Lighten Up Nutrition Philosophy on a Healthy Life

We believe that weight loss and weight maintenance can be should be simple and affordable.

We believe that the entire family can eat the same food while losing or maintaining their weight.

We believe that weight loss is a by-product of healthy eating. Most methods of weight loss offered today are not necessarily healthy.

Our goal is to teach each client how to live a healthy lifestyle, reach their ideal weight, and retain those skills.

We offer every client a personalized nutrition plan with professional nutrition counseling.

We will offer you recipes and meal ideas to achieve your goals and targets. Our skills we pass on to you are proven and can be permanent solutions for your healthy lifestyle. We offer caring support from those who have been there and motivate you with positive reassurance to keep you on track.

In addition we offer recipes, meal ideas, shopping lists, Menu planners, and food preparation strategies. We equip you with the skills necessary for long-term permanent success.

  • Weight loss
  • Weight Management
  • Family Nutrition
  • Diabetic Meal Planning
  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Compulsive Eating Behaviors
  • Pregnancy/Nursing Programs
  • Vegetarian
  • Lactose Intolerance

Tracy Benson, Founder of Lighten Up Nutrition

Tracy Jean Benson is a Nutrition Counselor with thirty years experience in the field of Weight Management and Nutrition Education. In 1982, Tracy began working as a group facilitator with Weight Watchers in Michigan. In 1984 she transferred to Weight Watchers of Philadelphia where she served as a Group Facilitator, Trainer, and Regional Manager.

Helping others reach their goals has been my passion for over 30 years. My personal struggle with weight and body image and a 50-pound weight loss have helped me to truly understand many of the struggles that others are facing. I believe, and studies have shown that personalized help from someone whos been there can greatly increase your chances of success.

Tracy has helped hundreds of individuals reach and maintain their personal nutrition and weight loss goals.In addition to her private practice, Tracy conducts corporate and community wellness programs throughout the region. 

Some corporate and community organizations Tracy has advised include the PA Department of Health, Carpenter Technology, RACC, The Caron Foundation, National Penn Bank, St. Joseph's Hospital, Agere Systems, Inc., Peppridge Farms, Inc., and Penn National Gaming Inc.


Did you know that the Cocoa Bean was once used as currency?

The Mayan civilization, one of the oldest civilizations on the American continent used the cocoa beans as a barter currency to exchange for food or clothes, as well as for preparing a bitter drink, known as Xocoatl, which was nothing like the hot chocolate that we drink today. This beverage was made from roasted and ground cocoa beans, mixed with water and spices.