Emily Fonnesbeck, Registered Dietitian

Stories and perspective to help your food life thrive.

Eating doesn’t have the be complicated or intimidating.

Becoming Foodtuitive means embracing a healthier perspective and embarking on a journey to unlock freedom and care for your body in a natural and healthy way. This is a place to find advice, inspiration and tools to make positive changes in your life, starting today.

“Hi, I’m Emily,  When I’m not busy working with clients, I enjoy spending time with my family. I am married to my biggest supporter and mom to three fun and busy kids. We enjoy sports, being outdoors and getting creative in the kitchen.”

Challenging all or nothing thinking: what’s the 3rd option?

Challenging all or nothing thinking: what’s the 3rd option?

I very hesitantly sent out a newsletter to my email list at the end of June. I had put it off for awhile because I wasn't certain I wanted to say what I had planned to say. But I choose to share and had such an incredibly positive response of people saying, "me too"....

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How to head into summer with a positive body image

How to head into summer with a positive body image

Here we are heading into summer! I'm not sure any of us know what to fully expect over the summer months with all going on in the world. But we can expect the weather to warm up (which means wearing less clothes than you've been used to lately), and maybe more trips...

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5 truths about eating and self-care during stressful times

5 truths about eating and self-care during stressful times

This COVID-19 situation has us all out of sorts. There’s a lot of uncertainty, to say the least. I also think there’s a lot of noise about all the uncertainty and I want to be careful not to add to that. So here I am offering what I hope is support, not just more...

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A dietitian’s guide to raising a body-positive child

A dietitian’s guide to raising a body-positive child

In the appearance-obsessed culture we live in, raising a body-positive child takes intentional work and effort. Helping a child respect and feel confident about his or her body is no small feat, but it's definitely possible. Because our culture idealizes thinness, it...

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How do I stop eating when I’m full?

How do I stop eating when I’m full?

Last month I shared a blogpost called, "How do I know if I’m hungry?” and I'm sure it would feel helpful to follow up with some thoughts about fullness. Fullness often feels just as tricky as hunger. The biggest reason for that is we don’t stop eating just because we...

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How do I know if I’m hungry?

How do I know if I’m hungry?

These days, we are taught to be suspicious of our hunger cues, leading to distrust for what our bodies are actually communicating to us. Many people wonder if what they perceive as hunger could actually be boredom, dehydration or emotional eating. It’s an interesting...

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Why structure supports unconditional permission to eat

Why structure supports unconditional permission to eat

Unconditional permission to eat is vital for making peace with food and putting yourself back in charge of your food choices. It's also the part of Intuitive Eating that feels most overwhelming. And it would! If you're going from rigid meal plans and strict food rules...

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Mindful eating is a tool, not a rule.

Mindful eating is a tool, not a rule.

I hear this a lot, "My problem is that I just love food too much!". I understand the concern in that statement.. but I disagree! I don't think loving food and enjoying eating experiences is ever a problem. In fact, maybe the goal is to love food MORE. That might sound...

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Calories in vs calories out: Is there more to that equation?

Calories in vs calories out: Is there more to that equation?

For years, health professionals have tried to boil nutrition down to calories in and calories out, particularly when discussing concerns about weight. It seems appealing to make it that black and white, but is it an accurate theory? In reality, it’s a gross...

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A weight-neutral approach to health

A weight-neutral approach to health

As a weight-neutral, non-diet dietitian, I believe strongly that weight is not a reliable predictor of health and am not one to measure the success of nutrition interventions based on changes in body weight. I'd love to take the opportunity to explain why I feel like...

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Why focusing on weight can be harmful to your health

Why focusing on weight can be harmful to your health

These days, it’s easy to believe that weight determines health. Your experiences could support that belief — perhaps you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes and your doctor has told you to lose weight. Or maybe you’ve visited a physician due to knee pain and they’ve once...

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Are you a competent eater? Here’s how to tell.

Are you a competent eater? Here’s how to tell.

It’s a common assumption that people choose nutritious foods because they know they should while people who don’t are being lazy or don’t care. However, we actually find that people choose food for a variety of reasons and only one of them may be nutrition. Other...

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Eating Disorders, Infertility, Anger and Regret

Eating Disorders, Infertility, Anger and Regret

My baby just turned one! I can honestly say that I’ve loved every minute of the past 12 months. I never thought I would have this experience again - both being pregnant and having a new baby - and I’ve savored all of it. But I’ve also been feeling incredibly emotional...

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