About Mariana

Mariana's Story


I have always had an interest in food.  Growing up with a Greek family in the restaurant business, food was a huge part of my life.  Food meant family, celebration, and love...but it also meant guilt and shame.  I have been there, going on diet after diet since I can remember.  I remember hating my body so much that I became severely depressed.  I remember feeling like I was alone and that there was no escape from these feelings.  I remember that small voice in my head telling me that there is more to life than dieting and self-loathing, and this is why I have created Pretty Balanced RD. 

Pretty Balanced RD is a  space where all bodies and foods are welcomed without shame or judgment.  It is a place for positivity, self-love, and gentle nutrition.  Pretty Balanced RD is the voice I needed to hear when I was younger letting me know that everything was going to be ok, that food is not my enemy, and that my body is pretty amazing.  I hope you find great joy in realizing how incredible you are and learn that health is more inclusive than simply diet and weight.   

Professional Certifications and Education

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist by the Commission on Dietetic Registration

Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Member of the New York Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Volunteer for the New York Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting and Expo 2020

Dietetic Internship at Syracuse University 

Masters of Science in Nutrition Science at Syracuse University 

Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics with a minor in Addiction Studies at Syracuse University