Samantha Luft



Age Group(s):


Patient Populations:

LGBTQIA+, Older adults, Women

About Samantha

Samantha grew up in an active, health-conscious household, learning from a young age how what she ate affected how she felt. Through a lot of self-experimentation, she realized what worked best for her and how to feel physically good and solid about her relationship with food. Once it came time to choose a career path, Samantha blended her interest in food with her love for science and working with people, and landed on nutrition. After completing her Bachelor’s degree, she pursued her Master’s in nutrition. Before joining the Culina Health team, Samantha worked as an inpatient dietitian for a sub-acute rehab facility in New York City. 

Get To Know Samantha

Favorite nutrient-packed snack: Ranch Greek yogurt dip with veggies and crackers

Favorite book/TV show/movie: TV shows: Friends and Mad Men

Grocery shopping tip: Go in with a loose plan.

A mindful eating moment you had recently: During my Thanksgiving meal, I paused halfway through to check in with myself and my level of fullness before finishing the rest of my plate.

A habit you swear by: Water before coffee!

How has your cultural culinary heritage shaped your approach to nutrition, and do you incorporate any traditional practices into your counseling? Growing up in a Jewish household, food was at the center of every family gathering and was made to be a fun and enjoyable part of life. I like to bring that approach into counseling by reminding my patients that food should be a fun and enjoyable part of life and we can work together to bring that aspect of food back.

Nutrition philosophy in a nutshell: All foods can fit into a healthy lifestyle. Aim to focus on the addition in your meals instead of the subtraction.

More About Samantha

Samantha shares a healthier baked potato latke recipe!


Master of Science in Nutrition, Stony Brook University

Dietetic Internship:
CUNY Lehman College

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Counseling Style:
Weight Neutral

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