What the Heck is Intuitive Eating? Three San Diego Eating Disorder Dietitians Explain

What the Heck is Intuitive Eating? Three San Diego Eating Disorder Dietitians Explain

Heard of the term intuitive eating and not sure what it means? Or, do you know a little about intuitive eating and aren’t sure how it can help you heal from your eating disorder? Well, I have a WEALTH of information for you in this blog post! I’ve asked three gifted San Diego eating disorder dietitians to articulate their thoughts on intuitive eating and how it can be an integral part of eating disorder recovery. These amazing women are Diana Wright, M.S., RD, CEDRD of Life Inspired Nutrition, Erika Salaman, RDN of Erika Salaman Nutrition, and Lindsay Stenovec, M.S., RDN, CEDRD of Nutrition Instincts.

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Want Body-Positive Eating Disorder Help? Meet San Diego Dietitian Sammi Montag, RD

Want Body-Positive Eating Disorder Help? Meet San Diego Dietitian Sammi Montag, RD

Tired of focusing on your weight? Want to improve your health but sick of feeling shamed about your body from medical providers? I want to introduce you to a passionate San Diego eating disorder dietitian, Sammi Montag, RD, who works both for Kaiser and in her private practice. Sammi specializes in incorporating intuitive eating and positive body image development into her treatment. She really loves helping people identify their unique health goals by providing evidence-based nutrition care. Sammi takes a health-focused (rather than weight-focused) approach with emphasis on normalized eating and behavior change. Her nutrition philosophy incorporates an “all foods fit” mentality. Sammi is doing some amazing work helping people recover from eating disorders in San Diego!

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How to Get Help for Binge Eating Disorder

How to Get Help for Binge Eating Disorder

Struggling with binge eating? Feeling out of control of your eating and don’t know where to turn? I have an excellent starting point for you. I discussed what binge eating disorder is and how to get help on a recent podcast on the Embodied & Well Mom Show that I did on with the fabulous Lindsay Stenovec, MS, RDN, CEDRD of San Diego’s Nutrition Instincts. I have provided a transcription of the main part of the podcast in this blog post. Enjoy!!

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Sick of Body Shame and Diet Culture? Meet San Diego Eating Disorder Dietitian Amy Ornelas, RDN, CEDRD

Sick of Body Shame and Diet Culture? Meet San Diego Eating Disorder Dietitian Amy Ornelas, RDN, CEDRD

Struggling with accepting your body size? You want to be healthy, but you’ve tried so many diets over and over and nothing works. You’re sick of the assumptions people make about you because you don’t fit the “norm” of what bodies should look like. Plus, you are just OVER what friends, family, co-workers, and even medical professionals say about your body and what you should and shouldn’t eat. It’s so challenging to navigate the messages we receive about our bodies and the food we eat. Especially in San Diego, where there’s such a focus on health, wellness, and appearance that it sometimes feels impossible to take a different perspective. Well, I have a WONDERFUL resource in San Diego Eating Disorder Dietitian Amy Ornelas, RDN, Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD). She wholeheartedly embraces the Health at Every Size (HAES) and intuitive eating approaches, and she loves working with people struggling with body shame and fighting diet culture that’s so pervasive in San Diego and elsewhere. Enjoy getting to know her!

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Have Kids Who Are Picky Eaters? Meet San Diego Dietitian Rachel Rothman, RD

Have Kids Who Are Picky Eaters? Meet San Diego Dietitian Rachel Rothman, RD

Do you have kids who are extreme picky eaters? Have you been grappling with trying to figure out how to provide for their nutrition needs without turning every meal into a battle? It is so hard when you have children that struggle with eating a wide variety of nutritious foods. It is absolutely exhausting, especially in San Diego when you just want to pack some food and go to the beach and focus on enjoying the sun, sand, and water instead of worrying about whether you can get your kid to eat something. One of the newer diagnoses of eating disorders is Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). It is basically extreme picky eating that can cause serious health issues.

One San Diego pediatric dietitian who specializes in ARFID, as well as in other types of feeding and eating disorder treatment is Rachel Rothman, RD (registered dietitian). She has a B.S. Food science from University of California Davis and a Master’s degree in nutrition education from Teacher's College, Columbia University. She has loads of clinical experience with feeding difficulties, feeding disorders, sensory processing disorder, and many other nutritional ailments. All in all, Rachel is a really smart woman who will do an amazing job working with you and your kids.

