I want for you to have confidence and certainty about your eating. About your ability to take back control over how food fits into your life, in a good way.
In today’s world of social media and online marketing, so many food messages swirl around us constantly – whether we notice them or not. It’s no wonder many people feel like throwing their hands up in the air in surrender. It’s no wonder we feel overwhelmed and uncertain about what or who to believe anymore.
“Today they say this, the next day they say that. Why can’t they make up their minds! I’m just going to eat what I want.”
Eating can feel like a burden, especially if you’re trying to make a change or if you’re faced with news of a new diagnosis. All of a sudden, the foods you’ve always eaten, the ways you’ve always cooked, the routines and habits you’ve followed feel like they’re being questioned. What was once just something you did now feels ‘bad’ or ‘wrong’ and everyone wants to give you their 2-cents on how to deal with it … whether you wanted to know or not! You may even feel anxious about eating, or restricted, or guilty, or judged, or just plain out of control.
As someone who’s made nutrition my life, and who also feels overwhelmed by it all sometimes, I can relate! Over the years, I’ve learned there are ‘real-life’ ways to make small tweaks to your eating that can have huge and lasting benefits to your overall health. Shifts in your habits that help you get rid of those feelings of dread about “what to eat now”. Simple tools to guide your choices, making ‘healthy’ the easy choice. I like to think that the days of saying “if it tastes good, spit it out” are gone!
I’ve also learned through my 9+ years of working with adults in mid-life and beyond that we can’t ignore the fact that your ways of eating have been built over a whole lifetime. But we also know that age is just a number. How many times have you paused and thought to yourself, “but I don’t feel 40 … 50 … 60 … 70 …!” Unfortunately, many people brush off diseases that come with age as normal or expected.
The great news is that age doesn’t have to mean poor health or an inability to live life as you choose. No change is too small nor too late. Working on your nutrition, in any way, can build a solid foundation for getting the most out of your day-to-day. No matter what your health looks like now, there are opportunities to preserve and protect it.
As an adult with a lifetime of experience, you shouldn’t have to feel left out of your own care decisions or like you’re missing the tools to succeed. That’s why I’ve made this my career – to walk with you while sharing tools for navigating eating in these next chapters of life. To guide you toward feeling confident and certain about food again.
How can working with a Registered Dietitian (RD) help?
A Registered Dietitian (RD) will work with you to adjust your eating to fit with your lifestyle as it changes over time. Have a new diagnosis and your doctor suggested to make some dietary changes? Many health conditions can be well managed, even prevented, with tweaks to your eating. Or maybe you just now have the time and energy to put back into yourself, the desire to preserve and protect your health. Each person’s reasons are different and your journey will be unique.
The title ‘Registered Dietitian’ does not include the words holistic or nutrition. A common myth is that an RD doesn’t care for people ‘holistically’. This cannot be further from the truth. It is not possible for an RD to do the job expected of them without considering your whole life situation. If it relates to your current concern or possible future issues, we discuss it, including: diagnoses, medications and supplements, usual eating patterns, weight and dieting history, relationship with food, religious or culture eating patterns, stress, sleep, activity patterns, eating patterns of family and household members, gut health, chewing and swallowing ability, shopping and meal prep styles … the list goes on.
Whether you want to work on a specific concern or have a nutrition check-up to see if you’re on the right path … it’s never too late to preserve and protect your nutritional well-being while embracing aging into life’s next chapters.
You’re in the right place if you’re looking to:
- lose 10, 20, 50 pounds without fad diets – to feel better about yourself, take control of your eating or prepare for a surgery, everyone’s reasons are individual
- learn how eating can still be enjoyable after getting a new diagnosis – heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, kidney failure … many health conditions are well managed by making a few important tweaks to your eating patterns
- make food choices with confidence and certainty – there are many people saying many things online. You shouldn’t have to feel confused about nutrition or wonder if you’re experimenting with your health. Work on just the areas that will make the biggest difference in your life and take the guesswork out of eating.
- have a nutrition check-up – just to be sure that all your hard work is on the right track for your unique health risks
- stop trying to piece together trustworthy nutrition information You can get a lot of interesting free information online. But sometimes you just need real answers to the questions you’re asking … from a real person who’s qualified to answer them.
What makes Angela qualified?
- completed 10 month accredited dietetic internship focusing on areas within clinical, community and research
- passed the National Dietetic Registration Exam
- completed additional certifications for: Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), Craving ChangeTM
- registered and in good standing with the College of Dietitians of British Columbia
- long-standing member of Dietitians of Canada
- member of professional networks including Gerontology as well as the Diabetes, Obesity and Cardiovascular groups
- 9+ years working with aging adults in both private practice and long-term care settings
What are some next steps?
Whether you feel ready to start working with a Registered Dietitian or not, here are some next steps you can consider.
1. Understand that private nutrition sessions are not paid for through provincial health plans. But the good news is that many third party health benefit providers include RD services so if you do have a plan, now’s the time to check your coverage.
2. Check in with yourself …
- Do you have a nutrition concern?
- Are you willing to make any changes in your life right now?
- Do you have questions and you’re not sure who’s the best person to help?
- Do you feel like you want to make an investment in your health but aren’t sure what or where to start?
- Have you already started investing in your health and want to add nutrition to your plan?
3. Are you ready to start Preserving and Protecting your health so you can live well for all that life’s next chapters might offer? If you know it’s time to take the next step and make health your priority, you might be interested to read about Frequently Asked Questions or see what services I offer.
Investing in your health is a big deal. If you know you want to get started but not sure what direction you should take: Book a free Q&A chat here so we can review what your health goals are and if we’re a good fit to work together.
My aim in offering these free chats is not to force to you to commit. This is not a chance for me to sell you on my services …
I pride myself in being able to really help people. By meeting each other before you book any sessions, I can be sure that I can get you results … or will refer you to a colleague that could do a better job with your concerns! It’s also a great opportunity for you to get a sense of what our online sessions would be like. Hint: it’s easier than using Skype or FaceTime!
4. If you’re looking to learn more about what a Registered Dietitian is, here are some articles you might find helpful:
- Find out a little more about why I chose to be a Dietitian and work with people with aging bodies
- Dietitians are Regulated Allied Health Professionals
- What are some differences between a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritionist
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