Meet Registered Dietitian, Christine McIntosh

Christine McIntosh HSN

Christine McIntosh PhD, RD

Calgary Registered Dietitian & Online Nutritionist

Specialty: Disordered Eating, Mental Health, Emotional Eating, IBS & Intestinal Health, Anti-inflammatory Eating, Arthritis, Chronic Pain, Weight Concerns, Women’s Health & Menopause

Pronouns: She/Her

With the heart of an adventurer, Christine goes deep and wide to understand a person’s food story. With a big smile and keen perception, she listens well to collaborate on a plan for the healthiest food life possible. There is not a nutrition concern that she does not want to explore, no food she would not taste, or a place she would not roam.

Christine has always been fascinated with food. In childhood, whether it was picking wild blueberries off the rocks in Northern Ontario, making up her own recipes for her parents and siblings, or eating the ethnic foods of childhood friends new to Canada, she valued the diversity of natural foods and world cuisines. As an adult, she still enjoys foraged foods and setting up great meals with whatever is on hand. Her early respect for food first turned into love of nutrition science in her teens, then into a lifetime of inspirating a great food life in others.

Christine loves to learn. A commitment of lifelong learning includes a PhD in Education. Driven to provide the most effective counseling style to assist others with health behaviour change, she studied teaching and psychology.  Her nutrition education began at Toronto Metropolitan University, followed by a dietetic internship at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. She later completed a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Alabama. She is a certified Craving Change ™ Facilitator with experience with working in Narrative Therapy approaches. She is registered to practice dietetics in Alberta, Ontario, Australia, and parts of the United States.

Committed to client centered care, Christine is trained in motivational interviewing, a conversation style that brings out the ‘why’, ‘what’ and ‘how’ to help create an ideal plan for sustained health change. Her confidence and kind manner easily guides people along as they establish their new food habits. Experience in mental health, eating disorders, midlife and aged nutrition, as well as chronic disease management, means she knows how food fits into complicated lives. She’s been happily working with complex food lives for nearly 25 years.

Christine has made dietetics a world adventure. From health facilities in deserts to tropics, from street health to mega city hospitals, from clinical leadership to university lecturing, nutrition has been the center of it all.  She’s spearheaded new nutrition programs such as community food box delivery, eating disorder support, medical nutrition programs for intestinal health and surgical rehabilitation. But she continues to follow the trail back to her real passion of helping others in the many ways food impacts our lives.  Her travels as a dietitian brought her full circle to relearn that no matter where we live, food is meant to be an enriching part of life. With Christine, you know that food is part of life’s adventure.

When not helping clients, Christine is restoring a century farmhouse with her husband or enjoying long walks in the outdoors. You might also find her talking to her foodie adult children (the apple does not fall far from the tree), whipping up a creative salad, perfecting the family favourite of home made pizza, or finding new ways to eat her favourite grain, oats.

