Jenifer Tharani, MS, RD, LD

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Jenifer Tharani is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, the founder of Archaic Nutrition & Lifestyle.

Jenifer was born and raised in India. Growing up, she was habitually surrounded by fresh produce, meats, and spices. Her love for food started during her undergraduate degree in Food Science. She enjoyed developing food products as a food scientist until she got an opportunity to wear a ‘Nutrition Educator’ hat during her visit to Kampala, Africa. She enjoyed creating a nutrition education program for teaching new moms how to feed their toddlers healthy foods on a budget. Her newly developed passion for nutrition counseling inspired her to pursue a master’s degree in Nutrition from Texas State University and become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Jenifer lives in sunny El Paso, Texas. She works as a bariatric dietitian at Del Sol Medical Center and as a CEO of Archaic Nutrition & Lifestyle

Personal Story: 

Jenifer’s father was diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure in 2012. But, as many South Asians, he remained in denial for more than a year. He was too shy to reach out to a dietitian for help. He said to my mom one day, “I have eaten South Asian foods and delicacies for my entire life, so why should I change my lifestyle now? The dietitian will ask me to stop eating biryani and samosas which I don’t want to do. I love my rice and ghee. I’ll be fine.” It was less than a month after this conversation, her father lost his eyesight as a consequence of unmanaged diabetes and high blood pressure. Just because he denied seeing a dietitian who could have helped him manage diabetes by making simple changes and kept him accountable! Jenifer was not a dietitian when her father needed one. Therefore, now that she is a dietitian, her mission is to help more than a 100 South Asian families live a diabetes free, hearty, and a good quality life every month.

Archaic Nutrition & Lifestyle is a nutrition and wellness website. Through this website, social media, & nutrition coaching, Jenifer aims to help busy South Asians take charge of their chronic illness such as diabetes or heart conditions without giving up their favorite South Asian foods. Jenifer has created  a toolbox of simple, sustainable changes to help you reverse pre-diabetes and manage your chronic illness.

Click on WORK WITH ME tab to learn more about Jenifer’s nutrition coaching offerings. Don’t forget to download your free copy of South Asian Wellness Guide HERE and join the free Facebook community here. If you are READY to reverse pre-diabetes or manage diabetes with lifestyle changes, JOIN THE WAITLIST for the one and only 8 week online diabetes prevention and management program called “The South Asian Way” ~ created by a South Asian dietitian for the love of South Asians’ good health. Join me in my mission today!

Fun Facts:

Jenifer’s favorite foods are eggs, okra, mutton pulao, avocados, barley, nut butter and a variety of home-made street style tacos. Tacos are an El Paso thing! Jenifer’s favorite indulgences include morning cardomom chai latte, golden turmeric milk,  and dark chocolate with roasted almonds.

Education

  • BS. in Food Science and Technology – Iowa State University
  • MS. in Human Nutrition – Texas State University
  • Dietetic Internship Program – Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA

Credentials & Affiliations:

  • Registered Dietitian, Commission on Dietetic Registration #86074039
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Member
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