Meet Calgary Eating Disorder Dietitian Britney Lentz: Specializing in Intuitive Eating and Mental Health
Get to know Registered Dietitian Britney Lentz on our Team
This article introduces you to Calgary Dietitian Britney Lentz that is an awesome member of our team given her specialization as a Calgary Eating Disorder Dietitian and nutrition expert for mental health, intuitive eating, weight concerns, emotional eating and chronic disease. 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: Calgary Eating Disorder Dietitian and Online Nutritionist Britney Lentz Bio
What is your background as a Dietitian?
Growing up in Calgary, I had a love for both science and food! After high school, I moved out to Vancouver, BC to pursue an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from UBC. While in university, I stumbled across nutrition courses, and loved studying the intersection between science and food. I decided to switch my major to general Food, Nutrition, and Health and later returned to UBC to complete a second degree with a specialization in Dietetics. After completing my accredited internship in Vancouver with Vancouver Coastal Health, I started out working casually at Copeman Healthcare (now TELUS Health Care Centre) and BC Children’s Hospital. These roles allowed me to accumulate experience in a variety of areas – working in primary care kept me on my toes, as I needed to stay up to date on many topics including diabetes management, cardiovascular health, and general nutrition (including meal planning!). My time at BC Children’s Hospital mainly involved outpatient counselling roles, and this was where I was first introduced to the world of eating disorder care, as I had the opportunity to work at Looking Glass Residence, a residential facility for eating disorder treatment.
I was so inspired by the resilience and dedication of the clients I was working with in eating disorders and mental health, that I began to seek out more opportunities for nutrition counselling in these areas. Shortly thereafter, I accepted a job with the Fraser Health North Eating Disorders Program, where I worked as the outpatient dietitian providing one on one nutrition counselling and support as well as group nutrition education. I also opened my private practice, where I support clients to ditch dieting and find freedom with food through integrating a non-diet approach and the principles of Intuitive Eating. After spending 10 years in Vancouver completing my education and beginning my career as a dietitian, I’ve chosen to move back to my hometown of Calgary and am so excited to merge my practice with Health Stand!
What is your favorite part about being a Dietitian?
My favorite part about being a dietitian is getting a front row seat to the “aha!” moments that my clients experience as they learn how to nourish their unique bodies. It is such an honour to walk alongside individuals who are working hard to heal from dieting and disordered eating, and I love when I hear clients tell me about their breakthrough moments as they work to cultivate attunement to their own body cues.
I’m also a big fan of using my science background to myth bust diet culture misinformation and cut through a lot of the BS that we see and hear on social media. I’m known to get a little nutrition nerdy on occasion!
What is one myth you want to clear up about Dietitians?
We are not the food police! When I’m working with clients one on one or in group sessions, you’ll always hear me talk about approaching eating experiences with curiosity, not judgement. Every meal and snack is an opportunity for us to explore how to tune into our unique body cues and choose foods that align with both our preferences and nutrition goals, allowing us to find flavour and satisfaction in our eating patterns.
As a dietitian I celebrate food and the role it plays in our lives. As your nutrition co-pilot, it’s my job to help you discover what works best for your lifestyle – you don’t need to eat just like me or just like anyone else you know! You just need to eat in the way that feels authentic and right for you.
What is your favorite nerdy nutritious food chosen for health?
At the risk of playing into the “classic dietitian” stereotype, I love kale – lacinato kale in particular. My favorite lunch recipe is a kale Caesar salad with roasted chickpeas and farro. I love a good garlic-y dressing, and the texture of the kale in that salad is so satisfying to me!
What is your favorite soulful food chosen for taste, enjoyment, and social fun?
I absolutely love my mom’s banana bread with extra chocolate chips! I know she makes it with love, because I have followed her recipe in my own kitchen, and it never tastes quite the same. I also love happy hour tacos and margaritas with friends – preferably on a sunny patio somewhere!
Something that people may not know about me:
This summer, I brought home a new furry friend and best pal, my Goldendoodle named Parker! I spend most of my spare time playing outdoors with him (I’m training him to come along on hikes and adventures with me when he’s older), going for walks, and training new tricks. Parker has taught me so much about life already – the importance of being in the moment, stopping to smell the flowers, and of course – always make sure you have snacks on hand!
Parker hopes to be a therapy dog when he grows up, so perhaps one day you might see him around the office!
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