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Ditching Diets: How to Work with Clients using Intuitive Nutrition and Functional Foods

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Vanessa Ruiz, ND, RN-BSN
2 Hours 05 Minutes
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Dec 15, 2022
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Many clients find diets to be restrictive, difficult to follow or require sensitivity due to previous eating disorders or obsessions. How can you help these clients without creating more anxiety and stress around their eating? In this recorded session, Dr. Vanessa will provide practical information for intuitive and mindful eating strategies that help with dysfunctional eating patterns, appetite changes IBS, OCD, and weight instability.


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All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 2.25 hours CPD.



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Vanessa Ruiz, ND, RN-BSN, is a naturopathic physician and registered nurse. After experiencing health issues stemming from burnout as a nurse, she began studying integrative ways to help herself heal. Her interest in integrative health led her to become a naturopathic physician with a focus on mental health, trauma, and complex PTSD. She earned her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine at Southwest College in Tempe, Arizona.

She has been featured in the "A Created Life: A Journey to Empowerment" documentary and "Shoutout Arizona" for her ground-breaking work in mental health. She is a public speaker on the topic of functional medicine and mental health, teaching behavioral health professionals nationally and internationally. In addition to her clinical practice, she is the founder of Nurses for Natural Health, an organization dedicated to empowering and educating Nurses about natural health and burnout recovery.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Vanessa Ruiz maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with AZ Trauma Institute and Essential Therapy Training. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. Dr. Ruiz serves on the advisory board for Evergreen Certifications. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Vanessa Ruiz has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Investigate the benefits of intuitive eating as an option for clients that struggle with dietary recommendations.
  2. Determine an approach to optimize nutrition through alternative strategies such as mindfulness eating, incorporating the 5 senses and energetic eating.
  3. Address challenges in clients with disordered eating, appetite dysregulation and weight loss using intuitive eating.


  • The Foundational Pillars of a Healthy Diet
  • The Problem with “Diets” and Addressing Barriers for the Client
  • Creating an Intuitive Eating Ritual
  • Incorporating Tools for Intuitive Eating: Mindfulness, Sensory Eating, Energetic and More
  • Addressing Disordered eating, appetite changes and cravings with Intuitive Eating
  • Intuitive Meal Planning

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Physician Assistants
  • Other Mental Health Professions


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