Nourishing Your Body for Better Health


Cheryl Harris, MPH, RD: Nutrition Coach, Speaker, Gluten-free Expert, Writer & Teacher

Cheryl Harris, photo by Doris Kuehn

Nutrition Coaching:

It’s my job and my pleasure to help make healthy eating easy and make those new habits stick–for good. Food is meant to be enjoyable and fun, and it’s also meant to nourish you so you can feel and live well. I love food, and truly enjoy watching my clients discover how food and lifestyle changes can make all the difference.

Over a decade ago, I  developed food restrictions and medical issues that made it necessary to commit to long-term significant dietary changes. I know how challenging the process can be, and learned many “survival skills” firsthand. I consider myself incredibly lucky, because I love my job and the opportunity to help others reach food/life balance. In my free time, I can be found digging (playing?) in my organic garden, experimenting (playing?) with gluten-free recipes in my kitchen, meditating or spending time with my feline purring squad.


I’ve been honored to be selected as one of the DC area’s best nutritionists by the Washingtonian in 2014, was selected as Virginia Dietietics Association Dietetics Leader of the Year for 2012 and received a Leadership Award from Department of Health in DC in 2005.  I was a board member for the Celiac Sprue Association for 2012 and currently serve a board member and Nutrition Advisor for DC Metro Celiac Association from 2006-the present.

Background and certifications:

Cheryl Harris (full bio) has a Master’s Degree in Public Health Nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley and a BS in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University.  She has worked as a Registered Dietitian and nutritionist for the past 13 years and is a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor (CLC) through the Center for Breastfeeding. Cheryl has trained extensively in mindfulness, mindful eating and stress management, and has completed the foundational Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher trainingthrough the Mindfulness Based Teacher Training Institute at University of San Diego, an MBSR Practicum with Trish Magyari, professional training program through the Center for Mind Body Medicine and coaching coursework on Michelle May’s “Am I Hungry?” program.  She also is certified as a Health and Wellness Coach through Wellcoaches.

Gluten-free expertise:

Cheryl is the “go-to” nutrition expert on Celiac disease and a gluten-free diet for the DC alienMetro area. She has worked with thousands of gluten-free clients to help them make life easier and healthier. She teaches locally, statewide and nationally, and her articles have been published in nationally in Today’s Dietitian, Simply Gluten-Free, Gluten-free Living and the Gluten Intolerance Group magazine, on Let’s Talk Live DC and more. She has been quoted by on gluten-free living in the Washington Post, the Washingtonian, MSNBC, Living Without, Delight Magazine, etc. She has enjoyed serving as the Nutrition Advisor for DC Celiacs since 2007.  She has shared her expertise at the Virginia Dietetics Association Annual Conference, presented on gluten-free diet for an FDA Panel on Gluten in Medications, guest taught for Institute for Integrative Nutrition, presented at an FDA panel on Gluten in Medications, has been quoted in the Washington Post on a gluten-free diet, discussed gluten sensitivity on on “Let’s Talk Live DC”, chatted on Celiac Radio, and has authored articles and classes for Today’s Dietitian, including Growing up Gluten-Free  in the Sept 2013 issue of Today’s Dietitian and Celiac and Thyroid disease .   She has written articles on gluten free living for the Gluten Intolerance Group, DC Celiacs newsletters, and more.  She is a content editor for the Dietitians in Gluten Intolerance subunit of the ADA Medical Nutritional Therapy group.  Selected presentations on gluten-free living and Celiac disease include  Northern Virginia Occupational Health Nurses, DC Celiacs, Chesapeake Bay Area Celiac Support Group, King George Celiac support group, and many more. She has been gluten-free for a decade and so she blends personal experience with the current research, and her gluten-free blog was recognized by the Washingtonian as one of the area’s best.

Speaker: Need a fun talk on nutrition and health? Cheryl speaks on nutrition and health for a wide range of national, statewide and local audiences.

Previous speaking engagements have included:

Nutrition expert and writer:
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She is a freelance writer for Simply Gluten-free Living, Today’s Dietitian, Gluten-free Living, and Food and chocbananabreadNutrition Magazine.

Selected articles include:


Cheryl teaches nutrition grad students on Mindful Eating and Nourishment at Maryland University of Integrative Health,and regularly gives continuing education webinars on nutrition through Dietitian Central.

Other experiences

For 3.5 years, Cheryl had the pleasure of working with the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine in McLean, VA., which has a variety of fabulous practitioners that specialize in chronic pain management.   Cheryl has worked with DC WIC (Women, Infants and Children) in various capacities for 5 years, where she was honored with a DOH Leadership Award in 2005.  She provided nutrition counseling services at Children’s Hospital to a clinic for obese children and teens, taught cooking classes for adults with learning disabilities and serves as a consultant for Mom Made Foods, a local organic baby food company.

Cheryl is a member of the following professional groups:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy DPG
  • Dietitians in Functional Medicine DPG
  • Women’s Health DPG
  • Vegetarian Nutrition DPG
  • Pediatric Nutrition DPG
  • Oncology Nutrition DPG
  • Weight Management DPG
  • Celiac Sprue Association
  • Gluten Intolerance Group


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