Heather Caplan, RD

Heather Caplan registered dietitian

I work as a registered dietitian and freelance writer in the Washington DC area. I’m a certified running coach and have completed yoga teacher training. I have a private practice for nutrition counseling, run coaching, and consulting. For a little something extra, I host the RD Real Talk podcast every week. Unrelated, but also true: I have a pup named Banana, have been known to commute from coast-to-coast, and drink iced coffee all year.

My clients are primarily active women and female athletes (of all ages) who have (or had) disordered eating patterns, orthorexia, or changes to their menstrual cycle due to stress, nutrition, and exercise. I’ve had similar experiences—which I’m open about—so I’m passionate about helping restore health through nutrition, mindfulness, and activity.

I started my private practice in January 2017, a process I’ve shared on my blog to help fellow budding entrepreneurs navigate the early waters. (TBH, they’re not always smooth!) In February, I founded a nonprofit called the Lane 9 Project with Alexis Fairbanks and Samantha Strong. Lane 9 is a community for female runners who have or had an eating disorder, with a mission to raise awareness of the Female Athlete Triad. 


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I’ve had a few jobs in nutrition.

From 2015 to 2016, I worked as the Head of Nutrition and Coaching for tech startup in San Francisco (Spright, Inc.), where I designed and led online group health classes. I believe we are all stronger together, gain more confidence by having a community supporting us, and benefit from relationships with both a coach and our peers. Prior to that, I had a career in corporate wellness coaching and program management with Wellness Corporate Solutions; social marketing with Small Planet Foods, and public health nutrition counseling for the Fairfax County Health Department’s WIC program.

I’ve always had my words.

Writing has been the only constant in my work and life experiences. My skills felt much more developed after my experience with Spright (and our amazing editors), so I finally took the leap to start freelancing in 2016.

You’ll find my words here on the Real Talk blog and RD Real Talk podcast newsletter, on Medium, Runner’s WorldRunner’s Connect, Motiv, EatingWell, LOLA’s The Broadcast, and a variety of other health sites. I’ve been quoted in The Washington Post, Runner’s World, Outside Online, and FITNESS magazine. If you’re really curious, your internet searches might lead you to some writing I did as a senior in college at Penn State, through my dietetic internship at the University of Maryland-College Park, or the one time I had a Tumblr.

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I like many things that have nothing to do with nutrition.

I take any and every opportunity to travel. I prefer to explore by running, hiking, backpacking, sky-diving, or walking everywhere. I left the country to run a half marathon in Israel two days after I got married (sans new husband), have lived in nine states, visited four continents, and been lost more times than I care to count.  I’ve learned my favorite life lessons through running, yoga, friendships with like-minded people, and Sunday mimosas. 

Disclaimer: the content on this site is not meant to replace personal nutrition or medical advice. Please consult a registered dietitian or your primary care physician. 

Photos by Kelci Alane Photography