Champions of Wellness: Nutrition

Meet 10 trailblazing dietitians who promote judgment-free approaches to food

Champions of Wellness: Nutrition

Cara Harbstreet, MS, RD, LD

Cara Harbstreet
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Cara Harbstreet is the founder of Street Smart Nutrition, a healthy eating resource that helps people rediscover the joy in eating deeply nourishing meals without restriction or fear. After battling an eating disorder and exercise addiction in college, she now brings the practices of intuitive eating and Health at Every Size (HAES) into her work to help banish the judgment and shame that are prevalent in diet culture. Follow Cara on Instagram @streetsmart.rd.

"Cara takes the diet out of diet culture. Even though she’s a dietitian, she educates and inspires food through a holistic light." - Tara Laferrara, CPT, Verywell Expert Reviewer

Julie Duffy Dillon, RD

Julie Duffy Dillon
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Julie Duffy Dillon knows that traditional diets don’t work—and she’s made it her mission as a dietitian, nutrition therapist, and eating disorder expert to help people heal their relationship with food. She encourages her clients to accept their body’s innate wisdom to create Food Peace, her unique food and body healing method. Follow Julie on Instagram @foodpeacedietitian.

Fiona Willer, RD

Fiona Willer
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Fiona Willer is an award-winning dietitian and health advocate. She is a celebrated author, university lecturer, and researcher and participates in a variety of diet and nutrition focused associations. Most importantly, she dedicates her time and efforts into dispelling the role of “dietitian as food police.” Rather, she works to empower and equip healthcare professionals to adopt weight neutral practices through thoughtful training and workshops. Follow Fiona on Instagram @fionawiller.

"Fiona fights diet culture and fat phobia—and the harm these things do to health—on a daily basis through her research and communications." - Willow Jarosh MS, RD, Verywell Expert Reviewer

Marci Evans, MS, CEDRD-S, LDN, CPT

Marci Evans
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Marci Evans has dedicated her career to counseling those with eating disorders. As a certified eating disorder registered dietitian, certified intuitive eating counselor, and certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine, she works with clients using both Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size (HAES) principles. She has developed a team of Food and Body Image Healers whose philosophy it is to help clients tap into their own wisdom to establish a peaceful relationship with food and their bodies. Follow Marci on Instagram @marcird.

Abby Langer, RD

Abby Langer
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Abby Langer believes that food quality and food beauty are essential to developing a healthy attitude about eating. She also takes a no-BS approach to fad-based claims about diet trends and is not afraid to call them out in witty, science-backed social media posts. Based in Canada, this registered dietitian encourages people to choose foods they love, learn to cook, and eat more plants to stay healthy and well. Follow Abby on Instagram @langernutrition.

Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD-S

Anna Sweeney
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Anna Sweeney is the founder of Whole Life Nutrition, a practice that offers non-diet, Health at Every Size (HAES) nutrition and counseling services. As a certified eating disorder registered dietitian, certified sports nutritionist, and certified intuitive eating specialist, she helps her clients trust their own wisdom and practice self-care to establish healthy and happy relationships with food, weight, and their bodies. Follow Anna on Instagram @dietitiananna.

"Anna talks through eating disorders in a way that’s understandable to everyone else. She is also an intuitive eater like myself, so I get a lot of tips on how to talk to other clients about eating the same." - Tara Laferrara, CPT, Verywell Expert Reviewer

Rebecca Scritchfield, RD

Rebecca Scritchfield
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Rebecca Scritchfield’s book, Body Kindness, along with her digital training, social media posts, and videos remind us that thinness isn’t health. She coaches her audience to change their habits with compassion and unconditional self-care. The registered dietitian defines herself as a well-being expert because she takes a holistic approach to healthy eating that banishes ridiculous food rules and dramatic promises. Follow Rebecca on Instagram @rebeccascritchfield.

Regan Jones, RD

Regan Jones
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Regan Jones hosts This Unmillennial Life, a podcast designed to help women navigate the awkward middle phase of life that falls between the restlessness of early adulthood and settled senior living. The registered dietitian and entrepreneur provides healthy recipes and food tips but also tackles issues such as menopause, parenting, self-care, and even teen suicide—topics that real women in midlife want to talk about. Listen to Regan's podcast and follow her on Instagram @thisunmillenniallife.

Alissa Rumsey, MS, RD, CDN, CSCS

Alissa Rumsey
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Alissa Rumsey is a foodie who loves to eat. Rumsey is also a registered dietitian whose approach to healthy eating is grounded in a weight-inclusive approach. She believes that food rules don’t work, and the number on the scale does not determine your value. Through her nutrition therapy and online courses, she encourages her clients to listen to internal body cues to build back body trust and make positive food choices. Follow Alissa on Instagram @alissarumseyrd.

McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Kooienga
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For McKel Kooienga, "health is a daily practice." With that mantra, she guides clients through the process of developing healthy lifestyle and eating practices. Her company, Nutrition Stripped, provides private practice counseling, e-books, online courses, and other services to build a foundation of day-to-day sustainable wellness. Follow McKel on Instagram @nutritionstripped.

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