About Diana Dugan Richards

As a registered dietitian and nutrition therapist certified as an Internal Family Systems practitioner, my intention is to create a safe and sacred space where rich and transformative work occurs. My years of yoga training and practice coupled with IFS have gifted me with an ability to lay a foundation of curiosity and compassion for clients. From this springboard, clients find permission to discover their own eating philosophy and beliefs resulting in personal empowerment around food and their body image, shape, and size. My approach is to gently move away from active dieting and external programs and lean toward the innate intuition and wisdom that can be found within all of us.

Peace with food and body is essential to well-being and attainable when approached with creative process and connection. Yet, many of our internal beliefs are rooted in diet culture, a system of oppression with roots in racism, misogyny, ableism, and other harmful systems.

My intention is to help dismantle these systems so all can be free from the entanglement we wind up in. I do this by offering safety and warmth in an inclusive space to all people regardless of shape, size, age, faith, gender, ethnicity, skin color, and sexual orientation. It’s of utmost importance to me that everyone I work with feels seen, heard, and understood.

It feels right to acknowledge the privilege I experience that includes thin body, my whiteness, the education I’ve received, my gender identity (she/her), and my social class. I’m sure there are others.

It is an honor and privilege to walk along the path with my clients as they seek their own individual truth and authenticity. Clients and the yoga students I’ve known for years have been my deepest and strongest teachers and I continue to learn and seek expansiveness within.

I’m a professional member of the Multi-Service Eating Disorder Association (MEDA).

Professional Contributions

  • Today’s Dietitian professional magazine, Top Questions Clients ask RDNs about Vegetarianism
  • Vegetarian Nutrition Toolkit (Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, Veg Nutrition Evidence Analysis Library)
  • Integrative Medicine textbook, obesity chapter
  • Clinical Guidebook on Overweight and Obesity, dietary therapy chapter
  • Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism ad hoc reviewer
  • Secretary, ADA Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group
  • ADA reviewer for the Weight Management DPG newsletter
  • ADA’s Evidence Analysis Library Vegetarian Workgroup
  • Obesity Research poster
  • MA Dept. of Public Health’s Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety Expert Panel Executive Report for weight loss surgery.

Presentations

Topics include IFS in nutrition counseling, motivational interviewing and dietary recommendations:

  • Internal Family Systems for Dietitians
  • Center for Self Leadership IFS Conferences
  • Harvard Medical School Obesity courses
  • New England Centers for Obesity Research and Education
  • Merck Pharmaceutical (Germany)
  • Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Heart Health
  • American Dietetic Association Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management Certification programs
  • Boston University’s Sargent College
  • Boston University School of Medicine
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