You Can Feel Better

Nutrition can help Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome patients get relief from common symptoms

As an Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Dietitian, I can help you…

  • Learn if you’re getting the nutrition you need
  • Manage GI symptoms
  • Make lifestyle changes 
  • Increase your quality of life and decrease some EDS symptoms

Katie Mednick

Registered Dietitian and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Nutrition Expert

Nutrition affects our mood, energy levels, joint pain and inflammation, ability to focus, digestive health, and so much more.
When I started applying what I was learning about nutrition to my own life, my symptoms improved more than I thought was possible. Fewer days spent icing my joints, less time needed to rest, and fewer (okay…almost zero!) stomachaches. Magic? No. Just good nutrition.

Now, as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, I help fellow Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder (HSD) patients with nutrition because everyone deserves to feel better.

Dietitian Katie Mednick in front of a laptop in a kitchen

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I help people...

  • Get relief from symptoms like chronic stomachaches, irritable bowel syndrome-like symptoms, acid reflux, bloating, and nausea
  • Build a nutritionally adequate diet that supports an Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome diagnosis
  • Feel confident about what they CAN eat
  • Find ways to optimize their diet to decrease chronic pain and fatigue

What can I do for you?

  • I can help you sort fact from fiction when it comes to special diets and supplements
  • I can provide strategies to make food preparation more accessible and manageable
  • I can provide accountability and approachable goals to help you meet your unique health goals

I work with people who...

  • Have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, hypermobility spectrum disorder, and/or Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome
  • Are confused about what they should eat and what supplements they need
  • Have followed restrictive diets in hopes of feeling better, but end up with more problems
  • Struggle to eat enough nutritious foods because of poor appetite, fatigue, or GI symptoms 

My Approach

Just as every patient is different, every practitioner is as well! Here are a few areas that provide insight into how I approach patient care.

Piecing Together the Evidence

While there continues to be a lack of scientific research when it comes to nutrition’s role in directly managing Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, I rely on existing research to inform my approach to helping clients manage symptoms associated with the disease. Luckily, research on chronic inflammation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, gastrointestinal motility issues, etc. is available and provides adequate insight into nutrition strategies that can benefit people with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. I sincerely hope that more research is published in the coming years to continue to inform my treatment approach.

Giving You the Best of Both Worlds

As expected, I have thorough training in nutrition science. However, as many of us know, food is so much more than fuel for our bodies. Food is interwoven into our cultural traditions, daily habits, taste preferences, emotions, and social connections. As such, I am grateful to have training in several frameworks like the Non-Diet Approach and Intuitive Eating. This allows me to utilize a variety of strategies and perspectives with clients and promote healthful relationships with food.

Habits As the Key to Success

While many of us easily understand why a dietary change is important, we often struggle with how to implement and maintain this change. Because this is such a crucial component to making progress and feeling better, I embrace habit change strategies and tailored goal setting. I believe that it is my job to give you all of the tools you need to succeed under my care and learn how to maintain this progress for years to come!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you take insurance?

Unfortunately I currently do not have the option to bill insurance.

Do you work with people that do not have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome?

Occasionally I do see patients who do not have EDS or related health conditions. Feel free to send me a message so we can see if we are a good fit.

What's the difference between a nutritionist or nutrition coach and a Registered Dietitian?

Registered Dietitians are credentialed health professionals who have completed extensive coursework in standardized classes, have competently completed 1200 hours of supervised practice, and have passed the Registration Examination for Dietitians. There is no standardized education or verification of competency for nutrition coaches or nutritionists. Registered Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals who can provide Medical Nutrition Therapy – the practice of helping people manage diseases through diet modification.

What services do you offer?

As a fellow Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome patient, I need to be efficient with my time so I can prioritize my health, too! Currently, I offer a two hour course on EDS and digestive issues called Oh My GI, as well as a four week group program that covers just about everything you need to know about Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and nutrition! 

Testimonials

Interested in learning more about Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Nutrition? Checkout the EDS Nutrition Blog