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Why work with a dietitian?

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Nutrition is a hot topic. You may have a growing desire for better nutrition as a way to improve your healthy and productivity.  Research shows that nutrition counselling with a dietitian is a good investment for your health and wellness. Here are some common questions we get asked about working with a dietitian.

Why should I consult a dietitian?

Dietitians translate scientific research into practical solutions. They work with you to help you feel your best. Dietitians can provide:

  • Tips and healthy recipes to help you plan, shop for and cook healthy meals for your family
  • Information to help you interpret food labels, the latest food trends and diets
  • Support to improve your relationship with food and be mindful of your eating habits
  • Individualized Counselling to help you:
    • manage your weight, food allergies and intolerances or digestive issues
    • get the most from your workouts
    • prevent and manage chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and kidney disease
  • Guidance on how to feed your baby, a “picky” eater, or an active teenager
  • Advice on whether you need a vitamin or mineral supplement based on your health needs.

Why are nutrition services important?

Health concerns are on the rise

  • 44% of Canadians over age 20 have at least 1 chronic health condition
  • 11 million Canadians live with diabetes or prediabetes
  • More than 2.6 million Canadians suffer from food allergies

Canadians want better nutrition

Canadians are increasingly more aware of their food choices, shopping smarter, and opting for better nutrition now more than ever before.  Although provincial health plans don’t provide adequate coverage, many employee and private health insurance plans cover Registered Dietitian led Nutrition Counselling sessions.

Manage your Health

Good nutrition improves health and reduces health risks that can lead to illness or high prescription drug use.

  • Lowers risk for and helps manage type 2 diabetes
  • Improves weight, blood pressure, cholesterol levels
  • Controls digestive issues and food allergies

Your best choice for nutrition services are Registered Dietitians…hands down!

Dietitians are Specialized

Dietitians must pass university and licensing exams, undergo rigorous practical training, and commit to staying on top of emerging research, skills and techniques in food, nutrition and health.

Dietitians are Regulated

Dietitians are the only nutrition practitioners that are licensed and regulated in every province in Canada. Just like a nurse or physiotherapist, dietitians hold a protected designation. Look for the letters RD (registered dietitian) or PDt (professional dietitian) DT.I or Dt.P, after your health care professional’s name depending on the province.

Dietitians are Health Care Professionals

Dietitians belong to a national association that promotes the highest level of professional standards through extensive training, knowledge sharing and a powerful evidence-based nutrition database – a leading resource for nutrition professionals around the world.

A Dietitian can unlock the power of food for your healthy living. Ask us how. Connect with us

How to Survive – And Thrive – Working from Home

An African Canadian woman sitting and smiling at her desk with a laptop.

(Guest post by Diana Rocca, Founder of DREROC Marketing Strategy)

It’s no secret; 2021 and 2022 became the years we all worked from home – thanks Covid! According to Statista, as of 2021, over 30% of Canadian workers now work permanently from a home office — and that number is only increasing.

While working from home can come with plenty of benefits — hello, no commute and no work clothes — it can also present some, not-so-fun challenges. Working from home can leave some people feeling isolated, bored, and unproductive. Does this sound familiar?

Here are some of my tips on how to not only survive, but thrive, from your home office.

Stay hydrated

Water is my go-to when working from home. Studies have shown that staying hydrated not only helps fend off fatigue, but it can also keep your mood elevated — which is just what you’ll need to get through those back-to-back Zoom meetings.

Not a fan of water? Try squeezing lemon juice into your water bottle to up the flavour profile.

Start your day right

By beginning your day well, you’ll set yourself up for a happy, productive day — even if you’re only traveling across the hall. A morning meditation followed by a hearty, nutritious breakfast is the foundation for my days. A great weekday breakfast is whole grain oatmeal topped with nuts and berries. It’ll give you a boost in fibre, protein and antioxidants. Meanwhile, meditation can help you clear your mind and gain new perspectives for the day ahead. It’s the perfect one-two punch to start your day.

One of my favourite meditation apps is Headspace or simply listening to instrumental music on YouTube.

Organize your day to minimize distractions

Incorporating time blocking into my workday has been life changing. I’m more productive and efficient, plus it minimizes distractions. This method is a way to organize your day into manageable blocks or chunks, and each block of time is dedicated to one particular task or group of similar tasks.

At the beginning of each day, I take pen to paper (yep – really getting back to basics) and organize my entire workday into blocks of time. To ensure I’m staying focused on the task at hand I check emails twice per day, so I dedicate the start and the end of each day to answering emails, and fill up the middle blocks with tasks starting from highest to lowest priority. Finally, at the end of the day, I set aside time to clean and organize my desk. Remember… clean desk, clear mind.

Keep moving

Working from home can lead to a lot of extra sitting — especially if you used to walk or bike during your commute. Keep moving — whether it’s a workout, walking the dog, or yoga, carve out time each day to get up and move.

I typically aim for movement or a mini break every hour. Not only does this get the blood flowing, but it also provides an added boost of energy – leaving me feeling more productive and ready to tackle any task at hand. Believe it or not, micro breaks like this throughout the day are key to staying productive.

Lighting and ergonomics are key

If you’re going to be spending a lot of time working from home, make sure you have a good, healthy set up. This means getting plenty of natural light, along with a good chair that promotes good posture. This will help you avoid injury, pain, and fatigue.

And don’t forget to “dress up” your home office space with pieces that inspire you. Whether that be plants, art – or even listening to music – it’s important to curate a home office space that cultivates good work habits simply because you “feel good” working in that space.

Set clear boundaries

Finally… leave work at work. Even when the work takes place in your home office.

When you work from home, it can be hard to create clear boundaries between your work life and home life. Set definitive times so that you know when to switch off from work. Leave your office space and spend your free time elsewhere in your home.


– Written by Diana Rocca, Founder of DREROC Marketing Strategy and top 5 branding expert by Yahoo Finance –

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