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p  It's All in the Diet Local grad helps others to lead a healthy lifestyle. e by Michele Lu P, ob C,o/ab Robyn Goldberg was born and raised in Beverly Hills. She attended Beverly Vista and graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1990. Goldberg attended Sonoma State University for one ),ear on a tennis scholarship then transferred to California State UniversiO; Northridge where she majored in Dietetics. After graduating from college, she participated in a one-year Dietetic residency program at Vrginia State Universit3: Goldberg returned to California and has served for three years as inpatient registered clini- cal dietetitian at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She started a private practice in Beverly Hills two 'ears ago and atill serves as a relief dietetitian at Cedars- Sinai. Q: How did you become interested in studying dietetics'? A: My interest came from being a kid who had to gain weight. As a tennis play- er, I had a problem maintaining weight. My interest also came from growing up in a household where Twinkies were forbid- den foods. I grew up in a healthy envi- ronment. The idea came to mind that if I were to try to eat healthier, wouldn't it be great if I could sustain a longer tennis match and increase my endurance and have a shorter recovery time? Q: What types of clients do you have? A: People with diabetes are a large part of my practice. I see people with coro- nary artery disease and hypercholes- terolemia. The typical healthy person that is sick and tired of yo-yoing off diets and ready to surrender that diets don't work. People with disorder eating. I'm also into working with athletes to optimize their performance. The types of clients that tend to be long-term are those with vari- ous medical conditions since for many, fear is a great motivator for change. What's most rewarding to me is being able to lower one's blood sugar by con- trolling it with diet and exercise or decreasing the amount of medication the habits that have been developed over a period of time. For the individual who takes pills, who goes on various diets, who has restricted and deprived their body, the body goes through traumatic All of my work is very individualized per each person's lifestyle, schedule, traveling schedule and most importantly, dietary or food preferences.  person is on. Q: What general guidelines do you fol- low? A: First and foremost, I do not put my clients on meal plans. Putting people on restrictive diets only leads to deprivation, boredom and binges. Losing weight is easy. Keeping it off is what is challeng- ing. My advice to people is to surrender to diets. Throw away your scale! I don't weigh my clients. You have to compare losing weight to psychotherapy. When one goes to therapy, they don't expect overnight results. Behaviors in food are changes. Their metabolism slows down. The goal is to strengthen and improve their metabolism. Q: What sets you apart from other dietitians? A: All of my work is very individual- ized per each person's lifestyle, schedule, traveling schedule and most importantly, dietary or food preferences. I approach it from a behavioral standpoint from being able to reprogram their natural intuitive eating cues. This means teaching people physical hunger versus mouth hunger. II The Telephone Connection Serving Beverly Hills since 1988 Voice Mail Service Doctor's Service Local and Long Distance Phone Service "Follow Me" and Conference Call Service 310-789-7900 8 Beverly Hills Weekly