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Health at Every Size® Healthcare Provider Listing

Jess Funaro



We Need Nourishment
United States

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Sliding Scale Available
Specialties & Areas of Focus:
- Education
- Embodiment
- Nutritional Counseling
Modalities & Theoretical Lenses:
- Intersectional Feminism
- Fat liberation
- Embodiment
- Queerness
- Antiracism
- Weight Inclusive
- Punk
- Fat Positive
- Body Trust
- Anti-diet
- Harm Reduction
Age Groups Served:
- Teens (13-18 years old)
- Adults (18 years old and up)
- Older Adults (65+ years old)
Additional Populations Served & Allied Groups:
- Class and Food Issues
- Neurodivergent Folks
- Activists
- People Who Parent
Languages Services Offered In:
- English

My Philosophy of Care

I see my role as a nutritionist akin to what a doula does. I’m here to provide support by way of information, encouragement, and organization on your path toward empowerment and embodiment. Together we enter into an ongoing collaboration where we work in support of your embodiment by way of delving into your personal and political relationships to food, movement, stress management, etc. I provide guidance, resources, and knowledge in the effort to help my clients and students cultivate deeper body awareness, agency, and peace. I view health as a construct, not a moral or wellness barometer, and I view embodiment as a divestment not only from diet culture and capitalism but from various other forms of oppression that seek to insidiously remove one's sense of inner knowing and therefore agency and confidence. The agency and confidence needed to affect change. I'm deeply grateful for the radical reframe of Health At Every Size® and that I can align with it and share it. I invoke HAES® in every class I teach and I bring it to every client I see as I do my part to shift the weight/health paradigm and help people robustly re-inhabit themselves, for themselves.

About Me & My Practice

My work in this world is centered around the body, the body as compass. For me, this work is shared through the lens of nourishment. I am a nutritionist with a background in professional cooking, and being a punk. My childhood was a truly human mix of trauma and joy, violence and community support, food scarcity and big family feasts around crowded tables. I know class shame. I know how to navigate chronic illness. I know pregnancy loss. I know how to find family in many places. My first compass was punk rock, specifically riot grrrl. It was through that music and that movement that I first found a home in my body. All the rage of girlhood under patriarchy and “Don’t Diet, Riot!” The dark venues and messy bedrooms of riot grrrl were followed by hot, fragrant kitchens. In cooking school I learned how to employ my intuition through my senses. Truly listening to my body in the kitchen led me to listen to my body in all facets of my life and experience. The somatic honing of intuition is at the root of all that I do. The body is the compass. I have certifications in intuitive cooking, personal cheffing, and functional nutrition. And I am currently working toward a certification through the Center for Body Trust. I am 44, queer, divorced, and perimenopausal. I live with my 7 year old neurodivergent kid, aka Baby Dragon.

Accessibility Considerations

My practice and teaching has been completely remote since I began doing this work in 2020. I use accessible fonts and color combinations in the materials I share and work from. I share my pronouns and leave it up to individuals to disclose their pronouns as they feel comfortable. I do not require anyone to be on camera, even when working one-on-one. I employ mindfulness practices that aim to promote feeling the relative safety in one's surroundings in the moment and in their bodies, and these practices are optional. Getting up and moving around is encouraged as much as needed, and I incorporate gentle optional movement into my meetings, as well. Same goes for eating, I provide breaks and encourage eating whenever a client or student wants to.

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