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What Are Some Signs Of A Disordered Relationship With Food And Your Body?

  • obsessing about your food, appearance or weight
  • comparing what you eat to your friend, partner or influencer on social media
  • feeling like the number on the scale dictates your day; your mood, what you eat or how you exercise
  • always ordering the ‘healthiest’ or lowest calorie option on the menu – even if you want something else
  • feeling inflexible with spontaneous plans or when familiar foods aren’t available
  • compensating in some way for what you ate or will eat
  • feeling guilty after eating
  • feeling out of control around certain foods, or keeping certain foods out of the house to prevent bingeing
  • eating differently when you’re alone vs. with others
  • eating in secret, sneaking or hiding food

Together We Can Make A Plan To Help You Feel Your Best, Without Feeling Obsessed.

What would that look like?

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Being able to enjoy a weekend with friends, without feeling like “diet starts Monday”

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Not have the number on the scale dictate your day or mood (even say ‘goodbye’ to it for good!)

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Learn to trust and work with your body, instead of against it.

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Be free from calorie counting, obsessive measuring and guilt around food choices.

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You’re able to choose what you want to eat and enjoy it! Not just because it’s the lowest calorie option.

Our Specialties

No matter where you are in your relationship with , The Wellful is for you! 

Signs of Disordered Eating

✔ You have strict food rules around when you allow yourself to have certain foods
✔ You feel guilt when you eat something that tastes good, or you like?
✔Skipping meals is normal
✔‘Saving’ calories before drinking or a meal out is normal
Eating Disorder Support
Body Positive Dietitian

It's time for Body Image support if...

✔ You body check when you pass by a mirror or reflective surface
✔ You check your weight and measure your body regularly
✔ You compare current & past photos of your body
✔ You compensate with food or exercise on bad body image days
Gluten Free Intuitive Eating

Support for GI Disorders is right for you if...

✔ You don't want food allergies to result in excessive restriction
✔ You feel discomfort after eating, or increased anxiety around meals
✔ You just found out you have Celiac's and you're not sure how to approach this from a non-diet lens
Student Eating Disorder Support

We support students like you if...

✔ Food or body worries keep you from friends, sports, or school
✔ You want to set yourself up for success on campus and it feels hard
✔ You engage in purging or restricting
✔ You spend a lot of time thinking about food

How It Works

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Discovery Call

We know reaching out for support is hard. We aim to make these calls as warm and comforting as we can — you’re taking a huge step in making a major change in your life and I can’t wait to cheer you on.  Calls are 15 minutes and you’ll chat with Brenna about what you’re looking for, and learn what working together looks like.

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75- Minute Initial Deep Dive

We’ll meet, get started and explore your relationship with food, your body, dieting from childhood to now and make a plan for moving forward. We’ll also connect with your therapist, doctors and members  of your team to provide you with the best possible care.

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Regular Sessions

Once we’re started, you’ll meet with your dietitian regularly for follow up sessions and in-between session support. You’ll gain tools, education and encouragement to help you achieve your goals. We practice from a weight-inclusive, person-centered and trauma informed lens, applying elements of IFS, DBT, CBT and ACT into our sessions to best meet your needs.

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A life without food guilt

What do you hope to gain through this work? What do you hope your relationship with food and your body is like in the future? 

We’ll work to get you there. You’ll gain the tools, support and confidence to navigate diet culture, eat without guilt, make peace with your body, reclaim your brain space and ditch dieting for life, for good.

None of this

  • NO calorie counting or macro tracking
  • NO scales or measurements
  • NO guilt – you’ll say ‘goodbye guilt!’
  • NO fad diets, food or body shaming
  • NO quick-fix plans – instead you’ll develop lifelong skills and behaviors
  • NO ‘cheat meals’ – because there are no food rules, there’s nothing to ‘cheat’ on!

Lots of this

  • Unlimited individualized support –  I’m your biggest cheerleader and sounding board through the ups and the downs
  • Increased freedom and flexibility around food choices
  • Learning to tune in to your hunger, fullness and satisfaction cues
  • Rediscovering the joy of eating, without the stress
  •   More self-compassion, confidence and life-long tools to support you continuing this work even after we’re done working together
Intuitive Eating Coach

Meet Your Dietitian

Brenna O’Malley, RD & Founder

Hi! I’m Brenna.

