Meet Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist, Christine McIntosh
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Get to know Registered Dietitian, Christine McIntosh on our team!

Meet Dietitian Christine McIntosh

We are excited to introduce you to Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist on our team, Christine McIntosh. Christine’s confidence and kind manner easily guides people along as they establish their new food habits. Experience in mental health, eating disorders, midlife and aged nutrition, as well as chronic disease management, means she knows how food fits into complicated lives. She’s been happily working with complex food lives for nearly 25 years.

We asked Chrisine to share a few things about herself so you could get to know her below in this blog post. Learn even more about Christine, her background and experience in her full bio here: Christine McIntosh Bio

What is your background as a registered dietitian? 

 After completion of an internship at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, I had a natural fit for self-employment in Long Term Care. It followed from my intern project on malnutrition risk of the elderly, allowed work flexibility for family, and gave life enrichment of meeting aged residents in small towns across Ontario. A heart for vulnerable people is themed in my career that landed next in a community health centre. In that role, I met patients with all kinds of conditions, ages, and backgrounds, and initiated nutrition programs for prenatal teens and a food box distribution network.  Positions in community health organizations in Ontario, Australia, and volunteering with World Vision Nutrition program has fed the cycle of joy that turns by helping others and receiving more joy in return.

Born Canadian but a love for hot sun, we moved to Florida where I managed hospital food and clinical nutrition programs for years. A return to Ontario to manage health education programs laid the pathway to PhD study of motivation for health behaviour change, that led to a teaching position at an Australian University Dietetics program.  Then back to Ontario, where I blended both passions of teaching and counseling as a coordinator of a regional health education program and in private practice.  Now stuck in the cycle of joy, I consistently lead others towards self management of their own nutritional health.

What are your areas of specialty at Health Stand Nutrition?

My areas of specialty at Health Stand Nutrition is broad but I specialize in nutrition counseling for disordered eating, mental health, emotional eating, IBS and intestinal health, anti-inflammatory eating, arthritis, chronic pain, weight concerns, women’s health and menopause.

With the heart of an adventurer, I go deep and wide to understand a person’s food story. I listen well to collaborate on a plan for the healthiest food life possible. There is not a nutrition concern that I would not want to explore given my love of learning, natural curiosity and focus on helping people with complicated health issues with better peace of mind.

Christine McIntosh RD PhD

What is your favourite part of being a dietitian? 

First, I love food; secondly, I am fascinated by how nutrition impacts the body. As a Dietitian, I can put these together in ever-new ways to help others for their best health. The field of nutrition is dynamic, and research is always finding new reasons why nutrition is important to the human body. I am privileged to listen to the health stories of others and assist them to their success of nutrition goal!

What is one myth that you want to clear up about dietitians?

That dietitians all give the same messages that stamp out the fun of eating. In our current food obsessed culture – where media over-stimulates us with images of photoshopped fast food or over-guilts us with how we need to “eat this way or that”, dietitians hold the truth. Dietitians do all give the same message – that food is both fun and an important part of human health.

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Favorite nerdy nutritious food chosen for health? 

Hey, I stand firmly beside the oat. It is a humble grain that provides versatility and healthful properties. It has personality if steam rolled or steel cut, rocks my world at breakfast in morning muesli, and melts my heart in a fruit crisp dessert. It struts its stuff in a stout beer and homemade cookie. But that is just the start of the list of what my food-friend can do.

Favorite soulful food chosen for taste, enjoyment and social fun? 

Pizza, pizza, pizza. I love its origin as a food given to homeless people by bakers on the streets of old time Italy. Served back-in-the-day as a flattened dough covered with a bit of fresh tomato, olive oil and salt and pulled hot from the stone oven, it has both evolved and kept to its origins. Certainly, the pizza experts in the world still look to the crust and tomato sauce to judge its worth. And pizza is universal. It’s the food to find in any place of travel, loved by people of any age, and can be personalized for every special taste.

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Something that people may not know about you is? 

That I’ve seen the world’s best boiled egg cooker. This was just one of the amazing machines I saw at a Kuwait hospital while working a short contract. Following a lead for an opportunity to manage a dietitian team at a state-of-the-art hospital, I spent a week in Kuwait City living the life of an expat in the Middle East. By day, I toured the fantastic kitchen, job shadowed the local dietitians and kitchen manager, and met the Minister of Food and Agriculture who sought advice regarding the future of dietitians in Kuwait. By night, I shopped at the Souq (market), sat at the pool in the fading desert heat, and dined on the best charcoal grilled meats and hummus I have ever had.  

Experiences like this confirm to me that people everywhere share food stories and hope for health. At Health Stand, I work with a team also committed to listen well to food stories to support others to their best nutritional health.    

Looking for more information on nutrition counseling or finding a Calgary Registered Dietitian or Global Online Nutritionist?

Learn more about Dietitian Christine McIntosh and check out her full bio here covering all her background and experience!

If you want to book an appointment to begin nutrition counseling with Christine, please contact us.

To learn more about our Calgary Dietitian and Online Nutritionist services, click here.

Don’t forget to check your health insurance! Many insurance plans cover Dietitian services.

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Success stories

"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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