I just spent the weekend at FNCE – the largest conference for Registered Dietitians, our “Superbowl”!
I was honored to be selected to speak with Dr. Alexis Conason on Binge Eating Disorder, and also got the opportunity to highlight Pursuing Private Practice, which offers training and coaching to dietitians, at the Product Member Marketplace!
As a side note, I got to hear how everyone loves my new Pursuing Private Practice podcast and that made me so happy. I love that the show is making a difference in the lives of so many dietitians! And many clients have told me they love it too – thank you!
Throughout my career, I feel very lucky to have had a few important moments that I feel really changed my life, both personally and professionally. At FNCE this year, I had another one of those moments. And NO – it wasn’t my experience of being on stage, although that was pretty amazing 🙂
My life-changing moment is when two of my idols, Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole, spoke about Intuitive Eating. For the first time on the FNCE stage together, Evelyn and Elyse spoke about the evolution of Intuitive Eating and what every dietitian needs to know.
The room was packed, my guess is that at least 2000 dietitians were there! It was standing room only with many people sitting on the floor.
Why was the room so packed? (And by the way, this session was at 8am!)
Dietitians WANT Intuitive Eating in our Profession.
I believe that dietitians have come to a realization that weight-loss diets do not work. In fact, most of us know that diets do harm. Focusing on weight as a measurement of health is not healthy. But I think there are also many dietitians who don’t know there is another way to practice and work with clients.
And this is where Intuitive Eating comes in.
Intuitive Eating is a philosophy rooted in instinct, emotion, and thought. There are 10 principles of Intuitive Eating that teach a person how to heal their relationship with food, creating trust and connection with the body. Intuitive Eating is weight-inclusive and Health at Every Size-aligned. I personally believe in the power of Intuitive Eating and have used the principles in my work as an eating disorder dietitian for many years. I absolutely believe Intuitive Eating is life-changing for so many clients.
Evelyn and Elyse talked about new research with Intuitive Eating, how Intuitive Eating is Health at Every Size-aligned, and gave an overview of the principles and how they work in all areas of dietetics (including medical nutrition therapy). Big news: They announced a 4th edition of the Intuitive Eating book is coming out June 2020!
Many FNCE moments gave me chills when I think about the future of our profession!
Here is My Top Takeaway from FNCE 2019
Times are changing. Both dietitians AND clients want Intuitive Eating in nutrition counseling.
I’ve never been happier being a dietitian and I feel so blessed to have a career I love that truly makes an impact in the lives of other people. And YES Intuitive Eating changes lives!
For Dietitians: If you’re interested in learning more about how to incorporate Intuitive Eating into your work as a dietitian or business owner, check out Pursuing Private Practice. I have many courses and training programs, as well as a podcast that is all about growing a weight-inclusive business. So many dietitians have talked about Intuitive Eating on the podcast!
For clients interested in Intuitive Eating: If you want to learn more about how Intuitive Eating can help you feel fabulous about food, schedule a nutrition counseling appointment at my group private practice, Eat With Knowledge!
P.S. I saved some of my favorite FNCE moments on Instagram. Check it out for all the pictures!
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Jennifer McGurk, RDN, CDN, CDE, CEDRD is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist whose mission is to help dietitians Be the Dietitian you were Meant to Be. She is an expert in the field of eating disorders and also supervises other Registered Dietitians as an iaedp approved supervisor. She is the owner of Eat With Knowledge in Nyack, NY and leads a team of dietitians who support the philosophy, “Feel fabulous about food!”
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