I’m Christine Byrne (she/her), MPH, RD, LDN, an anti-diet dietitian nutritionist and longtime journalist.
Like most people, my path towards the anti-diet approach was gradual. I started hearing about it in my first few years as a food and nutrition writer but didn’t pay much attention.
Then in 2016, I became the features editor for SELF Magazine just as the brand ended their print issue and went fully digital. We had lengthy conversations about SELF’s mission and values, including how we wanted to talk about food and bodies.
One question we kept coming back to was: ‘When we say “healthy eating,” what exactly do we mean?’ The more we thought about it, the clearer it became that the term was pretty much impossible to define, because everybody’s preferences, lives, circumstances, and health needs are so different.
We also dug into the research about health, weight, and dieting, and realized that recommending diets and weight loss was unethical, because the research was clear that these things simply don’t work.
After about a year at SELF, spreading non-diet messages to huge audiences through articles, social media channels, newsletters, and more, I realized that I wanted to serve people in a different, more personal way. So, I went back to school and became a registered dietitian.
Now, I help people break free from eating disorders and disordered eating behaviors.
Too many of us waste our, time, energy and money trying to measure up to some impossible “ideal.” We’re told that we should always be striving to shrink our bodies or keep them small.
Unfortunately, most of us are taught to be super vigilant about what we eat. That sometimes leads to eating disorders (roughly 1 in 10 American women will struggle with one in their lifetime), and almost always screws up our relationship with food and our bodies.
I’ve been through the wringer with food and body image — as pretty much all of us have — and now it’s my mission to help everyone build a good relationship with food and their bodies.
That’s why I take an anti-diet, body approach to nutrition, eating disorder recovery, and life in general.
I know — from a combination of professional expertise and personal experience — that dieting and restriction just leads to a cycle of intense cravings, bingeing (or out-of-control feelings around food), and shame. (And sometimes, it leads to full-blown eating disorders.)
My goal is to help you understand that your body deserves respect and nourishment no matter what size it is. I take a collaborative approach to nutrition counseling, which means I meet you wherever you’re at and we work together on moving towards a healthier relationship with food, one step at a time. Over time, I guide you towards body acceptance and recovery from your eating disorder or disordered eating behaviors.
Past clients have told me that they appreciate my patient, non-judgmental, friendly counseling style. (And I was very flattered to hear it, because compassion is always what I’m going for.)
I truly believe that intuitive eating is for everyone.
It’s the best way to find true, unconditional recovery and food peace.
Struggling with disordered eating or an eating disorder is nothing to be ashamed of. But you deserve better, and it is possible to stop obsessing over food.
I live in Raleigh, NC, and I see clients both in person and virtually in several states.
Ready to finally make peace with food? Learn more about my counseling services and request an appointment here.
Although I’m no longer a full-time journalist, I still do plenty of writing and media work. I’m not interested in promoting dieting or weight loss, but I’m passionate about being a part of the larger conversation on food, health, and inclusivity. Ultimately, my goal is to show people that food can (and should!) be joyful and stress-free, and that all bodies are good bodies.
I contribute to dozens of national outlets, including SELF, HuffPost, EatingWell, The Kitchn, and Food Network. I write a regular column about non-diet nutrition for Outside, and I develop recipes for brands like Kroger and Good Neighbor Pharmacy.
I’ve been a guest on local and national TV shows, including Good Morning America, Meredith, and NY1. In the segments, I talk about things like cooking Thanksgiving dinner in a bucket (go ahead, ask me about it), hosting New Year’s for Under $75, and finding the best lobster roll in New York City — not your average dietitian reel, but I stand by it all!
Go here to view my media kit and learn more about services offered.
And, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Credentials and Associations
Masters of Public Health Nutrition (MPH)
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Registered Dietitian (RD)
Commission on Dietetic Registration
Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN)
North Carolina license: L006631
Georgia license: LD006277
Montana license: MED-NUTR-LIC-116810
Vermont interim telehealth registration: 074.0134351TELE
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)
International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP)
International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians (IFEDD)
219 S. East Street, Raleigh, NC, 27601