NO DIet - no problem
I am an anti-diet dietitian. Confusing? Stay with me.
Diets aren't healthy. They disconnect us from our body's natural rhythm of hunger and satisfaction. They advertise themselves as sustainable for life, but drive a wedge between the only sustainable thing in our lives: our body and our mind. Diets that shame you for eating food that isn't "clean," or encourage you to manipulate your hunger signals to reach a certain weight, or eliminate entire groups of food for no good reason are designed to fail (look no further than the multi-billion dollar industry that keeps you coming back for more).
I don't believe in diets, but I understand how compelling they can be.
We have never experienced so much conflicting information at once. Social Media, news outlets, online magazines, blogs... everyone has an opinion about nutrition whether or not they've taken the time to study the science or consider how it translates to your real life. We are stressed. We are overworked. We are trying to out-compete everyone out there. I get it. Food is easy to turn to in an attempt to control other aspects of your life.
But take a step back. Are you really honoring YOU?
Together, we will use the principles of Intuitive Eating to discover what your own inner wisdom is telling you. We will explore how to incorporate nourishing and balanced nutrition into your daily life without feeling lost, anxious or like you're "doing it wrong." We will dive deep into your relationship to food and uncover what health looks like for you outside the narrow and unforgiving lens of diet culture. No one knows your body better than you!
Bodies come in different shapes and sizes, and we are all at a different place when it comes to being intuitive eaters. I will meet you where you are, and address your very real concerns without judgment, putting your values at the forefront of our work together.
...adding fitness to the equation
Exercise shouldn't be draining. Nutrition and exercise go together like peanut butter and jelly - pretty good on their own, but stellar when combined. But sometimes it's hard to know if you're doing the best for your body - because exercise asks your body to do a whole lot! As a marathoner, spin enthusiast and yogi, I wholeheartedly believe that food has the capability to support ambitious fitness goals. But I also know it's too easy to fall victim to thinking you can't both achieve big goals and respect your body. I'd love to lift you out of that trap, and set you on a path toward exercise that honors your body and soul.
What I believe
- Food is food, and all foods can fit into a diet that supports health
- Everyone is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to eating
- Eating for your health can be affordable, easy and convenient (really!)
- There is more to nutrition than counting and calculations
- You are more than a number and your body deserves to be honored
Hannah Meier RD, LDN is a registered dietitian nutritionist living in the Boston area. A Minnesota native, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, studying Dietetics and Psychology. She completed her 1200+ hour supervised dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, gaining experience in clinical nutrition, corporate wellness, foodservice management and community nutrition. Since then, she completed coursework to obtain her Masters degree in Nutrition Communication, Interventions and Behavior Change from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and expects to receive her degree in May, 2018. She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, serves as an ambassador for the Lane 9 Project non-profit organization and co-editor for her graduate school newspaper publication, The Friedman Sprout.