Los Angeles District (LAD) of the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics presents...

Dialectics in Dietetics:

Multiple Truths in Nutrition Science

A Special One Day Conference

April 6, 2019

8:30 am - 4:00 pm

at Children's Hospital Los Angeles


The California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics/Los Angeles District (LAD) represents the local professional organization of Registered Dietitians (RDs), Diet Technicians-Registered (DTRs), dietetic interns, and nutrition students residing in Los Angeles County. With approximately 50 board positions and over 1,000 followers, LAD strives to provide members with opportunities to network, obtain Continuing Professional Education Units, volunteer in the community, and promote the dietetic profession.



Learning Need Codes Covered:


1050: ETHICS
5110: Allergies, sensitivities
5200: Disordered eating
5220: Gastrointestinal disorders
5350: Substance abuse, alcoholism
6010: Behavior change theories, techniques
6020: Counseling, therapy, and facilitation skills


Registration & Opening Remarks


8:30am – 9:10am

Registration (Coffee & Tea)

9:10AM - 9:15AM

Opening Remarks and Welcome

Speaker: Dena Herman, PhD, MPH, RD

Speaker: Dena Herman, PhD, MPH, RD

9:15am - 9:40am

Opening By


Dr. Herman’s research has focused on improving dietary quality and food security among low-income, ethnically diverse populations. Her earlier projects focused on the assessment of dietary quality of families participating in the WIC program. Her site-randomized trial of an economic intervention to increase fruit and vegetable intake which demonstrated the efficacy of adding fruits and vegetables to the WIC food package became national policy and was initiated in California in 2009. Her current research focuses on childhood obesity prevention and its relationship to the microbiome. As a registered dietitian, she has worked with children with special needs, women and their partners' getting ready to get pregnant, and is now working with patients and their families in UCLA’s FIT for Healthy Weight Program. Dr. Herman speaks five languages and in her free time she runs around with her camera taking pictures of her active teenage sons.

"Your Joy Index: How do Ethics, Conflict, Gender, and Civility Play a Role?"


  1. Understand the basic tenets of the "Code of Ethics for the Nutrition and Dietetics Profession" and how they relate to collegiality.

  2. Implement a practice of civility in professional relationships to give voice to your opinions while acknowledging and celebrating diversity in others.

  3. Reduce conflict and practice more “joy" in your work by learning how to be less critical of yourself.MPH,


9:40am – 9:45am 

Questions and Comments

Speaker: Evelyn Tribole, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S

Speaker: Evelyn Tribole, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S

9:45am – 10:15am

“Intuitive Eating”


Evelyn Tribole is co-creator of Intuitive Eating, an evidenced-based, self-care eating framework with 10 principles, and a validated assessment scale, with 90 studies to date indicating benefits. Intuitive eating is a weight neutral approach to health, based on interoceptive awareness, which is the ability to perceive physical sensations from within the body.  The principles work by either increasing connection to body sensation, by reducing the obstacles to the felt sense of the body. 


  1. Describe three benefits of Intuitive Eating. 

  2. List three Intuitive Eating principles that help remove the obstacles to interoceptive awareness.

  3. Describe the difference between Intuitive Eating and mindful eating.

Speaker: Dr. Nicole Avena

Speaker: Dr. Nicole Avena

10:15am – 10:45am

“The Science Behind Sugar Addiction”

Dr. Nicole Avena

Dr. Nicole Avena is Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, and Visiting Professor of Health Psychology at Princeton University. Her lab studies the intersects between nutrition and addiction, and the underlying brain mechanisms that can help us to better understand maladaptive eating behaviors.


  1. Analyze the empirical research on food as an addictive substance.

  2. Interpret findings regarding brain mechanisms that regulate drug addictions and how they are associated with overeating behaviors.

  3. Understand how the modern food environment impacts our psychology in a way that can promote overeating.

10:45am - 11:00Am

Questions and Comments

11:00am - 11:10Am


11:10am - 11:15Am

Welcome back

Speaker: Victoria Hahn, MS, RDN

Speaker: Victoria Hahn, MS, RDN

11:15Am – 11:45Am

"The Science of Fasting and the Fasting Mimicking Diet"

victoria Hahn, ms, RDN

Victoria is a Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Science Liaison with a Master of Science in Nutrition, Healthspan, and Longevity from the University of Southern California. She also functions as an inpatient clinical dietitian and has a background in nutrition research covering a wide range of topics including nutritional sufficiency in specific populations and the ketogenic diet. She has a passion for research and evidence-based practice. Victoria has worked with some of the leading minds in this arena and currently functions as one of the top educators in this field.


  1. Differentiate between fasting and biological fasting.

  2. Describe the specific mechanisms behind fasting.

  3. List at least three benefits of fasting.

Speaker: Tammy Beasley, RDN, CEDRD, CSSD

Speaker: Tammy Beasley, RDN, CEDRD, CSSD

11:45Am – 12:15pm

"When Life in the Fasting Lane Takes a Turn for the Worse"

Tammy Beasley, RDN

Tammy Beasley, RDN, CEDRD, CSSD is passionate about nutrition therapy and its healing role in eating disorder recovery. Practicing over thirty years in inpatient, consulting and outpatient settings, Tammy served as Director of iaedp Certification prior to stepping into her current role as Vice President of Clinical Nutrition Services for Alsana.