Success stories

"I am a psychologist in private practice and it is very important to me that my clients have the best care with other health care professionals. For that reason Health Stand Nutrition is my only source for exceptional Dietitians. Andrea and her team provide highly knowledgeable, compassionate, and real world support to my clients who require assistance with food lifestyle. I trust my clients to them and you would be in excellent hands making them part of your health care team."
Adele Fox, Psychologist
“This is the first time I feel satisfied; my cravings have diminished dramatically and I have a whole new relationship with food. I am eating guilt-free for the first time in my life. My energy has also dramatically increased and I feel great!
Rhonda Jenkins, Nutrition Counseling Client
“The Dieticians at Health Stand Nutrition help you to take action on the science behind eating well by making it practical, understandable, and fun. Their office is cozy and not at all clinical or intimidating. I felt like I was sitting down with a really smart, caring friend who wanted to help me make the best choices for my lifestyle and food preferences. They really are the best in the business.”
Marty Avery, Nutrition Counseling Client
“I have come to think of the program as a one stop shopping excursion for everything one needs to know about creating a joyous relationship with food and our bodies. In a single word, the course has gifted me with freedom from the punishing rigidity of disordered eating, old stories that never were true, and body dysmorphia that did nothing but make me lose sight of a body that has done everything I've asked, despite my careless dismissal of her needs. Now when I look in the mirror I find myself shifting from harsh criticism to gentle gratitude.”
Lynn Haley, Pursuit of Healthiness Online Course Participant
“I spent 3 hours when first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I learned more from my Dietitian about food in those 3 hours than I had learned in all the years of my life. I also love the newsletter, there is always something to learn.”
Peter Whitehead, Nutrition Counseling Client
“I didn’t realize how strong my “diet mentality” was, and all the rules I had in my head about food. I was in a cycle of reward/punish/binge/cringe. I booked with your business very reluctantly, on the repeated advice of my doctor, to get my slowly rising cholesterol levels in check. I thought I knew everything about food, and my behaviour with food, but I was definitely re-schooled. My weight is creeping down, I feel good about my diet, exercise, body image, and lifestyle.”
Amy Floyd, Nutrition Counseling Client
“Thanks Andrea for an amazing presentation, I have heard all positive remarks from attendees and the evaluations show the same sentiment. It is really gratifying when a speaker does their “homework” and weaves in our profession’s day to day challenges within their content, you did an awesome job of this! You truly took the “die” out of Dietician! Your information on healthy eating and simplifying how we can work towards this as we are all so busy really hit the mark. Andrea connects very well with her audience; she is energetic, funny, and very approachable.”
Carole Ann LaGrange, Transfusion Medicine Safety Officer

Event Planner for Laboratory Diagnostic Imaging Annual Event

I am a family physician who sees patients with a myriad of eating concerns – from wanting to know how to plan healthy meals for active families, to weight loss, to eating disorders, and so on. I cannot recommend the Health Stand team highly enough. I have worked with (and been to!) other Dieticians in the past and too often find that they just ask for food logs and make suggestions that are easily obtained online or in books. The Dieticians at Health Stand offer much more than just telling clients what they “should be eating.” In contrast, the team really does more of a counselling practice, and they work hard to help their clients learn more about why their eating habits may be off track and not optimal for them, as well as helping people to effect change at a deep level that, most importantly, is sustainable for lifetime health.”
Dr. Deb Putnam, Family Physician

Nutrition Counseling Client & Referring Physician

“I am a busy mom, with kids in high level sports, working full-time downtown, and running our home acreage outside the City. I now have the knowledge and tools I need to plan for and manage the chaos of meal planning.”
Gillian Gray, Pursuit of Healthiness Online Course Participant
“As a construction company, we select speakers who can relate to our industry and its employees. Andrea’s message was delivered with humor and empathy. She makes people feel as though they can make changes without leaving behind every favorite food. Andrea focused her presentation on healthy eating as a way to keep energy high throughout the day. This message and the way it was delivered resonated with our predominantly male, blue collar culture. I would highly recommend Andrea as a speaker for groups such as ours. She will get your message across without alienating anyone in your audience – which is a huge hurdle when trying to introduce a wellness program in the workplace!”
Stephanie Wood, HR and Safety Manager

Fisher Construction Group, Burlington, WA

I found my Dietitian warm, funny, and skilled at teaching nutrition concepts without the overwhelm. The general approach of each session was to mix science with emotion, which was exceedingly effective in helping me shift my perspective on food from one of anxiety to one of joy and curiosity.”
Erin Kronstedt, Nutrition Counseling Client
“Excellent presentation! What a refreshing change to have a speaker inspire rather than “lecture” about nutrition. Your captivating stories, tips and overall approach to healthy eating uplifts and puts people at ease. It was great to hear we don’t need to strive to be perfect eaters, and that small changes really can make a difference in how we feel and in our health. Thanks to Andrea, we have solutions to our everyday nutrition challenges that can actually work in real life!”
Tina Tamagi, Human Resources

ARC Resources Ltd.

“Had I not joined this course I would have struggled with no focus, low energy, and mindless eating. Excellent teaching and motivation. This is not just a course, it is a nutrition club with mentorship, support, and connections with other people with similar situations.”
Lorri Lawrence, Pursuit of Healthiness online course participant

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