HELEN HUNTER MACKENZIE | CEO, HUNTER
MACKENZIE GROUP | SAN DIEGO, CA
"Within less than 3 months of working with Lara, I'd released 15 pounds. Even better, I got my MOJO back. I started feeling hot and sexy again for the first time in about 4 years. It's like I got my life back."
When I first started working with Lara, I had largely let my health and appearance go, mostly ‘accidentally,’ due to the fact I’d become a work-at-home entrepreneur for the first time in my life (starting at age 41).
It was a combination of this newly sedentary lifestyle, a changing hormonal cocktail because of my age, and the sometimes up-and-down life of an entrepreneur that led to an overall decrease in my health, vitality, and confidence in my appearance.
I had tried ‘dieting’ and ‘clean eating’ – I’d worked on rewiring my brain so I would actually WANT to get healthy again – I’d tried the ‘bootcamp’ approach with a local fitness guru – but nothing stuck. I would have a week or two of feeling like things were going better, but I would then quickly switch back to my old patterns of remaining inactive for long periods of time, eating erratically, and defaulting to unhealthy choices when I DID eat.
I signed on to work with Lara because she had such incredible confidence in her ability to help me that I figured she must know something I did not (although I knew a LOT about health, fitness, food, psychology, etc. before working with her).
I discovered that it wasn’t necessarily what Lara knew (though she knows a lot!), but how she approached the process that made all the difference for me. She was incredibly supportive throughout, even when I didn’t want to cooperate with her assignments.
She has a way of understanding what’s most important, though, because it always felt like she would press for certain things while letting others go. It was the EXACT approach I needed to feel that I was creating my own success, while being profoundly supported by someone who wanted only the best for me.
Lara has a great way of getting you to easily agree to a few SMALL changes that make a big difference. I never in a million years believed that the tiny changes she suggested would actually make a difference – but they DID.
Within less than 3 months of working with Lara, I’d released 15 pounds. Even better, I got my MOJO back. I started feeling hot and sexy again for the first time in about 4 years. People started complimenting me. I started feeling ALIVE again. Even my 14 year-old son noticed the change in me!
It’s like I got my life back. And my enthusiasm for my business has grown too – which I knew would happen when I regained my health and confidence. Best of all, I feel confident that I’ll be able to take my healthy habits into the coming decades so I don’t have to face a crisis of health & vitality (or appearance) ever again.
If you have a chance to work with Lara, don’t think about it, DO IT. She’s a gem in my book and I’m incredibly thankful I found her.
SARAH RUBACK | PILATES INSTRUCTOR & TEACHER TRAINER | NEW YORK, NY
"Lara helps you develop a relationship with food that isn't about deprivation or antagonism...[and] define the role of food as something to fuel and nourish you in every sense, with the ultimate goal of bringing out the very best in you."
The best thing you can do for your health and diet right now is work with Lara Dalch.
I have been a fitness enthusiast my whole life and fitness professional for over a decade. Even though I had a generally good idea of how to make smart, informed choices about food and diet, Lara offered several suggestions and recommendations that really made an impact on my life.
The main difference between working with Lara and embarking on a healthy crusade alone is her support, her compassionate ear, and her ability to empower you to feel like you can create healthy, tasty, quick, and affordable meals that will satisfy. She doesn't overwhelm you with a regime that you can't possibly adhere to. She doesn't make you feel guilty for enjoying one of the greatest pleasures in life (food). She doesn't alienate you with formulas and hocus-pocus tricks to stay thin.
Lara helps you develop a relationship with food that isn't about deprivation or antagonism, rather how to mentally and practically make choices that are manageable and define the role of food as something to fuel and nourish you in every sense with the ultimate goal of bringing out the very best in you.
Having successfully completed Lara's program, I can say that today I feel much more relaxed and reasonable about my food choices. I have found a way of incorporating greens into my diet that has truly impacted my energy and sense of well-being. I was able to tackle my impulsive sugar and caffeine cravings, and now have a much more healthy awareness and balance. I now even cook a few times a week - and for my lifestyle this is a tremendous feat.
I thoroughly recommend Lara. Her program is relevant, accessible, and essential for long-term healthy living.
SURA ZAATARI | STRATEGIC PLANNER
| NEW YORK, NY
"I saw numerous gastroenterologists and nutritionists before starting this program and none of them were able to help the way Lara did."
After working with Lara, I have a different approach to eating and no longer panic about food.
