I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor with a passion for helping others rediscover their body's natural intuition and balance. As an anti-diet dietitian, I practice with an Intuitive Eating®, Health at Every Size (HAES)®, weight-inclusive and gentle nutrition focus.
My goal is to guide you in reclaiming the joy in your journey by honoring your body's real needs and desires. I can't wait to help you explore what nourishes you - body and mind!
I am originally from Hunterdon County, New Jersey ... so I was raised on the music of Bruce Springsteen and the iconic pork roll, egg and cheese breakfast (... on an everything bagel, with salt, pepper, ketchup, of course!).
I love food. Like really love it. There's nothing I love more than really good pizza (with ranch!!), chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream with rainbow sprinkles, and coconut coffee creamer. I can talk about it all day long... and sometimes I do. And sometimes, food never comes up in our sessions. We can talk about body image and diet culture, brainstorm grocery lists and meal ideas, or rediscover how to make self care a priority for you. I am not here to tell you what to eat or how to eat... but rather, help you explore your own relationship with food and your body. I trust that your body knows what, how and when to eat... but do you? It is possible for you to rebuild your trust with your body.
You can find me reading on the beach in beautiful Fernandina Beach, Florida, trying new recipes in my kitchen, savoring a Yin Yoga class, or enjoying a cup of tea while watching Netflix!!
I identify as a straight, white, currently able-bodied cis-gender female (pronouns: she/her/hers). I have done and continue to do work to identify my own privileges and learn how to better serve those without the same privileges with which I have been born.
I live and work on the traditional and unceded territories of the Mvskoke (Muscogee), Miccosukee, Timucua, along with many federally unrecognized tribes. To find out who's land you're on, go to https://native-land.ca/. I am committed to using my life and work to cultivate more equitable, safe and inclusive spaces for all bodies.
You are the focus and the priority here. I work for and with you, and seek to be a resource for all of your questions, thoughts and concerns.
I'm here to support you.
....which means: understanding and acceptance of various body shapes and sizes. You are an individual, and you deserve individualized and personalized care. There is no one size fits all for nutrition care. We will work on achieving body neutrality, rather than body positivity to start. Let's take a few steps back from society's weight-centric thinking and re-examine
your definition of "health/healthy."
All foods provide nourishment, regardless of their specific nutritional content. We will work together to find what fuels your body and mind (This will include more than food!).
Realize and accept that this process will be different and will require effort on your part. We all will make mistakes - that is part of the process. We are aiming for progress, never perfection. Know that I am 110% by your side: rooting you on and fully supporting you however I can.
Please keep in mind that un-learning diet culture and weight-centric thinking, while simultaneously learning, absorbing and practicing gentle nutrition is HARD. This is not a "quick fix." That being said, the skills that we develop are ones that you can utilize for life.
You are perfectly imperfect, unique and MORE than enough, just the way you are. Individuals of every size, race, ability, gender and ethnicity deserve to receive equitable care that considers all aspects of their health, including mental, physical and emotional health.
Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, or RDNs, are individuals that are thoroughly trained in nutrition and dietetics evidence-based practices. To earn the RDN credential, one must complete their bachelor's degree with course materials approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (also known as ACEND). This education requires classes in food and nutrition science, medicine nutrition therapy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, chemistry, computer science, foodservice systems management and more! By 2024, all new RDNs will be required to have a Master's Degree too.
On top of completion of these - one has to complete a minimum of 1,200 hours of supervised practice via a dietetic internship. This internship exposes the candidate to various settings in which they could practice as an RDN. This could include acute care, long term care, food service, community, and even more settings.
After the 1,200 hours of supervised practice are recorded, one must pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration's national examination. After this - the RDN must continue professional education requirements, pursue state licensure (if necessary/required) and then FINALLY - can begin to share their immense knowledge and understanding.
When someone calls themselves a nutritionist - they may not be a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. All Registered Dietitians are nutritionists, but NOT all nutritionists are Registered Dietitians. This is important to keep in mind... ALWAYS ask for credentials and experience before beginning to work with a professional. RDNs are the BEST resource for food and nutrition advice.
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