PranaSpirit Nutrition & Wellness provides personalized nutrition education and counseling for a variety of conditions and goals.


Specializations include:

  • Weight management

  • Diabetes and pre-diabetes

  • Prenatal nutrition

  • Gastrointestinal (digestive) disorders

  • Sports nutrition

  • Eating disorders


All nutrition counseling at PranaSpirit Nutrition & Wellness is Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT), or medically-based nutrition counseling provided by our Registered Dietitian Nutritionists who have years of academic education, training, and experience.


Benefits of Medical Nutrition Therapy include:


  •   Identification of nutrient deficiencies

  •   Nutrition education

  •   Alleviation of symptoms causing discomfort

  •   Improvements in energy, satiety, and mood

  •   Attaining and maintaining a healthy body weight

  •   Lifestyle changes in eating behavior and physical activity 

  •   Enhanced feeling of well being

  •   Improved energy, stamina and mood 

  •   Improved state of medical condition

  •   Understanding of your eating patterns through nutrition education

As a Registered Dietian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator, Ilene Cohen has extensive training and experience to help identify the underlying causes of symptoms and to help you alleviate them. Through examination of a health and nutritional history, including weight patterns (loss, gain, maintenance) your food intake, and any medications and/or supplements you may be taking, Ilene will get an accurate sense of your nutritional status, needs and preferences. She will teach you about the effect certain foods will have on your body and health condition. You will learn about your physical activity level and how it can play a role in your condition, weight and energy level. Then keeping your favorite foods in mind, Ilene will work with you to set realistic short and long-term goals and an action plan to attain them. 

Before the first meeting, you will complete a health history questionnaire and food/exercise diary.  You will be asked to bring any recent lab work or to obtain recent lab work if possible. The initial session will include discussion and education, weight and body fat testing, recipe suggestions and/or makeovers, recommendations for diet and physical activity, and a detailed nutrition plan. We will decide together how often we will meet to follow up and discuss your progress.

PranaSpirit Nutrition & Wellness offers medical nutrition therapy for other health conditions and situations, including:

  • Food allergies and intolerances

  • Cardiovascular disease

  • Weight management

  • Vegetarian / plant based/vegan diets

  • Chronic Kidney Disease

  • Hormonal balance

  • Iron deficiency anemia

  • PCOS

  • Cultural Diets



Aside from meeting at office locations in NYC, Ilene is also available for home visits in Manhattan on a case-by case basis.  In home visits may include kitchen/pantry makeovers, which includes recipe modification and shopping list development.  Contact Ilene for more information. 


Please note that we have a 48-hour cancellation policy that must be adhered to, as the demand for services exceeds the availability of appointment times. Any appointment canceled within the 48 hour timeframe will be subject to a cancellation fee for notice of less than 48 hours, and a full session fee with less than 24 hours notice.