The Scoop: Singles and couples who want to get healthy may not reach their goals with a standard diet and exercise routine alone. Los Angeles-based nutritionist and dietitian Mascha Davis founded Nomadista Nutrition to create individualized plans for clients based on their body chemistry, genetics, and goals. Her personalized nutrition plans help clients succeed in reaching their objectives.
Often companies tout a new diet or exercise routine as a solution for everyone. One expert may suggest that cutting out carbs is the best way to lose weight, while another says that a meat-heavy diet is healthiest. But diets and training aren’t one-size-fits-all solutions.
When fad diets or exercise routines don’t work, singles and couples may find themselves frustrated and trying to figure out what they are doing wrong.
One of the main reasons a program doesn’t work is that it isn’t personalized to someone’s unique metrics. That’s why personalized nutrition (PN) experts use data and individualized goals to create plans that work for each single or couple.
The idea behind PN is that individual metabolism and biochemistry make specific foods and diet strategies better-suited to a person’s body. In an analysis of 11 PN studies from 2009 to 2020, researchers discovered that those who received individualized nutrition plans were more likely to improve their dietary intake than those who used general advice.
Mascha Davis, Founder of Nomadista Nutrition, provides PN recommendations for her clients to help them manage diseases, eat more mindfully, and maintain their weight.
Singles and couples who work with Mascha first take a series of tests to determine their body data. Those may include DNA tests that identify genetics, blood tests, and using tracking information, including heart rates and activity levels, from wearable devices.
Once she has that information, Mascha said she can make a plan to maximize the benefits for each client’s body. And the plans can help them out in a wide range of areas.
“Watching my clients reach their goals, whether it’s to lose weight, reduce their cholesterol, or improve their blood sugar levels, is remarkable and keeps me so motivated,” she told us.
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Mascha said she is passionate about helping singles and couples achieve healthier lifestyles. She came to the United States at 7 years old and felt grateful for the opportunities she discovered. She said she knew that she wanted to give back to others. In college, Mascha found her passion for exploring the relationship between nutrition and mental, emotional, and physical health.
After graduation, Mascha earned her Master of Public Health Degree at UCLA and then secured a dietetic internship at a VA Hospital in Los Angeles. Then, she traveled the globe, working in public health on three continents. That jet-setting lifestyle was how she came up with her practice’s name — Nomadista Nutrition.
After 10 years of working around the globe, she returned to Los Angeles and opened her practice counseling individuals and families to improve their health. Most clients work with Mascha from one to six months.
Clients typically start with the one-month program, which gives them time to integrate new nutritional habits and see results. Others who want to change their lives more radically work with Mascha longer.
“I only take on a limited number of clients because I want to make sure I can give them personalized attention. That is what makes my boutique practice stand out. I get to know each client and am available to them anytime during the program for check-ins, advice, and questions,” she told us.
Mascha is particularly happy to offer her clients nutrigenomics. That means she can test specific markers and gene variants that affect how clients absorb and metabolize different nutrients. She said she feels that the service and personalized nutrition plans give clients even more tailored advice and options.
Genetics are Used to Create Individualized Goals
Clients come to Mascha for a variety of reasons. Some are already healthy but want to understand their bodies or lose those last few pounds. Others have diabetes, heart disease, food allergies, or gut issues, so they need someone to guide them through a more holistic nutritional change.
Mascha uses personal data from those singles or couples to create a plan to address whatever their struggles or goals may be.
One client, George, wanted to figure out how to keep working out five days a week while maintaining a healthy weight.
“From our very first meeting, she made some simple modifications to my diet and taught me about good whole grains versus bad. Within a week, I lost three pounds without feeling hungry at all. Fast forward six weeks, and I have reached my goal weight, feel much more energetic, and know that I am getting all the right foods for my individual needs,” George said in a testimonial.
Yilin and her husband had contrasting goals, but Mascha made a detailed plan for each of them. Yilin wanted to lose weight, while her husband wanted to gain weight. On their own, they were only able to tip the scales in one direction — either both gained weight or both lost weight. Yilin was also exercising without seeing any weight loss results.
“Mascha asked very holistic questions, listened, and gave back very pointed advice. Her nutritional advice was very practical (with) small tweaks here and there rather than radical changes,” said Yilin in a testimonial. “I actually got to cut down on my workouts and still manage to lose weight while still eating the things I like and not going hungry. While I lost weight, my husband also managed to gain weight, and now finally weighs more than me!”
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Mascha works with many couples because it’s often easier to make a nutritional lifestyle change with someone else. Couples can help each other with accountability, identifying roadblocks, and ensuring they each meet their goals together.
“It’s also fun for them to set goals together, discuss what they will be eating and how they’ll prepare it. I think it’s a great way for couples to do something incredibly positive for their health and show each other support — it can even be an amazing bonding experience,” she said.
Mascha also helps singles and couples set realistic goals so they can meet them. And she isn’t going to prescribe a diet for them that won’t fit into their lifestyles.
If a couple appreciates Mascha’s food philosophy, they don’t have to travel to Los Angeles either. Instead, they can try a product from her new sustainable seafood startup, called Mini Fish.
“It’s a delicious, ready-to-eat seafood snack. I created it because I realized that there were no high-protein options with clean seafood that is also sustainable,” Mascha told us.
After helping many singles and couples feel better and improve their diets, Mascha said she is still excited about the changes she helps people achieve. And she plans to continue working and expanding her presence to help even more people.