Talking to another person about food, eating, health, and body image issues is deeply personal. My goal with each client is to build a trusting, professional relationship that allows these issues to come to light in a safe space so there’s room to make new choices.
Your nutrition appointment is a chance to think out loud about food/eating/nutrition/body/health in the presence of an attentive, non-judgmental listener. Over and over again, clients have told me that being able to talk openly about their concerns and successes is what makes the difference between staying stuck and moving forward.
Self-discovery is an important part of nutrition therapy as we figure out the role that food plays in your life. Our conversations will most likely cover topics such as:
Your health and medical concerns
Your lifestyle – including sleep, physical activity, and stress patterns
Readiness to change
Motivation and confidence
We can talk about food and nutrition all day long, but things will get a lot more interesting if we roll up our sleeves and experiment! Depending on your needs, our appointments might include cooking demonstrations, guided cooking practice, and taste-testing. We can also take field trips to grocery stores, farmers markets, and restaurants. I’m here to demystify all aspects of food and nutrition so you can feel confident about eating well, wherever you may be.
Nutrition encompasses much more than the nuts-and-bolts of what and how much to eat. I offer individual and group training in mindful eating practices for those who would like to explore the how of eating: how to find more peace and pleasure with eating while letting go of distracted, anxious, emotional, and compulsive habits.
At the end of each appointment, you’ll walk away with a realistic plan for creating changes in your eating habits and self-care. Each follow-up appointment will build on the last, ensuring that you feel confident about making changes that feel right to you.
Are We a Good Fit?
Though I welcome all people to Freestone Nutrition Therapy, I realize that I may not be the best dietitian for everyone. To get a sense of whether we’ll be a good match, it may help to know about my core beliefs.
On food: All foods have the potential to nourish and heal. There are no good foods or bad foods.
On eating: As far as I’m concerned, everyone has unconditional permission to eat. Eating should be a calm and pleasurable experience, and I strongly advocate for intuitive and mindful eating practices.
On body image: Happy, healthy people come in all shapes and sizes. There is no such thing as an ideal body weight, body composition, clothing size, BMI, or waist measurement. I proudly pledge my support for the Health at Every Size movement.
On my role as a dietitian: Every person has the right to dignity and self-determination, especially when it comes to making decisions about eating and self-care. I hold each of my clients as capable of doing the necessary work to improve their wellbeing.
On the science of nutrition: It’s my professional obligation to stay current with medical and scientific discoveries. My goals are to integrate new knowledge with clinical experience and judgment, and to share cutting-edge information while steering clear of the fads.