In the past you may have experienced a visit with a Dietitian after having a heart attack or after the diagnosis of diabetes and may have been told “You are only allowed to eat…”, often taking away some of life’s simplest pleasures. Well times have changed. We are no longer, and some never have been, the food police. I now like to think of Dietitians as food cheerleaders.
Registered Dietitians are regulated health professionals, meaning our practice is monitored by a professional College. I am a member of the College of Dietitians of Ontario. We have yearly reviews and yearly self-assessments to ensure we are practicing safely and ethically.
When we meet with you our main goal is to address any nutritional concerns you may have. We provide you with current, evidence based nutrition information related to your dietary issues so that you can make an educated decision that suits you best. We help you to work through any barriers or fears and it is all done in a non-judgmental, safe space.
There are no bad foods, just foods we may need to eat in moderation. Dietitians work with your preferences, traditions and habits to find a happy balance. We see patients of all ages for all nutrition related concerns.
Some people may not realize there is a big connection between our mood and our food. When we are feeling difficult emotions, like sad, angry, frustrated, we may eat more or we may eat less. This can impact our health if we eat too little or too much for an extended amount of time. Dietitians can help you to see the connection and build a healthy relationship with food, along with strategies to help manage this connection.
Sometimes it is nice to check-in with a Dietitian just for a dietary review to make sure you are on the right track and taking the right preventative steps to reduce your risk for future health complications.
Whatever your nutrition questions or concerns are, my door is open and I am ready to listen and help.