Weight Loss, Weight Maintenance, Weight Gain
Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, EDNOS, Orthorexia)
Digestive disorders (IBS, IBD, Celiac Disease, Gastroparesis, etc.)
Cardiac Health (High Cholesterol/Triglycerides, Hypertension, Dyslipidemia)
Diabetes (Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational)
Food Allergies and Intolerances
HI EVERYONE - I'M BARI
Yes, Bari is pronounced like Barry, no it's not short for anything, no I'm not named for the city in Italy, and yes my parents knew I was going to be a girl...
A bit about my qualifications:
I have a BS in Dietetics from the University of Delaware, where I also double minored in psychology and business administration. I then completed my Dietetic Internship through Delaware's Distance Program. Once a Registered Dietitian, I decided my educational journey was not over and enrolled in graduate school. I completed my Masters in Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition at University College London (I have a whole blog post dedicated to how and why I chose this specific program here)
What I do:
Currently, I conduct digital nutrition counseling services via a HIPPA compliant telehealth platform called Healthie for clients based in the United States & UK (also registered with the HCPC). My clients love how convenient my services are, as they do not have to drive to any appointment nor sit in a waiting room - just connect to our video chat in the comfort of their own home (or anywhere else). I use a client-centered approach to help guide them through their journey. I always tell my clients "if there was 1 right way to eat for health and happiness - we'd all be doing it". The truth is - diets don't work and there is no such thing as the "perfect diet". In fact, 90% of diets fail and the majority of individuals regain the weight + more in the first 5 years. So, I provide evidence-based information, as well as continual support, to help each of my clients meet their personal goals!
I am also passionate about teaching others that healthy food is not only easy to prepare, but also delicious! As a daughter to a very skilled chef, the kitchen is where I combine my nutrition education and passion for food.
I'm definitely an anti-diet-dietitian! I preach everything in moderation with an emphasis on plant-based meals (yay fiber and gut health)! Never underestimate the power of chocolate cake, but also fuel your body with the correct nutrients, so you can thrive, physiologically and psychologically!
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A REGISTERED DIETITIAN AND A NUTRITIONIST?
Many people use the terms "dietitian" and "nutritionists" interchangeably, however, these titles are vastly different. In the US, only the term "registered dietitian" is a protected title given by the Commission on Dietetic Registration once the individual completes a DPD course in dietetics, a dietetic internship (1200+ supervised practice hours) and passed a national exam. Dietitian's have extensive education on Medical Nutrition Therapy and are equipped to deal with patients with a wide variety of medical diagnoses and practice evidence-based nutrition. On the other hand, a "nutritionist" is not a protected title and does not have any educational requirements. Although some nutritionists may be very qualified, there are no requirements or centralised legal bodies governing their scope of practice, educational requirements and ethics.
WHAT ABOUT A REGISTERED NUTRITIONIST OR NUTRITIONAL THERAPIST?
On the contrary, these terms hold different meanings in the UK. I have outlined the 3 main nutrition-protected titles in the UK according to the British Dietetic Association:
Registered Dietitian: Dietitian's are the only nutrition professionals to be regulated by law, and are governed by an ethical code to ensure that they always work to the highest of standards. Only those registered with the statutory regulator, HCPC, can use the protected title of Dietitian.
Registered Nutritionist: Nutritionists are qualified to provide information about food and health eating. Anyone can call themselves a "nutritionist", but those registered with the AFN can call themselves Registered Nutritionists, which hold their members to higher standards
Nutritional Therapist: Nutritional therapists encompass the use of recommendations for diet and lifestyle in order to alleviate or prevent ailments, often based on complementary 'medicine' recommendations not recognized as valid treatment in conventional medicine.