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Body in Mind Nutrition

Is for you if

  1. You are tired of all the Diet and Fitness Culture Noise and feel a little lost about what is true for your unique body and life
  2. You are interested in healing your relationship with food, eating and your body.
  3. You are seeking the development of whole-person well-being without feeling stressed and obsessed about food and the scales
  4. You want to learn how to fuel all of the ways you play!

With respect, true listening, and compassion, at Body in Mind Nutrition we get to know your unique concerns, culture, lived experience and aspirations.  We feel strongly that you are the expert of you!  Inviting you to become more curious and clear about what is true for you, we will partner with you to create a sustainable path to your whole-person well-being. 

How It Works


Initial Intake

At Body in Mind Nutrition, we look forward to getting to know you.  You will have an opportunity to talk about your diet and health history, food, eating and body beliefs, concerns and goals, activities, experiences and current habitual patterns.  We are committed to you feeling respected, heard and seen.  To support your feeling at ease, we will take our time and follow your pace.


Individualized Plan

We believe that you are the expert of your own body. Body in Mind Nutrition believes that healing happens within relationships.  Therefore, we are committed to establishing a partnership with you.  Rather than “telling you what to eat”, together, we will work to create curiosity and awareness which empowers you to make the choices that support your well-being.  With respect and compassion, we will develop a plan for sustainable changes to heal your relationship with food, eating and your body.


Support System

You will have several options to find support with us.  Body in Mind Nutrition utilizes a HIPPA compliant journaling app which allows you to stay in touch between appointments, if you choose. We will also communicate with members of your treatment team and your personal support system, as needed and with your permission.

We understand that our culture does not support self-care and feeling at ease with food, eating and your body.  Therefore, we are committed to creating supportive community in several different ways. See our Groups, Courses, & Workshops below.


Our Team

Debra Benfield

Debra (she/her) is the founder and owner of Body in Mind Nutrition. She is passionate about the prevention and treatment of disordered eating/eating disorders and supporting you in feeling at peace with food, eating, and your body.

