We had the good fortune of connecting with Natalie Katz and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Natalie, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
The biggest misperception about the eating disorder field is that eating disorders only impact thin, white, cis, affluent women. This could not be farther from the truth. My friend and colleague Whitney Trotter shared on her instagram page (@whitneytrotter.rd) that a 10 year old study conducted by The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) showed that Black teenagers are 50% more likely than white teenagers to exhibit bulimic behavior, such as bingeing and purging. Another study showed that trans youth are 4x more likely to suffer from an eating disorder than cis youth. We must continue to bring awareness to who is impacted more greatly by eating disorders and work to provide more accessible, affirming, inclusive care.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My business, Feeding Your Soul Nutrition PC, is dedicated to helping people curate a relationship with food, movement, and their bodies rid of guilt, shame, and obsession, filled with fluidity, fun, and pleasure. We work with those in recovery from diagnosed eating disorders as well as those with any form of disordered eating or other food and body related struggles. Our practice is weight inclusive in that we welcome folx of all body shapes and sizes and we recognize that weight and health are not synonymous. We focus on mental and behavioral change while letting our bodies do their magic to settle and be where they are meant to when they are not being rigidly micromanaged or controlled. We are also committed to increasing access to this type of support by offering sliding scale options and insurance coverage. This business is truly a reflection of our personal values and ways in which we want to impact change in this world.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
San Diego has so many gems! Top on my list of places to visit include Balboa Park, the famous San Diego Zoo, La Jolla Cove, and Coronado Island. We would definitely go to the Hillcrest and/or Little Italy farmers market for some delicious food and crafts. One of my favorite restaurants is Osteria Romantica in La Jolla for an authentic and delicious Italian meal. Of course, we’d hit up various taco shops in the South Bay too! We would also venture to Escondido for some beverages at Sip Wine & Beer and Stone Brewery. Petco Park is also an awesome stadium to catch a baseball game. The trip wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Phil’s BBQ for the best ribs!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many people to dedicate this shoutout to! I will start by recognizing my family and my partner for their amazing support throughout my life and professional journey. There are so many people in the field of nutrition and dietetics that are doing incredible work to create a more inclusive field in many ways. I will give a special shoutout to Diversify Dietetics, an amazing nonprofit organization who is working hard to increase diversity within the field!

Website: www.feedingyoursoulnutrition.com

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