Food Freedom
Compassionate nutrition for every BODY


Open Up to Body Trust

Support Groups & Classes

Eat Without Fear Group

(Adolescent Eating Disorder Support Group) - active now

  • Held every other Thursday.

  • $40 per 90-minute group.

All participants must be working with a dietitian and therapist. Contact me at or 319.208.9038 to join.

Food & Body Support Group

All group members must be current clients. To join, reach out to me at

Eating Disorder Support Group

I am actively planning an eating disorder support/nutrition group (NOT a therapy group). All members must be current clients. If you are interested, please reach out to me at

Not sure which group is the right fit for you? Contact me with your concerns and we will decide together.

Class Topics

All classes are $15 per person when held at Food Freedom.

Contact me for rates for a program for your business or group.

I regularly speak at middle and high schools at no charge. Please reach out at if you would like me to come to your classroom.

Body Image Healing

Intuitive Eating

Health at Every Size (HAES)

Meal Planning for Real Life

Eating Disorders

Nutrition & Weight Science


Class Descriptions:

Body Image Healing

Contrary to popular thought, improving body image does not mean changing your body. We will talk through strategies that improve body image, moving through tolerance, to acceptance, compassion, and gratitude. Body confidence comes in all sizes!

Class Descriptions:

Intuitive Eating

Of course you feel confused on how to eat well. There’s a new diet every week. Instead of learning another “good/bad” food list, explore Intuitive Eating, a philosophy built on body trust. Intuitive Eating focuses on ten principles to help you ditch dieting and make peace with food. Key concepts include waking up hunger and fullness cues, challenging the food police, respecting your body, gentle nutrition, and most importantly, satisfaction.

Health at Every Size (HAES)

Health at Every Size is an innovative approach to whole-person health. HAES recognizes good health can be best realized independent from considerations of size. This approach supports people of all sizes in addressing health directly by adopting healthy behaviors.

Meal Planning for Real Life

Confused and overwhelmed on how to plan and prepare meals? I can help you develop a system that works for YOU and your schedule.

Michelle speaking to students at Burlington High School

Michelle speaking to students at Burlington High School


People are saying...


Michelle’s insistence that “all bodies are good bodies” and that “all food is permissible and fits within a balanced diet” is a new and refreshing perspective among most dietitians. Michelle’s expertise in Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size have helped me overcome many fears and my own mis-education about food and what a balanced diet looks like. Food fears and negative body image have controlled my life for more years than I’d like to admit and slowly but surely, Michelle is helping me break out of a fear-based mindset regarding food and teaching me gratitude for everything my body can do, and has done, for me. She is quick to encourage me to challenge unhelpful thoughts regarding my eating disorder recovery, while also exposing me to new research that shows that dieting and weight-cycling is much more harmful than we originally believed. I have learned so much about food, nutrition, diets, body image, and societal norms, which has opened my eyes to how our culture dictates what we should look like and how we should eat and exercise to attain the unattainable - the “perfect body.” I am eternally grateful for Michelle’s constant encouragement, as well as her gentle redirection and challenging of unhelpful and ultimately unhealthy ideas about dieting and fear- and shame-based nutrition.
— H.C.

I have been seeing Michelle for about a year now. After 40 years, 40+ diets, exercising to the point of injury and a scale that never gave in, I had come undone. She has helped over and through many twists and turns. I am healthier and happier for it. I am learning to be kind to myself, respect all my body does for me and truly listen to what my body is saying. True Freedom.
Thank you Michelle. You are an angel I never expected to meet and so happy I was sent your way.
— M.D.

You’ve shown me more empathy than any other professional.
— S.R.

Michelle has transformed the way I look at food, myself, and those around me. While it is still an ongoing journey, the support Michelle has given me has made all the difference. Her kindness, ability to listen and truly be compassionate about my struggles makes her excellent at what she does.
— J.B.

I went to a cancer survivors’ event and we were all told that our diets caused our cancer. I haven’t felt good about food in a long time, but now I have hope that I can.
— N.G.
I hesitated to spend the money; I figured I could just find this information online... You came highly recommended from multiple people... I’m so glad I came.
— P.C