Rachael Hartley, RD, LD, CDE

Rachael Hartley


  • Registered dietitian and certified intuitive eating counselor
  • In private practice since 2014
  • Runs a food and wellness blog, ​The Joy of Eating
  • Awarded South Carolina's Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year in 2017


Rachael Hartley, RD, LD, is a former writer for Verywell Fit covering nutrition. She is a registered dietician (RD) and a licensed dietitian (LD) working in Columbia, South Carolina. She is a nutrition therapist, certified intuitive eating counselor, and nationally recognized food-and-nutrition expert. After completing her dietetic internship, she worked as a clinical dietitian and, later, as the outpatient dietitian for a large medical center where she provided individual nutrition counseling and led multidisciplinary disease management programs.

In 2014, Rachael opened her private practice, where she specializes in intuitive eating, disordered eating, women's health, and digestive disorders. She also runs the popular food and wellness blog The Joy of Eating.

She is active in her field, currently serving as the president of her local dietetics association, and previously served as the newsletter editor for the Nutrition Entrepreneurs dietetic practice group. In 2017 she was recognized as South Carolina's Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year.


Rachael holds a Bachelors of Science in human nutrition and a Bachelors of Arts in psychology from Clemson University. She completed her dietetic internship at Emory University.

A Word From Rachael Hartley, RD, LD, CDE

​I eat all foods with no food rules, and want to teach you to do the same. As a certified intuitive eating counselor, I am fiercely passionate about helping others ditch the diet rules and rediscover the joy of eating. My goal is to help my clients and readers improve their physical and mental health with eating habits rooted in self care and nourishment versus deprivation.

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