I’ve written thousands of health and nutrition articles and been featured in dozens more.
Prior to becoming an anti-diet dietitian, I worked as a food journalist and recipe developer. (Before that, I went to culinary school and worked as a line cook in New York City.) Now, I split my time between media work and private practice, because I’m absolutely committed to helping as many people as possible embrace the anti-diet approach to health.
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! I’ve also appeared on several podcasts, talking about private practice, nutrition, and wellness.
★ Spokesperson work and brand representation
★ Media appearances and community events
★ Recipe development
★ Speaking engagements and webinars
★ Editorial writing and editing
★ Content creation for blogs, newsletters, and other marketing materials
★ Social media campaigns
Rates are available upon request. If you’re interested in working together, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
And if you’re a journalist looking for an expert source on non-diet nutrition, eating disorders, or cooking — reach out! I’m always happy to help.
A Few Media Placements
“Many of these videos are created by folks who have a disordered relationship with food. Someone who has a truly healthy relationship with food probably doesn’t feel the need to post what they eat in a day, or to give unsolicited diet advice on social media,” says Byrne. — Why Experts Affirm That ‘What I Eat in a Day’ Videos Should Not Be Anyone’s Guide to Nutrition (Well + Good)
“I work with a lot of clients who have eating disorders or disordered eating, and almost always there’s a backstory,” [Byrne] told Newsweek. “Often even well-meaning parents really reinforced that some foods are good, some foods are bad. You’re good if you eat good foods; you’re bad if you eat bad foods….It’s so loaded with guilt and shame and is just a really awful way to live.” — Kourtney Kardashian French Fry Rule Is Flawed, Anti-Diet Activists Say (Newsweek)
Fixating on your blood sugar “could cause you to pathologize completely normal glucose responses and fluctuations,” Byrne says. “If you eat carbs, your blood glucose will go up, and that’s totally normal and fine.” — Wellness Influencers and Tech Bros Are Treating This Diabetes Device Like a Fun Trend (SELF)
“The ‘New Year, New You’ schtick is just a more amplified version of exactly the same messaging that diet companies and most wellness companies are giving us all year,” says Byrne, the anti-diet dietitian. “The way that they market it makes it seem like you’re the one who wants to do these things, but actually it’s them who’s putting it on you to feel like you need to do these things.” — Diet messaging is everywhere right now. Here’s how to tune it out. (Vox)
“Although there’s not much research into orthorexia and its causes, the authors of a 2020 investigation found that the factors influencing orthorexia include personal beliefs about food and health, past trauma, perfectionism, and the way food and bodies are talked about by parents and social groups (particularly fitness or health-related groups),” says Byrne. — What Is Orthorexia? (VeryWell Fit)
Diet trends are sneakier and less explicit, shrouded in supposedly health-driven concepts like clean eating, veganism, and raw food. “These trends are easier to mask and less easily caught by the diagnostic criteria,” says Byrne. “There’s this sense of wellness and virtue surrounding them, with companies claiming they’re ‘not about losing weight,’ even though they are.” — Eating Disorder Recovery in a Disordered World (Local Optimist)
Select Writing Clips
The Dangerous Lie of the Perfect Running Weight (Runner’s World Jan 2022)
You Can’t Actually Be Addicted to Sugar (Outside)
What a Day of Eating on a SNAP Budget Looks Like (Eating Well)
Original Recipes and Recipe Guides
Images by Andrew Purcell, Courtesy of SELF Magazine
6 High-Protein Smoothies That Don’t Taste Like Chalk (Silver Sneakers)