My overall outlook and approach to health has changed. I now truly understand what I’m putting into my body and how it benefits or harms me - that knowledge has helped me make healthier decisions. I no longer feel like I struggle to stay away from certain foods, and I don't feel guilty when I do indulge a little. I've surprised myself with my change in diet and am even more surprised by how it didn't feel like a sacrifice.
In addition, I lost 9 pounds and my IBS symptoms, which were my biggest concern, have all decreased tremendously!! I saw numerous gastroenterologists and nutritionists before starting this program and none of them were able to help the way Lara did.
Lara makes you feel comfortable talking to her right away - she exudes good, happy energy that's contagious. Her ongoing support and constant encouragement kept me excited and dedicated to the program. I truly felt that she was a partner. No matter what I told her - often thoughts that I feared were ridiculous - Lara always made me feel that she "got it" and always had a recommendation that guided me to improving my health and overall wellness.
I never felt like I was being told what to do; instead, I felt guided and that the program was made especially for me, not generic.
KATHY JAKIELSKI | WRITER & MASSAGE THERAPIST | HAWI, HI
“What was absolutely amazing [about working with Lara] was how confident it left me and how it renewed my sense of commitment to my own health.”
I came to Lara just as I was about to give up on training for a 5K (yet again). I had set this goal of running a 5K to jumpstart a regular exercise routine at least 20 times before (at least!) and found myself at the same place where I always got stuck. Time to call in the pros.
With her unique combination of skilled listening, smarts and humor, Lara's direct but compassionate questions helped me see the real motivation behind my goal – one that I hadn't really even considered. What was magical about our sessions was how quickly we unearthed the big "why?" behind getting back in shape. What was absolutely amazing was how confident it left me and how it renewed my sense of commitment to my own health.
Since then, I've been working out joyfully (Joy + Exercise = winning combination!) and have become more mindful about my eating. I feel more compassionate with myself and enjoy setting wellness goals that inspire me and my family. Lara's process helped me gain more self-acceptance and self-realization about what really motivates me.
Her deep knowledge about health and food, and ability to “keep it real” were also huge pluses! If you’re a busy professional who has their shit together but needs a boost in exercise and nutrition, I’d highly recommend Lara’s program.
KIM GRECO | ENTREPRENEUR & DOG TRAINER
| ARNOLD, MD
"It’s truly effortless for me now to make the choices that are aligned with what I want for myself and for my body…and it all started with working with Lara."
“I had a lifelong struggle with sugar addiction. It was overpowering most days, requiring sheer force of will to resist eating an entire bag of cookies after lunch or dinner. Now, I don’t even crave sugar; and I don’t feel deprived when I don’t eat all the goodies at a party where my friends are indulging. That mindset of feeling left out - that everyone else got to have some and I couldn’t - is just gone.
Working with Lara was an eye-opening experience for me in terms of my mindset around food. I learned that eating and taking care of my body can be fun and interesting and I can be curious and engaged about trying different foods. The focus on adding in healthy food instead of on taking out the “bad” stuff was a huge shift for me, one that I’ve applied in my life every day since I finished the program.
I was able to step away from my fixation on weight loss long enough to discover the foods that truly nourish me. I have more energy. I stay full longer after meals. I’m exercising regularly, including hot yoga several times a week. I’m still getting benefits, long after I finished working with Lara; and it’s because she started the ball rolling with changing my mindset around food.
I wholeheartedly recommend this program. It will affect every area of your life. I believe that how you are in one area of your life is how you are in all areas of your life. Lara's program will cause shifts in every area of your life, not just eating.
Bottom line? The choices you make around the food you eat really can be effortless.”
ERIN MILLER | SUPER MOM
| SEATTLE, WA
"Lara showed me how to make food choices that have literally changed my life and my mood - I'm amazed how much better I feel!"
"I was concerned about spending money on myself, only to fail. But Lara showed me how to make food choices that have literally changed my life and my mood – I’m amazed how much better I feel! I now have the tools to feel like I can branch out and make the best choices for me.
A lot of diet and eating plans out there are strict and “one size fits all.” I was relieved to discover that Lara understands that no two people are the same, and she encourages a flexible, “trust and verify” approach to eating that was really new to me. Ironically, that freedom left me feeling more in control than any strict diet I’ve ever tried.
I also really valued Lara’s understanding that, some weeks, you cannot do it all but that doesn't mean you have failed. I am noticing small but significant changes [which] continue to grow and "snowball,” and I believe over time will result in better health for me and my family.
