your Intuitive Eating Dietitian

Welcome! I’m Britt Richardson, RDN, a non diet dietitian and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor.

Imagine if you could...

Reduce Emotional Eating

Together, we'll find the source of your emotional eating or feelings of food addiction and build alternative ways to cope.

Feel Less Food Guilt

I'll help you make peace with food so you can feel less guilt and shame about your food choices.

Improve Your Body Image

Our work together will help you build a resilient body image and improved self-esteem.

I've struggled with food and body image, too.

I never gave food or my body much thought until my mother enrolled me in a weekly weight loss program called No-Thank-You-Camp.  Our weigh-ins and group diet counseling were followed by mandatory laps around the track.  The program indoctrinated me into 1980s diet culture: everything I never wanted to know about avoiding fat and counting calories.  

I was 11. 

Pursuing thinness, calorie counting and mandatory exercise were not a path to happiness or health. (Shocker, I know.) Instead, they were a gateway to lifelong dieting, poor self-esteem and shameful feelings about my body that lasted for decades. 

It wasn’t until I was studying to become a dietitian in my 40s that I discovered a new way of thinking about food and body image: Intuitive Eating.

Intuitive Eating helped me make peace with food and build a stronger body image. Using the principles, I broke free from restrictive yo-yo dieting and the ever-changing, unrealistic demands of diet culture. I’m here to help you find the same freedom, resilience and peace. 

My philosophy

Food Is More Than Just Fuel

Food is one of our most basic forms of pleasure and self-care. Eating is about so much more than simply getting fuel in our bodies – it involves emotion, instinct, social connection, and learning.

My work with you centers on reconnecting to your body’s intuition about food, movement and health – what energizes you, what feels satisfying, what makes your body feel best.

By fostering a healthy relationship with food and your body, eating no longer has to be a source of anxiety or shame, but rather becomes an act of supportive self-care.

CLIENT REVIEWS

You're Not Alone

Britt does not bring any judgement and is extremely supportive. Her resources and guidance are evidence based and factual. The internet is full of misinformation and I trust Britt's advice.
Former client
Vermont
She gets it, no judgement...most of the time she will put a name to what I thought was only 'MY' issue, so that part I really love. She makes me feel like we are both in this together.
Current client
Vermont

My Professional Credentials

Licenses & Certifications

  • Registered Dietitian (Commission  on Dietetic Registration)
  • Certified Dietitian, State of Vermont
  • Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist, State of New York
  • Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor

education & Training

  • BS in Dietetics, Nutrition and Food Science, University of Vermont
  • Dietetic Internship, California Polytechnic State University
  • BA in Spanish, Tulane University
  • Mediation and Conflict Management Professional Certificate, Woodbury College
  • Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor Training with Evelyn Tribole, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S and Elyse Resch, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, FAND
  • Motivational Interviewing – Foundational Training with Dr. William Miller, Dr. Stephen Rollnick and Dr. Theresa Moyers
  • Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (RO-DBT) for Eating Disorder Dietitians (EDRDPro)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for Eating Disorder Dietitians (EDRDPro)
  • EveryBODY Athlete: Sports Nutrition and Eating Disorders for Dietitians (EDRDPro)
  • Binge Eating Disorder Treatment Course for Dietitians (EDRDPro)

Professional Experience

  • Owner of A Full Bite Nutrition since 2020
  • Clinical Dietitian for the Adolescent Medicine Eating Disorders Consult Clinic, University of Vermont Medical Center, 2021-2023
  • Owner of Britt Richardson Fitness for 18 years
  • Previous CrossFit Level 1 Instructor, Stott Pilates Certified Instructor, TotalBarre Instructor, AFAA certified fitness instructor
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What is Intuitive Eating?

Intuitive Eating (IE) is a compassionate approach to self-care, eating, nutrition, and movement that promotes physical and mental health. It helps you find pleasure in food and the joy of moving your body. Through Intuitive Eating, you can learn to connect and respond to your body’s natural, biological signals, including hunger, fullness, satisfaction and emotional need. 

