Meet Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist, Jana Ranger
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Get to know Registered Dietitian, Jana Ranger on our team!

Jana Ranger

We are excited to introduce you to Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist on our team, Jana Ranger. Quickly upon meeting Jana, you will notice her fun-loving and bubbly personality combined with her heart-centered and compassionate approach to nutrition counseling. She is there to help guide you in achieving your goals in a gentle and safe way.

Although she has extensive experience working in many areas of nutrition, Jana specializes in women’s health, menopause, infant/child nutrition, family meal planning, IBS and gastrointestinal disease, emotional eating, weight concerns as well as eating disorders. She has also worked with clients with mental health concerns and those struggling with or recovering from substance abuse, kidney disease, swallowing issues, diabetes, and heart health.

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

What is your background as a Registered Dietitian? 

I graduated from McGill University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Nutritional Sciences.  When I embarked on my journey to become a Registered Dietitian, I knew with every fibre of my soul that I was meant to be a Dietitian. However, as a child and young adult, I never really knew how to answer the age-old question “What do you want to be when you grow up?    

For several years before becoming a Dietitian, I worked as a food service manager and diet technician. Although I loved working in the field of food and nutrition, none of these jobs filled me with joy. So, I tried my hand at the tech world and worked for Bell Canada for many years. While working at Bell, my routine had become to look at my stocks and calculate how many days until I could retire… I was in my 20’s!!! On one of these mornings, while checking the days until retirement, I promised myself, I would find a job I LOVED and would not want to retire from. So here we are 15 years later and I still LOVE being a Dietitian!

Since 2008 I have worked in a long-term care setting and have taught nutrition, but for most of my years as a dietitian, I have worked in a community setting in rural Ontario.  Working in small towns along the Rideau Canal, including Portland, Smiths Falls and Merrickville, I have had the privilege to work with many individuals of all ages with a wide range of nutrition and health goals.  I’ve provided nutrition counselling about picky eating, weight concerns, emotional eating, heart health, diabetes, digestive health and meal planning on a budget.  I’ve also supporting those with addiction/substance abuse, mental health concerns, kidney disease and those struggling with swallowing issues to name a few.

Jana Ranger

What are your areas of specialty at Health Stand Nutrition?

Having worked as a community Dietitian for 15 years, I’ve seen a wide range of nutrition goals and health issues and therefore my areas of specialty are broad.  I do however have a passion for counselling those on a journey to achieve their personal best weight and for women over 40 and throughout menopause.  I also connect well with those that struggle with emotional eating (I’ve also struggled with emotional eatingso not only do I specialize in it, I get it!).  My other areas of specialty include digestive health issues, IBS, disordered eating, mental health, and infant/children nutrition. 

What is your favourite part of being a Dietitian? 

My favourite part of being a Dietitian is connecting with my client and embarking on their health journey, celebrating their successes and troubleshooting their challengesIt can take a great deal of strength and vulnerability to discuss our food choices and eating habitsI always feel honoured when clients feel they can trust me with such an important part of their life. 

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

Myth:  When you meet with a Dietitian, they are going to take food away. 

This is soooo not true. We can make all food fit into our diet! I honestly can’t think of any food that I would say “no, you can’t have that” (unless of course you have a severe allergy!)  As homework, I will often ask my client to schedule in a soulful food. It’s important to eat foods
that make us healthy, but we also need to eat foods that make our soul and tastebuds sing!

Jana Ranger

Favorite nerdy nutritious food chosen for health? 

Matcha tea! 

I start each morning off with a cup of matcha tea.  I think I enjoy the ritual of whisking the green powder with hot water in my pretty matcha bowl as much as I enjoy sipping the rich vibrant green liquid!  Matcha tea is rich in antioxidants which can reduce damage to our cells and help prevent chronic diseases.  It’s also been touted to boost our brain function –to this, I say “pour me a cup! 

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

Big, juicy cheeseburgers…. YUM!!! My husband and I have embarked on a quest to find the best
cheeseburger in Eastern Ontario. So far, the restaurant chain “Five Guys”, takes first place. A close
runner up would be “Petra’s Place” which is a cool chip stand just outside Lyndhurst Ontario. I
must say, my husband makes a mean juicy cheeseburger too! I’d welcome any other
recommendations for the best burger locations from Montreal to Ottawa and Kingston, and everywhere in between!

Jana Ranger

Something that people may not know about you is? 

I am a certified life coach!  I’ve never practiced as one, but I certainly infuse my skillset as a life coach into every nutrition counseling session.  Life coaches work with clients to help them achieve their goals, they help the client identify discontent, and help the client make changes to their life that will ultimately bring more happiness.  This isn’t much different from what Dietitians do. 

Some other fun facts is that outside of being mom of two very active boys in hockey and soccer,
you can find me kayaking and paddle boarding the Rideau River and tending to my herb and vegetable gardens or creating something fun in the kitchen. My most recent ventures include baking artisan bread and pies, drying vegetable greens into powders and making the perfect home-brewed fire cider.


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

Learn more about Dietitian Jana Ranger 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 Jana, 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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"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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