followed her instruction and when I went back to see my doctor he told me that my sugar level had decreased. I also lost 11.2 lbs. I feel much better.

- Arias Felix

When the doctor told me that I had diabetes I got scared.  He referred me to Sonia, the nutritionist.  I learned how to manage my diabetes by eating healthy.  I made sure to follow her instructions.  A lot of people told me that they noticed I lost weight.  When I went back to my doctor to get my sugar levels re-checked, he told me that it had improved.

- Guadalupe Chavez

My doctor referred me to Sonia, the nutritionist, because of my diabetes.  I have lost a total of 24.2 lbs and my diabetes is now under control. I am also using less insulin.  She explained everything in a way that was easy to understand.

- Alfredo