Meet Jenna Talleda: Registered Dietitian and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor
Jenna has been practicing nutrition since 2004 and became a Registered Dietitian in 2007. She has worked in a variety of settings from County Health Departments, hospitals, long term care facilities, private practice and non-profit organizations. She has been able to help many people of all ages. Diabetes and Breastfeeding are special areas of interested for her.
In 2017, Jenna read a book on Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S and Elyse Resch, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, FAIEDP, FADA, FAND to learn how to help her clients who were experiencing eating disorders. As she read the book, she found that she too had a poor relationship with food and her body. She began to implement the principles of Intuitive Eating into her life, and started developing self compassion and curiosity instead of judgment and shame. Her life shifted completely for the better. She no longer was moralizing food or herself based on what she ate and what size she was. Food stopped controlling her life. At that point, she knew that many people would benefit from Intuitive Eating. She began to study the subject deeply with author and fellow dietitian, Evelyn Tribole and became a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. Her studies continued with other body positive, anti-diet professionals, reading books, and participating in IE support groups. She implemented IE principles into her counseling with clients, which was very successful in helping them achieve food and and body freedom.
In 2019, Jenna was introduced to the Am I Hungry? program created by Michelle May, MD. Dr. May's collection of programs is based on the principles of Mindful Eating, a cousin to Intuitive Eating. One program in particular was very interesting- Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Diabetes. This program helped people to be more aware of their eating and well-being with Diabetes without the restriction, shame, and guilt that comes with most Diabetes recommendations. Jenna became a licensed facilitator of the program, and is now helping those with Diabetes have a better relationship with food and their bodies.