Riana Giusti, MS, CN

Pronouns: She/her/hers

riana giusti nutritionist seattle starkel nutritionRiana is a Functional Medicine nutritionist that helps her clients make lasting and positive change toward a healthier life. She provides individuals with the essential tools to strengthen and recover from illness and develop a nourishing relationship with food. 

Believing that food is a powerful medicine, Riana infuses evidence-based nutrition with the healing power of simple whole foods into your nutrition care plan. Food is personal, and no one way of eating works for everyone. Riana’s approach to nutrition is holistic in nature: she looks at each individual as a unique being with distinct innate and personal needs. Her focus is on long-term positive transformation through offering client-centered nutritional counseling, education, mindfulness tools, and emotional awareness. With the goal of achieving optimal health, Riana seeks to motivate and empower her clients to not only lead a self-fulfilling healthy lifestyle, but also achieve a relationship with their bodies and food that is nourishing, flexible, peaceful, sustainable, and balanced.

Riana’s clinical focuses are:

  • Cognitive health
  • Digestive disorders
  • Healthy aging and anti-inflammatory diets
  • Women’s health (pre- and postnatal care / fertility / menopause)
  • Metabolic conditions (Type II diabetes, elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, PCOS)
  • Therapeutic cooking and diets (including MIND, GAPS, low FODMAPs, SCD, GF/CF, elimination diets, etc.)
  • Intuitive and mindful eating 
  • Emotional and disordered eating
  • Sports nutrition

Riana holds a Master’s degree in Whole Foods Nutrition and Research from Bastyr University. Before returning to private practice, she directed a brain-health focused nutrition teaching kitchen, while cooking with and counseling families to treat a variety of cognitive and neurological disorders (Alzheimers, dementia, and cognitive impairment). Riana also worked as a health coach for a Seattle-based wellness company, honing her skills in integrating and translating comprehensive blood, genetic, hormone, and gut microbiome data to generate evidence-based and personalized plans for her patients focusing on all aspects of preventative health, including digestion, healthy aging, sleep and stress management in addition to nutrition and physical activity. She has worked as a culinary nutrition instructor, personal chef, and in professional kitchens throughout Seattle.

Riana is also a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. She is a member of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics and the Center for Mindful Eating. She has 15+ years experience working in the nutrition field in the areas of weight management, inflammatory diseases, blood sugar management, metabolic disorders, child and family nutrition and culinary education. 

In her personal time, you can find Riana at barre class, biking around Seattle, playing frisbee with her dog, dancing around her kitchen while cooking up a new seasonal recipe from her home garden, and savoring dark chocolate.

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