Lauren Papanos, MS, RD, CSSD

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About Lauren


Functional Fueling Nutrition was founded in 2014 by Lauren Papanos. Lauren holds both her bachelor's and master's degrees in nutrition sciences. She is nationally licensed as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and is board certified as a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD). Ms. Papanos is trained in functional nutrition and specializes in women's health and performance nutrition. Many of her women's health clients work with her to balance hormones, manage thyroid conditions, fix digestion, or to feel good in their skin again! She also works with clients interested in performance nutrition. She has spent majority of her career working with elite-level athletes to help them restore metabolism, improve performance, lengthen their career, and optimize body composition. 

Both of Ms. Papanos' specialties offer a unique expertise for client's looking to get to the root cause of their health and wellness. Ms. Papanos is a wellness junkie herself, who loves healthy cooking, exercise, interior design, the outdoors, and her Greek heritage.

Education and Training

2011 - 2015: Bachelor's of Science in Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics. Minor in Combined Sciences. 4 year competitive collegiate cheerleader. 3 years top 20 national partner stunts.

2014 - 2015: Stephen F. Austin State University Athletics Internship

2015 - 2016: Dietetic Internship through the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Master's Degree in Nutritional Sciences with Functional Nutrition Specialty.

2015 - 2016: Internships:

- Memorial Hermann Ironman Institute

- EXOS Performance Center

- The Institute of Lifestyle, Family, and Preventive Medicine

- Impatient and Outpatient Medical

2016: Sports Nutrition Fellowship at Texas A&M University

2017: USA Swimming Contract Dietitian, Hong Kong travel team.

2016 - 2019: Performance Nutrition Coordinator for UCLA Athletics. 2019: won a National Championship with UCLA Softball. UCLA Spirit Teams Nutrition Consultant. 

2018 - Current: Nutrition Content Writer for Cheer District.

2019 - 2020: Director of Football Nutrition for Texas Tech Football.

Current: Functional Fueling Nutrition + Outpatient Lifestyle Medicine.


The Californian Newspaper | Interview

Women's Health Magazine | Quote| Quote | Quote

Los Angeles Marathon Exhibit | Speaker

Conscious Company Magazine | Article

I Love to Watch you Play | Interviews

Strength Over Tradition | Interview

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