Meet Sydney Greene
Class of 2023 BEQ Pride LGBTQ Leader Under 40
Pronouns: She, Her
Who or what inspires your leadership purpose? And why?
The 13-year-old version of me who had no queer role models to look up to, who lived in a home that appeared “inclusive” but was actually full of homophobia – that is who inspires me to be the leader, health-care provider, and business owner I am today. Today, I get to show up for queer girls and sober humans who need someone to look up to. The way I run my business, coach clients, and write for major publications is rooted in remaining authentic to my identity and place within the lgbtq+ community. ~ Sydney Greene
Sydney Greene is a Master’s level trained registered dietitian. Sydney offers weight-inclusive nutrition counseling and coaching to individuals looking to recover from substance-use disorders, mental health disorders, and eating disorders. As a sober, out and proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, Sydney brings personalized, down-to-earth care to her clients. Her colleagues describe her as a food therapist. Many individuals in the LGBTQ+ community struggle with body image and disordered eating and looking to recover mind, body and spirit from their dysfunctional relationships with food. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), research shows as early as age 12, gay, lesbian, and bisexual teens may be at higher risk of binge-eating and purging than their heterosexual peers. Sydney is paving the way for bringing person-centered nutrition interventions to treat these conditions. She hopes that eating disorder and substance use disorder care is accessible to all, especially the LGBTQ+ community.
From Sydney’s website:
SYDNEY GREENE MS, RDN
I’m a registered dietitian and nutritionist, and I’m in recovery from an obsessive relationship with food and exercise.
As a teenager, I obsessed over my appearance. I picked myself apart every chance I could, and spent more time in front of the mirror than I care to admit. My life was dictated by thoughts of “what should I eat next?” and my workout schedule.
When I got honest about my relationship with alcohol a few years later, I knew in my gut that my relationship with food and my body was broken too. Nutrition science wasn’t cutting it–– I needed the honesty, compassion, accountability, and willingness to heal that you learn in recovery to help me heal.
I know how hard it is to be human, to have a body, and try to feed yourself every day. We all need to eat to survive, yet society teaches us that our bodies are a status symbol and that it’s more important to prioritize how we look.
I want you to find joy in food and eating again. No more “shoulds”. No more “good” and “bad” foods. No more trusting an instagram influencer more than your own body’s innate wisdom. No more doubting your food choices.
It’s possible, friend. I did it, and I empower my clients to do the same. It’d be an honor to support you.
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