Hi there, I’m Marit Harney and I am a Registered Dietitian and Certified Personal Trainer. My passion for fitness and nutrition started back in middle school, when all the entertainment a girl had in the middle of nowhere, was the outdoors, recreational
sports, and the kitchen. These interests led me to major in Human Nutrition at UMass Amherst, and later at Sage Graduate School. To further round out my education, I obtained my Personal Trainer certification from the American Council on Exercise. This certification has allowed me to apply both areas of expertise, to my clients and patients. It became really apparent that changing these two lifestyle habits together, was imperative for long term success. I wanted to be able to give my clients all the tools they needed to achieve and maintain optimal health, and a resilient body.
My personal struggles with chronic conditions like fibromyalgia, IBS, allergies and adult acne, lead me towards information that was never discussed in school. It wasn’t until then, that I actually understood and believed in both the healing and destroying power of food. In my own experimentation, I experienced both positive and negative impacts of food and supplementation on my overall health, which is what drew me to learn and research as much as possible about chronic conditions and diseases.
Besides being addicted to nutrition and exercise research, I spend my time with my husband Joe and son, Liam at our house in South Deerfield, MA. I am almost always found either outside, in the gym, or in the kitchen. I love looking at recipes, cooking, baking, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, hiking, running, biking, and eating.
A quick note on the word “dietitian”:
I’m not a fan of this word. I don’t like using it because it comes with this stigma of restriction, calorie counting, and food guide pyramid approaches. I prefer to use the term Nutritionist, because I feel like it describes what I do so much better. I am interested in the nutrients in foods, not in dieting. My clients will quickly learn, I am unlike any “normal” RD in a number of ways. My approach to food is different, and therefore, so are the results gained.