Get answers to the most frequently asked questions about what it’s like to work with me.
“Anti-diet” is about taking a stance against diet culture and instead taking an approach that respects our inner body wisdom. It’s about “unlearning” many of the food rules that have been programmed into us over time which get in the way of us having a flexible, free and truly nourishing relationship to food. It’s about learning to tune out external noise and finding ways to tune into our own needs and how we can best honor them. Making changes as a form of authentic self-care: rather than as a form of punishment, a coping mechanism, or as something we do because we feel it is what we “should” be doing.
Also, I’m a dietitian; which means I’m a credentialed healthcare provider that studied the science of human nutrition, graduated from university, completed an internship, and passed the RD exam. I complete ongoing training & supervision to continue my learning. Continuing education is required to maintain the RD credential, but I would do it either way because I love love love to learn.
Short answer: no.
Long answer: Meal plans may seem like a great idea on paper, but they don’t translate all that well when it comes to day-to-day living. Life can be unpredictable, and developing flexibility around meals and snacks can help you feel more empowered than simply following a meal plan.
I am happy to work with you around balancing your meals & snacks, ensuring you’re eating often enough & getting adequate nutrition, and incorporating a variety of foods that you enjoy. If you are looking for an exact systematic calculated formula to follow, this is not that. There is a lot of nuance in this work which can feel uncomfortable and seem scary; structure feels more safe. By expanding from black and white / rigid thinking, we can grow, and learn to “live in the gray” / become more comfortable with discomfort.
Short answer: no.
Long answer: I don’t promise my clients any weight outcomes. I support people in healing their relationship with food and body. This process will lead to one of three things: weight going up, weight going down, or weight staying the same. I know this may sound scary, especially with fat folx facing so much stigma from society. However, life is short – do you really want to allot so much of your time and energy into trying to have a body that is deemed acceptable by society, or are you maybe open to exploring other options? What if you/your body are not the problem, and the issue is actually society’s bias, judgement & discrimination towards people who visibly don’t fit the status quo?
Society has conditioned us to believe that certain people should be ridiculed rather than respected, and shamed rather than supported. Living in this world can be very difficult at times, especially for people with intersecting marginalized identities. There will probably always be hateful people and toxic environments that try to make you feel less than and like you don’t deserve to feel joy. That’s why it can be a radical move to say fuck you to those hateful and toxic things that no longer serve you, and to be open to the possibility of a life where you are celebrated for being exactly who you are. Imagine accepting your authentic self and acknowledging that you are a human being who is worthy of love and respect, period. Your needs deserve to be honored. You deserve compassion.
Dieting does not work. People may lose weight in the beginning, then they inevitably stop following the diet at some point because it becomes unsustainable, and gain the weight back plus extra. This often leads to feelings of failure and inadequacy, and trying other diets in hope that they will find the one that works for them… and the cycle continues. These extreme, restrictive diets and the weight fluctuations that follow are more harmful than “obesity.” Not to mention that there are so many different factors that affect weight and health, like environment, genetics, and access.
The dieting industry and capitalism in general literally profit off of people hating themselves and trying anything and everything to lose weight. If dieting works, why is it that new fad diets crop up every year? Keto, weight watchers, raw till 4, paleo, whole30, noom, you name it. The diet industry has even copped the language of non-diet movements, claiming “intuitive eating can help you lose weight” or that counting calories is just “wellness.”
Lastly, the same behaviors recommended to people pursuing weight loss, like following rigid food rules, exercising to burn off calories or to ‘earn’ their food, and obsessing over food & their body, are the exact same behaviors that people with eating disorders engage in. Something is seriously wrong here. Our society has an eating disorder.
I have experience working at the outpatient level with clients healing from disordered eating and EDs. I do not have experience working in an eating disorder treatment center, nor do I have any personal history of struggling with an eating disorder. However, supporting people in healing from disordered eating has been a passion of mine for some time. During undergrad, I was co-leader of the “EDucate” Committee of the SFSU Student Nutrition & Dietetic Association. For my dietetic internship, I sought out an eating disorder specialist dietitian to complete part of my supervised practice hours with. I am always learning more via webinars, books, conferences, training courses, and peer supervision.
A few of the amazing teachers I’ve learned from (virtually) include: Fiona Sutherland, MSc, APD, Tracy Brown, RD, Marci Evans, MS, RD, CEDRD, Whitney Trotter, RN, RD, Heather Caplan, RD, Jessica Wilson, MS, RD, Vaughn Darst, MS, RD, Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CEDRD, Bri Campos, LPC, Jeffrey Hunger, Ph.D, Marcella Raimondo, Ph.D, MPH, Sonya Renee Taylor, Jessamyn Stanley, Gloria Lucas, Dawn Clifford, Ph.D, RD, & Laura Thomas, Ph.D, RNutr.
We can meet as often as once a week and as little as once or twice a month, depending on your goals, support needs, & availability. Most of the time, I meet with clients every 2 weeks.
No, we don’t always have to meet at the same time. I am happy to accommodate your schedule.
Big changes, like working on healing your relationship with food & body, can take time. I am happy to continue meeting with you for as long as it is still helpful to you.
Currently I only work with adult clients.
Yes, if you live in one of the following states:
– New Hampshire
– New York
– West Virginia
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