About Barbara Sobel Nutrition
Using Real Food To Help People Feel Their Best
As a nutritionist, nutrition consultant and educator, I help people identify the underlying causes of their health issues. Considering the whole body as one integrative system with individual parts that work together, I investigate the underlying reasons why my clients are not feeling their best. Then, I create a personalized nutrition and lifestyle plan to help them achieve optimal health.
My training in nutrition and integrative health enables me to look at my clients’ health concerns from a science-based perspective. I have a solid understanding of human biochemistry and how macronutrients, vitamins and nutrients play a role in supporting health. I am able to help my clients recognize the complex role of food and nutrition in human health and then make the lifestyle changes necessary to feel better and have more energy.
I work in person with clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. I also do web based consultations and I have an office located in Mill Valley, CA.
My Own Journey of Finding Wellness Through Nutrition
A few years ago, I regularly ran and biked the hills above my town. I looked forward to savoring the views from the hilltops and feeling the endorphin rush I got from physically challenging myself.
After a particularly stressful year, I found myself lying on my couch, recovering from knee surgery. My knee eventually healed, but I couldn’t get off the couch. I often felt cold, and my hair began to fall out. I needed a lot of coffee to function – multiple cups in the morning and afternoon. I found simple problems, like what to make for dinner, difficult to solve. It was getting harder and harder to take care of my family, and I began to gain weight.
I sought the help of physicians. I was referred from one specialist to another, took a multitude of diagnostic tests sometimes getting a diagnosis and sometimes a list of conditions that I did not have. I learned that I had vitamin deficiencies, even though I ate what I thought was a good diet. I also learned that my thyroid function was low. I was prescribed several medications, each for a different symptom, but no one could tell me why I still didn’t feel well or why these medications were not working. I was also diagnosed with multiple food intolerances. Even when I removed the afflicting foods, I still suffered from fatigue, weight gain and brain fog.
Later, I began seeing a team of integrative practitioners. Slowly they worked with me to uncover deeper and deeper layers of my health. I learned that I had specific genetic mutations that made me predisposed to certain conditions. I identified environmental triggers in my home that were contributing to my health issues. I changed my diet and supplement program to meet the unique needs of my body and balance my blood sugar. Eventually, I began feeling better, thinking clearer and losing weight.
As I navigated through these personal health challenges, my curiosity grew. I wanted to learn the science behind the nutritional and diet changes I was making. I enrolled in a Masters Program in Nutrition and Holistic Health at Maryland University of Integrative Health. I threw myself into learning chemistry and biochemistry, nutrients, vitamins and minerals, states of disease and health, and counseling. I learned how to evaluate medical studies and create a healing presence for my clients.
All of this experience has helped me to build my nutrition practice, Barbara Sobel Nutrition, focused on using real food to help people feel their best!
The Rest of the Picture
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UC San Diego. I began my professional career working for elected officials at the state and local levels and later transitioned into communications consulting. I took several years off from paid work to stay home with my children. During that time, I used my advocacy, planning, communication and fundraising skills to help local schools as well as environmental and health-focused non-profit organizations.
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my two teenage boys, husband and cat. I love to cook and experiment with twists on recipes, building on flavors and ways to increase their nutrient value, taste and pleasure around food and eating. My favorite places are exploring farmers markets, small neighborhood markets and food purveyors. I am also a photographer and can often be found hiking the trails of Marin County or paddling the bay.
If you want to feel better and seek an integrative nutritionist, please contact me at Barbara Sobel Nutrition for a complimentary 15 minute exploratory session. I am available for in-person and phone sessions.