I would absolutely recommend working with Lara to a friend. I love the overall tone and philosophy that Lara employs and that it is not a one size fits all approach. I also SO appreciated that never once in my conversations with Lara or in reading her materials did I feel judged. Lara realizes that many of us are already so hard on ourselves that we need a friendly voice to build us up, not tear us down."
AMY K. | DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE
| CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
"I gained so much from working with Lara: weight loss, clarity and focus, discipline, renewed energy and the happiness and confidence that comes with that."
"I have never before spent money on a diet or weight loss book or program. Since working with Lara, I have gone down about one dress size and have much more energy throughout the day. Most importantly, I feel like maintaining a healthy weight is something that I can continue with simple changes. I no longer reach for excuses like my weight gain is because of medication, or it's my husband's cooking.
Overall, I've been in good health despite considerable stress in my life - never feeling like I'm teetering on the edge of burnout. This wellness and energy inspired me to ask for a promotion at work, get it, and negotiate a great salary. This would not have been possible without believing that I would have continued clarity and energy because of healthy eating.
The idea of nutrient-dense food made sense to me and helped me understand why I was crashing from hunger and eliminate bad habits, like coming home and eating carbs. The specific food lists and recommendations were immensely valuable.
For years, I have made the mistake of loading up on carbs for fear I would crash in the future. I have had only one sugar crash since beginning the program and have broken the snacking cycle except for the occasional handful of almonds or Larabar. I also have reduced the sugar in my diet thanks to Lara's tutorial on reading labels. I've never been a sugar craver but now my definite preference is for fruit or something less sweet, which is helpful in a profession (fundraising) where food is everywhere.
I gained so much from Lara’s programs: weight loss, clarity and focus, discipline, renewed energy, and the happiness and confidence that comes with that.
I would absolutely recommend Lara, especially to people like me who have no time or patience for dieting fads. I've had a million people talk to me about their diets and gain all the weight back again. I would also like to add: THANK YOU, LARA!"
LIZA MCCULLOUGH | PILATES INSTRUCTOR & STUDIO OWNER | NEW YORK, NY
“All of [the changes Lara suggested] plus my getting back into regular exercise helped me lose over 15 lbs.”
I wasn't sure if coaching would work for me, but I knew something had to give.
After working with Lara, I've noticed a lot of changes and have felt so much better. I learned about specific foods that were contributing to my inflammation and minimized them as I began to eat more real food. Lara also suggested small tweaks to my meal habits that have allowed me to make better decisions about my food choices all day long.
One of my major concerns was my sugar addiction, which is now under control for the first time in years. My sugar cravings are few and far between. When I do have a craving, I am able to satisfy it without overeating. I no longer feel that sugar controls me. I also feel more in control of my emotional reactions to food. All of these changes plus my getting back into regular exercise helped me lose over 15 lbs.
I was nervous about beginning the program at first, but my first coaching call with Lara felt really natural. After that, I was more relaxed and really looked forward to our calls. I’d highly recommend working with Lara – if you are willing to put in the work, she’ll help you achieve your goals. Trust the process, even when it seems tough. I'm happy I figured that out, because it was worth it!
KASTYN REID | MODEL | NEW YORK, NY
"With Lara, I felt that I had a choice in what I ate and how I ate it rather than being on a strict diet."
"Lara is unlike most nutritionists. She allows you to use foods that work with your lifestyle to address your concerns. With Lara, I felt that I had a choice in what I ate and how I ate it rather than being on a strict diet. She was there with constant support along the way, whether offering recipe recommendations or checking to make sure I was staying on track.
Working with Lara changed the way I look at food - I not only feel better and healthier, but I also enjoy going to the grocery store and putting meals together using ingredients I previously overlooked. I completed the program having fixed all of my original concerns, and I enjoyed every session along the way.
I now make a conscious choice about what I put in my body rather than just eating whatever is easy. I have Lara to thank for that."
DANA DAY | ENGINEER | KENMORE, WA
"Lara helped me filter the bad information on the Internet, talk through problems, and find my personal triggers."
"Working with Lara helped me become more aware of the types of food I'm eating and the results of eating "bad" food. I'm more committed to my goals, more aware of the tools out there to help, a better grocery shopper and meal picker-outer!
Lara’s program isn’t just a business transaction. She’s always available for questions along the way. I really appreciated the accountability, the conversation, and the ability to get personal. In addition to achieving my goals around food, I accomplished a fitness goal – I ran my first 12k!
I definitely recommend this program. Lara helped me filter the bad information on the Internet, talk through problems, and find my personal triggers."
