The Mindful Dietitian

The Power of Inclusive Language with Julie Duffy Dillon

December 18, 2019

Julie Duffy Dillon on the power of language, holding space & inclusive care.


Julie Duffy Dillon shares her journey to creating the ‘Love Food’ podcast and more about its unique format, her experience with supervision and its vital place in working and being with clients, transitioning from a weight centric to weight inclusive practice, supporting clients with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and the importance of language and gender inclusive care in this paradigm.


Here, Julie & Fi discuss:

  • Julie’s guest appearances on several podcasts discussing polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and how her own podcast ‘Love, Food’ came about.

  • The unique format of Julie’s ‘Love,Food’ podcast and how it honours lived experiences; helping clients not to feel alone, whilst providing insight to dietitians. 

  • The importance of holding space for clients; “the capacity to do so is not something most dietitians are prepared for on graduating, though its fundamental to healing”. 

  • Supervision; how it can act as a catalyst towards growth and development and identifying burn out.

  • Supervision’s ability to provide space back to the practitioner; “holding space for others, means we need space too, with someone who gets it!”.

  • Transitioning from a weight centric practice to weight neutral; fence sitting and navigating an environment which favours burn out.

  • PCOS;

    • The harm of weight centric care and its impact access to fertility treatment.

    • Why client centred care is crucial in PCOS to reduce harm.

    • A research and care model rooted in fat phobia and weight stigma.

  • Why language matters; the importance of providing gender inclusive care as a HAES practitioner.

  • The need for ongoing learning and supervision in gendered language / care and the important work of Vaughn Darst.


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More about Julie:

Julie Duffy Dillon is a Fat Positive Registered Dietitian, Eating Disorder Specialist, and Food Behavior Expert partnering with people on their Food Peace journey. She is trained as a mental health counselor and supervises dietitians and other health professionals to use weight inclusive and attuned eating strategies. Julie is the host of the Love Food Podcast and sees clients in her North Carolina private practice. Check out her weight inclusive PCOS course for dietitians at

Find Julie:



Love, Food Podcast




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