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Top Healthy Eating Blogs from our Dietitian Team

  • October 15, 2021

    Easy Coconut Macaroons Recipe

    Looking for the best coconut macaroons recipe? This is it! This recipe freezes well and is also good for anyone that requires a gluten-free cookie option. Makes 24 cookies. Read on to learn how to make it and make sure to comment if you try it!
  • October 13, 2021

    Stop Dieting: Introduction to Food Rule Bending

    If you have ever thought about dieting or been on a diet, this article is to encourage you to stop dieting. There is a way to stop dieting and achieve your personal best weight still eating foods you love. Now more than ever there are food rules, trendy eating regimes and fad diets that tell you which foods are good or bad and how you should eat. Read this blog to discover how to break food rules & stop dieting for the best.
  • October 11, 2021

    Food Sensitivity Tests

    We are a society that is struggling with digestive woes. From bloating, to gas, to indigestion, to functional disorders like IBS, optimizing our digestive health has been a big focus for many! Before you consider food sensitivity tests or elimination diets, learn the science behind some of these tests, and consider working with a dietitian instead. Read this blog to answer your most burning food sensitivity questions.
  • October 8, 2021

    Pumpkin Turkey Chili

    Chili is one of my favorite fall supper dishes because it is easy, warm and leaves you feeling satisfied. It's filled with vegetables, has a hint of sweetness because of the pumpkin but when you add your favorite hot sauce, brings the heat!  Try this recipe for thanksgiving or after with some leftover turkey!
  • October 6, 2021

    Thanksgiving Dinner – Add Health and Reduce Stress!

    It may seem like everything is becoming “green” lately, but Thanksgiving? Why not! Often, Thanksgiving meals are loaded up on brown, carb-heavy foods. This year, why not try to “green up” your Thanksgiving meal? Not only will this increase your vegetable intake, it will also make your table more beautiful. Keep reading to discover tips to eat healthy and reduce stress this Thanksgiving holiday.
  • October 4, 2021

    5 Tips for Tackling ‘Bad’ Body Image Days

    When I work with clients to begin healing their relationship to food and their bodies, you may hear me reframe a bad body image day similar to a bad hair day. We’ve all had a bad hair day – maybe it’s flat, or too poufy, or you have that one piece of hair that won’t stop sticking straight up! If you’re struggling with body image today, can you think of it in a similar way to a bad hair day? Learn 5 tangible strategies to be more comfortable and get through the day. 
  • October 1, 2021

    The 4 Best Fall Vegetarian & Vegan Recipes

    As the days get shorter and the air gets colder, I always feel the need to warm up on the inside. I am the only vegetarian in my household, everyone else loves their meat! Over the years, I have been able to adjust my cooking so everyone can eat almost the same meal, but in 2 different versions; one vegetarian and one with meat.  Here is a list of my favorite 4 comfort meals I like to enjoy in the fall along with its meat-lover version.
  • September 29, 2021

    What Pre-workout Meal or Snack is Best?

    Wondering what pre-workout meal or snack is best? Confused about pre-workout supplements? This article is for you! This Sports Dietitian article discusses this topic and which foods and snacks are top choices. In general, we want the pre-workout meal to be high in carbohydrates, contain some protein and be low in fat. Keep reading to learn more!
  • September 27, 2021

    Making Intuitive Eating Easy

    Intuitive eating is a principle of eating where you make peace with all different foods. You get to remove any unnecessary diet restrictions, making all foods neutral, and allowing you to just listen to your body!  Simple right?  Well… it can be, but it will probably take some practice first. The challenge is that many of us do not trust our body or haven’t tried trusting it in the past, so we don’t know where to start. Learn the 3 steps to ease into intuitive eating!
  • September 24, 2021

    Cook Once, Eat Twice | Cozy Fall Comfort Foods with a Twist

    Now that the back-to-school excitement has worn off, and you’ve been in a new Fall routine for a while now, you may be feeling a little tired of the same old supper rotation and are looking for some inspiration. We’ve come up with some nourishing and soul-warming fall recipes & comfort foods that can be transformed into different meals to help take some of the meal planning pressure off of your plate!
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Adele Fox, Psychologist
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Rhonda Jenkins, Nutrition Counseling Client
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Marty Avery, Nutrition Counseling Client
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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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