About Mary

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Hi! I’m Mary Purdy – Integrative and Eco-Dietitian and Adjunct Faculty Lecturer

An excerpt from my kindergarten teacher’s evaluation: “Food means a lot to Mary. If she doesn’t like her lunch it ruins her entire day.” It was true then, and it’s true now.

I love food! I love the field of nutrition. And I’m passionate about our environment and sustainability.  I love helping people and organizations discover the power of food to make their lives better while making choices that are also ecologically friendly and support a sustainable, resilient and equitable food system.

Food and lifestyle choices can give you more energy, help you feel better, prevent illness, and maybe even reverse certain disease states.  They can also have a huge effect on the health of our planet which is in need of extra support.

I bring my skillset, knowledge and experience to individuals, communities, organizations and food companies in order to connect the dots between human and planetary health, one meal at a time. With an expertise in both integrative and functional medicine and sustainable food systems, as well as a creative systems-thinking mind, I am your ally in working towards creating a more regenerative and healthy planet.

While I don’t generally see private clients, (except as time allows)  I am here to be an educator and/or consultant for your organization, company or students as it relates to the intersection of sustainably grown food, health, and climate change.  I also offer presentations & webinars & courses, write articles and books, and have a nutrition podcast and youtube web series. Tune in regularly, join the conversation, boost your knowledge, your health and support your eco-system.

Here’s the skinny on my creds…

I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with a Masters in Clinical Nutrition (MS) from Bastyr University. I have 12+ years of professional nutrition experience: counseling 1-on-1 with an integrative and functional medicine approach, presenting at numerous national conferences, designing courses, speaking to groups, writing articles, and training other professionals. All this in clinics, at corporations, in colleges & universities, in a nutrition textbook, via online webinars, in magazines, on the radio, and on TV.

I also have expertise in sustainable food systems, am a food & climate activist and have been a leader in the nutrition field, championing the role of the dietitian as well as connecting and networking with numerous individuals and organizations all in the name of making this world healthier and more sustainable.

Currently, I am:

  • Adjunct Faculty at Bastyr University, teaching in both the Nutrition and Naturopathic departments as well as the Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine department.  (Since 2015)
  • Regularly presenting nutrition and sustainability-focused webinars and in-person workshops for nutrition and healthcare professionals and dietetic students all over the country.
  • Faculty for The Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine Fellowship, creating and facilitating the course “Human Nutrition”
  • Dietitian for the Kris Carr Inner Circle  Wellness Online community responding to nutrition questions and creating monthly videos on a variety of nutrition-related topics.
  • Consultant and Active Committee/Steering Committee Member with numerous organizations such as:
    • Planetary Health Collective
    • Global Meatless Mondays Platform
    • Food and Climate Alliance
    • Sustainable Food Systems Subunit of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group
    • Food Justice Project  with the Community Alliance for Global Justice
    • Health and Climate Crisis Committee at Bastyr University
  • Past Chair of and current Environment and Nutrition Chair of The  Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine a dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics with 5000+ members
  • New Member Chair of The Hunger and Environmental Nutrition dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics with 1200+ members
  • Education Lead of The Planetary Health Collective
  • Podcast Host of “The Nutrition Show” Podcast and Web series (formerly “Mary’s Nutrition Show”) and “The Good Clean Nutrition Podcast” sponsored by Orgain. 
  • Faculty/Instructor at Integrative & Functional Nutrition Academy and online education platforms Dietitian Central and Catalyst
  • Contributing author of Krause’s Food & The Nutrition Care Process
  • Author of the Book “The Microbiome Reset Diet”

Past experience:

  • Clinical Education Lead & Coach at the Scientific Wellness company, Arivale in Seattle (2015-2019)
  • Private practice in Seattle, WA (Nourishing Balance), 8 years (2007-2015)
  • Clinical Supervisor at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, (2010-2015)
  • RDN at Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA, 2 years (2008-2010)
  • Past Board Member and President of the Greater Seattle Dietetic Association. (2006-2011)
  • Please see my Linked In Profile for more detailed information

What People Are Saying 

Great show! I love the playful way you share this information!

What a fun video, Mary! I'm so happy to see eggs (and cholesterol) being vindicated with such delicious humor. And thanks so much for sticking up for hens- they like to eat right, too! You and Hocus Focus Media did such a great job. I look forward to more!
I love this podcast because it's the info you really need to know. It's science based but open minded. And the episodes are done in this clever, contemporary way. I'm addicted to this podcast!
Mary delivers solid nutritional data in a creative, lighthearted way. She wraps scientific facts in a humorous and witty package to engage her audience. Thank you for helping me learn health facts while having fun.
I love that these episodes make nutrition so easy to swallow. Get it? Easy to swallow?! Love your show Mary!!
Love Your Show Mary! Amazing way to capture audience's interest while teaching important topics.
I really like your show; since I started watching your show, my fasting blood sugar has gone down from 125 to 104! I thanked my dietitians too.

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