A little bit about me and my story:
In 2015, a physician-friend came to speak with me about implementing a low carb diet with a family member, and she shared with me from the scientific literature how a low carb diet was both safe and effective. After much studying, I began to offer low carb services.
In 2017, I opened The Low Carb Healthy Fat Dietitian which is dedicated to providing a range of low carb and ketogenic services.
I am a member of Canadian Clinicians for Therapeutic Nutrition, a group of Canadian of physicians and healthcare professionals that utilizes evidence-based dietary interventions to improve — and when possible, to reverse the symptoms of chronic, nutritionally-related diseases.
Training and Credentials
- Registered Dietitian (RD)
- Bachelor of Science (Nutritional Sciences), McGill University
- Master of Science (Human Nutrition), University of British Columbia, 2008
- Bilingual (English, French), listed in the Réso Santé Colombie-Britannique
- Long-standing member Dietitians of Canada (DC)
- Member of Canadian Clinicians for Therapeutic Nutrition
Dietitians are the only nutrition practitioners that are licensed and regulated in every province in Canada. Just like Nurses or Physiotherapists, Dietitians hold a protected designation (varies province to province – e.g. RD, RDN, PDt). I use RD, but am also able to use RDN as I am licensed in multiple provinces.
Dietitians with undergraduate degrees undergo rigorous practical training (internship) and need to successfully complete licensing exams before they can practice. In addition to having successfully passed the licensing exam, I continue to fulfill the annual licensing requirements of the Colleges of Dietitians that I am a member of.
I also have a post-graduate degree in Human Nutrition, and stay current with the scientific literature.
I was the lead researcher on a clinical research study about the Dietary Intake and Nutrient Status of Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, that was published in the International Journal of Pediatrics in 2010.
Nutritional Status of Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Pilot Study, June 2010, International Journal of Pediatrics 2010(2):767318 DOI: 10.1155/2010/767318
The paper has since been cited in almost 60 other publications.
Book – Low Carb Breads of the World
For information about the upcoming book, Low Carb Breads of the World, please click here.
Practicing What I Teach
In March 2017 I was at a crossroads with respect to my own health. It was more accurately, a crisis. I knew that I would either have to change the way I ate or would need to go on several types of medications to address high blood sugar, high cholesterol and very high blood pressure. The day I made the decision was March 5, 2017 and I’ve never looked back.
By following a low carb and then a ketogenic diet over the following two years, I lost substantial weight and put my type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure into remission.
Even though I knew what to do, I had to do it just like anyone else and my passion is to help others to do the same.
You can find the link to my complete “A Dietitian’s Journey” blog under the Food for Thought tab, but keep in mind that everybody has different nutritional needs and medical background, so each person’s journey’ will be different than mine.
Teaching What I Practice
This is one of my clients who set a New Year’s goal 3 years ago. She knew it would take time, but here she is. She has lost over 200 pounds eating low carb and tells her story in her own words, here.
Conference & Podcast Speaker
Podcasts and Virtual Summits
I have been a speaker on several podcasts and virtual summits, the most recent of which is the Food Junkies Food Addiction Summit, released on October 14, 2021.
I have also spoken twice on the Low CarbMD (episode #7 , episode #141), have been a guest on Vinnie Tortorich one 1-on-1 Luminaries, Laban Ditchburn’s Become Your Own Superhero, Die Healthier Podcast (episode #41), Ketovangelist, (episode #153), as well as on Weight Solutions For Physicians.
I was also one of three speakers at the Low Carb and Ketogenic Approach to Health virtual summit in August 2020, along with Dr. Paul Mason of Australia and Ivor Cummins (the “Fat Emperor”) of Dublin, Ireland.
Ask the Low Carb Dietitian (April 20, 2022) – Answers to 13 Weight-Loss Questions
1. How do I trust myself to build my own nutrition plan for weight loss, where do I even start? Certain grams for carbs focus on protein?
2. How should I be eating if I have high cholesterol for weight loss? How can I boost my HDL and lower my LDL?
3. How to switch from a low carb to Mediterranean diet. How will this effect weight maintenance and ongoing weight loss?
4. I have elevated sodium despite not adding salt to diet. How should I approach my meal planning?
5. Any tips on eating low carb while battling colitis? (specifically lymphocytic colitis)
6. If we’ve been told by our doctor not to do keto/low carb because it’s effecting out body negatively- what do we eat? Low fat diet? Just good quality whole foods?
7. Can you talk about healthy fats? How much should I have in my diet?
8. I have impaired fasting insulin how should I approach creating a meal plan?
9. I’m struggling to create meals that my whole family will eat, young kids, picky. I don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen, but I am also focused on my weight loss goals.
10. What do I have to change once I’m at maintenance with my meal plan? In the past I have been more permissive and regained very quickly.
11. I eat One Meal a Day, OMAD. I am worried this may slow my metabolism long term. Can I meet all my nutritional requirements with OMAD. I am not sure if this is sustainable long term. I’m fearful of weight regain if I add a second meal in like lunch somewhere during the process.
12. Are there any supplements I should be considering when actively trying to lose weight?
13. Before the gym I used to “carb load” if I had a plan to do something strenuous. I also used things like pre-workout or burner as I never get that rush of endorphins everyone talks about. Now that gyms are open again, what can I do instead of carb loading, drinking sugary drinks or using burners to make sure I have enough energy for 1) to actually go and 2) support me during my workout