Kris Lindsey MPH, RDN, LD
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN):
- Accredited degree program with course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
- Dietetic internship including six months of full time supervised practice experience.
- Pass the national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
- Earn 75 continuing education units every 5 years.
Licensed Dietitian (LD):
- In Maine, Dietetics is the professional discipline of assessing the nutritional needs of an individual, including recognition of the effects of the individual’s physical condition and economic circumstances, and the applying of scientific principles of nutrition to prescribing means to ensure the individual’s proper nourishment and care. Dietetics is also referred to as Medical Nutrition Therapy.
- Registered Dietitians are issued a license to practice dietetics by the Maine Board of Licensing of Dietetic Practice.
- Annual renewal of license requires evidence of 15 continuing education units.
Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor:
- Completed a standardized training and certification program for professionals to help assure the integrity of the Intuitive Eating process.
- Certification process for allied health professionals developed by the authors of Intuitive Eating, Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD and Elyse Resch, MS, RD, FADA, CEDRD
- Training included 8 hours of live teleseminar and 4.5 hours of group supervision with Evelyn Tribole in addition to passing both a Helm Intuitive Eating Certification Examination and Workbook quiz.
About My Credentials:
- Registered Dietitians are all nutritionists by default, but not all nutritionists are Registered Dietitians. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics allows registered dietitians to use either Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) as a professional title, there’s no difference.
- Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are required to complete specific coursework within accredited degree programs including science courses such as chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy & physiology, biology, microbiology, food science and more.
- Health insurance companies typically only credential Registered Dietitian Nutritionists as providers for medical nutrition therapy (nutrition counseling for management of disease).
- Master of Public Health, graduated 1999, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Maternal and Child Health Traineeship
- Mildred Kaufman Outstanding Master’s Award 1998-1999
- Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition, graduated 1998, University of Maine at Orono
- Bachelor of Arts in Journalism; Advertising/Public Relations, graduated 1990, University of Maine at Orono
A Maine native, I spent most of my growing years on Mount Desert Island. After earning my Bachelor of Arts in Journalism at the University of Maine at Orono, I spent six years working at L.L. Bean in retail communications and catalog design. My long-term desire to work in health lead me back to Orono to earn a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition. This was followed by a move to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to earn my Master of Public Health, including a traineeship in maternal and child health.
Returning to Maine, I worked for People’s Regional Opportunity Program (PROP) with WIC, Head Start, Early Head Start, and childcare centers. As the Health and Nutrition Specialist for Child and Family Services, I developed a passion for fostering healthy feeding relationships with children at home and in childcare settings. After attending workshops with Ellyn Satter MS, RDN, MSSW, I provided trainings to caregivers throughout the state focusing on raising healthy eaters. With the birth of my daughter, I started raising my own healthy eater.
In 2008 I joined the Hannaford Dietitian Program. At the Brunswick Hannaford, I taught nutrition classes and led store tours on a range of topics including shopping on a budget, gluten free, heart health and label reading, to name a few. In 2010, I transitioned to the corporate office to be the Hannaford Online Dietitian. As part of the marketing department’s Healthy Living Team, I answered customer nutrition questions, developed nutrition education and marketing materials, and provided nutrition expertise within the organization. Helping customers make informed food purchases for ten wonderful years was an invaluable experience. I gained an in-depth understanding of food labeling laws that will continue to be incredibly useful when providing guidance on savvy shopping or counseling those with food allergies and intolerances.
By opening Mainely Nutrition, I’m fulfilling my mission of empowering individuals to achieve a comfortable, sustainable and nourishing relationship with food. I have the freedom to design counseling to best meet the needs of my clients, whether food is challenging due to a health concern or disordered as a result of thoughts and behaviors taking their toll.
My expertise in the intuitive eating process is weaved into all counseling services. For sustainable disease management, I provide Medical Nutrition Therapy that nurtures individual relationships with food while incorporating therapeutic nutrition. For individuals wanting to end their struggle with weight or disordered eating, I facilitate a path to intuitive eating that restores trust in the body, manages emotional eating, and challenges beliefs that drive destructive eating behaviors. Clients who commit to Intuitive Eating Counseling ultimately find more peace, joy and satisfaction with both eating and movement. Intuitive eating is a practice where perfection has no place (much like yoga!).
I know what it’s like to be on the opposite side of intuitive eating. We all have a nutrition story to tell. I understand how messy food and nutrition get (no pun intended).
Activities that bring me joy include gardening, kayaking, fishing, throwing a ball for my dog or chasing down a ball on a tennis court. Other pastimes include cooking, photography, crafting with my daughter and refereeing (or playing) fierce ping-pong matches with my family!