The Mindful Dietitian
The Mindful Dietitian with Annie Goldsmith

The Mindful Dietitian with Annie Goldsmith

October 15, 2019

Annie Goldsmith on integrating Acceptance & Commitment Therapy in Dietetic Practice.

Annie and Fi talk about:

  • Annie's passion for Health At Every Size (R) and background in Brain & Cognitive Sciences
  • Working with groups & supporting an environment of collective healing
  • The gift of our experiences being witnessed and held in groups
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) - what is it?
  • Useful intersections of ACT & Dietetic practice
  • Skills & tools core to the ACT hexaflex
  • How ACT can be helpful to support longer-term recovery from diet culture and eating disorders
  • The important place of values in ACT


 Links mentioned in this podcast:

More About Annie:

Annie Goldsmith is a Registered Dietitian and owner of Second Breakfast Nutrition, a private practice in Charlotte North Carolina. Annie specializes in working with clients recovering from eating disorders, disordered eating, chronic dieting, and body image struggles. She is also co-owner of The Art of Intentional Eating, where she facilitates courses, support groups, and size inclusive yoga classes grounded in the HAES and IE philosophies. She is passionate about offering non-diet, weight inclusive care and grateful for the opportunity to hold space for those on their recovery journeys


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The Mindful Dietitian with Deb Benfield

The Mindful Dietitian with Deb Benfield

July 24, 2019

Deb Benfield on slowing down, the intersection of yoga & self reflective work, and honouring the ageing body.


Here Deb and Fi speak about:

  • How connecting with therapists, and getting supervision felt so important
  • Yoga teacher training with Anna Guest Jelley & significant teachers
  • The intersection of yoga & Dietetic practice
  • Developing the language of interoception, and bringing this into Dietetic practice
  • Why we need to slow down the "hunger-fullness" conversation, and how it can inadvertently lead to shame
  • The somatic process
  • The importance of slowing down, being attentive & curious to enhance safety
  • Safety builds trust, to 
  • Spend time building "the base"
  • How we might unintentionally perpetuate the very constructs we are aiming to dismantle
  • Doing our own work, softening into our own experience, staying curious
  • Centering your client & their experience
  • Honouring the ageing body without medicalising or pathologising
  • Choosing an appropriate yoga class - for you, and your clients!
  • Supervision as a powerful tool for improving our capacity & enhancing wellbeing


More about Deb:

Nutrition Therapist, Freedom Fighter, Recovery Coach and Yoga Teacher on a
mission for all to know All Bodies are Good Bodies. I am passionate about
partnering with my clients and students to:
• Develop ease around food, eating and body image
Reclaim the PLEASURE of eating again!
• Choose foods that allow a balance of joy, satisfaction and well-being.
• Compassionately cultivate a way of eating that is both embodied and
• Nourish yourself so that you will feel vital and have the energy for all of the
ways you play!

Owner and Lead Nutritionist at Body in Mind Nutrition/Debra Benfield
Counsulting-Offering Nutritional Therapy and Coaching for individuals, couples
and families, Professional Supervision for therapists, Dietitians, and Coaches,
Embodied Eating Groups and Workshops, Body Liberation Yoga Classes and
Workshops, and Worksite Wellness Programs with a Health at Every Size
perspective. Currently an active member of the Eating Disorder Treatment Team
at Wake Forest University. Founder of the Winston-Salem Eating Disorder




Links mentioned in this podcast:

Yoga in Dead Podcast

Michelle Cassandra Johnson - Skill in Action (book)

The Mindful Dietitian with Anna Lutz, RD

The Mindful Dietitian with Anna Lutz, RD

June 8, 2019

Anna Lutz RD on protective nutrition education in schools & bringing embodied work into practice.

In this episode Anna shares:

  • Why the area of Protective Nutrition Education became her passion.
  • How Protective Nutrition education can protect against internalised weight stigma and eating disorders.
  • How well-intentioned education interventions in schools can be doing our children harm and what we can do as Dietitians to minimise this.
  • Why we need to take into account a child’s level of development when we are planning nutrition education, just like educators do for any other area of learning.
  • How prioritising food experiences, exploration and diversity in both food cultures and body appearance are so important when teaching children about food.
  • Why parents and educators are just as important to educate about nutrition as children.
  • How Anna uses Sensory Motor Psychotherapy and how it can be a useful tool for Dietitians working in the Eating Disorders space.
  • Anna explains the Window of Tolerance model and how this can be useful to understand the underpinnings of eating disorders, particularly with a background of trauma.

