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Haley Goodrich RD, LDN, CEDRD-S The Journey to Real Health and Entrepreneurship
Haley is a registered dietician who mentors other dieticians looking for support and guidance in the field.
She is also part of a specialty practice with 3 clinicians, that specializes in treating eating disorders.
After graduating college, Haley still didn’t know what job she wanted to pursue.
She was considering going into the medical field but after shadowing in hospitals she realized that world wasn’t for her. At the time, she was very into running and healthy eating. She recognized that this came naturally to her and wanted to help others live this way. Haley entered dietetics as many do, thinking that health and wellness look a certain way and that she had already mastered it, but little did she know how much she had to learn about healthy eating habits.
Haley grew up in Texas in a family that was food neutral.
Every Sunday, her father would make pancakes and bacon and after dinner they would eat ice cream. Haley recognizes how privileged she was to grow up with a normal relationship surrounding food. She was aware of diet culture because her mom liked to diet, but none of that mentality was forced upon Haley. She assumes this is because genetically her body was very normal so no one felt the need to ever mention dieting. All of this changed in college when Haley was forced to to transition from a tiny high school to a major university. She was grasping for something to help her feel regulated and in control. This is when she began focusing on running and on what she was eating. Haley kept thinking if I can’t do school properly, I can focus on becoming the healthiest I can which turned into a personal battle with herself. She put pressure on herself to do well in school because by nature she is a perfectionist. She’s someone who constantly needs to be achieving and doing. Her dad is also an entrepreneur and while her parents didn’t push her too hard, there was an unspoken expectation of what achievement meant in her family. She graduated with a bachelors in biomedical science without knowing what she wanted to pursue.
Throughout all her didactic work and internship, Haley had never heard about intuitive eating.
Somehow during her internship she came across the intuitive eating book and read it on her own. She got a lot of pushback from her preceptors when asking questions about the book. Haley loved the idea behind intuitive eating but it took her a while to really understand it. She was still pursuing weight loss goals with clients and she was missing disordered behaviors left and right. Through more training and health of every size she learned more. Haley started off working in a hospital as a dietician and hated it. She panicked because she thought she went into the wrong career. Haley disliked the hospital setting because she felt like she was making no impact. She would put in so much work yet it was optional for the doctor to read her notes. Haley also wanted more one on one interaction with people.
Haley decided to open a private practice with zero experience in business.
When she started, it wasn’t common to open a practice so young, especially revolved around intuitive eating. Once she made this decision, Haley opened a word doc and wrote down everything she would need to do to begin a private practice. She began to tell dieticians that she worked with at the hospital about her plans and they weren’t encouraging. The mentorship program that Haley runs today was started so that other dieticians who wish to open a private practice wouldn’t feel as alone as Haley felt in that situation. Haley found an office space and began to fill out the paperwork for insurance but didn’t realize how difficult this process would be. Getting everything set up was tedious but Haley recognizes that the time spent on the insurance work was worth it. Haley’s business grew quickly and people were able to find her through insurance. Her practice began to grow 6 months in and she decided to leave her clinical job for good. She was a solo practitioner for a few years before bringing on her associates. Realizing that she could ask for help and didn’t have to know everything was very beneficial.
Haley has dealt with a lot of pushback over the years.
She has learned how to stay aligned to her values despite criticism. Her confidence wavered over the years until she built a strong foundation in her practice. If you’re wavering confidence-wise as a dietician it’s really hard because people will always have different opinions surrounding your work. On a daily basis, your belief system is questioned so a strong foundation is critical. However, once you get into practice and begin to listen to your client’s stories it’s impossible to go back.
Haley wanted to use her intuitive eating skills with clients and improve their relationship with food, but she began to see a large spectrum of disordered eating.
It’s scary to notice how disordered eating can be seen as healthy behavior in diet culture. She decided to begin specializing in eating disorders when she saw how many people with eating disorders were being missed and skipped over. When she noticed this, she began to learn as much as she could about eating disorders and noticed how much she loved working with these clients. This specialty isn’t for everyone because it’s heavier work and each dietician just needs to find where she best excels.
About Haley Goodrich, RD, LDN, CEDRD-S:
Haley Goodrich is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian who is fiercely passionate about helping people heal from disordered eating and cultivate a peaceful relationship with food and their body. She specializes in eating disorder recovery, body image, weight-inclusive nutrition therapy, and is an iaedp approved supervisor for other registered dietitians. Haley is currently the Eating Disorder Resource Professional for the Behavior Health Nutrition dietetic practice group. In addition to individual client work and managing her group private practice, she is also the co-founder of INSPIRD to SEEK, where she mentors nutrition entrepreneurs and practitioners who are challenging the status quo of our health industry. Haley strongly believes in integrating the Non-Diet Approach and HAES® philosophy into all health care settings, including nutrition therapy. She advocates through her writing, speaking, and social media presence.
You can learn more about Haley and her work on her website: www.inspirdnutrition.com or on Twitter and Instagram @hgoodrichrd
Find this episode with this link: https://youtu.be/RVROB2aCKpc
To see more episodes like this and read the full blog on today’s episode, please visit my website www.gilaglassberg.com. (Schedule a free discovery call) I am recruiting for an upcoming Intuitive Eating Course/Support Group. This is over the course of 8 weeks, but we will be meeting live every other week. Each session is about 1 hour long. They are recorded and you will have access to them after year class. Everyone would be in a private what’s app chat so I will be sending journaling prompts and/or check-in prompts to see how everything is going and if anyone needs extra support. I’d like to assign accountability buddy’s as well to help with implementing habit change. I take some insurances (Aetna, Cigna, blue cross blue shield, emblem health, and united healthcare only the empire plan). The fee for this course is $275 – this is a beta course so this is at a discounted rate. Also because I will be recording the classes and selling them afterward as a self-paced course.
Gila Glassberg is a Master's level registered dietitian and a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. As a teenager, she was faced with constant diet talk, body shaming and obsessive guilt around food. She struggled with disordered eating. This is what propelled her into the field of nutrition. She uses a non-diet, weight-neutral approach called Intuitive Eating. She helps growth oriented women break out of chronic dieting, and regain clarity into what is really important to them.
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