A long-overdue introduction

Hi there.

I thought I’d introduce myself. You know my name is Jenna and that I’m a non-diet dietitian but I’d like to share a little more about me.
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I am not a lover of selfies. I’d rather be living my life than documenting it. But here I am after a long day, a day that started out rough, slow, and heavy. I had a lot of mental stress weighing on me, mostly related to my personal life. Also I didn’t feel motivated to work, interact with the people I love, or move my body. It wasn’t until later in the day that I finally left the apartment, went outside for a walk in the sunshine (to drop off a bag of compost – my new obsession is that I can actually compost in New York City), and to take a pilates class with my favorite teacher, @richiemastascusa. He plays the best music (current fave: Kill the Lights by Alex Newell) and is always a mood/game-changer. I left feeling stronger, more open to the world, more optimistic and in touch with the people around me. I came home and snapped this pic before lying down with my son in his bed to cuddle and sing lullabies.
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My personal path of Intuitive Eating began with my own sobriety more than a decade ago. Though I’ve been an RD for 20 years, many of those years were spent tormenting myself with diets and trying to change my body in order to change my life. It was only after removing alcohol from my life and beginning to work with things as they are – largely through meditation – that I have come to this path I know to be true, compassionate, and life-changing.
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My own body acceptance has seen many incarnations – from understanding and accepting that anxiety is expressed as physical agitation and discomfort in my body, to developing a more expansive view of what used to be problematic body parts (thick thighs, for example), to appreciating my body for its ability to grow another human and heal from spinal surgery. In the last year, when I literally wet my pants while leaving the new Spiderman movie (with a broken restroom) with my son (some things will just never be the same after a vaginal birth), I decided that I refuse to feel shame about my body. At the same time, I still struggle with accepting my acne rosacea. This is a path, not a destination.
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Working with clients, the main thing I want to communicate is that I trust their bodies and their judgment. I am here to help you unlearn all of the harmful and downright untrue messages from the diet culture and to help you reconnect with your internal wisdom. This takes time and patience, practice and self-compassion. I see this as my life’s work because I see the potential in those of us still caught up in this cycle, using up our energy, time, and resources trying to fix what was never broken.
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I am so grateful for this different way of reaching more and more people with this message. Please reach out with any questions you have (I’ll answer them on an upcoming Instagram live while walking to my office) and know that I am here for you – in person or virtually.
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With much love and great respect,
Jenna