In the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge that we live, work and play on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.
As you may know, our logo on the top left corner of the screen, features a strawberry.
Strawberries are often known as ‘heart berries’ to Indigenous Peoples. Because of its shape, the wild or natural strawberry is an important food and medicine in many indigenous cultures in North America.
According to Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health:
“The strawberry teaches forgiveness and peace. The strawberry is shaped like a heart, and strawberries are known to our people as heart berries.”
—Elder Lillian Pitawanakwat
“This little plant carries many teachings. Our Elders say, “Just as the O-day’-min (heart berry) is connected to the strawberry plant by a vast system of leaves, runners, and roots, so is the heart connected to all the organs and parts of the human body. The heart is at the centre of the human.””
Indigenous Support Resources
Here are some credible resources on indigenous health and nutrition as well as other resources for allies we’ve put together for you:
Being an Ally Resources
Supporting Indigenous Health
Are you looking for a Dietitian to help foster a balanced diet?
If you are struggling with a medical condition or perhaps just want to learn how to eat better, we are here for you. We specialize in weight concerns and emotional eating, eating disorders, digestion issues, sports nutrition, meal planning and health prevention, and medical issues like diabetes and cardiovascular disease which some members of the Indigenous community are at risk for.
Our group of global online Dietitians and Calgary Nutritionists do our best to provide inclusive, affirming, welcoming and culturally sensitive support for the indigenous community.
Our ultimate goal is that you love food and love the body you live in.
Every person deserves compassionate, non-judgemental, affirming care. You can find it here.
Our Calgary Dietician / Online Nutritionist team values
Peace of mind
We make healthy eating simpler. No need to overthink things as we’ve got you covered with plenty of choices and clear direction. We’ll provide you with the gift of freedom.
Each journey is unique and customized around YOU. A clear success path is not a straight line. We’ll show you step-by-step what to do in what order, honouring your way to get there.
You’re not alone. We will do it together. We are your copilot, beside you with a map while you are in control. We’ll move through the tough stuff together and celebrate your wins along the way.
You won’t find any gimmicks, fad diets, or unnecessary food restrictions here. We take a no-nonsense approach to eating well with practical tips for real people with busy schedules.
Trust and integrity. As professional Registered Nutritionists / Calgary Dietitians you can count on us for credible science-based advice wrapped with genuine care and concern for your well-being.
We nourish self-love. Eating well isn’t always easy, and since you are not a robot, we’ll never expect perfection. We will remind you that the best recipe for success is kind compassion.
Eat Fully with Your
Left + Right Brain
The human brain is divided into two broad hemispheres. The left brain is responsible for logic, science, math, patterns and analytical tasks. The right brain is responsible for feeling, creativity, art, imagination, taste and intuition.
We think of eating fully in using both parts of your brain.
Our left analytical brain can be leveraged to help you build habits to eat healthfully (get enough nerdy nutritious foods for health). Our right creative brain can guide you to eat soulfully (with taste, intuition, joy and flexibility in your eating choices).
Overall our goal is to empower you to create a healthy and joyous relationship with food and your body. No extreme clean eating regimes here, only balanced living you can sustain for life.
Eating fully = healthfully (left brain) + soulfully (right brain)
No food rules, only food love.
There are no bad foods, only bad overall diets.
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. Watch this video by our CEO, Calgary Dietician Andrea Holwegner, about the importance of enjoying ALL foods (including chocolate and potato chips).