Meet Emily

I believe our bodies are always talking to us and giving subtle clues about how to nourish ourselves, feel good, be who we want to be and do what we want to do in this life. And, there is so. much. noise. that can make those whispers hard to hear or feel.

Maybe you’ve had an eating disorder or do currently, maybe you have a long history of dieting, maybe past trauma makes it hard to feel connected with your body at all. Maybe you’re overwhelmed and confused after a lifetime swimming in the sea of diet culture and weight stigma all around us.

Your body is on your side, food is your friend, and your worth is inherent and unconditional.

My philosophy

Wellness is a feeling, an experience, not a static image in a mirror or photo or a number on a scale.  The journey is as unique as your fingerprint and your story matters.  I believe it is possible to let our bodies lead, from the inside out, as we navigate how to eat, move, rest, and live.

I believe we can all invite in this way of being, even if navigating a medical condition, eating disorder, or traumatic history.

The only requirements are an open heart and mind, a respect for your unique process, and willingness to practice self compassion and non-judgement (emphasis on *practice*)

Professional Bio

Emily Ferencik MS, RDN, LDN is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist specializing in eating disorders and disordered eating, a nondiet approach, and women’s health, and is the owner of Embodied Eating LLC. She earned her MS degree in nutrition from SUNY Oneonta, a holistic health coach certification from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and has completed additional training in herbal medicine and yoga since her academic studies. Currently she is in the process of obtaining Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) status through IAEDP.

Emily has worked as a university nutritionist where she developed and led ED and body image support groups and personal growth workshops, in outpatient practice specializing in eating disorders, and in residential treatment including primary ED and with co-occurring substance use and trauma.

Emily’s true passion and purpose is empowering clients to find balance through trust and connection with the innate wisdom of their own bodies.  She hopes to help clients experience how undertaking the journey toward food and body freedom can not only awaken true health and vitality but provide a foundation for living a full, embodied life.  Emily lives outside Orlando FL with her partner, 2 rescue pups and 2 cats. Outside nutrition practice you can usually find her in the garden, on the yoga mat, hula hooping or floating down a waterway on her paddleboard. 

My Personal Journey

From a young age, I can remember struggling to feel grounded, safe and connected in my body.  In my early teens and into my 20’s I coped by either checking out or seeking hyper-control through various means, including disordered eating behaviors that eventually progressed into a full blown eating disorder.

Along my journey I found yoga and meditation, and while I still had a long way to go and a lot to learn after those first exposures, I credit them with helping me experience presence and to start hearing the whispers of my body’s wisdom. I became interested in integrative medicine and worked with various modalities seeking to heal physical symptoms I would later learn were related to my disordered eating behaviors, but I wasn’t getting the results I hoped for. I was having numerous hormonal issues, my mood and energy levels were erratic, and I was constantly obsessing over food.

Over time, I learned that until my body and brain were truly, fully, and consistently nourished, even with all the yoga and herbal remedies, I wasn’t able to experience the fullness of life and health that I longed for. Once I had the foundation of a consistently nourished brain and body, my holistic toolkit had so much more to offer, and most importantly I had a much greater capacity to experience joy and live my purpose.

With this awareness, as I not only listened but began to honor what my body asked for in new ways (though it was scary and hard sometimes), I started to get better. I also got the therapeutic and medical support I needed that helped solidify my recovery. Although my path was non-traditional and far from easy, it was punctuated with beautiful moments of fresh insight and blossoming compassion, understanding and appreciation for myself. Today it is my passion and pleasure to help those on their own versions of this journey.

If I can help you feel seen and heard, support you during the hard moments, and celebrate the beauty with you, I’d be honored.

Professional credentials, education & training:

  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) since 2012
  • Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN) in Florida
  • Certified Dietitian Nutritionist (CDN) in New York  
  • MS in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • BS in Dietetics
  • Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) certification in progress- IAEDP
  • Family herbalist certificate- Florida School of Holistic Living
  • Member of Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine practice group
  • Holistic Health Coach- Institute of Integrative Nutrition