Nutritional Counselling

What Does a Dietitian Do?

  • Helps people make healthy food choices and separate fact from fiction to distinguish healthy eating plans from those that don’t provide optimal nourishment.
  • Provides information and advice that is tailored to the needs and values of their clients and communities.
  • Translates complex scientific evidence into practical solutions to promote health and help clients manage special health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, food allergies and obesity. (www.dietitians.ca)
 

Nutritional Counselling Services

Through individualized one-on-one counselling, the dietitian learns about your current lifestyle, diet, and your personal nutrition goals. Based on this information, the dietitian will work with you to design a plan of action that is customized to best meet your needs.
You will be given tools to help you work toward your nutrition goals.
As change is a process, it is often important to schedule follow-up sessions to build on your knowledge, help you work through the barriers and challenges that you may encounter along the way, and to provide continued encouragement to meet your health goals.
  • Initial assessments are approximately 1 hour
  • Follow-up appointments are approximately ½ hour
Many extended health care insurance plans cover dietitian services. Some plans require a medical referral. Check your plan to find out your coverage details.

 Our Dietitian Can Help With Nutrition Management of:

  • Weight ManagementMedical Conditions including, but not limited to: Osteoporosis, Heart Disease (high cholesterol, high triglycerides), High Blood Pressure, Gastrointestinal Conditions, Diabetes
  • Weight Management**
  • Craving Change™ (www.cravingchange.ca)**
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Women’s Health Issues – Menopause**
  • Healthy Eating for Everyday Life and Disease Prevention**
  • Menu Planning**
  • Nutrition Issues in Aging
See ** below for more details
 
 

Weight Management

(Weight Loss or Weight Gain)
 
Everyone’s life is different. Your food preferences, where and when you eat are unique to you. Customizing the changes you need to make based on your personal situation can help you achieve long term success. Working with you the dietitian will customize a meal pattern that fits your personal situation, and she will guide you through the changes needed along the way.
Craving Change™
 
This is a 'how-to' program for changing your relationship with food. This course will help you understand WHY you eat the way you, how to comfort yourself without food and how to change your thinking and your eating. If you feel you know what to eat but have trouble following through with your goals, this course is for you.
 
Required Time Commitment: 4 sessions of 1 hour each
 

 

Women’s Health – Menopause

lifestyle balance scale
The dietitian has developed a special interest in the nutritional care of women as they transition through Menopause. The struggles that women have as they try to balance their own health concerns with the demands of their family and work lives present special challenges.

The dietitian's expertise lies in educating women on the importance of self-care and how to use lifestyle changes to help manage some of the symptoms of menopause, simplify the stresses of daily life, and reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases (such as osteoporosis and heart disease) as women age.

 

Disease Prevention - Fighting Inflammation Through Food

Research shows that chronic inflammation has been linked with many medical conditions including diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, cancer. Research is also showing that many foods contain nutrients or components that can reduce inflammation.

Healthy eating patterns like the Mediterranean Diet have shown the benefits using food to fight inflammation. Learn the ins and outs of the Mediterranean Diet.

 

Menu Planning

Menu PlanningBusy lives can make eating well a challenge. Whether you are cooking for one or many, planning ahead can take the stress out of mealtime, help you eat healthy, and save time and money.
 
Menu planning can be the key to putting your nutrition plans into action and achieving your nutrition goals.
 

 

Dietitian vs. Nutritionist - What's the Difference?

According to the College of Dietitians of Manitoba, the title 'Registered Dietitian' is protected by law, meaning that only those who have met the education requirements and are registered with the College of Dietitians of Manitoba can use this title. The term nutritionist is NOT protected by law. This means anyone can provide nutrition advice and call themselves a nutritionist.
 
Dietitians are the only regulated nutrition professional in the province. Registered Dietitians must have completed a Bachelor's degree specializing in human nutritional sciences, as well as a period of practical training (a minimum of 35 weeks) in clinical nutrition, community and public health nutrition, as well as food service management. Dietitians must also meet the College standards for ethics and professional conduct as well as participate annually in the College's continuing competence program.
 
You should be careful to ensure that the person you choose to provide your nutrition care is a qualified nutrition professional. You can contact the College of Dietitians of Manitoba to find out if the person who is providing your nutrition care is a Registered Dietitian (www.manitobadietitians.ca/for_the_public.aspx).
 
Titles like 'Registered Holistic Nutritionist', 'Certified Nutritional Practitioner’, RONP, RNCP, ROHP, RHN, or CNP are titles that are often used by those who have completed privately-owned training programs that vary in length and rigor. These titles are not the same as Registered Dietitian and do not indicate that the person is a provincially-regulated professional (www.dietitians.ca/thedifference).