Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Hey! I’m Brenna Denhardt! I’m a clinical dietitian nutritionist, and I specialize in helping clients who are struggling with eating disorders, weight management, and gastrointestinal issues. I provide comprehensive nutritional education, meal planning, and health management guidance to help you or your loved one live their best life. I assist clients in increasing flexibility with food choices, decreasing negative emotions related to foods, and empowering my clients to make choices about the foods that are consistent with their mental and physical needs. I work from an All-Foods-Fit perspective in addition to being a Health at Every Size (HAES) advocate and provider. I will work with your physician or therapist to provide comprehensive treatment to help you live your best life.
As a clinical dietitian at Integrated Care Clinic as well as Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, I have a unique perspective and training with mild to acute eating disorders in children, teens, and adults. I provide nutrition counseling and education, assess nutritional status, help reduce negative body image, as well as collaborate with you or your child’s treatment team members to ensure they are getting the nutritional support needed to be successful in recovery.
Have you experienced the ups and downs of yo-yo diets, restrictive or binge episodes, or emotional or stress eating? For so many, our relationship with food can be an emotional one. I assist my clients in assessing and addressing the underlying thoughts, values, and goals within their history and work together with them from an All-Foods-Fit and Health at Every Size (HAES) perspective to improve your overall relationship with food so you can feel confident and satisfied with yourself.
Gastrointestinal issues are common and finding accurate information can sometimes be challenging. I will help you navigate your GI issues and help your system re-adjust back to a normal rhythm. We will utilize nutrition and food science to help alleviate anything from reflux or GERD, to helping manage your Crohn’s Disease or IBS.
Hey! I’m Dr. Brenna Denhardt! When it comes to personal growth, I focus on adjusting commonly held beliefs about foods and providing factual and relevant information to my clients. Often, clients seek out a dietitian to work on weight loss, however there is more to health than the number on the scale. I provide accurate education to my clients to shift their beliefs about food, calories, and nutrition. Being healthy is more than calories in and out – it is learning to enjoy food, exercise, and a balanced approach to life.
All Foods Fit
I work from an All-Foods-Fit framework. This philosophy provides a foundation that all foods are “good” and that moderation is the key to developing a healthy relationship with food. When we label foods as “good” and “bad” we inherently create a hierarchy that can lead to feelings of guilt, shame, and even emotional eating. Re-defining our relationship with food can take time and effort. We are up against years of mis-information and pressure from society, however if you are interested in developing a healthier relationship with food – now is your time!
Health at Every Size celebrates body diversity and respect for differences in body size and shape, age, race, ethnicity, gender identity, ability, sexuality, religion and class. It encompasses aspects of critical awareness and challenges scientific and cultural assumptions in an effort to see people for who they are and not what they look like. Being a HAES practitioner also incorporates a balanced approach to self-care through mental wellness, physical wellness, spiritual wellness, and movement by increasing flexibility in thinking, behavior, and values. Together we can strive for total wellness as a pathway to happiness instead of weight loss.
Diets simply don’t work. An abundance of research indicates that dieting can lead to higher weight, increases in guilt and shame, restricting and other unhealthy behaviors, negative body image, and eating disorders. Instead of diets, I work with my clients to redefine their relationship with food and their body: to see food as fuel. Learning how to fuel your body in a way that supports your activity and goals places less emphasis on the numbers and more emphasis on the quality of life factors. This can be a difficult concept to swallow for some, however if you have been a chronic-dieter then let me help guide you along a new path.