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The Mindful Dietitian is both a learning resource and community, supporting Dietitians & health professionals to grow in insight and understanding of body inclusivity & liberation. Let’s redefine and challenge the mainstream standards to further our collective message to do better, together.

 
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Empowering health professionals to connect with their inner wisdom and stay grounded in their courageous mission to help others live a life well-lived.

The Mindful Dietitian is a community striving to do better to provide equitable care for all people. Together, we’ll explore and stay curious about new insights, and walk the talk in our commitment to continued learning. We focus not only our own message, but stand alongside that of others to elevate our collective voices, and honor those who have gone before us.

 

Values matter.

Values brings meaning & purpose to our work. Values support us in staying grounded & in alignment with what truly matters. Our community values:

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Be connected to the ‘why’ behind your life’s work

 

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Stay grounded in your courage towards an ethical practice

 
 

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Make a bigger impact by coming together as a community

 
 
 

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Lean into discomfort & seek opportunities for growth

 
 
 
 
 
Clear Mind. Open Heart. Fierce Spirit.
 
 
 
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Hi there 

I'm Fiona Sutherland

a Non-Diet Dietitian, Body-inclusive health practitioner & Yoga Teacher from Melbourne, Australia.

 
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My approach to supporting you, and our community comes from my own experiences of feeling completely lost, alone & confused. And like many of you, I was *this* close to completely dropping out of the profession, believing that if I was a "better" Dietitian, people would do what I thought they "should" be doing.

Sigh. I know we've all been there.

Fortunately for me, I stumbled upon the Non-Diet Approach & Health At Every Size (R) along my journey. And over the last 20 years, I stay committed in studying people, paradigms, philosophies & practices. I sought training, support and supervision from colleagues whose work I have most deeply admired, and worked in clinical eating disorders, elite high performance sport, private practice & tertiary education. My longer-term interest in mindfulness-based practice took me in the direction of yoga, and I've been teaching for more than 2 years now, gathering more insight into my own practice as a professional, and life as a human.

People often ask me: ”But how did you get here?" The truth? Despite my perfectionistic tendencies, I didn’t wait to "get it right" before putting my work, and my voice into the world. I learned to lean into the (many) moments of discomfort from a place of curiosity rather than fear. I infused mindfulness and self-compassion throughout my work for many years to build an active personal practice. And I became passionate about building community, developing meaningful collaborations & sharing our collective messages around food and body peace.

That’s when I figured out that my passion and purpose is supporting colleagues like you. This is what really lights my fire: to help you build more skills and confidence in bringing the Non-Diet Approach, Mindfulness & body-inclusive healing messages to the world. Through my live and online trainings, individual & group supervision, and teaching Masters level Dietetics courses here in my home city of Melbourne, I found what I was meant to do.

While I don't take myself too seriously, and I do say "shit," amongst other colourful language quite a bit, doing good work in the world is what really matters to me. I know it does to you too.

It's an incredible privilege to walk alongside you all, thank you for being here.

Professional Background


Credentials

  • MSc (Nut & Diet), APD

  • Accredited Sports Dietitian (ASD)

  • Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200)

Completed

  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy training (2005)

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (2013)

  • Mindfulness Based Self Compassion training (2015)

  • Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training (2015)

  • Yoga Teacher Training (2016)

  • Supervision training for clinicians (2014)

  • Australia New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders Exec (current)

  • Association for Size Diversity & Health Board Member (2016-17)

Current work

  • Director - The Mindful Dietitian

  • Co-Director - Body Positive Australia

  • Nutrition Director - The Australian Ballet School

  • Lecturer - Deakin Univeristy, Melbourne University, Monash University, La Trobe University, Swinburne University

  • Writer - Dance Australia Magazine