Ayana Habtemariam, MSW, RDN, LDN

Ayana Habtemariam, MSW, RDN, LDN

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Registered Dietitian


Nutrition, Intuitive Eating, Weight Inclusivity


Morgan State University, University of Delaware, Temple University


Conversations around wellness and nutrition have been focused on rigid and unrealistic expectations for far too long. My goal is to show you that there is no one depiction of health. It is different for every one of us.

— Ayana Habtemariam, MSW, RDN, LDN


Ayana Habtemariam MSW, RD, LDN, is a nutrition therapist, certified intuitive eating counselor, and macro social worker based in Arlington, Virginia. She is the owner of Truly Real Nutrition, LLC, a private nutrition practice where she empowers clients to give up dieting in exchange for trusting their bodies and breaking free from food rules that result in feelings of failure and shame.

She encourages her clients to embrace the beauty, power, and connection that their food traditions, personal experiences, and values add to their lives. She provides nutrition therapy for clients with disordered eating and those recovering from eating disorders.

She is committed to increasing awareness of weight-inclusive philosophies in Black communities and believes that weight-centric approaches to health and wellness only serve to exacerbate body image issues, stress, and anxiety which contribute to increased rates of chronic diseases often seen in Black and POC communities.


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