About Us

We are a team of qualified nutrition professionals with a passion for supporting those who struggle with a difficult relationship with food.

This can be anywhere on the spectrum from food anxiety, chronic dieting, disordered eating or a diagnosed eating disorder. All eating difficulties are valid and deserving of support.

Our aim is to help you achieve a peaceful, free and flexible relationship with food.

Our Dietitians work in an evidence-based, compassionate, person-centred and weight-inclusive way.

You are the expert of your own life, so we are there to support and empower you, rather than just telling you what to do. Think of us as your tour guide, there alongside you on your journey to a more peaceful relationship with food.


Maeve Hanan, Registered Dietitian & Founder of Dietetically Speaking

Maeve has over 8 years of experience as a Dietitian in a range of public and private healthcare settings, including more than 4 years in the NHS.

Since she began Dietetically Speaking and started sharing nutrition messages online in 2015 she noticed how unhelpful so many of the messages about nutrition, weight and health are. This leaves many people feeling confused with a very black and white ‘good vs. bad’ mindset. In turn, this can lead to a number of eating difficulties like restriction, food guilt, comforting eating and binging. So this experience, along with her long-standing interest in the psychological side of nutrition, led Maeve to specialise in supporting those who have developed a difficult relationship with food.

Qualifications & Training:

  • First Class Honours Degree in Dietetics (BSc Hons Dietetics, University of Ulster Coleraine).
  • Registered Dietitian* with the Health and Care Professionals Council in the UK (HCPC, membership number: DT27185) and also with the Social Care Professionals Council in Ireland (CORU, membership number:  DI037648). 
  • Completed the British Dietetic Association (BDA) Advanced Mental Health in Eating Disorders training course. 
  • Training in Intuitive Eating for Healthcare Professionals and Nutrition Counselling by the London Centre for Intuitive Eating.
  • Training in Guided Self-Help for Eating Difficulties from My Transitions (a company created by experienced Psychologists and Dietitians).
  • Health Psychology Training For Nutrition Professionals by Spectrum Mental Health. 
  • Behaviour change training including Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) from Behaviour Change Training and other training days and shadowing from Clinical Psychologists in the NHS.  
  • Training on the use of a low FODMAP diet for IBS by Monash University.

Experience:

  • Private Practice Dietitian: Has worked with a wide variety of nutritional concerns in different private nutrition clinics, including the Talia Cecchele Nutrition Clinic (Eating Disorder Specialist Clinic), the London Centre for Intuitive Eating, the Dublin Nutrition Centre and of course the Dietetically Speaking Clinic.
  • Mental Health Bank Specialist Dietitian in the NHS: This involves working temporarily with a specialist mental health team with a variety of eating difficulties.
  • Paediatric Dietitian in the NHS: Working with all age groups (and their families) from newborn babies up to 18 years olds with a variety of nutritional concerns, including fussy eating and eating disorders. 
  • Stroke Specialist Dietitian in the NHS: Supporting patients with nutrition rehabilitation in hospital and at home after having a stroke.
  • General Dietitian in the UK National Health Service (NHS): Working on hospital wards and in out-patient clinics supporting people with nutritional concerns such as malnutrition, tube feeding, healthy eating, heart disease, nutritional deficiencies (like low iron levels), Type 2 diabetes and gut issues like IBS and IBD.
  • Varied nutrition communication experience: Including social media work, lecturing College/University students, providing wellness webinars, health writing, blogging and working with companies and the media.

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Elle Kelly, Registered Dietitian

Elle is a specialist eating disorder dietitian and sports dietitian. She is truly passionate about supporting young people and adults in their recovery from eating disorders and disordered eating. She feels that nutrition is a highly individual and personal topic for everyone, and provides a compassionate, non-judgmental and realistic approach to help clients heal their relationship with food and live a life free from restrictions.

Qualifications & Training:

  • Registered Dietitian*
  • First Class Honours Degree in Dietetics & Human Nutrition
  • Master’s Degree with Distinction in Applied Sports Nutrition from St. Mary’s University
  • UKAD clean sports advisor
  • ISAK Level 1 Accredited Anthropometrist
  • ED Conference 2022: Building body confidence, self-esteem and resilience workshop
  • Completed Eating Disorders and Exercise CPD

Experience:

  • Freelance Eating Disorder and Sports Dietitian (since February 2022)
  • Specialist Eating Disorder Dietitian at The Priory Group private inpatient eating disorder unit (September 2020 – February 2022)
  • Placement experience with a variety of nutritional issues in inpatient and outpatient settings in the Hertfordshire Community Trust and Papworth NHS Trust

Social Media:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ellekellynutrition


Kirsty Wood, Registered Dietitian

Kirsty a food freedom, gut health and fertility dietitian. She loves helping people to discover food freedom and supporting people in navigating their unique intuitive eating journey. She prides herself on doing the best she can for others and has a weight-inclusive, non-judgemental and holistic approach.

Qualifications & Training:

  • Registered Dietitian*
  • BSc in Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Intuitive Eating PRO Skills Training with Evelyn Tribole
  • Nutrition Plus – Preconception and Fertility Nutrition
  • King’s College London – Low FODMAP Trained

Experience:

  • Freelance food freedom, gut health and fertility dietitian (since 2020)
  • Senior Dietitian in the NHS – over 4 years NHS experience

Social Media:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yourfoodfreedom/


*Registered Dietitian is a legally protected title that ensures we are appropriately qualified to assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems with both individuals and on a wider public-health level. Maintaining this registration also involves staying up to date with the latest nutritional science and acting in an ethical and professional manner. 

If you are interested in seeing one of our Dietitians in clinic check out our booking page or email info@dieteticallyspeaking.clinic.

For all other enquiries, email: maeve@dieteticallyspeaking.com

This page was last updated in June 2022


Testimonials

Maeve has been consulting on The Food Medic Educational Hub for 12 months now and has been a huge asset to the team. Her ability to translate some very nuanced topics in nutrition into easy-to-follow, informative articles and infographics is really admirable.

Dr Hazel Wallace

Founder of The Food Medic

Maeve is incredibly talented at sharing scientific information in an easy to understand way. The content she shares with us is always really interesting, clear, and of very high quality. She’s one of our favourite writers to work with!

Aisling Moran

Senior UX Writer at Thriva Health

Maeve has written extensively for NHD magazine over the last few years, producing a wealth of dietetic and nutritional articles. Always evidence based and factual, Maeve creates material that is relevant and very readable. She provides high quality work with a professional and friendly approach. Maeve is a beacon of high quality knowledge and work within the nutrition writing community; and someone NHD magazine is proud to work with.

Emma Coates

Editor of Network Health Digest

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