  1. Compare the strengths and weaknesses of the body of research supporting intermittent fasting compared to general weight loss and intuitive eating.

  2. Contrast the short- and long-term effects of circadian rhythm and meal timing on metabolism and mood.

  3. Understand the principles of intermittent fasting that can trigger disordered eating behaviors and list two questions to discern a client’s vulnerability

12:15pm – 12:30pm

Questions and Comments

12:30pm - 1:15pm


(Included in registration fee)

1:15Pm - 1:20Pm

Welcome back

Speaker: Dr. Heath McAllister, ND

Speaker: Dr. Heath McAllister, ND

1:20pm – 1:50pm

“Healing from the Inside Out: The Individualized Anti-Inflammatory Diet”

Dr. Heath McAllister, ND

Dr. McAllister is a California licensed Naturopathic Doctor and Registered Herbalist. He graduated with honors from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona and completed a residency in general medicine at the Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center. Dr. McAllister is an expert in botanical medicine and combines other holistic therapies like diet/exercise modifications, nutritional supplementation, prolotherapy, craniosacral, applied kinesiology, and homeopathy to treat his patients. He considers himself a family practice doctor and treats all manner of conditions from gastro-intestinal problems, anxiety and depression, musculoskeletal disorders, autoimmune conditions, environmental toxicity, and men’s health. He is currently co-owner of the Pure Vitality Rejuvenation Center in Los Angeles, California as well as co-owner of Nat Med Experts, a natural health consulting company. 


  1. Understand a classic food allergy elimination diet and how it is implemented.

  2. Understand the difference, advantages and disadvantages of food sensitivity antibody testing as an alternative to the classic allergy elimination diet.

  3. Understand the difference between functional food reactions versus antibody mediated reactions.

Speaker: Janelle Smith, MS, RDN

Speaker: Janelle Smith, MS, RDN

1:50pm – 2:20pm

“When Food Doesn’t Feel Good”


Janelle is a registered dietitian nutritionist with expertise in both gastrointestinal disorders and eating disorders. She was motivated to become a dietitian when she was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2009.  Janelle utilizes mindfulness, self-compassion and integrative therapies in addition to diet changes to help patients minimize diet restrictions and live a fulfilling life with the most food freedom possible. Janelle received her masters of science in nutrition and dietetics from California State University Northridge, then trained at the Veterans Health Association in Los Angeles. She is a Certified Eating Disorder RD with the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. She is currently the Chair of the Dietitians in Gastrointestinal Disorders subgroup with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Janelle works at UCLA in the division of digestive diseases and has a private practice in West Los Angeles. She loves treating those with the combined struggle of disordered eating and gastrointestinal distress.


  1. Understand the mechanisms and effects of gut-brain axis dysfunction.

  2. Identify disordered eating behaviors in individuals with gastrointestinal disorders, including Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder.

  3. Discuss risks and benefits of current diet therapies for treating those with gastrointestinal disorders and disordered eating

2:20pm – 2:35pm

Questions and Comments

2:35pm – 2:40pm


Speaker: David Wiss, MS, RDN

Speaker: David Wiss, MS, RDN

2:40Pm – 3:15pm

"The Biopsychosocial Model of Health"

david wiss, ms, RDN

David Wiss, MS, RDN is the founder of Nutrition in Recovery, which specializes in: Addictions, Eating Disorders, Mental Health, Gut Health, Body Image, and General Wellness. Mr. Wiss works closely with individuals to help them revolutionize their relationship with food and has shared his expertise with numerous eating disorder and addiction facilities throughout the greater Los Angeles area. David is a published author and a nationally recognized expert in nutrition for addiction, currently working on his PhD in Public Health from UCLA. 


  1. Introduce key terms associated with dialectical thinking and cognitive bias.

  2. Explain the biopsychosocial model of health as it relates to behavioral health disorders such as eating disorders and addictions.

  3. Define a biopsychosocial perspective to the opioid crisis, including environmental factors, psychosocial factors, and biological factors, as well as their potential mediators.

  4. Describe the link between opioids and impaired gastrointestinal function, considering the role of the microbiome and potential nutrition interventions. 

Closing Remarks

3:20pm - 3:35pm

Final Thoughts from all presenters

3:35pm – 3:40pm

Thank you

3:40pm – 4:00pm



Marilyn Magaram Center

The mission of the Marilyn Magaram Center (MMC) is to enhance and promote health and well-being through research, education and services in food science, nutrition and dietetics.


Alsana provides innovative, client-focused eating disorder treatment combining evidence-based treatment with a fresh approach that focuses on total health and wellness.

Nutrition in Recovery 

Nutrition in Recovery is dedicated to the promotion of both physical and nutritional wellness as primary components of addiction recovery to contribute to positive long-term recovery outcomes.