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.

We believe that weight discrimination exists and impacts health.

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®.

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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 6+ month 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

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 19 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. She is a sought after speaker on topics such as weight-inclusive approaches, weight bias, Body Trust and the intersections of activism and therapy. She offers individual counseling and coaching, consultation, and trainings for organizations and professional groups.

Dana Sturtevant, MS, RD

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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. After becoming a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers in 2002, Dana has traveled around the country training thousands of helping professionals in the art and science of behavior change counseling. Dana advocates for compassionate, weight-neutral self-care and offers virtual and in-person sessions, as well as supervision, training, and consultation for helping professionals.

Read More About Hilary

I believe you 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 will a emphasize a return to your self-trust and wholeness through externalizing the messages and constructs that have limited and harmed you.  Together we will 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 will be honest, transparent and human in our work together.

Work with me?

I offer:

Individual Counseling and Coaching- I maintain a small private practice for individual counseling and coaching. 

Consultation: I offer individual and group consultation to health-care professionals, coaches and healers and individuals learning about a weight-inclusive healing paradigm. Read more about my services and approach.

If you would like more information about working with me, fill out this form and someone on my team will be in touch with more information about my services, let you know if I currently have openings, and answer any questions you have. You may learn more about in some of these interviews:

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Read More About Dana

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.

If you meet with me, we’ll focus first on healing your relationship with food (not nutrition or healthy eating). We’ll get you out of your head and back into your body so you can start to rely on your body’s cues to tell you what, when, and how much to each. We’ll increase your awareness of how your thoughts and feelings affect the choices you make every day, and we’ll look and listen with kindness and curiosity. We’ll use the Core Elements of a Body Trust Practice as a guide. (Read more about our Body Trust approach.)

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 the past 13 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 will not pathologize your body. I trust you. And I trust your body to sort out the weight once you’ve healed your relationship with food and developed resilience to body shame.

I want you to know that if you’ve lost your tolerance to food restriction and dietary restraint, it’s a sign of health. Yes, health!

I want you to know there’s nothing wrong with you. The diets, cleanses, and plans are the problem. YOU are not a problem or project to be solved.

And I want you to know that things can be different, but only if you try different, not harder.

If reading this resonates with you and you feel drawn to work with me, fill out this form and someone on my team will be in touch with more information about my services, let you know if I currently have openings, and answer any questions you have.

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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.