DANBURY, Conn. — Nutritionist Debra Oria still has a foot in her pharmaceutical compliance career, just barely. But that's all about to change. Her integrative practice Your Best Health LLC is opening officially Feb. 9 in Danbury.
"I'm transitioning now," she told Daily Voice in a phone interview from an airport on a business trip. Oria described how her new practice will focus on improving health through clinical nutrition for nearly any condition, "yet with a special interest in helping to improve brain health and cognitive decline."
Oria will partner with healthcare practitioners to ensure the best approach for their patients to reach their optimal health.
Her master's degree is in human nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and she successfully qualifies as a nutrition specialist. Soon she will be licensed in Connecticut.
The business will provide nutritional consultation with support for change. "I plan on having targeted classes and group coaching experiences to help people with common health challenges to achieve success," said Oria.
Among her best advice to anyone seeking improved health through diet is to "eat real food. Avoid processed food and sugars. I know these can be convenient in our crazy busy lives, but they are a source of many of our health problems and are best to be avoided."
Asked to give away a best-kept secret, she said, "Avocados. they are delicious and filled with mono-unsaturated fats and phytonutrients. They can make a great addition to a smoothie, if you're into those, making them every creamy."
The health benefits of the green orbs also affect how you look, she said.
"Healthy fats are satisfying and keep you feeling fuller longer. And, for me, when I am eating them fairly regularly, I get lots of compliments on my skin without really trying," Oria said.
But like all areas of good health, one size does not fit everyone in nutrition.
"We are all biochemically and genetically individual. Something that worked for your friend or even a family member may work for you, but it’s very likely that it may not. It’s not your fault," she said.
So Oria cautions people to watch out for misleading and false information related to nutrition.
"A lot of it is put out there in the name of marketing to get people to spend their money. Often, it is just wasted money. Other times it can be harmful. I come from an evidence-based back ground, and having worked so long in the field of quality and science, this sort of thing gets under my skin," said Oria.
Her background in nutritional biochemistry and functional medicine and nutrition will enable her to perform physical assessments on clients to find out their determine their nutritional status.
Among challenges will be helping people make the necessary changes.
"I have had training from Duke Center for Integrative Medicine as an Integrative Health Coach. These skills are profoundly useful in helping people to make plans and overcome barriers to change," she said.
Clients can make appointments daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Your Best Health by calling 475-289-7877.
The public may attend a Grand Opening Feb. 9 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Lee Corporate Farm Park, 83 Wooster Heights Road, Suite 125, Danbury.
There will be light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton will officiate. To RSVP, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org