Marie Elena Bitar 

MPH, RD  

Founder & Owner of Beyond Food Rules

Hello friends! I was born and raised in Lebanon, a lovely country located on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Growing up, food held a very special place in my heart. My fondest childhood memories took place in my mother's kitchen and grandmother's dining room. To no one's surprise, I loved food so much that I majored in it. I spent 7+ years of my life learning about food, nutrition, and health. After completing a Bachelor's degree in Nutritional Sciences, I moved to the US to pursue a master's degree in Public Health and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. After a few years of extensive training, I became an Intuitive Eating Registered Dietitian.

 

My counseling approach goes Beyond Food Rules. I am an anti-diet dietitian who practices through a Health At Every Size® (HAES®) and Intuitive Eating lens. Years of research have shown us that diets are harmful, and NOT effective long-term. On the other hand, Intuitive eating has been proven to be one of the most effective methods of promoting healthful living. By working together, I will help you establish a peaceful relationship with food, find movement you enjoy and treat your body with the kindness and respect it deserves. We will not be calorie counting, measuring portion sizes or making foods off-limits. I will not put you on a diet, tell you to lose weight or focus on weight as an indicator of health. I am here to support YOU in any way that I could. My role is not to tell you what to do, but to help you achieve your health & wellness goals realistically. You have the right to body autonomy. You know your body best!

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