My Story

Joanna Pustilnik MS RD CDCES
Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist

Hi and welcome! I'm Joanna, a dietitian and nutrition therapist who absolutely loves talking and thinking about (and eating!) all things food. I’m so happy you’re here. 

As a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, I help clients build joyful, sustainable and self-compassionate relationships with food, movement, and body so they can directly pursue the meaningful life they desire. When we are nourished and thriving, anything is possible! 

I wasn't always a dietitian who understood about the food relationship or disordered eating. I began by career working with chronic diseases, and I counseled the way that I was taught in my training- eat this, not that. Obviously, it wasn't very helpful for my clients! I truly struggled with how best to support them. 

 

Many dietitians and doctors continue to "prescribe weight loss", labeling foods as good and bad, and this often leads to deprivation and anxiety around food. I soon realized my clients and I were working in the weight-centered paradigm which created more stress around food. Not something that leads to a happier life!

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I began learning about Intuitive Eating, Health at Every Size, mindful eating, and I studied psychological therapeutic modalities such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) so that I could better guide my clients toward wellness-centered behavioral change and a greater quality of life. 

My non-diet, self-compassionate-focused approach is grounded in the belief that health can not be quantified. Our weight, our labs, our pants' size- they are only small pieces of a large puzzle.

I love helping my clients discover all those the other pieces- and get to a place of food and body joy.

PROFESSIONAL BIO

Joanna Pustilnik MS RD CDCES is a Washington DC-based nutrition therapist, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. She holds a Master's in Nutrition Science from the University of Cincinnati and completed her dietetic internship at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. After completing her internship, she moved to Baltimore, MD where she worked as a tele-nutrition counselor and clinical dietitian. She worked with Crossfit athletes and gym-goers in her spare time outside of her tele-health role, and she has also written articles for magazines and helped developed nutrition education programs from the ground up.

 

In 2015, she moved to the Washington, DC area and continued working as a tele-nutritionist before opening her own private practice in 2017 where she specializes in disordered eating, women's health and PCOS, digestive disorders, Diabetes/prediabetes, plant-based nutrition, and Intuitive Eating coaching. She has received training in food allergies, plant-based nutrition, integrative nutrition, PCOS, Intuitive Eating, and is currently pursuing her Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) credential. Joanna also sees clients through Mind Body Health LLC in Arlington, VA.

 

She has a background in personal training, group fitness, and health coaching. She is a previous marathon runner and played Division I soccer. She lives with her husband, two little munchkins, and little yappy dog, Lady.