She is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN), as well as a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian, and IAEDP-approved Supervisor (CEDRD-S) with over 30 years of experience in the field. She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher, Certified in Curvy Yoga, Accessible Yoga, and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga. Debra also participated in 2 years of training in Presence-Based Coaching which she integrates into her offerings. Debra is committed to offering respectful, compassionate care with the intention to create a partnership with you as the expert of your own body. She has discovered the transformative power of somatic practices and yoga along with embodied/intuitive eating principles. With a focus on trauma-informed care and nourishing your inner child, she offers individual and family nutritional therapy, as well as group programs, workshops and retreats. Debra will start where you are and believes in small steps to support your whole-person well being. Debra supervises her RDN associates with the same philosophy and intention. She also provides professional supervision, coaching and professional development. Debra is committed to supporting best practices in both preventing and treating disordered eating for health and behavioral health care providers and founded the Winston-Salem Eating Disorder Coalition. She also is creating community for those who are on the path of Body Liberation by offering a free monthly Book Club that is open to the public. Debra’s professional background includes providing medical nutrition therapy as a clinical nutritionist at Wake Forest University School of Medicine for many years and was a faculty member of the School of Medicine for 10 of those years. While at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, she was responsible for a wide range of tasks: nutrition education of medical professionals and patients, clinical nutrition services, research, and administration. She was also in private practice part-time during those years with a transition to full time private practice in 2005. Debra’s experience also includes being a chief clinical dietitian in a clinical setting, a clinical nutritionist for North Carolina School of the Arts, and RDN in an addiction treatment center as well as a behavioral health center.
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Jane Anderson
Jane is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN/LDN). She works with adolescents, adults, and families to find peaceful relationships with food, and to discover (or rediscover) eating to nourish the body.
Jane integrates sound nutrition science with the principles of intuitive eating in her approach to support you in reaching your potential. Jane originally pursued nutrition to share her love for cooking and good food to support a wholesome and active life, which has lead to several significant experiences and roles including FoodCorps, Choctaw Indian Reservation, and Edible Schoolyard of New Orleans. As a FoodCorps service member in her home state of Mississippi, Jane worked with multiple schools and organizations in a resource-limited community to foster a communal joy for food grown and prepared themselves. Jane came to Winston-Salem in 2016 from Minneapolis, MN, where she completed her Masters of Public Health (MPH). It was through this experience, as well as her work at a local food bank, that she developed a lens for seeing health disparities and developed a passion for decreasing barriers to health opportunities.  She is committed to building a partnership with you as she works with you to cultivate body positivity and mindful living within a Health at Every Size philosophy. Jane’s warmth, along with her commitment to your best whole-person health, makes her a perfect fit for our practice and your journey!
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Shanon Armfield
Shanon Armfield is a Master’s level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN) with 25 years of nutrition experience in traditional and non-traditional roles.
Shanon has worked in North Carolina and Virginia with patients in acute, community, outpatient, and long-term care settings. Most recently, she managed an outpatient nutrition counseling clinic, serving clients of all ages and health conditions, where she introduced her colleagues and clients to weight-inclusivity and the principles of Intuitive Eating, Mindful Eating, and Health At Every Size. From the earliest days of her career, Shanon understood the myriad factors that influence her clients’ relationships to food, eating and body image. As a result, she is dedicated to supporting your whole-person health by challenging diet culture, beauty ideals, food rules, and weight stigma. She is passionate about meeting her clients where they are on the path to peaceful living with well-being. She has a special interest in Binge Eating Disorder and disordered eating. Outside of work, Shanon is a self-described “crazy dog lady.” While she currently has just one dog at home, Miss Annabelle Banana Belle, she loves all dogs as if they were her own and frequently stops whatever she is doing to meet any dog who passes by. She is an animal advocate and volunteers online and in person with various dog rescues in the Triad. She also enjoys reading, learning, watching documentaries, and spending time with her family, especially her two young nieces, ages 11 and 5. Shanon’s openness, quick smile, and compassionate approach to empowering you are a welcome addition to our practice and a great place to start or continue your journey to peaceful living with food and your body.
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Kate Ruley
Kate is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, as well as a board-certified specialist in sports dietetics (CSSD) with over 20 years of experience. She has also completed certification in Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy and is ISAK Level 1 certified.
Kate is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, as well as a board-certified specialist in sports dietetics (CSSD) with over 20 years of experience. She has also completed certification in Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy and is ISAK Level 1 certified. A passionate listener and advocate, Kate’s objective with each client is to teach them to appreciate how to best fuel their body to live a fulfilling and engaged life. Whether looking to heal and improve relationships with food and/or their body, or to develop a path leading to optimized performance and wellbeing, Kate will guide clients on their journey. Every body is unique, and Kate strives to help clients discover how to compassionately work with their bodies using anti-diet evidence-based nutrition therapy. Kate began her career at Wake Forest University in 2003 as the Nutrition Director for the Reynolda campus. She worked with campus health, campus dining, the Office of Wellbeing, and as the Director of Sports Nutrition with the athletics department caring for all 14 varsity athletic teams. During her time at Wake Forest, Kate initiated and developed extensive nutrition and wellbeing programs throughout campus through collaborations with various departments. Her expertise in athletics includes football, basketball, baseball, tennis, golf, soccer, field hockey, runners of all types, volleyball, cyclists, endurance athletes, equestrian athletes, dancers, and swimmers. She simultaneously enjoyed a very small private practice working with children and adults and has participated in numerous community outreach programs with local businesses, schools and charity organizations. Kate is currently a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists, Dietitians in Functional Medicine, Behavioral Health Nutrition, and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. She is the lucky mom of 2 grown children and currently lives in Winston-Salem with her husband and their 3 pups.
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Andrea Tsavahidis-Lawrence

Andrea (she/her) is passionate about joining you throughout your journey to a gentler, more effortless, and kind relationship with food, exercise, and your body. 

She completed a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology at Vanguard University and earned a master’s degree in Nutritional Science from California State University, Los Angeles. During her graduate studies, Andrea utilized every opportunity to research Intuitive Eating and interventions aligned with Health at Every Size®. It was during this time that she committed to becoming a dietitian who would “do no harm” by not pushing unrealistic or inappropriate goals on individuals. Rather, she strives to get to know each of her clients to co-create treatment goals that honor the client’s cultural/ethnic background, lived experience, and resources. She is a member of the Winston-Salem Eating Disorder Coalition and is en route to become a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian through IAEDP. Andrea also works in a rehabilitation hospital, serving adults in vulnerable states of disease and recovery using weight-inclusive medical nutrition therapy. 

Andrea strives to help you discover food freedom through rejecting diet culture and dismantling false narratives that keep you feeling stuck. She will help you listen to your inner wisdom while leaving the shame and “shoulds” behind. In practice, this looks like honoring your unique preferences and needs while trusting your body’s ability to tell you what, when, and how much to eat. Andrea believes in a whole-person approach to nutrition counseling and one that is inclusive of all bodies. As a result of her own personal experiences, she understands how the quest for “health” can sometimes become unhealthy and how self-acceptance and mindfulness can radically change lives. After all, health is so much more than the physical, and balancing the body, soul, and mind is imperative to sustain it lifelong.
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“I have been a client of Body in Mind Nutrition several times over the years and have had a great experience each time. They are gracious and welcoming -- willing to listen and wise in their counsel. Folks often think of nutritionists as the "food police" -- they are not the police at all! They listen, counsel and provide compassion -- offering encouragement when things go well and insight when you hit a bump in the road. I recommend them highly and without hesitation. They have taught me much about living a whole and balance life -- one not focused on daily weigh-ins but on all the joy life (and food) have to offer.”