Meet Your Dietitian
Charlotte Hammond, MS, RD, LDN, CDE, RYT
Charlotte Hammond, MS, RD, LDN, CDE, RYT is a Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, and Registered Yoga Teacher in Boulder, Colorado (previously Chicago, IL). Her integrative and functional nutritional expertise includes counseling for weight-loss, digestive difficulties, detoxification and longevity, anxiety and depression, chronic diseases (such as thyroid disorders, autoimmune challenges, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer), plant-strong and sensitivity-supportive diets, and chronic fatigue.
Charlotte helps her patients take control of their lives via her private practice, Eating with Ease LLC, where she brings her diverse skills to the table. Charlotte has previously supported chronic stress-related illness and metabolic syndrome patients while coordinating yoga services for Aayu Clinics, counseled home-care diabetes patients with advanced management needs with Dietitians at Home, taught college-level nutrition at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, and earned both inpatient and outpatient experience from the University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital and Health Sciences System and the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment. She has taught Hatha Yoga and meditation at many studios and private locations in Chicago including Tula Yoga, Urban Escape Healing, Urban Lotus Yoga, Bend Yoga, Village Yoga, Kru Strength and Fitness, Urban Escape Healing, Aayu Clinics, and the Temple of Kriya Yoga, and is a member of both the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Yoga Alliance.
Charlotte studied with Susan Allen, RD, CCN to earn her certificate in Advanced Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy and has Master’s degrees in Human Nutrition and Dietetics as well as Biomedical Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She earned a Bachelor’s in Biology at Boston University. She has taken advanced level training in Kriya Yoga Meditation and completed her foundational yoga teacher training at the Temple of Kriya Yoga.
With curiosity and appreciation, Charlotte is constantly learning and teaching about the human body, seeking to improve the life lived in that body by sharing those insights with others.
Charlotte's Wellness Journey
Dear Fellow Human Being,
I am humbled to admit that my own wellness journey has been both rocky, smooth, and everything in between. Growing up a heavy adolescent is not easy for any teen, and while recovering from teenage and early adulthood bulimia nervosa, I pursued an anti-nutritious lifestyle of binge dieting, over-caffeination, erratic exercise, and sleep deprivation. I became a slave to the stress of my life. On the outside, I was a type-A overachiever, half scientist and half artist, admired by my peers and parents, pursued by fascinating lovers, and highly academically successful. On the inside, I was falling apart, plagued with suicidal thoughts, and wondering how long I would hold it together. By the time my first career vanished in the recession of 2007, I realized that I would be very sick, very soon, if I wasn’t already.
So, I started riding a bicycle and eating more vegetables. I lost 30 pounds. I felt transformed and happier. Until one day I was hit by a careless, texting driver and ended up barely able to walk, luckily bruised but not broken, and with a renewed sense of determination to heal. I tried this “yoga” I had I heard so much about. I was immediately hooked. I just wanted to eat better after yoga class-- wanted to be myself and nourish myself after a yoga class. I went 1, 3, and suddenly 5 days per week. I fought through the pain until finally I felt less pain. It took several months, but I felt like a better version of myself again -- not just healing, but improving.
A year later I was embroiled in yoga teacher training, on the path to being the change I wanted to see in the world. The change is this: More Self-Awareness, More Supportive Knowledge, More Strength, More Flexibility, more Adaptability, More Efficiency, More Fearlessness.. And More Joy! When this path led to embracing my inner eating demons once and for all, I decided to become a nutrition professional. Now, food is the last thing I worry about because I feel confident that I make healthy choices, and when I don’t, I accept the consequences. I make time daily to meditate, do yoga, ride my bike, read, and eat nutritious food -- and getting to that place has taken years of trial and error to establish healthy habits that I look forward to indulging in. I know no one does it on their own -- a lot of good people gave me amazing knowledge and advice. Later on, I learned through testing that I have a genetic tendency toward heart disease and depression that I can successfully navigate with appropriate supplementation, diet, and exercise-- a true indication that there is no one-size-fits-all-eating-plan. Needing more tools for an individualized approach led me to train with a mentor in functional and integrative medical nutrition therapy, and the rest -- years of patience, patients, training, and integrating breathing and meditation into standard clinical services -- has been both a learning experience and a blessing. When I see patients improve after years of suffering, my heart grows larger and lighter. I am so grateful to serve and to lead others toward sustainable changes that lead to greater enjoyment of life.
What I have learned-- the good news, even-- is that we are all responsible for our own health, meaning we can choose how we respond to life’s challenges. I don’t have to take a medication for most conditions. I have choices. You have choices. I have equipped myself with knowledge and skills to help you reduce stress, build a healthier body and mind, and enjoy healing yourself for your wellness journey. I do what I do because it works. Let me guide you. You just need time, patience, know-how, and support. If I can do it, you can do it.
My Personal Story