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We are Werth Your While Nutrition!

We work to help individuals and families heal from feeding and eating disorders. We work to repair relationships with food and exercise and help everyone fuel for success.

Our Story + Approach

After recovering from bulimia in my teens, I knew I wanted to help other individuals and families rediscover the joy in eating that I had finally found after years of meal-time meltdowns. In 2019, I launched Werth Your While Nutrition with that goal in mind. Today, we are a 4-dietitian team working together to serve children, teens and adults who struggle with disordered eating. 

We offer 1:1 nutrition therapy for those with disordered eating, eating disorders, gastrointestinal disorders and athletes. We also offer parent support programming for loved ones of those in eating disorder recovery.

Meet the Team

Julia Werth

My name is Julia Werth and I am the owner of Werth Your While Nutrition, a non-diet dietitian focused on making all foods fit through the principles of Intuitive Eating. I am passionate about helping the whole family of those with disordered eating feel supported through the recovery journey.

As a kid growing up I was a terrible picky eater – although you’d never believe it now. As a middle schooler I slowly learned to eat (and even love!) most foods through the fun of cooking. Unfortunately, by 15, my desires to perform better as an athlete and the persistent pressure to be thin brought me into a six-year-long battle with bulimia. Through the help of friends, family, professionals and the discovery of intuitive eating I have been able to heal my relationship with both food and exercise.

Today, I live in New Haven, Connecticut with my husband and daughter, Rosalie! I love pizza and anything to do with running (the shoes, the clothes, the races…all of it.) To keep up to date with me and all things going on at Werth Your While Nutrition follow our blog and podcast.

Rachael Ustein

My name is Rachael Utstein and I am a non-diet dietitian who practices with an Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size approach. I am passionate about guiding individuals and families on their journey towards a more positive relationship with food and their bodies.

Before becoming a dietitian, I struggled with my own disordered relationship with food, exercise, and my body. When I learned about the principles of Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size and began implementing them on my own, it truly changed my life and led me to practice these principles in my professional life as well.

Prior to joining the team at Werth Your While Nutrition, I worked as the lead dietitian in an eating disorder treatment program at the partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient levels of care. Throughout my time there, my interest in supporting individuals and families through all stages of recovery grew stronger.

I absolutely love what I do, which includes helping individuals find meaning and value in themselves outside of their body and eating habits and guiding individuals in rejecting diet culture and truly embracing food freedom.

I currently live in New Haven with my husband where I enjoy spending time outside (preferably in the sun!), exploring new foods and restaurants, listening to podcasts, and dabbling in watercoloring.

Nataliya Putnam

My name is Nataliya Putnam and I am a Registered Dietitian with undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Nutritional Sciences, as well as a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition. I have been interested in the intersection of food, nutrition and health for almost my entire life thanks to my diverse background and upbringing. I was born in Ukraine, and moved to U.S. just before starting kindergarten. I grew up with an acute awareness to the differences in food cultures (our preferences, our traditions, our values) and how these can impact our health beliefs. 

I have a strong clinical nutrition background, especially in gastro-intestinal, cardiac and renal conditions and their intersection with disordered eating. I approach medical nutrition therapy with a patient centered approach with emphasis on the social-cognitive aspect of health behaviors. I hope that my unique experience as an immigrant, a psychology major, and as a person who simply loves food will enable me to help others to establish a positive relationship with food and achieve their health goals.

Today I live in Wallingford with my wonderful husband, daughter and dog, and enjoy cooking, hiking, and dancing. Some of my favorite foods include, but are not limited to, sushi, pierogies, coffee, and anything chocolate!

Kelli McKenna

My name is Kelli McKenna and I’m a Registered Dietitian who is passionate about wellness, intuitive eating, mental health, and functional and clinical nutrition. I obtained a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and shortly after realizing that nutrition was my true passion, went back to school to complete my nutrition education on the path to becoming a Registered Dietitian. Throughout this time, I worked as a Behavioral Health Counselor at Eating Recovery Center in Denver, which is where my excitement for helping clients navigate eating disorders and recovery began.

Since 2019, I have primarily worked with clients with type 2 diabetes and other metabolic health diseases, particularly at the intersection of disordered eating.  I am incredibly invested in seeing people build a healthier relationship with food, nourishment, physical activity, and their bodies! I take a collaborative approach in meeting people where they are at, while also simultaneously guiding clients in the direction of their goals. I am passionate about this work because I truly love to help people make meaningful changes in their lives. 

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