STEPHANIE BEAUVAIS | RESEARCH ASSISTANT
| WASHINGTON, DC
"Lara is a supportive and knowledgeable coach who helped me pinpoint issues I was unable to articulate on my own. Her focus on balancing life and not just worrying about food was an eye-opening and important perspective for me at this point in my life."
"Working with Lara has allowed me to tune into how I eat, why I eat, and how it makes me feel. I'm more aware of times when I eat not because I'm hungry but because something else is bothering me or causing stress. Not focusing on food to make me feel better has improved my relationships with others and with myself and helped me better manage stress. I've learned to enjoy cooking again and not think of it as a chore.
I've also noticed more balance in my life, including making room for creativity and relaxation; time with family and friends; better time management; and things I never thought I'd do like running my first 5k race! I feel more confident that I can set goals and find the motivation to achieve them.
Lara is a supportive and knowledgeable coach who helped me pinpoint issues I was unable to articulate on my own. Her focus on balancing life and not just worrying about food was an eye-opening and important perspective for me at this point in my life."
ALISON GOGGIN | DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS, NYU STERN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
| NEW YORK, NY
"Lara's program is great for those of us who need to learn more about nutrition and self care and make some adjustments in order to feel our absolute best."
"Since working with Lara, I'm much more knowledgeable about which foods are best for my body and where my cravings are coming from. I'm also more mindful of what I eat in general.
It was great to have access to [Lara] for individual questions and also to hear from others [on the weekly group calls] about challenges they were facing and their recommendations.
Lara's program is great for those of us who need to learn more about nutrition and self care and make some adjustments in order to feel our absolute best."
ELLEN THOMPSON | RESULTS REPEAT
| NARBERTH, PA
"Deciding to work with Lara was one of the best decisions I made this year. If you decide to use her services and make an honest effort to follow her recommendations, I'm sure it will be one of the best choices you make this year."
"I originally contacted Lara because I was having trouble getting my eating habits under control, and was finally ready to admit that I couldn't do it on my own. After our initial consultation, I was convinced that if anyone could help, it was Lara; and this turned out to be true. In six months, I lost approximately 12 lbs and several inches around my waist. More importantly, I am making far more healthy food choices, and my self-confidence has never been better.
But working with Lara is not just about losing weight. Her comprehensive and personalized approach also addresses improving fitness levels, diversifying one's diet and managing stress. In my case, my consumption of water, green veggies and whole grains (including quinoa, which Lara encouraged me to try and is now a staple in my diet) has dramatically increased. Lara also recommended I add strength training and stretching to my cardio-heavy fitness routine. In addition to visibly improving my ability on the tennis court and on the ice (I am a competitive figure skater and avid tennis player), I now can touch my palms to the floor and have lovely biceps!
Although I made significant progress during the first six months, I still have a long way to go, and so I recently “re-upped” to get the support I need to make it to the next level of fitness and weight loss. I'm happy to report I am well on my way to meeting ambitious 3 and 6 month goals. Deciding to work with Lara was one of the best decisions I made this year. If you decide to use her services and make an honest effort to follow her recommendations, I'm sure it will be one of the best choices you make this year."
KERI CHRISTENSEN | PROJECT MANAGER
| CHICAGO, IL
"I feel more in control and am proud that I'm eating things that are good for my body."
"Since completing Lara's program, I'm making much better decisions and planning my eating more often. I loved the recipes; and the weekly videos were great, since I could watch them whenever it was convenient for me.
I also got over the idea that cooking at home was something that took a lot of time and effort (and 27 ingredients!). I feel more in control and am proud that I'm eating things that are good for my body."
MAURA H. | OFFICE MANAGER
| NEW YORK, NY
"I'm exercising more, getting better sleep, listening to my body, and feeling less pressure about following a 'strict' diet all the time."
"When I first learned about Lara's program, I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to stick to it or that I'd just hear a bunch of stuff I already knew. It turned out to be a great way to build in some routine and education without feeling like I was 'failing' if I went at my own pace.
I've made subtle shifts in my daily routine as a result of the program - things that have actually created big change. I'm making my own meals, exercising more, getting better sleep, listening to my body, and feeling less pressure about following a strict 'diet'.
For someone like me - who sometimes feels like if I don't follow a diet exactly that I should just forget it and eat crap - this is a big shift."
MARY REA | MOM + ROCKSTAR WAITRESS
| SEATTLE, WA
"The amount of attention and knowledge Lara offers is transforming!"
"I was worried about being able to gather my finances to do Lara’s program, but it was so worth it!
