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Top Healthy Eating Blogs from our Dietitian Team

  • November 8, 2021

    Nutrition for Shift Workers

    It is hard to manage health, productivity and achieve your personal best weight with today's demanding work and family life commitments, landscape of unhealthy convenience foods and short window of time to fit in enough sleep and physical activity. Read on for some healthy eating tips to help you navigate changing work schedules and what to eat when working night shifts.
  • November 5, 2021

    Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

    This recipe combines one of the classic fall flavours of pumpkin spice into a delicious breakfast or snack option. It will surprise you how much it truly tastes like the filling of a pumpkin pie. 
  • November 3, 2021

    Managing IBS: What if the Low FODMAP Diet doesn’t work for you?

    If you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you may have read about the low FODMAP diet. Since 2006, research has shown that the FODMAP may be the #1 cause of the digestive symptoms of people living with the syndrome. There are other triggers to the symptoms of IBS and the FODMAP doesn’t always explain this all. In this article, we will review the FODMAP diet as well as other common IBS triggers.  
  • November 1, 2021

    The 3 Types of Hunger

    For many of the clients we see in our nutrition counselling practice, it can be hard to tell if you are actually hungry, thirsty or full. This especially becomes challenging if you have grown up in a family that encouraged you to finish everything on your plate or have a history of dieting, an eating disorder or have struggled to lose weight. To sort out the hunger confusion, read on to get a sense of some things that can help you reset your hunger cues.
  • October 29, 2021

    Pear & Brussel Sprout Salad

    I am a BIG fan of Brussel sprouts but not everyone in my household shares this same love. These little green balls are loaded with nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K and folate, to name a few. This recipe combines many fall classics but with a unique flavour! This salad is a great addition to any fall/winter celebration table but also can be enjoyed any day of the week. 
  • October 27, 2021

    Everything You Need to Know About Creatine

    I often get questions about creatine. These questions mainly come from high-level athletes or concerned parents. This is because creatine is one of the more popular nutritional aids used by athletes. The question is, who should use it and is it only beneficial for the athlete population?  Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about creatine supplementation.
  • October 25, 2021

    How to Manage Halloween Candy with Your Kids

    For many kids, Halloween is one of the favourite occasions of the year. Parents and caregivers want to see their kids have fun yet at the same time respect health. With Halloween just around the corner, here are some strategies on managing Halloween candy with your kids as well as some fun healthy foods for kids.
  • October 22, 2021

    Konjac Noodles

    Have you ever cooked with konjac?  Konjac is vegan, keto-friendly, low carb, low calorie, and gluten-free. You can find them in various products such as Konjac pasta, noodles, and rice. If you want to learn more about Konjac and try this sweet and spicy konjac noodles recipe, keep reading this blog!
  • October 20, 2021

    Your Most Common Pregnancy Questions Answered

    Expecting a child can be one of life’s most joyful experiences.  Creating life and nurturing a baby throughout 9 months can bring many joyful moments, but it can also come with several unpleasant symptoms. We asked two of our team members, who are both moms to help answer some common questions expecting clients often ask us.
  • October 18, 2021

    Diversity in The Good Old Pasta Dinner

    While pasta dinners can be easy and very family-friendly, any parent wants to add variety to the dinner table and also help build resilience in children’s palates. Read this blog for a few tips and ideas on how to make simple pasta meals balanced and different!
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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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