The Mindful Dietitian Interview Series - Sumner Brooks

April 25, 2017

Sumner Brooks on her new #EDRDPro Series, navigating bumps along the road and the importance of listening.


Fellow Eating Disorder Dietitian and founder of #EDRDPro Sumner Brooks shares valuable insights about how she came to being a dedicated Health At Every Size practitioner and support for people who want to be free from dieting. 

Here Sumner shares:

  • The personal and professional bumps along the road that led to her understand the experiences of others in a way that has enhanced her skills and 
  • Her thoughts on the importance of listening, and being with clients
  • Why going to conferences is so important!
  • Who have been the most influential Dietitians for Sumner?
  • The book that EVERY SINGLE DIETITIAN needs to read
  • What is culture?
  • What can you expect from EDRDPro including a sneaky peek at hearing about some of the guests presentations!

You can find Sumner here:

with direct links to the EDRDPro Symposium





The Mindful Dietitian Interview Series - Shane Jeffrey

April 10, 2017

Shane Jeffrey on his RAVES Model of ED care and when to re-introduce exercise.

Here's another Aussie doing amazing things in the world of whole body healing. Our colleague, the very humble and remarkable Shane Jeffrey shares his path to becoming an Eating Disorder Specialist and lots of surprising turns along the way including a dabble in law (which, frankly, explains a lot!). Shane brings a really down-to-earth and refreshing perspective and is a true leader of our field.

Here, Shane tells us about:

  • His graduate years in  clinical practice, and the patient who changed his mind about working in eating disorders
  • The incredible model he has developed for Dietitians and Health Care Practitioners to support clients towards natural eating - it's GENIUS
  • His hopes for the future of our profession
  • A sneak peek into his presention "Can I exercise now?" for the EDRDPro online symposium

About Shane:

Shane has been working in the field of eating disorders since 1993, and has worked almost exclusively in the area for over fifteen years. During this time, Shane has worked in eating disorder clinics across both the private and public sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom, and has previously been a member on various national and international eating disorder committees.

Along with his passion, Shane demonstrates empathy, understanding, and commitment in his work, enabling him to build relationships with his clients and their family/loved ones that support the recovery process. Throughout treatment, clients and families are encouraged to actively participate in the decision making process, and as such, are seen as key members of the treating team. This collaboration helps ensure that all parties are on the same page, working as a cohesive unit towards improved eating and a more positive relationship with food using an underpinning philosophy that the eating process should be kept simple and not overly analytical. To support this process, clients are supported to reduce and body checking behaviours such as self weighing, comparing to others, and body measurements to name a few to create the ‘space’ needed to build a better relationship with food.




The Mindful Dietitian Interview Series - Christy Harrison

April 4, 2017

The Mindful Dietitian Interview Series - Christy Harrison

It was enormous pleasure to speak with our wonderful colleague, Christy Harrison, host of Food Psych Podcast. Christy has spoken to so many incredible leaders in the Health At Every Size and Body Positive spaces, and has been instrumental in supporting both fellow Dietitians and the general community find a voice and a sense of peace in reconnecting with food, eating and their bodies.

Here, Christy shares:

  • Her favourite Podcast guests, and why!
  • How she moved from a disordered, to intuitive relationship with food - yes, whilst being a Dietitian!
  • How do you know if you've healed enough yourself to move into helping others?
  • Her thoughts on the question "Can I do both weight loss and Non Diet Approach?"
  • How the restrict-binge cycle might sneak into our lives in ways that have nothing to do with food
  • Important conversations about bringing feminism and politics into her work
  • How we can take care of ourselves in the work we do

And so much more!

About Christy:

Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CDN is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified intuitive eating counselor based in Brooklyn, NY. She offers online intuitive eating courses and individual nutrition therapy to help people make peace with food and their bodies.

Since 2013 Christy has hosted Food Psych, a podcast exploring people's relationships with food. Each week she talks with leaders in the body-positive movement about their journeys to recovery from disordered eating and dieting, and how they found healing through the practices of intuitive eating and Health at Every Size. 


Christy began her career as a journalist in 2003, and has written for and edited major publications including Refinery29, The Food Network, Gourmet, Slate, BuzzFeed, Modernist Cuisine, Epicurious, and many others. As an expert on nutrition and people's relationships with food, she has been quoted in top media outlets including Refinery29, Health, Men's Fitness, Bon Appetit, The Observer, and more. 

