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Healed from her own food and body struggles, Ashley uses an intuitive eating, non-diet approach to help others overcome chronic dieting and disordered eating patterns.
What does the name of your business mean?
I chose the name "Nutrition Unveiled" because it is my hope to shed light on the dangerous side of the dieting industry and harmful nutritional practices that are constantly being promoted.
What is the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist?
A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) is someone who has completed a bachelor's or master's level education at an accredited university. RDNs fulfill 1200 internship hours to gain hands-on experience before sitting for a board exam to receive the 'RDN' credential. It takes years of dedication to become an RDN. As an RDN, we utilize science-based evidence to provide nutritional recommendations to our clients and complete continuing education credits to stay well-informed and accurate.
On the flip side, anyone can call themselves a 'nutritionist', even someone who has read a few articles about nutrition or taken a weekend course.
What is the meaning of terms like: 'non-diet' and 'intuitive eating'?
The term 'non-diet' is an approach that uses mindfulness-based practices and attunement that aim to improve self-esteem, self-care behaviors, and body acceptance. We believe if we are treating health by starting with mental wellness and acceptance, it leads to better long-term health outcomes. We know now that diets cause weight cycling and weight stigma that prevents someone from creating long-term sustainable health behaviors and solely bases health on weight. This is a flawed belief, as it does not address underlying trauma or maladaptive behaviors that may be impacting health goals.
Ashley M. Lytwyn, MS, RDN, is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Biology at Boston University and her Master's degree in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been trained and supervised by the Intuitive Eating founders, Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole. Ashley also serves as the Executive Director of Breathe Life Healing Center in Los Angeles, CA.
Ashley has extensive experience working with clients with disordered eating patterns, chronic dieting, and eating disorders. She has spoken at local and national conferences including the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. She provides in-person and virtual training to organizations and non-diet nutritional approaches for corporate wellness programs.
In addition to one-on-one counseling with clients and providing training to professionals, she also has written for print and online publications. She has created numerous educational videos about mental health topics and has advocated in Washington D.C. for better care and coverage for individuals with eating disorders. Ashley is passionate about mental health awareness and advocacy and strives to break the stigma of mental health diagnoses.
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