Dietetic Career Spotlight on Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RD of NutritionBabes
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on JANUARY 4, 2012
Powerhouse Nutrition Babe says it all about this entrepreneur dietitian, Lauren Harris-Pincus. Social media savvy and on top of her game, Lauren truly has the know-how of how to diversify endeavors.
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
I was the fat kid. I began “dieting” when I was 6 or 7 years old. My weight was the focal point of my childhood. After two summers at “fat camp”, and dozens of “diets”, I finally lost almost 50 pounds at the age of 17. During those years, I tried SO many fad diets to lose and/or maintain my weight, and ultimately, I felt lousy and never saw the “promised” results. While in college, I struggled to choose a career path that would fulfill my passion for helping others and provide the flexibility to work on my own terms. When I discovered that my university offered a degree in Clinical Nutrition, my decision was made. I became a Registered Dietitian to inspire people to find their best inner self and learn along the way that being healthy is much more important than being skinny!
What is your Job Title?
Co-founder NutritionBabes, LLC
Tell us about NutritionBabes.
Kathleen A. Siegel, RD, CDN and Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RD are Registered Dietitians and co-founders of www.NutritionBabes.com, a popular nutrition and wellness website. They are passionate about promoting better health through their “Triad of Wellness,” which equally emphasizes balanced nutrition, exercise and cleaner living. Their mantra, “Think Healthy…not Skinny” is a philosophy they support wholeheartedly. Kathy and Lauren are known for their non-diet approach to weight control. Nutritionbabes.com offers an online Nutrition Boot Camp, as well as individual and family nutrition coaching. Their Babes Blog provides recipes, fitness tips, product recommendations, and tools to live a cleaner, healthier lifestyle. Fortune 500 companies, schools, and charities frequently seek out the NutritionBabes for speaking engagements. Kathy and Lauren are active members of the American Dietetic Association, Nutrition Entrepreneurs, and Dietetic Practice Groups including Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition.
What is a typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you?
As a mom of two, I am constantly balancing work and home life. No two days are truly ever alike. In a typical day, I get my kids off to school and sneak in a workout. Then I may see clients, write a blog or develop a recipe for NutritionBabes.com. I spend time on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Klout, professional listservs, etc… Social media takes up a lot of time! I correspond with companies regarding product reviews and giveaways on our site. Kathy and I will spend time either on the phone or in person going over day to day items or strategic planning for NutritionBabes. We may be preparing for a speaking engagement, writing for other sites or filming videos. I also serve as the RD on our school district nutrition committee, so I may have a meeting scheduled to help further those goals. The afternoon brings daily carpooling and an attempt to cook a quick, healthy dinner in between pick-ups and drop-offs. Once we are through with activities, homework and bedtime, I usually get in front of the laptop and join a twitter chat or do a little research before bed.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
My fellow NutritionBabe, Kathy Siegel and I met through our children about 6 years ago. We had both maintained private practices for many years and aspired to create an avenue to work together as Dietitians. A few years ago, we were joking around with my husband and he suggested, “You guys should be the NutritionBabes”. Once the chuckling stopped, we realized that the name was catchy and easy to remember. Thus, our company and www.nutritionbabes.com was born.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the
I think I was born with personal drive and passion to achieve. I have always taken pride in helping others, and as a result of my personal struggles, a career in nutrition was the obvious route to take both personally and professionally. My clients relate to my story and I find it easy to empathize with them. I have always loved theater and spent many years growing up participating in school productions. A little flair for the dramatic helps when attempting to deliver your message. I am still learning every day how to effectively convey information. Counseling individuals requires many learned skills, but crafting messages for the public at large is an entirely different challenge. You must be able to adapt to your audiences. Writing a research paper demands a much different type of prose than composing a blog or preparing a speaking engagement.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and
fulfilled as you?
Do your research and never give up. Find people who are successful at what you want to do and get creative. Someone told me that you have to ask 10 times for what you want before moving on; being polite but persistent is the key. If you hit a roadblock in your path, find another way around. And, if you exude passion in what you do, people will respond. Ultimately, it is critical to NETWORK!! I’ve discovered along the way that WHAT you know is obviously important but WHO you know will open the door. Mutually beneficial relationships are what make the business world go round. A large part of PR is offering services in exchange for exposure. As an entrepreneur, laziness is not an option. Nobody will push you if you do not push yourself. Set small objectives and larger goals so you can always strive to go a little further.
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck,
what would it be?
I have always joked that if I won the lottery I would love to have a personal chef. Nothing would be more fun to me than having someone cook super healthy versions of all my favorite international cuisines. Any volunteers?