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Wait, is it dietician or dietitian?

It’s dietitian, although I think spelling it with a “c” makes more sense. I’ve been called many things, nutritionist, dietary, and an 11-year-old called me a mortician once. Anyway, my name is Elisa, and I’m a registered dietitian and joyful movement coach. I get it, no one really knows what that is or what I do, not even my parents. I am writing this blog to explain.

A dietitian is an expert in the biology, chemistry, sociology, psychology, economics, and politics related to food, nutrition, weight, and health. Registered dietitians are required to complete a bachelor’s degree, dietetic internship, and pass a registration exam. In addition, most dietitians have continued their education to include a master’s degree and/or some sort of specialization certificate. We are required to follow evidence-based guidelines and to stay up to date on the latest research in the field. I am saying this not to brag. Rather, I say this to differentiate a registered dietitian from all the other people that talk about nutrition, whether it’s your doctor, chiropractor, favorite conspiracy theorist, or aunt Sharon sitting across from you at the dinner table.

A lot of people think that we just tell people what to eat, but the reality is a bit different. In fact, we will rarely want to dictate your food choices. Instead, we provide you with information and tools to allow you to listen and respond to your natural body cues. There are many types of dietitians out there and we all specialize in different areas of the medical and mental health field.

I specialize in eating disorder recovery, health at every size, intuitive eating, and body liberation. My experience in this field comes from both personal experience with my own eating disorder recovery and from over 5 years of professional work with clients who suffer with eating disorders and other mental health issues. I have also been professionally trained to use Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and Family Based Therapy (FBT) to help my clients to reach full recovery.

In our sessions, I will act like your guide through the recovery journey. I will be there to listen, provide education on important topics, collaborate with you to take on challenges, and help you to navigate through barriers and obstacles. I’d like to say that you’ll laugh in in our sessions too, but most of my jokes are pretty cringe. You can expect that each session is tailored to your needs, because everyone’s journey is unique and different.

Anyway, I hope to write about more topics related to food freedom, body liberation, and any topics related to disordered eating recovery. If you are hoping to work with me, fill out the inquiry form located here: