Aloha, I’m Mariah Ecker! My three unwavering loves are: food, being active outside, and the science behind how our bodies work. In elementary school I would pretend to have my own “hospital” during recess to treat my classmates with play yard injuries and fake illnesses. My innate interest in health led me to the medical field. Prior to becoming a Registered Dietitian, I was a medical assistant pursuing a degree in nursing in Northern California. During a nutrition course I fell in love with the intersection of food, agriculture, behavior, and health sciences. I pivoted paths and have never looked back!
My favorite part of being a Registered Dietitian is providing my patients with a peace of mind when it comes to their nutritional health. Life is stressful enough, and food should not be contributing to that! Nutrition information can be overwhelming; it’s no wonder so many of us either feel confused at where to start or pursue unmaintainable fad diets. I believe one of the largest barriers to making long lasting nutrition changes is high food stress! Any diet plan that increases your stress should be re-evaluated. Is this really contributing positively to your overall physical and mental health? Can you maintain this for the rest of your life?
With a background as a clinical dietitian working in both hospital and long term care/rehabilitation facilities, as well as a previous FoodCorps AmeriCorps member serving a California school district with nutrition education, I am experienced with nutrition across the lifespan and providing personalized nutrition counseling for an array of health conditions. Let me help you build confidence with your nutrition decisions and strengthen your relationship with food. I’ll make sure you understand the science behind my recommendations and have the resources you need to make smart nutrition choices daily. No forcing you to meal prep on Sundays or eliminate whole food groups; let’s work together to come up with creative solutions that are enjoyable yet effective for you!
Registered Dietitian through the Commission on Dietetic Registration
Licensed Dietitian through the State of Hawaii Department of Health
Graduated Magna Cum Laude from California Polytechnic University of San Luis Obispo with a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition
Completed accredited 1200 hour dietetic internship from Iowa State University with rotations fulfilled on Kauai and Oahu