About Me

As a medical nutritionist and diabetes educator with over 20 years experience, I focus on metabolic conditions including diabetes, heart disease, inflammation, and much more Using self-compassion and kindness, I guide individuals and groups to discover the roots of their health concerns, which often times have a nutrition base. With these roots uncovered, we create a roadmap for improved health.

My Philosophy

        Julia Hanfling, RD, CDE

        Julia Hanfling, RD, CDE

I believe that each person is an expert of his or her own life. My philosophy is to guide clients without judgement or pressure - always on your own terms.

I think good health is like a jigsaw puzzle. Each piece represents a different part of a person's life - including medical history, daily life, and personal preferences. Once we identify the pieces, we can then put them together and see the big picture. At that point, I can offer suggestions and guidelines that really fit the individual. I work collaboratively with other providers as part of a client's healthcare team.

My philosophy is summed up in the Gentle Steps, which I've created as a guide for living a life a wholeness.

Licenses, Certifications, & Memberships

  • Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RD or RDN) - Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics with the following practice group memberships: Diabetes Care and Education, Functional and Integrative Nutrition, Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
  • Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) - American Association of Diabetes Educators
  • Licensed Dietitian (LD) - Oregon
  • Bachelor of Science, Clinical Nutrition - Oregon State University

What's in the name, 3 Peaches Nutrition?

Nutrition coaching, diabetes coach

While growing up in Southeast Portland, I had an old peach tree in my backyard. The tree gave few peaches, but they were as big as grapefruits. In late summer, my two best friends and I would climb the tree and pick the most delicious peaches right off of the branch, savoring every bite. These fruits would be sweet, juicy, and warm from the sun. I named my business "3 Peaches Nutrition & Diabetes Coaching" with the conviction that nutrition changes for improved health should be as delicious as August peaches. This philosophy is what I offer to my clients. 

My Story

Many different paths converged before I realized that nutrition and diabetes coaching would be my calling. I had always been captivated by the sophisticated yet unseen forces that govern the world around us. But it took me years to tie together my interests and values. 

Diabetes,  Mindful Eating

I studied ferociously, soaking in unique perspectives from differing schools of thought all over the world. As an undergrad at World College West and Oregon State University, I studied an eclectic mix of biology, microbiology, botany, herbology, and acupuncture, while also exploring various spiritual and meditative approaches to wellness and healing. But no individual course or experience resonated. I could see that the merits and limitations of both western and eastern medicinal approaches. But keeping the two profoundly separate puzzled me greatly.

It wasn't until I was awarded a scholarship to study acupuncture at the Reiji Instutite of Natural Medicine in Kyoto, Japan that I started to recognize how I could forge a holistic approach to health that weighed both western and eastern approaches. I decided to turn down the generous scholarship and set aside medical school, naturopathic school, and chiropractic school aspirations. After many trials and tribulations, unrelated quests, and unexpected life turns, I found my home in nutritional health. A health discipline that is both a science and an art. 

Finally, In 1998, after many years of working as an outpatient educator and nutritionist for a local hospital, I had the distinct privilege of founding Three Peaches Nutrition. It brings me great joy to apply my background, experience, and philosophy into a unique and holistic practice that has consistently improved my patients' quality of life in subtle and profound ways.