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Cristal Medina, MS, RDN


Non-diet Dietitian

Radiance Nutrition Therapy & Yoga
San Diego,
United States

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Takes Insurance
Sliding Scale Available
In-Network Insurance Companies:
- Blue Shield of California
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
Specialties & Areas of Focus:
- Eating Disorders (ED)
- Chronic Dieting
- Body Image
- Trauma
Modalities & Theoretical Lenses:
- Motivational Interviewing
- Yoga & Mindfulness
- Compassion
- Values work
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Somatic work
Age Groups Served:
- Teens (13-18 years old)
- Adults (18 years old and up)
Additional Populations Served & Allied Groups:
- BIPOC folks
- Latine folks
Languages Services Offered In:
- English
- Spanish

My Philosophy of Care

I practice with a compassionate, weight-inclusive, trauma-informed, non-diet approach. I help clients understand what really impacts their health, and help alleviate blame and shame. I speak to marginalized identities and how oppression and stigma play a role. I help clients unlearn what they have been taught by diet culture and other systems of oppression. I guide clients to uncover their true values and philosophies. I center their lived experience and their goals. My clients have shared countless stories of how they’ve previously felt shamed, invalidated, or unheard while seeking out health care, and so I do my best to provide a safe, compassionate, inclusive space for my clients to feel heard, seen, & valued. I do not weigh my clients. I do not give meal plans. At someone's request, I can help with food-centered goals like making grocery lists, coming up with meal/snack ideas, food exposures, and more. I let my clients set their own goals and lead their recovery. I can also coach clients on connecting to their body. This can feel very scary and impossible for some, especially those with a history of trauma. That is where my training in trauma, yoga, and mindfulness comes in. I can help clients slowly find safety in their being.

About Me & My Practice

I became an eating disorder dietitian because I get it. I am also in recovery. I remember not believing recovery was possible. I remember the pain of living out of alignment with my truth. I became a dietitian to offer hope to others, because I remember the desperation of feeling absolutely hopeless. I became a HAES-aligned dietitian because I do not want to do harm to my clients. I've read the research and have witnessed the healing properties of a HAES-aligned approach. I first learned about HAES in 2016 and have been practicing from that lens ever since. Outside of my work as a dietitian, I am a human who loves being in nature. I try to backpack and hike as much as I can. I enjoy yoga, dancing, rock climbing, skating, and hanging out with my pup + kitty.

Accessibility Considerations

My work is all virtual via a secure telehealth platform. If someone was interested in working with me and did not find this accessible, I would do my best to support them. I have not had this situation come up yet so I cannot speak to it in detail.

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