Natalie, like all of the nutritionists at Ruby Slippers Wellness, encourages clients to ditch the diets and rely on the body’s natural cues to tell them when to eat. Instead of counting calories or carbs, she encourages people to use hunger and fullness signals. Getting back to basics helps clients realize that eating shouldn’t be a battle or stressful. Energy and focus previously expended on dieting can then be spent on more useful pursuits. The world opens up!
Here is what one client has to say about working with Natalie:
When I first started looking for a nutritionist I was thinking it was going to be more of a weight watchers experience with a plan and calorie counting to follow. I was very pleased when it wasn’t this. I was looking for ways to help me lose weight and this did happen a little for me. More importantly, I think overall I came away with a more natural interaction with food and eating and feeling better about food and enjoying my food more. All great things. Refreshing to not be stuck in a calorie counting mentality anymore but to just be able to go about my day and eat when I need to.
I liked that it is an organic process of exploring my relationship with food. Our sessions were a chance for me to think out loud and then you were able to pinpoint ideas and offer experiments and suggestions that could allow me to better understand my relationship with food which was really valuable.
– A client, GW
After earning a bachelor’s degree in food science and nutrition at Colorado State University in 2005, Natalie quickly realized that a degree was only a stepping stone. The concepts of balance and moderation that were the basis of her education seldom stood up to the diet and weight loss messages so pervasive in today’s society.
As a registered dietitian nutritionist for twelve years, Natalie feels fortunate to have worked as a clinical dietitian at Longmont United Hospital in Colorado, as a member of an eating disorders treatment team at the Wardenburg Health Center, the University of Colorado in Boulder, and as a nutritionist in private practice. In addition to helping clients heal from disordered eating, she also helps clients manage cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and digestive challenges.
Natalie is excited to help people tap into what they may already know about themselves and shine a light on areas they may not be aware of. Together you will explore “good food/bad food” rules, hunger and fullness signaling, and reasons eating may happen in response to emotions. You will get curious instead of critical. Make peace with the plate, with food, and with the body, one step at a time.
When she is not at Ruby Slippers Wellness she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family. She feels most alive when she is learning new ways to move the body. Her current favorites are yoga and aerial silks.
“If you listen to your body when it whispers, you won’t have to hear it scream.” -unknown
“The best vitamin to be a happy person is B1.” – anonymous
Natalie’s Favorite Self-Care Practices:
- Going for a mindful walk along the river while noticing the color of the water and the coolness of the air.
- Massaging my feet in the evening with coconut macadamia body butter.
- Saturday morning yoga class
- Slowly sipping a cup of jasmine green tea first thing in the morning.
- Making dinner with my family.
Natalie Murphy, RDN, LD
Intuitive Eating Nutritionist
Phone: +1 (503) 310-8694 Fax: 844-517-6506
1011 SW Emkay, Suite 101
Bend Oregon, 97702