My digestion is so much better now that I have figured out how my body reacts to what I eat. Also, now working out on a regular basis has helped and my body feels better with exercise and basic fitness. I love how Lara ties all aspects of life into her program, especially the charts and references that help me to plan out and understand how everything works together. My body feels better!
I am much more conscious of what I eat and how it will affect me. The amount of attention and knowledge Lara offers people is transforming! Thank you for this program - the information has helped in so many ways. I feel what I have learned here I can carry with me for the rest of my life!"
LAURA H. | MANAGER
| SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CA
"With Lara's program, I feel more energy and calm in my life."
"I feel generally healthier, with better digestion. Little changes over time really do make a difference! Working with Lara improved my motivation to eat healthier.
I liked the videos and the follow-up materials. Many of the suggestions Lara made - even though they were small tweaks - made a huge difference for me. I am way less dependent on coffee for energy in the morning, for example.
I am really glad I found this program. I'm glad I found you Lara!"
MICHELLE ROSENTHAL | SOFTWARE ENGINEER
| SEATTLE, WA
"I put more stock in keeping myself healthy and happy in all ways."
"I’ve lost weight and have been able to maintain the weight loss. I’m more mindful of what I eat and how much I need to eat each day. I’m cooking more, have a good repertoire of snack and dinner foods, and have learned how to eat more intuitively. I also put more stock in keeping myself healthy and happy in all ways.
I really liked having bi-weekly goals that I could work on and experiment with on my own. The breakfast experiment was especially eye-opening and not something I would have otherwise tried. I also liked having Lara as a resource for things as they would come up.
If you want to make changes to your health but need a little extra knowledge and support, working with Lara is a great option. You’ll need to dedicate some time and mental energy to be successful – change takes some work – but Lara is a great partner to have on your side."
JOLIE BROWN | DIRECTOR OF LAWYER RECRUITING | ARLINGTON, VA
"I feel happier, more in touch with my self-care needs and more realistic about my food choices. "
"Since finishing Lara's program, I've practiced meal planning more consistently, which has been a huge help at the grocery store! I've also added more greens to my diet.
Lara's positive and encouraging nature and frequent reminders that I don't have to be perfect allowed me to complete the program in a way that worked for me.
I feel happier, more in touch with my self-care needs, and more realistic about my food choices."
LORI FERRO | PROGRAM MANAGER | UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON | SEATTLE, WA
"I feel a lot better - and less anxious - about my food choices in general; and I'm eating well more consistently."
"I feel a lot better - and less anxious - about my food choices in general; and I'm eating well more consistently. I've even saved money on food because I plan ahead more often!
I particularly loved the calendar and pantry suggestions as well as the recipes and cookbook recommendations. They've all helped a lot with meal planning.
Lara's program is easy to do, even with a busy schedule. The suggestions are reasonable and practical, with an emphasis on whole-body health, not just food."
CATHERINE AVON | CONSULTANT
| MCLEAN, VA
"With Lara's help, I learned that making small changes can be powerful."
"Working with Lara helped me make a critical mindset shift in terms of food and self-care - from one of self-punishment to one of choice.
The weekly lessons were well organized and clear, making the material easy to comprehend and put into action. Lara has a positive, upbeat style and is a wonderful supporter and coach. With her help, I learned that small changes can be powerful."
CHRISTOPHER FERRIS | BUSINESS ANALYST
| SEATTLE, WA
"My experience in Lara's program was all positive. I gained a sense of control over daily food intake and a greater awareness of the role of food in my sense of well-being throughout the day."
"I'm better prepared for periods of high physical activity/training. In the past, my periods of intense training usually faded immediately after an event. After working with Lara, I feel as though I can prepare a better base and maintain it more effectively by eating better.
I was concerned at the beginning that my poor eating habits were so deeply ingrained that it would be frustrating for us both. My experience was all positive though – a return to activity and sense of control over daily food intake, a greater awareness of the role of food in my sense of well-being throughout the day. I liked the frequency and length of meetings, the content, the homework, and the additional support materials Lara provided. All good, well-organized, and effective.
The most significant results were the restoration of my normal body weight, an improvement in food choice and rate of consumption, and a good foundation for exploring a more active relationship with food preparation.
Be prepared for Lara to be demanding. Not in a demeaning or authoritarian way, but she has a strong sense of drive and initiative for accomplishment. If you can match that level of effort you'll get the most out of her program!
I appreciated Lara’s positive attitude and enthusiasm. She’s insightful and empathetic as opposed to just “chirpy.” I would recommend her services to anyone having some kind of nutrition-related struggles."