 

There are ten guiding principles in Intuitive Eating (see below), which I describe in detail in my blog post The 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating. They are not a checklist. Together they create a framework for achieving greater attunement with your body and its needs. Intuitive Eating is a practice, and it will take time to master. But it’s worth it. 

 

Being able to respond to what we REALLY need allows us to reap the health and wellness benefits that intuitive eaters enjoy, like better self-esteem and less emotional eating.

What are the 10 Intuitive Eating Principles?

Principle 1: Reject the Diet Mentality

The diet and weight loss industry make billions (yes, that’s a ‘b’) each year from convincing you that your body will be healthier, more attractive, more worthy of love and a whole line of other BS by buying their products.

Perpetuating these lies keeps the dollars rolling in and keeps you believing that you have failed when the diet stops working or when you gain weight back. You keep hoping the next diet/plan/cleanse/reset/powder/pill/surgery will be the one that works for good. Then it doesn’t, leaving you searching for the next plan.

STOP THIS MADNESS! 

Rejecting the diet mentality is what will give you true food and body freedom.

Principle 2: Honor Your Hunger

Eat adequately throughout the day. Ignoring hunger cues because it’s not “time” to eat or we “shouldn’t” be hungry can lead us to feeling ravenous. Making nutrition decisions in a “hangry” state leaves us open to making less desirable choices and episodes of overeating. Giving yourself adequate energy, carbs, proteins, and other nutrients when hunger signals begin helps you rebuild trust in your body’s inherent wisdom about what and how much to eat.

Principle 3: Make Peace with Food

Remove the rules about which foods are forbidden or allowed. When we tell ourselves a food is off limits, it becomes increasingly appealing, like the bad boy parents tell their teen not to date. We crave the forbidden food more, and when we have it, look out! We can’t get enough. We may feel out of control around that food or binge it, leaving us feeling shame and guilt. When we give up the food rules and call a truce, the forbidden foods have no power over us.

Principle 4: Challenge the Food Police

That feeling of satisfaction when you’ve eaten “right” and shame when you haven’t – that’s the Food Police blowing their proverbial whistles. These judgemental thoughts are not helping you respond to your body’s needs or eat with intuition. Questioning diet culture’s arbitrary rules is what principle 4 is all about, so that you can tune in to what really helps you feel your best.

Principle 5: Discover the Satisfaction Factor

Food that satisfies us sends off pleasure signals in our brains – an evolutionary adaptation that helps us seek out food to keep us alive. When we deny ourselves the foods that truly satisfy us because of diet culture messaging, we miss out on one of life’s most basic pleasures. Intuitive eating can help bring the joy and satisfaction back into eating.

Principle 6: Feel Your Fullness

Dieting and restrictive eating practices disrupt the body’s natural signals for hunger and fullness. Intuitive eating helps you reestablish trust in your body’s ability to tell you when it has had enough. You can re-learn how to respond to fullness in a mindful way, so that eating until comfortably full becomes the norm.

Principle 7: Cope with Your Emotions with Kindness

Building skills for coping with difficult emotions, boredom, stress, or loneliness is part of pursuing a balanced life. If you have relied on food to soothe yourself when mad or anxious, you are not alone. Food can provide temporary relief or distraction, but often is not the long-term solution to the problem at hand. Becoming more attuned with your emotions and needs can be helpful to shift away from eating as a coping tool.

Principle 8: Respect Your Body

Recognize that your body is your “forever home” – it’s the only one you’ll ever have. Nourish it. Treat it with respect and kindness. Accept that your body’s size, like your height or shoe size, is determined largely by your genetics. Work towards a place of body acceptance so that you can reject the need to diet to change your body and truly feel better about who you are.

Principle 9: Movement—Feel the Difference

Finding movement that feels positive not punishing can make all the difference in keeping your motivation to move high. Redefine what physical activity means to you and engage in movement that makes you feel fantastic.

Principle 10: Honor Your Health—Gentle Nutrition

Find a balance between the foods that support your health and those that give you great pleasure and satisfaction – some will do both! All foods can fit into a healthy eating pattern, so focus on the big picture. Your eating habits over the long haul are what really matter, not your choices in just one meal or snack.