About Amy

Hi there!

I’m Amy, a registered dietitian nutritionist with a passion for helping people heal their relationship with food so they can feel carefree around food without having to worry about their weight all the time. I run my private practice in beautiful Lexington, Kentucky, where I reside with my husband and son. 

For more on how I practice, view my services page.

I became fascinated with the field of nutrition when I realized how widespread nutrition misinformation had become.

So many sources claim, “We have uncovered the secret! We have all the knowledge!…even though we’re just trying to get you to buy this product and even though we’re just celebrities with zero credentials.”

In a world where banner ads provide tips about how to get rid of belly fat, clarity is needed.

Gluten-free for all? Three-day juice cleanses? Kombucha shots? Paleo? Keto? Dairy-free? Full-fat dairy?? It’s enough to make anyone’s head spin.

After two degrees and almost a decade of experience, what I’ve come to realize is that we are eating in the “context of restriction.” This is the diet culture we live in.

We are always either currently restricting something, have just stopped restricting something, or are planning to restrict something in the future. This can make you feel crazy around food! Of course you’re going to eat like it’s your last supper. Those foods are on a pedestal for you BECAUSE they are restricted from you.

But there is a different way of eating besides “watching what you eat” or “eating everything and anything in sight.” It’s called intuitive eating.

The principles of intuitive eating healed my own relationship with food and I’ve seen them do the same for many clients.

Intuitive eating is a self-care eating framework that rejects the diet mentality. As I slowly stopped weighing myself and counting calories, I was scared…mostly of gaining weight! But what I started to learn was that our focus on weight has actually caused more harm than good by way of weight cycling, weight stigma, and disordered eating.

The pursuit of weight loss can wreak havoc on a person’s physical AND mental health!

The journey of eating intuitively taught me to speak compassionately to myself, to give myself space to explore what aspects of food and nutrition were truly important to me, and to RELAX around food so I could finally enjoy it without being stuck in the black hole of counting calories, justifying splurges, and planning compensatory workouts.

And yes, you can still benefit from intuitive eating EVEN IF you’ve been told you need to lose weight for a health condition such as PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). 

I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2016 after having struggled with the symptoms for years. But it wasn’t until I adopted intuitive eating that I finally started to see restoration and healing. Two years after starting my intuitive eating journey and one year after discontinuing birth control, I experienced regular cycles for the first time and became pregnant. I believe that if I had continued restricting myself around food that I may not have been able to achieve this.

I would love to introduce you to intuitive eating and be your partner on your journey to a relationship with food you thought you could never have.

I look forward to playing a part in your wellness journey.

Sincerely,

Professional Bio

Amy Lorraine Camenisch, MS, RDN, LD, CLT, is a Lexington, KY-based nutrition therapist. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and a Master of Science in Dietetic Administration from the University of Kentucky, where she served as President of the Student Dietetic Association for one year. Amy completed her 1200-hour dietetic internship through the University of Kentucky’s Coordinated Program, including rotations in medical nutrition therapy and food service systems management at a local hospital and a rotation in community nutrition at a local fitness center. She then worked as a clinical dietitian, where she assessed and counseled patients with a wide variety of diagnoses at three different facilities within the same hospital group. After two years, she went on to work as a renal dietitian at multiple clinics for a large dialysis provider. She counseled 100-120 dialysis patients on a monthly basis regarding the elements of a renal diet and general health and nutrition guidelines. Amy opened her private practice in the fall of 2016. After two and a half years with the dialysis company, Amy left to work part-time as a health coach for a regional corporate wellness program while growing her private practice. She established Amy Lorraine Nutrition, LLC, in the fall of 2017. Amy is a Certified Leap Therapist (CLT) and is qualified to walk clients through food sensitivity testing and the corresponding nutrition therapy (LEAP). Amy is active within her local chapters of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has served as Bylaws Chair and Treasurer for the Bluegrass Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She currently sees clients who desire to heal their relationship with food through giving up dieting and pursuing intuitive eating. Amy has spent many hours working with clients who have IBS and/or PCOS and offers a unique non-diet approach to the management of these conditions.

Education

University of Kentucky

BS Dietetics

MS Dietetic Administration

Coordinated Program Dietetic Internship

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Registration, Licensure, and Certifications

Registered with Commission on Dietetic Registration

Licensed in state of Kentucky

Certified Leap Therapist (CLT)

Work Experience

Registered Dietitian since 2013

Private Practice since 2016

Corporate Wellness Health Coach (1.5 years)

Renal Dietitian (2.5 years)

Clinical Dietitian (2 years)

Professional Memberships

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Bluegrass Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Integrative and Functional Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group

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