Meet Calgary Eating Disorder Dietitian, Jana Spindler: Specializing in Body Image Concerns, Complex Mental Health and Athletes with Eating Disorders
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This article introduces you to Calgary Dietitian, Jana Spindler, fitness enthusiast and lover of all things food. Jana has a background as both a sports nutritionist and an eating disorder dietitian. Jana has developed a niche in working with recovering yo-yo dieters, eating disorders and mental health clients. She has a special interest in helping athletes use nutrition as their competitive edge while maintaining a healthy relationship with food and their body image.
We asked her to share a few things about herself so you could get to know her below in this article and you can read her full bio here: Eating Disorder and Sports Dietitian Jana Spindler Bio
What is your background as a Dietitian?
I didn’t realize I wanted to be a dietitian until I was 3 years into an Engineering degree at the University of Saskatchewan. I was playing basketball for the university and studying sport nutrition in my “free time” to see how it could help me improve my game.
With some ‘gentle’ nudges from friends and family, I decided to change my career path and pursue a degree in nutrition with hopes to support other athletes.
While completing my nutrition degree and internship, I had the opportunity to work a couple of nutrition focused jobs as a nutrition student. One was teaching general nutrition and healthy lifestyle strategies to families and the other was supporting mental health outcomes through lifestyle and basic nutrition strategies. This was my first real introduction to how impactful nutrition really could be for quality of life.
I moved to Calgary, AB, after completing my internship and have worked in many different roles. I feel like I have done it all at this point. I have worked in food service, long term care, cardiac health, and more, but my passion is in the field of eating disorders, athletics, and mental health.
I have completed additional certifications and training in each of these areas. Most recently, I have been working towards completing my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology to add to my qualifications as a Registered Dietitian.
In 2017, I had the honour of joining the team of Dietitians at Health Stand Nutrition and I have never looked back.
What is your favorite part about being a Dietitian?
That is easy. The people! I have met some of the most incredible people through my work. Not only do I work with an amazing team and get to collaborate with many of the mental health professionals in Alberta, but I work with some of the most resilient and inspiring clients. In this role, I get to know my clients on a deeper level as we often work together for a longer period of time. I truly appreciate the relationships that have been built through our work together.
What is one myth you want to clear up about Dietitians?
We are not all foodies and we don’t all love to cook.
Don’t get me wrong, I love great food. But I am also one of the hungriest people you will meet. That means that sometimes food isn’t the most gourmet or exciting, sometimes it just serves the purpose of feeding me when I am hungry.
Often, I would rather spend my time connecting with friends and family or heading out to the mountains so my meals tend to be simple and easy.
What is your favorite nerdy nutritious food chosen for health?
Oats or Oatmeal! They are so versatile, cheap, and filling when combined with other great flavours and ingredients. They can be used as breakfast, in baking, as a topping, or a snack. Plus, they are jam packed with fibre and nutrients.
What is your favorite soulful food chosen for taste, enjoyment, and social fun?
This is a tough question for me as my favorite soulful food tends to evolve and continue to change.
Currently, I have been on a cinnamon bun kick. I love the fresh smell of the cinnamon sugar as well as the doughy center. Some of my other favorites are plantain chips, fresh baked cookies, or ice cream.
Something that people may not know about me:
I am the stereotypical tall girl! Growing up in the world of sports, specifically basketball, was so helpful for me in learning how to embrace and celebrate my size (I was 6”2 by age 14).
It was not always easy, but you’ll notice now that I am proud of my size. One of my passions is helping others embrace their own bodies and learn to ‘take up space!’
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Disordered Eating, Emotional Eating & Sports Nutrition
Fitness enthusiast and lover of all things food, Jana is passionate about helping her clients improve their relationship with food and their body. She is a strong, motivational leader. Jana also offers the balance of a warm, supportive coaching style to nudge her clients from their comfort zone while feeling safe and supported. She specializes in mental health, eating disorders, body image and sports nutrition.
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