An Intuitive Approach to Health
Meet Kate Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN
Licensed Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
My exploration into nutrition stems from my desire to marry my two loves: food and helping people feel better, both physically and emotionally.
My passion for nutrition began when I made the connection between nutrition and performance while working as a collegiate swim coach, after having swum for 4 years at Tufts University. I went on to get my Master's degree in Nutrition Communication from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and completed my certificate in Didactic Practice in Dietetics (DPD) at Simmons College, currently known as Simmons University.
I went on to work as a nutritionist for the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program counseling pregnant and breastfeeding moms. Additionally, I was a senior outpatient dietitian nutritionist and manager of the Nutrition and Wellness Service at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA, providing counseling in eating disorders and obstetrics. I have received training in Motivational Interviewing and became a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. In addition to my private practice, I am currently the Administrative Dietitian Nutritionist at Boston College Dining services and the Office of Health Promotion.
As a dietitian nutritionist in the Boston area, I help my clients explore a new relationship with food, movement, and body image. My goal is to help you eat in a sustainable way, one focused on body trust and choosing food that meets your health, sensory , social, cultural, financial, and emotional needs. I will listen, provide evidence-informed answers, debunk nutrition myths, and collaborate with you to create a plan suited for your needs.
Many people have hesitations about seeing a nutritionist. This is understandable- food is personal! It is not always something we like to talk about, especially if we don't feel we have the "perfect diet". There is no "perfect diet". We all have unique needs and 'diets' DO NOT work! Based on an Intuitive Eating approach, below are just a few examples of clients I serve.
Eating Disorders & Disordered Eating
I am trained in nutrition therapy for eating disorders and disordered eating. Together, we will work toward decreasing the emotional pain you may feel around food while cultivating a positive relationship with your body and eating. In my practice, I utilize the Health at Every Size® Approach when treating my clients.
Intuitive Eating is practicing body trust to help make food choices that feel good in your body without any judgment. As a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, I can help you understand your bodily cues around what it means to be hungry, when to feel full, and your emotions around eating.
As a collegiate swimmer, coach, and triathlete, I know first hand how important nutrition is to training and performance. We will work collaboratively to make a fueling plan that works with your training to reach your athletic goals.
There are unique and increased nutrition needs during preconception, pregnancy, postnatal, and breastfeeding. Further, concerns like PCOS, menopause, and more affect many individuals and can be challenging to balance with life. I provide specialized nutrition counseling for individuals with these concerns.
Become a client! Our first meeting will be 60 minutes. We will review your goals and eating patterns along with medical history, food habits, and lifestyle. Then, we will work together to discuss next steps around meeting your goals, whether that is making peace with food, optimizing sports performance, or having better body image. The initial consultation will cost $185 for the visit (60 minutes).
For returning clients. We will evaluate your progress and continue to work on new goals and discuss overcoming barriers along the way. The cost of the follow-up consultations is $135 for each visit (45 minutes).
*** I take Blue Cross Blue Shield and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.
"I could not have gotten through eating disorder recovery without Kate. She helped me heal my relationship with food and gave me my life back in a way that I did not think was possible. When I first started working with Kate, every meal was a battle and stress over eating occupied most of my thoughts and kept me from living my life. Kate’s compassion and authenticity created a safe space for me to explore my fears and instilled a sense of optimism in me that I truly could recover. "
"Working Kate was one of the best things I did for myself and my family. Working with her I have been able to rethink many of the beliefs about body size that were instilled in me as a child and had caused me a lot of unhappiness in my life. With Kate I was able to tear down these beliefs and build up new healthier ones that are now bringing me much more peace, happiness, and health in my life. "
"Kate was a great resource for me as I began my prenatal journey. Her expertise in athletes and pre/post-natal nutrition were exactly what I was looking for! Through the beginning of my pregnancy, Kate offered me really good guidance on how to keep my eating balanced, which helped me feel healthy in the first trimester while also staying active and confident I could keep my weight gain healthy throughout my pregnancy."
"Kate really listened to me explain my fitness goals and helped me craft a nutrition plan that complemented them. She was able to translate my abstract feelings (how fast I wanted to run, how often I wanted to run, the foods I liked, and how I generally approached meals) into a structured, well-thought out plan that I could manage on a day-to-day basis. The work I did with Kate has been the foundation of my recent success, and her advice always sits at the forefront of the fitness and nutrition decisions I make."