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Recent Nutrition Blogs

  • Advantages of Working with a Registered Dietitian

    Get the right advice and strategies for your health   Have you started 2021 with a goal to eat better this year? And in your quest to eat better, did you head to the internet to do some research on the “best diet” for a healthy lifestyle? How long did it take before you felt…

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  • Managing Menopause Part 2: Estrogen & Your Health

    How to Manage The Effects Lower Estrogen Levels Have on your Body   Written by Teagan Evans, University of Alberta Student in the Nutrition and Food Sciences program and reviewed by our Health Stand Nutrition Dietitian Team Welcome back to Managing Menopause! In Part 1, we discussed the hormonal changes occurring during menopause and briefly…

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  • Berry Oatmeal Muffin Recipe

    Use up fresh or frozen berries to get a burst of summer flavour in these healthy oatmeal muffins   A weekend morning is a great time to quickly mix together these delicious muffins. Muffins are great to grab for a quick breakfast, lunchtime snack or for a post-workout boost. They also freeze well! We like…

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  • Important Positive Body Image Message from an Eating Disorder Dietitian

    An Open Letter to Parents, Teachers, Coaches and Role Models   As a Registered Dietitian and nutrition counsellor working with many young athletes, adolescents struggling with anxiety and depression, people with body image concerns, families, and young people with eating disorders, I want to share some key things I have learned that I believe can…

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  • Managing Menopause: What is it?

    Part one of a five part series on menopause and your nutritional needs Written by Teagan Evans, University of Alberta Student in the Nutrition and Food Sciences program and reviewed by our Health Stand Nutrition Dietitian Team   Ever wondered what is going on in your body during menopause? You are not alone in this…

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  • Easy Sauteed Zucchni Parmesan Recipe

    Zucchini rounds with parmesan makes a satisfying side dish   Looking for a healthy simple side dish your whole family will eat? Try this tasty sauteed zucchini parmesan dish anytime of the year. It will convert anyone that doesn’t love zucchini yet into a raving fan since, after all, adding zesty parmesan cheese makes everything…

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  • 10 Essential Spices to Have for your Pantry

    With these herbs and spices on hand, you’re never far from a delicious meal Do you struggle with using the same spices over and over? Or do you turn to sauces to introduce flavour into your dishes? Herbs and spices can make a huge difference in your cooking! Often we find our food bland, boring,…

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  • How to Change Eating Habits Permanently

    Nutrition change is hard, here are some strategies to help   A few years ago I attended a conference by Dr. Michael Vallis, Registered Psychologist and leader of the Behaviour Change Institute, who opened his session with the bold statement, “Healthy behaviour is abnormal behaviour.” I was struck by the raw truth of this statement…

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  • Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe

    Hearty Tuscan soup to warm up your soul I’ve been making this zuppa toscana soup for many years as a simple weekday fall soup when my Swiss chard is abundant in the garden or in the winter when you come in from outdoor activity such as skiing or skating and you want a hearty soup…

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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

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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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