Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Many people struggle with their relationship with food. In fact, an estimated 45 million people go on a diet each year, and around 28 million Americans will have an eating disorder at some point in their lives.
If you’re looking to heal your relationship with food and adapt eating habits that allow you to live freely and wholesomely, our Registered Dietitian Nutritionist can help.
***Please note that our registered dietitian offers in-person sessions in Annapolis, Maryland and provides tele-therapy services to individuals across the country. Please contact Julia to see if virtual nutrition sessions are available to you.
Does this sound like you?
Clients come to our dietitian for many reasons. Do any of these resonate with you?
You spend countless minutes or hours of the day thinking about food.
You step on the scale every day or multiple times per day.
You have a history of dieting and are wondering why it isn’t working for you.
You’re tired of being encouraged to lose weight by medical providers, friends, family, etc.
You’re in the process of eating disorder recovery or are interested in getting started.
You’re looking to reclaim a joyful relationship with movement that’s free from thoughts around calorie burning and body shaping.
You want to reconnect to your body’s natural signals and learn how to respond.
You feel guilt, anxiety, and/or fear about what and how you are eating.
You’re interested in the idea of making peace with your body, with what you eat, with how you move.
You’re looking to fight back against diet culture.
Our dietitian nutritionist can address all of these things and more.
Our Registered Dietitian Nutritionist's approach
We discuss your eating habits, but we also address the mentality behind those habits.
A few things guide our nutrition practice.
When we eat intuitively, we reconnect with the internal cues that guided our eating process at a very young age. These cues fade or become confusing as we age because we are exposed to more external rules from society, family, friends, etc. that influence our eating patterns and food choices. You still instinctively know what your body needs, but this intuition is often clouded by diet culture, shame, and misinformation. By re-learning intuitive eating, we let go of damaging thought patterns and the diet mentality as we learn to trust ourselves more. Intuitive eating empowers you, leading to more profound self respect and connection with your body.
Health at Every Size (HAES®)
Instead of taking a weight-centric approach, we address health and diet more holistically. HAES® celebrates our bodies’ diversity and embraces our uniqueness so you can experience lasting change and effective self-care. By working with a HAES® aligned nutritionist, you will be compassionately guided to develop critical awareness around your personal health behaviors in a safe environment that calls- out and challenges weight stigma, weight discrimination, and the damaging cultural obsession with weight loss. For more information visit: https://haescommunity.com
Dietitian (aka Nutritionist) FAQs
Not everyone understands what dietitians do. Here, we answer a few commonly asked questions about dietitians.
What is the difference between a nutritionist and a dietitian?
The primary difference is that dietitians have received more education and training in the field of nutrition and have thus received the credentials of RD/RDN (Registered Dietitian or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist).
Someone can market themselves as a ‘nutritionist’ by completing anything from an online course to a bachelor’s degree in nutrition. Be aware that if you are seeking a nutrition professional, it is recommended that they carry the credential of RD or RDN.
What does a dietitian with a non-diet approach do?
A ‘non-diet’ or ‘anti-diet’ dietitian will meet you where you are without judgement and without a back pocket full of diet recommendations that don’t consider your mental health, culture, genetics, food access, family life, preferences, etc. Whether you are in a cycle of chronic dieting, recovering from an eating disorder, or just wanting to discover a more intuitive relationship with food and movement - you have a place working with this type of RD. You will receive guidance to normalize eating patterns and food behaviors, challenge misguided beliefs, expand nutritional variety, and ultimately heal your relationship with food, movement, and your body.
But what if I want to lose weight?
We will hone in on your current eating patterns and food behaviors as an alternative to the traditional focus on weight (which is usually followed with a recommendation that ultimately leads further away from intuitive eating). In some cases, such as Binge Eating Disorder, once the disordered patterns are worked through and replaced with normalized, intuitive eating, weight loss may inevitably occur, but it will never be the goal.
It would be against evidence based practice to recommend weight loss, which has been found to fail 95% of the time. Research further indicates that pursuing weight loss can be damaging to psychological health, increase risk of eating disorders, and ultimately increase likelihood of further weight gain. Our holistic approach will prioritize mental health alongside physical health, and you will be able to work toward your wellness goals without weight loss as the focus.
When should you see a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Annapolis?
Anyone can see a dietitian!
Due to the pervasive nature of diet culture, and the endless mainstream messages full of ‘shoulds’ and ‘shouldn’ts’ around our eating and our bodies, it is very common to feel confused, chaotic, and even stressed when it comes to food. We believe anyone could benefit from the guidance of a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who teaches intuitive eating.
If you are currently diagnosed with an eating disorder or are actively in recovery from an eating disorder, a HAES® aligned, non-diet dietitian is a crucial member of your treatment team. We would love to be a part of your recovery journey.
How often should you see a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?
You’ll typically see your dietitian several times.
Your RD will want to really get to know you, your current lifestyle habits, and your thought patterns around food and eating. After that, you will see your nutritionist for a series of follow-up appointments. The number of follow-up appointments depends on your reason for coming in and your progress. This will be a mutual discussion, and it will be dependent on your current wellbeing, your finances, and your ability to sustain change independent from the support of a nutrition professional. If you are recovering from an eating disorder, working with a dietitian for an extended period of time is very common and recommended.
How much does seeing a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist cost?
Seeing a dietitian is an investment.
In most cases, people see their dietitians for a limited time (a few appointments). If your needs are more complicated or intense, you may see your nutritionist for longer.
Regardless of how long you see them, your wellbeing is priceless. At Cedar Counseling and Wellness, we will value your financial needs and initiate a plan that can prioritize your access to our services. Discounted sessions are available for active military and veterans as well as students. If this applies to you, please inquire with your provider during your initial session.
Is seeing a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist worth it?
If thoughts about food, dieting, exercise, weight loss, etc. have taken the front seat in your life, then working with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who supports intuitive eating and HAES® philosophies can be a life changing decision. Once a peaceful relationship with food, movement, and your body is cultivated, you will be able to prioritize the relationships and experiences in your life that are truly fulfilling. This journey can be long and challenging, so it is beneficial to have a nutrition professional in your corner to support you along the way.
How can I learn more about your dietitian?
If you'd like to learn more about our dietitian, visit Julia Oliver's bio here.
Meet our Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Annapolis, MD
If you’re ready to make peace with food, let go of the diet mentality, honor your unique nutritional needs, establish a system of trust with your body, and break free from the thought patterns that hold you back from experiencing life to the fullest, contact us today. Our Registered Dietitian Nutritionist is here to help you heal your relationship with your body, food, and movement.