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Nutrition Specialist

Essential Nutrition -  - Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Essential Nutrition

Registered Dietitians, Nutritionists, Emotional Eating & Eating Disorder Specialists located at Foothills and Arapahoe in Boulder and Federal Heights in Denver, CO.

Whether you’re a novice or professional athlete, weekend warrior, engage in recreational sports, or are just starting a new fitness program, Lisa Lanzano, MS, RDN, and the team at Essential Nutrition can help. They offer guidance to optimize your nutritional intake based on your body composition and other factors. To learn more about nutrition and how it affects your wellness, call the office in Boulder or Denver, Colorado, for an appointment today.

Nutrition Q & A

What is nutrition?


Nutrition is the study of how the food you eat and its components keep your body functioning normally. Nutrients you need a lot of in your diet are called macronutrients, and they include:

  • Protein
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fat
  • Water

You need smaller amounts of nutrients called micronutrients, which include:

  • Vitamins
  • Minerals 
  • Antioxidants

Essential Nutrition helps you navigate information about nutrition in an easily understandable way. The team can also help you identify areas where your nutrition is lacking and find ways to get all of the nutrients you need.

What are the effects of poor nutrition?

If your diet consistently doesn’t include all of the nutrients you need, your health can suffer. Inadequate nutrition contributes to a wide range of diseases and conditions that affect your long-term health and wellness. Eating poorly can put you at a higher risk of developing:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Some types of cancer

Furthermore, nutrition plays a large role in your well-being. A poor diet can increase your levels of anxiety. Certain foods, such as sugary drinks and processed foods, can cause your blood sugar levels to spike. Instead, the team recommends swapping these foods with foods rich in antioxidants and probiotic-rich foods to help ease anxiety.

Essential Nutrition offers SpectraCell Micronutrient Test (MNT) to measure any micronutrient deficiencies so they can help prevent disease and improve your well-being.

How can I improve my nutrition?

At Essential Nutrition, the team takes a non-diet approach to nutrition. They encourage intuitive eating, a body-centered approach to nutrition that encourages you to listen to your body's hunger signals to tell you how much food to eat. 

Rather than adhering to a strict diet, you eat how you would naturally eat and trust your body to make mindful food choices. The team is specially trained and helps you go back to the basics, distinguishing between physical and emotional hunger, so you aren't simply eating because you're sad or upset.

Essential Nutrition also offers resting metabolic rate (RMR) testing using MedGem®. Also known as caloric burn rate, it measures the number of calories your body burns while at rest. Using this info, the team takes a science and numbers-based approach to develop custom meal plans based on your recommended daily caloric intake, similar to meal planning apps.

While there are certain recommended amounts of nutrients that experts believe you should get, the truth is that nutrition isn’t exactly one-size-fits-all. A meal plan that works well for one person might not be the best option for someone else. 

To learn more about nutrition and find ways to improve your diet, call Essential Nutrition for an appointment today.