Check out Christy's work at, and take her quiz for a free checkup of your relationship with food!   

Connect with me:


The Mindful Dietitian Interview Series - Deb Blakley

March 27, 2017

The Mindful Dietitian Interview Series - Deb Blakley

Spotlight on another Aussie doing amazing work! Deb is Brisbane-based Family Dietitian, Nutritionist and mum who is passionate about supporting grown-ups (parents, carers & early childhood educators) to positively & joyfully connect or reconnect with food & eating and share this with the children in their care.

In our conversation from her comfy couch with cups of tea in hand, we talk about:

  • Why Deb calls herself a "Family Dietitian"
  • Deb's personal insight into how and why she's ended up being so passionate about supporting parents and families
  • The core principles of Feeding Dynamics
  • How we can support parents who are struggling with their food and body issues without them feeling blamed or shamed.
  • Deb's passion for helping all kids feel good in their bodies
  • Why she is convinced that bringing a weight-neutral approach to our work is absolutely vital

And much more!


About Deb Blakley:


Deb is an Accredited Practising Dietitian & Accredited Nutritionist, recognised by the Dietitians Association of Australia. She is particularly passionate about supporting grown-ups (parents, carers & early childhood educators) to positively & joyfully connect or reconnect with food & eating and share this with the children in their care.

Deb believes that ALL bodies are amazing, and she applies a weight-neutral, non-diet approach in supporting kids to grow into the bodies that are right for them. Her approach supports parents, carers, families & educators to make decisions about nutrition and health from a place of care & consideration rather than control.

Deb says:

I believe in the right of every person to EAT HAPPY!

I believe that every child & every grown-up has the right to feel good about the body they live in, ALWAYS. Without question or condition.

I believe that every child is capable of growing up to be a competent and confident eater no matter what the nutrition challenge is.

I believe that every grown-up is capable of healing their relationship with food too!

I delight in helping families put the joy back into eating together.

Find Deb here:

Kids Dig Food Website

Kids Dig Food on Facebook


The Mindful Dietitian Interview Series - Aaron Flores

March 21, 2017

The Mindful Dietitian Interview Series - Aaron Flores, RDN


Fellow Health At Every Size Dietitian and Eating Disorders specialist Aaron Flores speaks about his passion for connecting with like-minded colleagues and the power of community, what can learn from The Matrix and Star Wars, getting comfortable with uncomfortable conversations, insight-oriented learning and questioning whether in fact we are the "experts?"

You can find Aaron at:

Website: Balance Variety Moderation RD

About Aaron:

Aaron Flores is a registered dietitian nutritionist based out of Los Angeles, California. With nearly 10 years of experience, Aaron has worked with eating disorders in a variety of settings. A large part of his career was spent working at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System where he helped develop and launch one of the first Binge Eating Disorder programs to help Veterans struggling with this disorder. Since leaving the VA, Aaron has continued to work in the eating disorder community helping run groups and providing individual counseling to adolescents at Destinations to Recovery and with adults at La Ventana Treatment Centers. He currently works part-time at Center for Discovery and part-time in his private practice in Calabasas, CA. His main areas of focus are Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size® and in his work, Aaron helps individuals learn how to make peace with food and develop body-positive behaviors. Aaron’s work has been featured during Weight Stigma Awareness Week, in blogs for the National Eating Disorder Information Centre and was the closing keynote speaker of the 2016 Binge Eating Disorder Awareness Annual Conference. Along with his work with eating disorders, he also is a co-host of the podcast, Dietitians Unplugged.

Find The Mindful Dietitian website with resources, events and so much more HERE

The Mindful Dietitian closed FB Group


The Mindful Dietitian Interview Series - Fiona Willer

March 13, 2017

The Mindful Dietitian Interview Series: 

Episode # 1 - Diplomatic Advocacy with Fiona Willer. 


  Inspiring Health At Every Size Dietitian Fiona Willer is truly a leader amongst Dietitians worlwide - here she shares her personal journey to being a HAES Dietitian, the book that changed it all and her dreams for our profession. In her typical diplomatic style, Fiona shares her tips for how to be more effective with what we're trying to do without being drawn into a two-sided debate or losing the essence of the message.

Find out more about Fiona's FREE online course at:

Fiona's Comprehensive Non Diet Approach for Dietitian online training course here (equivalent of Day 1 of the 2-day training)

All workshops, courses and events for Dietitians in the calendar of events at:

Online Food-Body-Mind Series available to do at your own pace:


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