We are thrilled to have a group that allows for connection and collaboration with professionals around the world! Introducing you today to Nina Mills, APD located in Melbourne, Australia. She is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and also a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. You can connect with Nina on Instagram @feelgoodeating, Facebook and Twitter @feelgoodeats – or head straight to her website FeelGoodEating.com.au.
Where do you work? I am self-employed and work in my private practice Feel Good Eating as well as a nutrition consultant and food photographer. In my private practice I work with clients along the spectrum of chronic dieting, disordered eating and eating disorders
What do you enjoy most about what you do?
Broadly, I enjoy the autonomy, flexibility and variety in what I do, but more specifically with my private practice work, I enjoy those lightbulb moments where my clients make a connection or pick holes in unhelpful behaviours and all of a sudden, their whole outlook changes.
Why eating disorders treatment? What drives you?
Having originally intended to work with chronic dieters and people with disordered eating, moving into eating disorders treatment was a natural progression for me, combined with some gentle nudges from very encouraging and supportive supervisors!! Hilary Kinavey and Dana Sturtevant’s of benourished.org motto “Body Trust is your birthright” is what drives my desire to help people heal their relationships with food and body – I believe that everyone deserves to feel at home in their body. After all, it is the home we are going to spend our lives in.
Who are your favorite social media influencers in the non-diet, recovery, body liberation space?
This is like asking someone to pick their favourite child!! There are so many people doing wonderful things on social media and each making their own unique and valuable contribution to the non-diet, recovery and body liberation space, that I would be here all day listing them all!
What is/are your favorite book/s or resource that have made a difference in the way you work?
As a student dietitian I was really struggling with the weight-centric training I was receiving. So, I was extremely fortunate to be invited to volunteer at Fiona Willer and Fiona Sutherland’s Non-Diet Approach for Dietitians workshop while I was still studying. It was this workshop that cemented for me that there was ‘another way’ to practice dietetics and after that I have never looked back.
What is one non-diet, Intuitive Eating, or Health at Every Size® pearl of wisdom you’d like to share?
Embrace the fact that as humans we are all perfectly imperfect and there is much to be learnt from what we consider to be mistakes or missteps on the road to a peaceful relationship with food and our bodies.