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)
- Registered with the College of Dietitians of British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario (able to provide Dietitian services across Canada, except to PEI).
- Long-standing member Dietitians of Canada (DC)
- Member of Canadian Clinicians for Therapeutic Nutrition
- 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
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 (varies province to province – e.g. RD, RDN, PDt). I use RD, but can also use RDN as I am licensed across Canada, except in PEI.
Dietitians with undergraduate degrees undergo rigorous practical training internship) and need to successfully complete licensing exams before they can practice.
In addition, I have a post-graduate degree in Human Nutrition and like all Dietitians, am required to stay current with the evolving scientific research.
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
The paper has since been cited in almost 60 other publications.
Practising 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. Here is a recent post from March 4, 2021 — 4 years after I began and what I’ve accomplished then, and since.
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
I have been a speaker on several podcasts, including episode #7 of the Low CarbMD, episode #41 of the Die Healthier Podcast, episode #153 of Ketovangelist, Weight Solutions For Physicians. I was also a guest speaker at the KetoSolution PEI Conference on January 4, 2019.
On August 9, 2020 I was one of three speakers at the Low Carb and Ketogenic Approach to Health virtual summit, along with Dr. Paul Mason of Australia and Ivor Cummins (the “Fat Emperor”) of Dublin, Ireland.
I have been a guest on Vinnie Tortorich one 1-on-1 Luminaries, Laban Ditchburn’s Become Your Own Superhero and have had a second visit to the Low CarbMD (episode #141), which was released on October 19, 2020.