About Be Nourished

It’s hard to be nourished in a culture
that doesn’t trust your body.

Since 2005, Hilary Kinavey, MS, LPC and Dana Sturtevant, MS, RD have been facilitating transformational work that is focused on creating a body-compassionate and weight-inclusive world.

In their individual practices, Hilary and Dana noticed something: most of the actions people take to control the size, weight, and shape of their bodies are not sustainable and often cause more harm than good, despite their greatest intentions.

Welcome to Be Nourished

Starting before the age of ten, people are bombarded with messages that our bodies are flawed; that it’s necessary to make ourselves smaller, different, better in order to be accepted. Weight bias and discrimination is real and pervasive and is often amplified by our intersecting identities. Over time, our trust in ourselves and our bodies can be destroyed, and dieting, disordered eating, body shame, and endless self-improvement projects become an exhausting cycle.

Over and over, Hilary and Dana observed the same results: people lose weight initially with diets, but most would actually regain the lost weight plus more within 2 - 5 years. Why? The body has powerful physiological and psychological reactions to food restriction and restraint. There is no evidence based treatment for high body weight that leads to sustained weight loss. When change is rooted in shame, it doesn’t last.

"What would be possible, they wondered, if people stopped focusing on weight and
started focusing on healing their relationship with food, body and themselves?"

Be Nourished is founded on the idea that we are all born feeling at home in our bodies with remarkable instincts to trust and care for them. Body Trust® is a birthright. Our passion is helping people create lives that are body-compassionate, honor our instincts, rhythms, and intuition, and move towards a liberatory and trusting way to be in their bodies and with themselves.

We call this work Body Trust® and it is a radical revisioning of what it can mean to occupy and care for your body. Our Body Trust approach is a strengths-based, trauma-informed, scientifically grounded model of care informed by shame resilience theory, social justice movements, and self-compassion while working from the principles of Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size®.

This work is not really about food, and it’s not about willpower. Following someone else’s plan distances you from what is truly needed for healing - time to develop a trusting relationship with yourself.

Hilary and Dana offer programs, workshops, retreats, and e-courses for individuals looking to reclaim body trust and the power to psychologically and physically be nourished in a culture filled with weight bias and body oppression.

They are also committed to providing those in the helping professions with the training and support to offer weight-inclusive and trauma-informed care to everyone. For seven years, Hilary and Dana taught in the Eating Disorder Certificate Program at Lewis & Clark College’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling in Portland, OR. Be Nourished offers an independent study e-course, support for culture change in organizations, and an intensive certification program for practitioners.

Dear Dana and Hilary,

I love your work because it puts so much of what the culture says about body image for women on its head. I am a nurse/health coach at a hospital system in Bend Oregon and we work off of biometrics with clients. Your website and articles helps me nudge them in new directions and most particularly in breaking the cycle of internal violence and creating an empathic space for them to see and hold themselves.

You have inspired me to speak my truth and to continue to question norms with my clients again and again. This is purely a letter to let you know that you have inspired me and with that countless clients whose needs for self-love are beginning to be met. I refer them to your website and classes frequently.

C.M.

At Be Nourished...

We believe hypervigilance regarding food, weight and health is harming people in significant and profound ways.
We believe our clients are not hustling for health, they are hustling for worthiness.
We believe you are not required to pursue health to be deemed worthy of love, respect, and belonging.
We believe that people who live compassionately in the bodies they have today will change the world for everyone.
We believe YOU get to define the terms for how you live your life.

And we believe in healing your relationship with your body and food.

Striving for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Be Nourished promotes diversity and inclusion as a core value in our work and with our clients. We recognize all types of diversity including ethnicity, race, size, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, class, religion and abilities.

As a company, we believe that working with those differences is what enhances our work and we want our clients to share that belief. We honor the strength, creativity and power that comes from experiencing different viewpoints, backgrounds and cultures.

Read our full ethical statement.

Meet The Founders

Hilary Kinavey, MS, LPC
Co-Founder of Body Trust®

Hilary Kinavey Co-Founder of Be Nourished

Hilary is a licensed professional counselor, facilitator, educator, speaker, writer, and activist. Hilary’s private practice, where she specializes in disordered eating and dieting, body shame and weight bias, and trauma, has been thriving for over 20 years. Her counseling framework is collaborative and informed by a relational, systemic and social justice lens. Hilary has additional training in workshop facilitation, mind-body coaching, and is a certified Daring Way facilitator. 

Dana Sturtevant, MS, RD
Co-Founder of Body Trust®

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Dana is a nutrition therapist, facilitator, educator, speaker, writer, and activist specializing in chronic dieting, disordered eating, and body acceptance. A Certified Kripalu yoga teacher, Dana draws from her yoga teaching experience to incorporate mindfulness and self-acceptance practices into her conversations about food, body shame, health, and healing. Dana is a Certified Motivational Interviewing trainer and has traveled around the country for over 20 years training thousands of helping professionals in the art and science of this behavior change counseling. 