Connect with Anna:

Instagram @annalutzrd


More about Anna:

Anna is a nutrition therapist with Lutz, Alexander & Associates Nutrition Therapy in Raleigh, NC.  She specializes in eating disorders and pediatric/family nutrition and provides supervision to dietitians locally and virtually. Anna received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Duke University and Master of Public Health in Nutrition from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) and an Approved Supervisor both through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp). Anna previously worked at Duke Student Health on their eating disorders treatment team and at Children’s National Medical Center, providing outpatient care for people with eating disorders. Anna enjoys providing training, workshops, and supervision for dietitians and other health professionals about eating disorders and weight-inclusive care. She also writes about simple cooking and nutrition, free of weight and diet-talk, at Sunny Side Up Nutrition (

The Mindful Dietitian with Meg McClintock

The Mindful Dietitian with Meg McClintock

May 21, 2019

Meg McClintock on boundaries, boundaries, boundaries!

Setting, and maintaining boundaries is so important, and as becomes apparent in this episode, there are many ways we need to be aware of how boundaries can support us, and our communities to take care of ourselves from a place of respect and care.

Here, Meg shares:

  • How living in a smaller community shifted her ideas about boundaries
  • How she decides what to share, and what not to share via social media
  • Why she so passionate about safety in Nutrition Education in schools

And more!


Connect with Meg:

Insta @cn_meg

Choose Nutrition on Facebook


More about Meg:

Meg is an APD with over 16 years experience in the field. She spent the first part of her career in hospital based clinical dietetics where she developed her love for clinical reasoning, evidence based practice and multidisciplinary care. Meg started her private practice, Choose Nutrition, in 2011 and as she searched for the latest evidence in the area of weight concern, an area she hadn't needed to focus on within the hospital context, she came across the non-diet approach, intuitive eating and HAES. Almost immediately this paradigm made sense of her discomfort with weight centric dietetics  and provided, not just an alternative framework for her dietetic practice but, the missing piece of the puzzle, an understanding of weight stigma and it's harmful influence on research, on traditional dietetic practice and in the lives of the individuals who come to dietitians for help. Meg loves working with school students and teachers to support the provision of safe, eating disorder informed nutrition education is a HAES Australia advisory group member and has delivered guest lectures on HAES and the non-diet approach for dietetic students on HAES and the non- diet approach.

The Mindful Dietitian with Evelyn Tribole

The Mindful Dietitian with Evelyn Tribole

April 29, 2019

Evelyn Tribole on addressing misconceptions, doing what’s effective & what the heck is the “Semmelweis Reflex?”


Connect with Evelyn:

Instagram @evelyntribole


More about Evelyn:

Evelyn Tribole, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S is the author of 9 books, with a nutrition counseling practice in Newport Beach, California. She is co-author of the best-selling Intuitive Eating, a mind-body self-care eating process with 10 principles, which has given rise to over 90 studies to date showing benefit. Evelyn enjoys public speaking and training health professionals on how to help their clients cultivate a healthy relationship with food, mind, and body through the process of Intuitive Eating. To date there are over 800 Certified Intuitive Eating Counselors in 22 countries.

She was the nutrition expert for Good Morning America, and a national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for six years. Evelyn is often sought by the media for her expertise, and has appeared in hundreds of interviews, including CNN, NBC’s Today Show, MSNBC, Fox News, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and People magazine.

Evelyn qualified for the Olympic Trials in the first ever women’s marathon in 1984. Although she no longer competes, she is a wicked ping-pong player and avid hiker. Her favorite food is chocolate, when it can be savored slowly. She is currently a meditation student of Dan Brown, PhD, Harvard Medical School.

The Mindful Dietitian with Nicola Rinaldi

The Mindful Dietitian with Nicola Rinaldi

April 2, 2019

Nicola Rinaldi on why we need to talk about (missing) periods.


Buy "No Period Now What?"

Work with Nicola:

About Nicola:

Image courtesy of Michelle Bailey


Nico has a PhD in computational biology from MIT. After graduating she worked for a biotechnology company while pursuing her dreams of a family, which were thwarted by a diagnosis of hypothalamic amenorrhea (no periods). Eighteen months of trying to conceive followed. She spent hours on research, using the knowledge gained to work on recovery. Concurrently, she tried the medical route to pregnancy, with multiple doctor visits, injections, and ultrasounds resulting only in failure. Ultimately, she was able to achieve a natural pregnancy. Since that time, Nicola has shared her knowledge of the path to recovery, helping hundreds of others achieve their dreams of womanhood and pregnancy. She has spent the last three years as a stay-at-home mom, with her three boys, Antony, Timmy, and Cameron, while writing this comprehensive guide to recovery.


The Mindful Dietitian with Prof Paula Quatromoni

The Mindful Dietitian with Prof Paula Quatromoni

February 26, 2019

Prof Paula Quatromoni on athletes & disordered eating, bridging the research-practice gap and the importance of early identification.



