About

About Us

At Body in Mind Nutrition, we provide individualized nutrition therapy to support your physical and mental vitality, your emotional well-being, and a greater sense of ease in your body.  We do not believe in quick fixes, fads or weight loss diets-as a matter of fact, we work to dismantle diet culture, especially the diet culture messages you may have internalized. Our intention is to support you in healing your relationship with food, eating and your body.  We believe that all bodies are worthy bodies and use a non-diet approach. We focus our efforts on partnering with you in making sustainable choices to support your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

We are guided by…

Our Philosophy

We believe that all bodies are worthy bodies. This means that we are LGBTQIA+ affirming, respectful of your race, culture and lived experiences, your age and most importantly, your body size. We are HAES (Health at Every Size) aligned. See our FAQ section if you would like to learn more about HAES. There is no wrong way to have a body.

We also believe that all foods can fit. We are committed to helping you make peace with food and begin to dismantle the diet culture rules about eating you may have learned. We intend to help you discover what foods provide your unique body with vitality, satisfaction, well-being and pleasure.

We believe that all people carry within them the wisdom to nurture and support themselves.

Our Mission

To prevent and treat disordered eating with respect for people of all ages, races, religions, body sizes, gender identities, sexual orientations, and neurological as well as physical abilities.

To support your recovery from disordered eating with respect for you as a unique individual.

To help you rediscover and reclaim your true self, along with the resilience and strength that is developed along the way.

Our Method

We believe that healing takes place within relationships. Therefore, we place you at the center of our process with respect, true listening, and compassion. Our Individualized Sessions are designed to get to know you and create a safe space for you to process and heal your relationship with food, eating and body. If it is appropriate and helpful, we will include your family and those who support you in this process as well.

We also offer Groups, Online Courses, Body Respect Yoga Classes, Workshops and Retreats to create community and social support for your process.

And we are here to help you discover…

Fresh Perspective

Sustainable Process

Shifts in Thoughts & Behaviors

Respect for Your Body

Peace with Food

“Debra Benfield is one of those rare nutrition therapists who has a deep understanding of the complex issues that underlie disordered eating behaviors. I hold her work in the highest regard.”
Anita Johnston, Ph.D.
Author, Eating in the Light of the Moon
Director, ‘Ai Pono Eating Disorder Programs

Our Team

Debra Benfield
M.Ed., CEDRD-S, RYT

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
MPH, RDN, LDN
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
M.Ed., RDN, LDN
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
M.Ed., RDN, LDN, CSSD
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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FAQ's

Debra Benfield Consulting (Debra Benfield and associates) is in network with BCBS and will file insurance claims on your behalf with BCBS. 

If you will be using your BCBS health insurance policy to cover a portion of your nutrition therapy, you will need to understand your coverage, including your co-pays, co-insurance and deductible. It is important that you contact your insurance company prior to your first visit, so that we know how much to bill you. Please call the Customer Service telephone number on the back of your insurance card.

We are out of network with other insurance companies. We can provide you with a superbill,” which can be submitted to your insurance company for reimbursement. You can call your insurance company to inquire about your out of network benefits. If we are out of network with your insurance company, you will need to pay for your sessions at the time of service, and the reimbursement will be paid directly to you.

When calling your insurance company, ask the following questions to help determine your coverage: 

  1. Is Debra Benfield Consulting (NPI number 1588131817) currently an in-network provider for my plan? 
  2. If not, what are my out of network benefits? 
  3. Does my plan cover outpatient nutrition counseling, CPT codes 97802 (nutrition assessment), 97803 (follow up), or 97904 (group)? If you have diabetes, you may also want to ask about diabetes management codes, G0108 (individual) and G0109 (group). 
  4. Do I have any nutrition counseling visits covered under the preventative care portion of my plan, (ICD-10 code z71.3)? 
  5. Do I need a physician referral? 
  6. Do I have a deductible for Nutritional Counseling Services”? 
  7. If yes, how much is it and how much has been met so far? 
  8. Is there a copayment for each visit or do I have co-insurance? If I have co-insurance, what is the percentage of coverage? 
  9. How many sessions are covered per year?
  10. What month does the policy year renew?  
  11. Are there any restrictions and/or limitations to my coverage? 

Please bring your insurance card, along with the answer to these questions, to your first visit. Please note that we will not accurately know how much insurance will pay until we have filed and received payment. After that, we will adjust your balance accordingly.

A registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) is a food, nutrition and eating behavior expert. RDNs must successfully:

* Graduate with a bachelor’s degree from an American Dietetic Association (ADA) accredited university or college nutrition program.
* Complete an internship at an ADA accredited supervised practice program (typically 9-12 months).
* Pass a national exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
* Design, submit and maintain a Professional Development Portfolio approved by the CDR.
* Complete 75 continuing education credit hours every five years.
* Maintain state licensure (In North Carolina, the State of North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition).

For complete information visit The American Dietetic Association

Nutrition Therapist (RD with advanced skill set): meets with the patient over a longer period of time and encounters the complex area of human relationship dynamics. Level of involvement is individualized depending upon the division of responsibilities within the treatment team. It is recognized that by necessity RDs have had to learn basic counseling and behavior change skills, as they deal with changing eating behaviors for many diagnosed illnesses.

The nutrition therapist must be able to effectively recognize, assess, and appropriately plan treatment for a patient with an Eating Disorder.

Our RDs have Master’s level educations along with advanced‐level training via self‐study and continued education.  The care you receive at Body in Mind Nutrition/Debra Benfield Consulting is provided by RDs who receive regular supervision with an CEDRD-S (an International Association of Eating Disorders Professional (IAEDP)-approved Supervisor.)

It is the International Association of Eating Disorder Professional’s (IAEDP)’s mission to promote excellence in competency assessment for professionals in the eating disorders field through offering a rigorous set of criteria for the evaluation of education, training, knowledge and experience. Registered dietitians with the Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian credential (CEDRD) are experienced nutrition therapists who have met rigorous educational and skill requirements, have accumulated a minimum number of hours of qualifying work experience, have made a commitment to stay abreast of current developments in the field through Continuing Education, and have agreed to comply with the Association’s Ethical Principles.

Certification is evidence that both the professional and IAEDP are diligent in seeking advancement in training, education, research and competency in addressing the complexities involved in the treatment of eating disorders.

(Source: International Association of Eating Disorder Professions/IAEDP)

The chronic nature of our culture’s obsession with both weight and food rules has created harm and fractured our natural ability to trust our body’s ability to regulate our eating. Intuitive Eating is an approach developed to help you heal from the side effects of chronically following food rules or “diets”. If you have tried to follow food rules, you likely experience a “diet backlash”. This may include an increase in rigidity in seeing foods as “good” and “bad”, restricting that may lead to binge eating, and difficulty in trusting yourself with food and eating.

An intuitive eater is defined as a person who “makes food choices without experiencing guilt or an ethical dilemma, honors hunger, respects fullness and enjoys the pleasure of eating.” We offer both individual and group programs to support your process of becoming an Intuitive Eater.

The Health At Every Size® Principles are:

  1. Weight Inclusivity: Accept and respect the inherent diversity of body shapes and sizes and reject the idealizing or pathologizing of specific weights.
  1. Health Enhancement: Support health policies that improve and equalize access to information and services, and personal practices that improve human well-being, including attention to individual physical, economic, social, spiritual, emotional, and other needs.
  1. Respectful Care: Acknowledge our biases, and work to end weight discrimination, weight stigma, and weight bias. Provide information and services from an understanding that socio-economic status, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, and other identities impact weight stigma, and support environments that address these inequities.
  1. Eating for Well-being: Promote flexible, individualized eating based on hunger, satiety, nutritional needs, and pleasure, rather than any externally regulated eating plan focused on weight control.
  1. Life-Enhancing Movement: Support physical activities that allow people of all sizes, abilities, and interests to engage in enjoyable movement, to the degree that they choose.

(Source:  Association of Size Diversity and Health/ASDAH)

We understand that chronic dieting and eating disorders make it challenging to make changes to your relationship to food, eating and your body. Feeling ready to let go of your habits and rules may feel a little shaky. We understand and are committed to partnering with you, respectfully. We will encourage and support you as you make your way to making peace with food, eating and your body.

Currently, Family-Based Treatment is considered the best treatment for children and teens diagnosed with eating disorders. All associates of Body in Mind Nutrition have received training in providing Family-Based Treatment.

The providers of Body in Mind Nutrition are committed to supporting families in raising kids who feel comfortable and confidant with about food and body image, as well as competency in their eating. We utilize the Division of Responsibility (DOR) developed by the Ellyn Satter Institute in our work with families.

“Eating Competence is being comfortable and flexible with eating as well as matter-of-fact and reliable about getting enough to eat of enjoyable food. Even though they don’t worry about what and how much to eat, competent eaters do better nutritionally, are more active, sleep better, and have better lab tests. They are more self-aware and self-accepting, not only with food, but in all ways. To be a competent eater, be relaxed, self-trusting, and joyful about eating, and take good care of yourself with food.”

(Source: Ellyn Satter Institute)


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