Both Hilary and Dana are currenty offering professional consultation and supervision
along with professional trainings for organizations and groups.
Hilary and Dana are also available for speaking engagements, media events and interviews (email us for more info).

I believe we are already whole. I see, that in order to survive in our world, we must tuck away parts of ourselves in order to cope and survive. Together we emphasize a return to your self-trust and wholeness through externalizing the messages and constructs that have limited and harmed you. Together we center healing. My counseling style is highly relational. I am warm, casual and down-to-earth. I am an active participant in the counseling process. I am honest, transparent and human in my work with clients.

I believe in the power of helpers, healers and healthcare providers to change the circumstances and paradigms that impact human lives. I value real and straightforward discussion. I’m a straight shooter with a big heart. I know shame resilience and bravery in this work from the inside out.

I don’t think something is wrong with you if you struggle in your work – and I think you deserve to air those things without amplifying your guilt, shame or imposter complex. Let’s talk about it.

I’m the co-founder of Be Nourished and I have had a thriving private practice for over 17 years. I co-developed and co-lead the Certified Body Trust Provider training program and I have offered trainings for healthcare providers for over 10 years. I have developed curriculum for platforms such as e-courses and have been adjunct counseling department faculty at Lewis and Clark College. I have completed a 30-hour of training to be a clinical supervisor. I have studied online marketing with some of the best. I am a committed clinician, entrepreneur, and activist.

Also, I’m allergic to the professional mask. I want to support you in showing up to your work and our consultation as a multi-faceted person who has their human heart in their work. Your healing paradigm is going to change the world – but only if you can bring yourself along with it.

Work with me? I offer professional individual and group consultation to health-care providers, coaches and healers and individuals learning about a weight-inclusive healing paradigm. *My individual counseling practice is at full capacity, and I am not taking on new clients. We recommend you check out our Certified Body Trust® Provider directory here to find a provider to support you. If you don’t find the specific type of provider you are looking for or need other referrals, please feel free to reach out to my team.

Check out a few of my favorite podcast interviews:

Raising Kids with Body Trust & Intuitive Eating

How to Include Our Partner's on our HAES® Journey

The Body Love ProjectBuilding Body Trust®

10 Reasons Not to Focus on Your Weight in the New Year    

My business cards say nutrition therapist because it is a much better description for how I work with people. Most of my clients know way too much about nutrition, and all of the conflicting information they’ve collected over the years—in the name of weight loss or health improvement—has left them feeling confused and unsure of how to proceed and what information to trust.

With my clients, I focus first on healing relationships with food (not nutrition or healthy eating) and on getting out our heads and back into our bodies to start relying on your body’s cues to tell you what, when, and how much to each. My focus is also to increase awareness of how thoughts and feelings affect the choices people make every day, to look and listen with kindness and curiosity. Our Core Elements of a Body Trust® Practice works as a guide throughout this healing process.

After working as a dietitian in the dominant weight paradigm for seven years, I started to feel unethical focusing on weight since the most consistent effect of weight loss at two years is weight gain. And it didn’t seem to matter how much weight people lost, they still didn’t like the size or shape of their bodies. So I started incorporating the mindfulness and self acceptance practices of yoga (I’m a yoga teacher) into my conversations with people about food, body image, health and weight. Around this time, I discovered the tenets of Health at Every Size® and the principles of Intuitive Eating.

For over 15 years, I’ve been helping people heal body shame, let go of chronic patterns of dieting and disordered eating, and move towards more sustainable forms of weight-neutral self-care. My practice is weight-inclusive. I do not pathologize bodies. I trust my clients. And I trust their bodies to sort out the weight once they’ve healed your relationship with food and developed resilience to body shame.

If we’ve lost tolerance to food restriction and dietary restraint, it’s a sign of health. Yes, health! There’s nothing wrong with us. The diets, cleanses, and plans are the problem. WE are not a problem or project to be solved. Things can be different, but only if we try different, not harder.

Work with me?* I offer professional individual and group consultation. *My individual counseling practice is at full capacity, and I am not taking on new clients. We recommend you check out our Certified Body Trust® Provider directory here to find a provider to support you. If you don’t find the specific type of provider you are looking for or need other referrals, please feel free to reach out to my team.

Check out a few of my favorite podcast interviews:

Revolutionary work…so true. I am much more aware of the self talk that gets the cycle going in myself, and have found that I am able to step back and realize that I don’t have to join in, and don’t have to allow it to ruin my day. I do want to change the world…for everyone. Thank you for this course, and for the work you are doing!!

M.A.