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Moms Struggling with Food and Body Image: Meet San Diego Eating Disorder Dietitian, Crystal Karges, RDN

Moms Struggling with Food and Body Image: Meet San Diego Eating Disorder Dietitian, Crystal Karges, RDN

Hi everyone! Are you a mom who feels exhausted with dealing with food issues and can’t stop thinking negatively about your body? Has it been a struggle to raise kids who are healthy eaters while you are struggling yourself with food? It’s such a tough balance to be a mom, especially in San Diego when there’s such a pressure to raise healthy kids and be healthy yourself! I think it’ll be so helpful for you to get to know Crystal Karges, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and North County San Diego mom of five. Crystal has a master’s degree in nutritional science, and she specializes in helping mothers nurture a positive relationship with food and with their bodies. She also helps San Diego moms learn how to manage their children’s eating challenges. I think you’ll find my interview with Crystal gives you hope, especially as she shares her own journey of eating disorder recovery.

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Interview with San Diego Eating Disorder Nutrition Therapist Erika Salaman, RDN

Interview with San Diego Eating Disorder Nutrition Therapist Erika Salaman, RDN

Hello all! I had the pleasure of meeting San Diego eating disorder registered dietitian nutritionist Erika Salaman last year, and I continue to collaborate with her in 2019. I was impressed by how compassionate, nonjudgmental, and supportive she is toward her clients. Erika is especially well-versed in the intuitive eating approach—she is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. She also embraces the health at every size (HAES) perspective. Erika especially loves working with LGBTQ+ clients, as well as people of diverse races, ethnicities, body sizes, etc. I think you’ll appreciate her transparency and authenticity about her approach, as well as about her own eating disorder recovery.

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Get to Know San Diego Eating Disorder Dietitian Lindsay Stenovec, MS, RDN, CEDRD

Get to Know San Diego Eating Disorder Dietitian Lindsay Stenovec, MS, RDN, CEDRD

Happy Friday, everyone! I’ve interviewed the very knowledgeable Lindsay Stenovec about her San Diego eating disorder practice. I absolutely love her passion about helping people heal from eating disorders. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD), which means that she has has tons of hours and extensive experience and training in eating disorders. She is also a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and definitely embraces the Health at Every Size (HAES) perspective. She used to work with the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Eating Disorders Center, and she has since gone into private practice and is the head of Nutrition Instincts, a group of dietitians providing in-person and virtual nutrition counseling for people who want to find peace with food. She has a sub-speciality working with mothers. PLUS, she is the host of an excellent podcast called the Embodied and Well Mom Show, which addresses a lot of eating disorder and body image issues. All in all, a very accomplished woman!

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Get to Know North San Diego County Eating Disorder Dietitian Diana Wright, MS RD CEDRD

Get to Know North San Diego County Eating Disorder Dietitian Diana Wright, MS RD CEDRD

Hello everyone! I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. I want you all to meet my friend and colleague Diana Wright, who is a registered dietitian in private practice in San Marcos, North San Diego County. She is incredibly gifted and very experienced with eating disorders. Diana hails from New York City, where she worked with famous eating disorder dietitian Melanie Rogers at Balance Eating Disorder Treatment Center. She and I have collaborated on numerous cases, and my clients love working with her. Diana is compassionate, empathetic, and nonjudgmental. She is also direct when she needs to be. Diana is also a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD), which is a highly coveted certification gained through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) Foundation. She works from a HAES® (Health at Every Size) approach, and she is very passionate about helping her clients!

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Introducing San Diego Eating Disorder Dietitian Jaren Soloff, RD

Introducing San Diego Eating Disorder Dietitian Jaren Soloff, RD

Hi everyone! I’d like to introduce eating disorder dietitian Jaren Soloff, RD, who does amazing work both in North County San Diego in San Marcos, and also virtually over the phone or via videoconferencing. I’ve collaborated with her on a few cases, and I have really appreciated her vast knowledge about all types of eating disorders, as well as her passion in working with those with ALL body types. She definitely embraces the HAES™ approach. I also love love love that she comes from a feminist perspective as she strives to empower all people who are struggling with oppression from being told that you have to have a certain body type to be okay.

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