"Amazing things happen when you listen to your body with compassion
Hello! I’m Sarah Voth, an anti-diet Registered Dietitian and Certified Eating Disorder Dietitian (CEDRD). I work with children, adolescents, adults to help bring peace & balance back to their relationship with food and body image.
I practice from a non-diet perspective, which means that I do not believe in solely using weight, BMI, and size as proxy's for health. Nor do I promote dieting or weight loss in the name of health. One of my favorite mantras is that "All Foods Fit" --
I believe apples and Cheetos can peacefully co-exist in our lunch, and both have a place in a healthy, balanced life!
In my early years as a registered dietitian I worked in traditional weight management programs prescribing diets to clients seeking weight loss and bariatric surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. I witnessed my clients experience many devastating side effects or disabilities as a result of the surgery, and the weight loss they were promised was often not achieved or sustained long term. My clients often felt a deep sense of shame and failure. And I felt like I had failed my clients! I came to realize much later that diet culture and all it's toxic messages had failed us both.
I left the weight-management field for a position at Remuda Ranch, an internationally renowned inpatient treatment facility for eating disorders. My shock was profound when I realized I would be helping my patients to unlearn the very ideas and behaviors I had been promoting for years (fear of fatness, moralization of foods, and rigid rules around food and exercise). I realized that the very behaviors we define as "eating disordered" in thinner bodies, we recommend and encourage for weight loss for those in larger bodies.
My approach to nutrition was forever altered. With renewed passion, I began to expand my knowledge of intuitive eating, size acceptance, and joyful sustainable movement. Today, I have been counseling in the field of eating disorder recovery for more than 10 years, and have worked with hundreds of individuals (children, adolescents and adults) on the disordered eating spectrum. I am recognized as a Certified Eating Disorder Dietitian by the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp), as well as approved supervisor for dietitians considering this certification.
I fondly refer to myself as an Anti-Diet Dietitian. I counsel from a weight inclusive standpoint, meaning I am not for weight loss, and I am not against it. I believe that if we honor the body's signals and practice self care, our weight will settle at a place that is unique to each of us. I incorporate principles of Intuitive Eating® into counseling sessions. I work with clients to understand their relationship with food & body, and to restore food to it's rightful place as a source of nourishment and pleasure, and merely one aspect of a full and flourishing life.