By Connor Beach
Helping people is a powerful force, and for Huntington resident Bari Rubin the desire to help others live life the way they wanted was what drove her to open Piece of Cake Nutrition.
Rubin said the “light bulb clicked” for her after talking with a career advisor about possible jobs to pursue.
“We started talking about things I like to do, things I enjoy,” Rubin said, adding that cooking, eating well and going to the gym topped the list. “So, she suggested nutrition.”
With a new career path in mind, Rubin transferred to LIU Post in Brookville where she earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition.
After working and volunteering with several organizations and nutrition businesses, Rubin, 27, said she wanted to bring her own philosophies and ideas to clients.
In August she started Piece of Cake Nutrition at 75 New St., Huntington village and said the opportunity so far has been “pretty incredible.”
“I really love the one-on-one connection of counseling,” Rubin said.
Piece of Cake Nutrition is open to clients of all ages who are facing all sorts of challenges with nutrition and weight loss.
“I see kids and teens some who are struggling with weight and some who are struggling with food aversions and eating healthy,” Rubin said. “I see women in their twenties and thirties who are just looking to be healthier; I see postmenopausal women who are trying to take off that kind of weight.”
A handful of male clients also use the nutritional services to live a healthier lifestyle.
“There’s no one I won’t see,” Rubin said.
Piece of Cake offers an individualized nutrition plan for each client, but there is an overarching philosophy that is unique to the business. The name of the business should give potential insights into the major tenets of Rubin’s nutritional plans. No foods are “off limits” for clients of Piece of Cake.
“I named my business after dessert,” Rubin said. “I really want my clients to be able to have their cake and eat it too, it’s just a matter of finding a balance that works for them.”
Piece of Cake is housed in a wellness building, Rubin said, where it shares a space with personal training, yoga, massage and acupuncture businesses.
“Total wellness is the package here; if there is anything that’s out of my scope of practice, then I can refer clients to people that I know are really good at what they do,” Rubin said.
Rubin said accepting change is often the largest speed bump for many her clients to overcome.
She said, “When people come in I’m not going to give them a magic pill that’s going to take 20 pounds off in a week because those things don’t work. For long term sustainable weight loss you need to eat well, exercise and find that balance.”
Piece of Cake clients are going to look forward to eating healthy, nourishing food, Rubin said, without giving up the things they enjoy eating.
Starting in April, the business will be offering a nutritionist and personal training package for new clients. Those interested can call or text Rubin to set up an appointment.
Rubin said her job is particularly rewarding when she can help a client commit to the plan that she developed and follow through to achieve their nutritional or weight loss goals.
She said, “There’s been a lot of good that has come from this, and that’s really exciting… I want the business to continue growing, and I want to help as many people as I can.”