I’m glad you’re scrolling by! A little about me. I’m trained as a registered dietitian and love working with people through the tough stuff of creating a healthy, sustainable relationship with food and their body.  I believe that we are all impacted by diet culture, and that our relationships with food and our bodies are deeply personal and layered. I also believe that these relationships can change and that you can experience more joy, more ease, and less guilt around eating.

I’ve greatly benefitted from working with dietitians and therapists in my own recovery from disordered eating and I know that this work is hard, and worth it.

I’m originally from the East Coast but has been calling San Francisco home for the past few years. On any given day you’ll find me drinking a good cappuccino, opening all the windows in my apartment no matter how cold it is, biking to the beach for sunset, or hiking or enjoying a yoga class with friends.

Education and Credentials
New York University, Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics
Massachusetts General Hospital, Dietetic Internship, 1200+ hours of Supervised Clinical Practice with Concentration in Intuitive Eating
Active RDN Credentials through the Commission on Dietetic Registration
Ongoing supervision and additional trainings 

Ready To Get Started?

Book your discovery call with Brenna today

Why our clients love working together:

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Online Dietitian Counseling
Virtual Dietitian Counseling

FAQS

You’re Probably Wondering…

I work from a non-diet and weight-inclusive lens This means that I help clients tune in to their internal cues around hunger, fullness, satisfaction (instead of external cues like timing of meals, meal plans, calorie counts or diets). Many of our clients have many years of experience with dieting or disordered eating and are seeking more peace with food and their bodies so that they can live more aligned with their values — instead of constantly doing the mental gymnastics of calorie counting.

 

If you start to think about it, it makes sense! We are all born eating intuitively, eating foods for pleasure, stopping when we’re satisfied and letting someone know (ie. crying!) when we’re hungry. As we grow up in diet culture and are constantly bombarded with food rules, those signals are harder and harder to listen to. We’re often taught how to diet, but not how to eat – for nourishment, satisfaction, enjoyment, experience, etc. By working from a non-diet approach, you can learn to respect and listen to your body in a way that honors your health and gives you the freedom to empower you to eat, move and live your fullest life.

I see all clients 100% virtually! This means that you have the flexibility to schedule a session on your lunch break, on a park bench, at home, while you’re on a trip or anytime in between. Many of my clients have unique work/life schedules and virtual makes it easier for them to fit in appointments. An added bonus is that you don’t need to worry about traffic! We use Zoom for sessions, you will have access to schedule and get appointment reminders through your client portal.

I’m accepting new clients! I just opened up a few more spots in my schedule. Once you submit your Free Discovery Call Request below, we can get something on the calendar within 2 weeks. I’m excited to work together!

Weekly or biweekly. Our initial session and first follow up are one week apart. After that you and your dietitian will decide on a frequency that feels most supportive to you and your care.

I am not in-network with any insurance companies. Depending on your coverage plan we may still be able to utilize your benefits. If you call your insurance company and ask about ‘out of network coverage’ for nutrition counseling they will let you know if you are eligible for reimbursement, partial or in-full. I would then provide a superbill (which is like a receipt of services) and you would send that to your insurance company for reimbursement. I’ve had many clients have success with this! It depends on your plan, I’m happy to help in this process, too.

Yes! I’ll share a communication authorization form with you that will allow me to connect with your therapist, or other medical providers. This allows us to create a team where we can all be on the same page, coordinate care and support you through this work.

We don’t provide meal plans that indicate what you should or shouldn’t eat, like a diet plan. If you’re struggling with coming up with ideas on what to eat, we will be able to brainstorm meals, assess adequacy of eating, create plans to support challenging areas around grocery shopping, cooking or choosing what to eat. We will explore and create support to help move through the challenges that come from past diets and food rules so that you can feel more confidence around these decisions. We will talk about patterns of eating, composition of meals, variety of foods, and depending on where you are in your recovery or relationship with food that may be more structured.

There really isn’t a clear cut answer for this one. Everyone begins working together at a different place or stage of their relationship with food. Some clients we see for 3 months, some we see for over a year. On average clients work together for 6 months. We can chat more about this on our discovery call!

If my standard rates are out of your budget, please ask for sliding scale availability. If my sliding scale spots are filled, I will be happy to point you towards another provider who might be a good fit. 

It’s time to ditch dieting, for good.

Heal Your Relationship With Food and Your Body