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Top Healthy Eating Blogs from our Dietitian Team

  • July 31, 2021

    Campfire Cuisine: Chili Lime Chicken Foil Packets

    Delicious Make Ahead Meal for Grilling   This recipe is a great prepackaged camping meal that can be cooked on the BBQ or over hot coals and added to a wrap or taco shell.  Alternatively try this on the grill at home and serve as a bowl with rice and vegetables.      Makes 2 servings       What You Need  …
  • July 28, 2021

    Non Dairy Calcium Sources

    How to get enough calcium if you have a dairy allergy or don’t consume milk As a Registered Dietitian, I have noticed that many of my clients, and more specifically my Asian clients, avoid milk products as they have a lactose intolerance or just didn’t grow up eating many dairy foods.  In fact, lactose intolerance occurs more often in people of Asian, African, South American, and indigenous peoples than among people of European…
  • July 26, 2021

    Postpartum Body Image

    Tackling body image post birth The body undergoes a lot of changes in pregnancy and birth, so it is only natural to face new challenges with body image. This is especially true after the first child, but is also a normal issue during any postpartum phase. In fact, some moms would argue body image gets more challenging with…
  • July 24, 2021

    Classic Basil Pesto Recipe

    Fresh and delicious! Use this classic basil pesto in a summer pasta salad or to top crostini  If, like me, your garden is overflowing with basil this summer take the opportunity to make some classic basil pesto! It’s delicious, keeps well and can be used to make many quick lunch or dinner recipes. If you…
  • July 21, 2021

    Part 3: Managing PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)

    Fertility, Menstrual cycles & Hormones in Relation to Nutrition Part 3 of a 5 part series to explore PCOS nutrition written by Teagan Evans, University of Alberta Student in the Nutrition and Food Science program at the University of Alberta and reviewed by our Health Stand Nutrition Dietitian Team.      Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or “PCOS” is an endocrine condition that affects many women…
  • July 19, 2021

    How to Eat Mindfully

    Improve your relationship with food using mindfulness Learning how to eat mindfully is an important skill in improving your relationship with food. Mindfulness is more than just a buzzword that has shown up in the world of counselling and psychology. Mindfulness is the act of bringing attention to the present moment, with intention, and without judgement. Mindfulness…
  • July 17, 2021

    Lemon Poppy Seed Bites

    A classic flavor combination in a healthy high energy snack   If you need a pick me up in the snack department, try these refreshing lemon poppy seed bites with almond and coconut. Insider tip - they are even better frozen!        Makes 12 bites      What You Need     1 cup almonds    1 cup pitted dates    1 tbsp maple syrup or honey    Juice…
  • July 14, 2021

    Part 2: Managing PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)

    PCOS Nutrition Part 2: Managing Associated Health Conditions Part 2 of a 5 part series to explore PCOS nutrition written by Teagan Evans, University of Alberta Student in the Nutrition and Food Science program at the University of Alberta and reviewed by our Health Stand Nutrition Dietitian Team. Read Part 1 here.  Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or “PCOS” is an endocrine condition…
  • July 12, 2021

    Priority Setting for Health & Wellness

    A New Way to Look at Health Habits This guest post on health habits n is from Gillian Goerzen, BSc (kin), BCRPA PT, GF, YFL Do you ever feel like you’re clear on what health habits you need to develop to improve your health and well-being, but the making it happen just feels…impossible. Because so many other…
  • July 10, 2021

    Mango & Shrimp Kebab Recipe

    A perfect summer barbecue meal!   The mango and red pepper bring out the natural sweet flavor of fresh shrimp. This is delicious on a bed of brown or jasmine rice with a tossed side salad. Makes 8 servings   What you need:   8 bamboo skewers 2 Tbsp olive oil 2 cloves chopped garlic 1…
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"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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