Julia Hanfling, RD, CDE

Julia Hanfling, RD, CDE

About Julia Hanfling, RD, CDE

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

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?


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. It took me years to tie together my interests and values. 

As an undergrad at World College West and Oregon State University, I studied an eclectic mix of the sciences while also exploring various spiritual and meditative approaches to wellness and healing. I could see the merits and limitations of both western and eastern medicinal approaches. I found ways to bring these two schools of thought together through nutrition. 

I graduated from Oregon State University in Clinical Nutrition. After graduation, I completed a year-long internship in Chicago and then moved back to Oregon. I became both a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator.

Using my nutrition skills in various capacities, my work included public speaking, research, one-on-one consults, as an outpatient educator and nutritionist for a local hospital, and more. In 1998 I opened my own practice called 3 Peaches Nutrition & Diabetes Coaching. It brings me great joy to apply my background, experience, and philosophy into a unique and holistic practice that has consistently improved my clients' quality of life in subtle and profound ways.


I love what Julia does and how she does it, with a sense of community, purpose and embracing personality. She is informative, knowledgeable and warm-hearted. She is a great resource, often hosting guest speakers with valuable research and info. The world of diabetes needs more of Julia in it. If you are a diabetic, please take advantage of what Julia has to offer.

— Sherri L.

I couldn't have faced having to inject insulin without Julia's help. She is walking me thru the process of getting well with compassion and practicality. She is inspiring and always lifts my spirits. She is an angel in disguise.
— Jan O.

Working with Julia has been a treat. She is an excellent listener and has been an effective guide for managing my SIBO and Leaky Gut. Together, we navigated a complicated maze of dietary restrictions and modifications. I now have a nutrition and wellness plan that matches my needs and my body. I haven't felt so vibrant in years!
— George C.

Julia's approach to wellness is so inspiring. She is incredibly knowledgeable about diabetes and nutrition and has so many wonderful tools to share. Even more, Julia approaches her work with kindness and an open mind, making her such a joy to work with!
— Kerry D.

Presentation Testimonials

Julia, you were a big hit at the last presentation, with all of the visual aids. We're thrilled to have you back again.
— Care Oregon

Hawthorne Diabetes Group Testimonials

The last two meetups were fantastic (those were the first I'd been to)! I learned a lot and all my questions were answered by Julia and the presenters, very insightful. Really enjoyed listening to other people's comments, experiences with diabetes. Looking forward to meeting new people on the 11th. See you there.
— Charles

The last time we met, I learned so much!!! I am looking forward to another great meeting!!!
— Kathi

It was great to hear other people's stories and share my own.