The Mindful Dietitian with Tom Scully

The Mindful Dietitian with Tom Scully

January 24, 2019

Tom Scully on navigating masculinity norms, gender narratives in dietetics and understanding cultural competence. ​

Here Tom shares:

  • Relocating to Geelong from Melbourne
  • His journey to dietetics, finding the non-diet/HAES approach and starting a private practice.
  • Working with men in fertility health; the importance of reducing shame and holding a safe space for sharing.
  • Navigating masculinity norms with clients.
  • Narratives and gender in dietetics.
  • What our profession understands about cultural competence, what it doesn’t and how we can improve.
  • What’s holding us back as dietitians/professionals in this space?
  • How dietetic education could be improved overall and how we can set up conversations with students.
  • How we can begin to speak out more and push back.


Connect with Tom:

The Mindful Dietitian with Lucy Aphramor

The Mindful Dietitian with Lucy Aphramor

January 2, 2019

Lucy Aphramor on disrupting narratives, how relationships with food can serve as a vehicle for deeper work, & redefining the default for "good Dietitian."


  • What interrupts our access to our body story – what is permissible and accessible?
  • How can we provide a space where “I am OK” is available?
  • Relational ways of connecting using a variety of frameworks using metaphors and stories
  • Assumptions that are made through the dominant medical framework
  • The importance of validation & enquiry
  • When people discover it for themselves, then I help theorise it
  • How we can support people to understand their own story
  • The “health” narrative is so powerful that people will erase their own story
  • Supporting people to take their own story seriously
  • Food, eating and body are the vehicle for the deep work….
  • Being guided by values
  • Being able to sit with our own discomfort, stepping away from “fixing”
  • What defines a “good Dietitian”
  • If “fixing people” and “telling people what to do” is a strong part of our professional identity, and if I want to be a “good Dietitian” then that will be our default…..
  • Acting with integrity and acknowledging when we’ve got it wrong
  • Self compassion is for everyone, including us!
  • How Lucy weaves in self compassion
  • Disconnection stops compassion from flourishing
  • What does "The Magic Biscuit" say to you?
  • Honouring story as a powerful way of connecting
  • Visibility, and taking risk
  • Walking away is always a walking towards.....
  • The practice of taking choices......
  • Creating three examples as a way to move away from the binary
  • Lucy's dream Dietetic course!!
  • Expand the definition of what it means to be a Dietitian, "do" Dietetics
  • How we can understand how trauma shows up - and why it's pivotal


 Link to The Magic Biscuit

More About Lucy:

The Mindful Dietitian with Jennifer McGurk

The Mindful Dietitian with Jennifer McGurk

November 29, 2018

Jennifer McGurk on doubt, transitions and building a successful, sustainable HAES-aligned business.

Here Jennifer shares:


  • Connecting with Fi at the Body Image Workshop in New York; the importance of community and finding her NYC crew.


  • The journey to the HAES/non-diet approach through a parallel process.
  • Experiencing doubt as a “traditional” dietitian; how this feels and looks and learning from one’s mistakes.
  • Advice to practitioners navigating the transition between ‘diet culture/weight centric’ model to a HAES/non-diet approach.
  • The key elements to building a sustainable business through a HAES/non-diet model; passion, networking and boundaries!
  • ‘Fence sitting’; an opportunity to educate and grow the community
  • Working with a co-therapist and recognising ‘the best therapist lives in the same diet culture world we live in’.
  • Messaging; acknowledging you can always change your message, elevating the voices of others, the importance of staying true to ourselves/our brand and navigating the messages of others.


Connect with Jennifer:






About Jennifer:

Jennifer is a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian and the Director of ‘Eat With Knowledge’. Through a Non-Diet/HAES lens, Jennifer combines her knowledge in medical nutrition therapy, psychology, and physiology to help clients understand their eating behaviours, and gain the insight needed to make positive changes for their health. As part of her nutritional counselling role Jennifer has also developed an online course to further support her clients; ‘Feel Fabulous About Food’. In addition to her work with her clients, Jennifer is also very passionate about supporting Dietitians, Clinicians and other Wellness Professionals through clinical supervision and as a business coach where she assists practitioners who have the desire to start and build their own businesses. Her entrepreneur passion has lead her create an online masterclass; Pursuing Private Practice Masterclass E-course and to author two books; Pursuing Private Practice: 10 Steps to Start Your Own Business and Pursuing Private Practice: 10 Steps to Grow Your Own Business. In addition, Jennifer is a frequent guest in the media, a professional presenter and she is also involved with the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians, the National Eating Disorders Association, and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp).