About Lauren MacLeod, RD, LD
Hello! My name is Lauren and I am the sports dietitian for Not Your Average Nutritionist.
I grew up as a competitive dancer until college, but once I entered adulthood I embraced my rugged side – climbing, surfing, backpacking, snowboarding and mountain biking are my activities of choice.
Though these seem like two distinct phases of my life, they both have very similar requirements – adequate training, dedication, and proper nutrition. I discovered my passion for sports nutrition as I began to notice the difference in my performance between following a general, healthful diet and actually eating like an athlete. Years of disordered eating hindered my progress, but the final step to my recovery was accepting that I have to eat more (and regularly) in order to succeed in the sports I love.
Athletes have been tricked into believing they cannot be successful unless they “look the part”. My goal is to help athletes ditch the need to “look like an athlete” and instead feel like one through proper nutrition and body positivity.
As a dietetic intern, I trained with Libby in the treatment of eating disorders. Now I combine my knowledge of performance nutrition with expertise in Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size to treat athletes with and without eating disorders.
Outside of work, you will almost always find me outside, whether I’m climbing rocks, riding trails, wrapped up in aerial silks, or just laying on the patio with tea and a cheese board.
Registered Dietitian, 2019- Present
Dietetic Internship, Cal Poly – SLO
(2 eating disorder rotations)
Bachelor of Science (Cum Laude) – Nutrition and Dietetics
Coursework in Journalism and Content Marketing
California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo
Nutrition Counseling & Education
Not Your Average Nutritionist, LLC
Sports Nutrition Specialist
San Luis Obispo, CA
Oct 2020 – March 2022
Medical Nutrition Therapy & Education
Marian Regional Medical Center
Clinical Dietitian (Inpatient) and Cardiopulmonary Dietitian (Outpatient)
Santa Maria, CA
Certification & Memberships
Registered Dietitian: Commission on Dietetic Registration, 2019 – present
Licensed Dietitian: Nevada State, Aug 2021- present. Florida state, Feb 2021- present
Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA): Member, 2021-present
Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics:
Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group (SCAN): June 2020-2021