About Rebecca

You can do it. I can help.

Rebecca Scritchfield

Hello!

I’m Rebecca Scritchfield, a food, nutrition, and healthy lifestyle expert and mom of two girls. Welcome to Positively Healthy, where you can find inspiration to live healthier and happier through food fitness and fun.

I’m laughing hysterically in this picture because it happens from time to time. This was actually one of those spontaneous shots from an otherwise “stuffy” photo shoot when I didn’t even know he was snapping his camera. Of the thousands of images he took that day, this one reminds me the most of me. Happy. Smiley. Positive. All I have ever wanted in life was to help others and my “way” happens to be through self-care and well-being.

I Blog About…

I started blogging in 2005 and like my personal philosophy on health, my blogs have evolved through the years. It has taken me over a decade to find my ‘voice’ and discover how I can uniquely contribute to the ever crowded blogosphere.

My promise to you is….

Helpful posts that will inspire you to make better choices,
Shortest path to better health and happiness is taking good care of yourself. You can prevent nearly x chronic diseases with healthy eating and exercise.

Most of what I’ve seen is negative “5 foods to never eat” “sugar is toxic” “gluten is making you fat”. Not only is this information confusing to my clients, friends, and family but it’s wrong. These headlines might get “clicks and shares” online, but they don’t help people.

I wanted something that was positive, empowering and actionable.

Not Your “Average” Weight Management Nutritionist

I’m a proud registered dietitian. Even though there are over 70,000 of us, only a few do what I do – private practice in nutrition counseling and therapy – and even fewer subscribe to a weight-neutral, non-diet approach to their work like I do. What the heck does that mean? In a nutshell, I don’t diet and I don’t expect my clients to diet either. It’s no way to live and it doesn’t work. I prefer to focus on the person’s holistic health and wellness – physical and emotional. I’m weight neutral because I’m not going to judge my clients for what they weigh. Instead, I listen to why they are here to see me and I help them improve their lives. Many people want to eat healthier, learn new habits, and feel better. They need a coach who isn’t going to give them the same old stuff they’ve seen before. I’ve helped many people change their lives and beat their issues with food. When people lose weight, I help them realize the weight loss came from a side effect of changing their habits.

My Core Beliefs

  • We need to take care of ourselves every day. We need to make the time for it. We’ll be more present in life when we take it. I call this philosophy “Me First”. Learn more about “Me First” and take the pledge!
  • Nourishment is about giving your body the quality and balance of food it needs to feel good physically and help you perform optimally in your life.
  • There is no “perfect” way to eat.
  • Eating is a natural biological process. We should not feel guilty for doing it.
  • Nobody really wants to diet, they just think they have to.
  • There is no such thing as “all or nothing.”
  • It’s not what you weigh, it’s what you do that matters more to your health. Change your habits and let your weight be the side effect.
  • Deprivation and restriction are enemies of wellness. You can’t possibly be healthy while neglecting your body’s needs.
  • Everyone can change.

I carry this philosophy through my nutrition and weight management counseling, media appearances, speaking engagements, corporate wellness programs, and my life.

Bio

Rebecca Scritchfield is a Washington, D.C. based registered dietitian and fitness expert specializing in helping people build healthy lifestyles through her work in nutrition counseling, professional speaking, and media communications. Rather than encouraging people to diet, she helps them learn eating skills that balance individual nutrition needs, hunger, satiety, appetite, and pleasure.

Rebecca believes that a person’s self care behaviors predict health, not the number on the scale. She has helped thousands of people change their lives by finding exercise that feels great, learning to manage stress, and establishing balanced eating habits. In line with her “Me First” philosophy, which encourages daily self-care of food, movement, and fun.

A graduate of The Johns Hopkins University, Rebecca has reached millions through television, radio, print, and web including: Today Show, MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, The Washington Post, O Magazine, Prevention, Women’s Health, and Runner’s World. She is an ACSM certified Health and Fitness Specialist and a certified Intuitive Eating Pro. She is recognized as one of the “top 10 nutrition influencers online” by Sharecare. In 2009, she was honored by Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as “Young Dietitian of the Year.”

Contact

(202) 375-8942
rscritchfield@gmail.com

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34 thoughts on “About Rebecca

  1. Hi Rebecca,
    If you like to read stories about food politics from the other side of the Atlantic, you might like to check out my blog. I guess we’ve got a few commun “concerns”…nutrition transition, agro-ecology, personalised nutrition etc.
    All the best,
    Rachel

  2. Wow!!! How proud are we?? Hank and I are so impressed. Good job!! I promise to put your concerns in my life so I get back to being healthy so I can live a long, long time cause I ain’t done pestering you guys yet!!

  3. Wow! I didn’t realize all those years in school came out to so much :-) Maybe I need to start talking more to you about losing weight. I am starting the gym with my sister. Any suggestions???

  4. In reviewing your bio to post again on Shaping Youth, feel free to add your credentials as a Shaping Youth Nutrition Correspondent for our blog! :-)

    p.s. I just ‘friended’ Johns Hopkins Univ. on Facebook…didn’t know institutions had their own profiles! ;-)

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  11. great blog ! i wont tell u what i had for diner..lol see you soon..
    Wow!!! How proud are we?? Hank and I are so impressed. Good job!! I promise to put your concerns in my life so I get back to being healthy so I can live a long, long time cause I ain’t done pestering you guys yet!!….
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  12. Hi Rebecca,

    I wanted to thank you for your thoughts on the HCG diet protocol. I have many misgivings about this and, unfortunately, I’m seeing more and more health professionals starting to use it for weight loss in their patients.

    I’m curious, what are your thoughts on Naturopathic Medicine? Perhaps I should clarify – Naturopathic Physicians that have graduated from an accredited university. I know there is still a lot of mis-information about our profession – particularly because some people are out there callings themselves doctors without having a degree or passing medical boards. I ask because it is my belief that if RDs and NDs – along with other alternative practitioners – would work together, we could do wonderful things for our patients.

    Anyway, thank you for your blog. Have a great day!

    Dr. Sandy Colvard, NMD

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  16. Wow, great blog! I was just starting a personal nutrition blog and was seeing what was out there in the nutrition cyber world…and I am soooo impressed with this site. Keep up the great work, I’ll be chcking in to see what else is new over your side of the world.

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  18. I don’t often get the chance to say this – but I love what you stand for, and your beliefs as a weight management professional! I will definitely come around more often to check out your posts!

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  20. Rebecca – on FOXNEWS on 2012-05-07 at 4:45p, you were discussing sodas. I was surprised to not hear you talk about the salt-sodium intake from MOST diet sodas and Coke&Pepsi “Zero” brands being very misleading. Actually the ONLY soda in most venues that are diabetic-approved is DietRite.

  21. Yo Rebecca! Congratulations on your blog project! Excellent! Saw your low fat tuna recipe and want to ask if possible to email it to me? I am going to try to provide a healthy spread for about 20 to 25 staffers at the Chattanooga Fox TV station mid-day this Friday (8-24). Tried copy/paste and my apple hand unit won’t play nice. So… Looks 1) light 2) tasty 3) low guilt 4) simple 5) easy and 6) healthy! :) Keep running and rocking the web! Thank you, Peace! R Jackson

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