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Get to Know Your Virtual Dietitian: Alison Friesen Print

Virtual Dietitian specializing in eating disorders, emotional eating, sports nutrition & fertility/women’s health

 

Our Virtual Dietitian Team is excited to welcome a new team member to our practice!

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Empathy and kindness are two things you will notice about Alison, oh, and her love of good food and sport! Alison is known for her client-centered approach that looks at a person as a whole in all aspects of physical, mental and spiritual health. Alison is also working towards a Masters of Counselling, so the combination of her love for food and caring for individuals, you can feel safe and confident in the support you receive with her.  

 

Areas of specialty as a Virtual Dietitian:

 

Eating Disorders, Emotional Eating, Sport Nutrition & Fertility / Women’s Health 

 

My overall background as a Online Dietitian:

 

I have been fortunate to have had many opportunities to work with a wide range of athletes and clients. Upon graduating from my internship, I started on a year term with the Sport Medicine and Science Council of Saskatchewan that is connected with the Canadian Sport Center Saskatchewan. In this role, I saw the full spectrum of athletes at a very high-performance level to the developing level. I loved the opportunity to connect with the sport community. 

Online Dietitian Alison Friesen

After this I then continued as a consultant and started my own private practice. I have worked in collaboration with medical and sport clinics around the city of Saskatoon. I started to see more athletes and clients come in with challenging food relationships. This along with my own journey as an athlete, has allowed me to further my education and passion to support individuals with disordered eating and emotional eating. I also started a podcast, The Warrior, with hopes to inspire and educate individuals with stories from those who have overcome significant challenges.

 

My decision to leave my own practice and join Health Stand Nutrition was easy as the team of Dietitians share my philosophy and approaches to health and nutrition. Joining a practice has also allowed me to take off a few business hats so that I have the time to pursue the Masters of Counseling Psychology and juggle life as a working single mom. 

 

My favourite part about being a Dietitian is:

 

Dietitian online Alison FriesenMy favourite part about being a Registered Dietitian is having the opportunity to connect with clients and support them in their health journey. During my athletic career, I had a difficult food relationship and I was fortunate to receive excellent support. I want to use my experience and education to provide this type of support to others. I also love food and cooking and get excited when I see others learning to play with food in the kitchen and reap the benefits! 

 

One myth that I want to clear up about Dietitians is:

 

We LOVE carbs! Carbohydrates are one of the most stigmatized nutrients simply because diet culture has labeled it as ‘bad’. First off, there is no such thing as bad or good foods.  Labeling any food bad gives that food power (not the kindness it deserves). Secondly, carbohydrates are the bodies preferred fuel source. Our brain and muscles function best with carbohydrates as its energy source. 

 

With all this being said, let’s eat CARBS! Fruit, vegetables, grains, dairy, beans/legumes have carbohydrates AND so do your favorite foods like chocolate and French fries that can also be mixed in.

 

Favorite nerdy nutritious food chosen for health:

 

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Spinach! I admit I’ve added some pretty crazy things into smoothies but spinach has to be my favorite. Spinach is very versatile and is a powerhouse of nutrients.  For those that don’t like spinach, the best part about it is that in a smoothie, you can’t even taste it (unless you add way too much which I have done once or twice). I also really enjoy a spinach salad with cheese, nuts, vegetables and fruit, it is one of my favorite sides to a meal. You will always find spinach in my fridge and freezer! 

 

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

I have a hard time choosing favorites but if I have to choose, I would say a good burger either with fries or chips. I love going with friends to a pick up burgers in the summer and then going out for a walk, fire or hitting up a competitive game of mini-golf. I also love any type of BBQ cuisine in the summer including burgers, watermelon, chips, and great company. 

I also am a sucker for popcorn. Not just any popcorn, I love buttery popcorn with seasonings. My favorites being white cheddar or nacho! A big bowl of popcorn and a good movie and I am certainly happy! 

Something that people may not know about me is:

Online Dietitian Alison Friesen

I am a single mom to a beautiful little girl. I think one of the greatest forms of empowerment is in sharing our stories of struggle and success with those you trust. I certainly have a story (as we all do), but I am grateful for the experiences that have helped me to grow and realize my strength. I want to pass this on to my daughter (and my clients). 

I am an active member of my church community and lead support groups for women through Doing Family Right. I have been very fortunate to be surrounded by great supports in these communities. 

 

Lastly, I love to do anything active, but sometimes my competitive edge can get the better of me.  For example, I enjoy trying out new sports like golf or tennis, but if I seem to be struggling, having a bad game or losing, I can get frustrated quickly. I guess you can never quite take the competitiveness out of an athlete. 

 

 

Read Alison’s full Virtual Nutritionist bio here: Online Dietitian: Alison Friesen

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If you are seeking support from an Online Dietitian for eating disorders, sports nutrition, women’s health and fertility nutrition, Alison is your gal.  Alison can help you develop better meal planning and wellness for your healthy lifestyle.  

 

Find out more about our Virtual Dietitian Nutrition Counseling Programs here.

 

 

 

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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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