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Advantages of Working with a Registered Dietitian Print

Get the right advice and strategies for your health

 

andrea holwegner the chocolate nutritionist headshotHave you started 2021 with a goal to eat better this year? And in your quest to eat better, did you head to the internet to do some research on the “best diet” for a healthy lifestyle? How long did it take before you felt completely overwhelmed by all of the conflicting information about the best diet to follow – keto, paleo, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, intermittent fasting … everyone has a success story or a warning to share. If you want to cut through the noise and find the right solution for you, you should talk to a Registered Dietitian.

 

How a Registered Dietitian Can Help

 

When you visit a Registered Dietitian, whether in person or virtually, they will take the time to get to know you and your relationship with food. No trained Dietitian is going to tell you to cut a certain food out of your life completely if you have a strong relationship with it. Why do you think Andrea is “The Chocoholic Nutritionist”? Because there is room for ALL foods in a balanced diet that encourages a healthy, life-long relathionship with food.

 

A Registered Dietitian is university trained in nutritional science. They are required to pass a licensing exam, maintain ethical standards and do continuing education to ensure their knowledge is up to date to meet regulatory requirements. The profession is regulated by a provincial College (similar to Physicians, Nurses and Psychologists who are also regulated by a provincial College). They didn’t graduate from the school of google so you can be assured that you are going to get credible, reliable, well-researched, safe advice.

 

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WATCH this video from Andrea Holwegner our practice director about 5 things to know about hiring a nutrition coach:

 

 

“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

 

Accessing a Registered Dietitian is Easy

 

Chances are there is a Registered Dietitian accepting clients near you. Many Dietitians, including us at Health Stand Nutrition, are now offering virtual consultations. Find out more information about our personal nutrition counseling services here: Personal Nutrition Counseling Services

 

You should also check with your employee benefits plan to see if visits to see if a Registered Dietitian is covered under your plan. If they are not, ask if they would consider adding it to your plan and share the following fact sheet with your employer. Are you optimizing support for nutrition in your benefits plan? Healthy employees benefit everyone!

 

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Reasons To Visit a Registered Dietitian

 

  • You’ve recently been diagnosed with a health condition such as diabetes, IBS, high cholesterol, high blood pressure or kidney disease and need to fine tune your diet
  • You are an athlete or have just started a new exercise regimen and want to be sure you are fuelling optimally
  • You want to get healthier and have better energy and productivity through your work day
  • You’re a parent who wants to introduce your child to new foods and healthy meal planning for your family
  • You are struggling with emotional eating, disordered eating and want to improve your relationship with food
  • You’ve decided to become vegetarian and want to ensure you are getting all of the nutrients you require

 

a woman takes notes while talking virtually with a registered dietitian. She has a juicer and a variety of fruts on her desk.

 

Wondering what it looks like to see a Dietitian at our practice? Watch this video and find out more about our unique process:

 

For more information about our Registered Dietitian services and the areas of expertise for each of our team members visit: Personal Nutrition Counseling Services

“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

 

Looking for more simple meal planning tips and healthy recipes for a healthier lifestyle? Sign up for our weekly newsletter for a healthy recipe of the week (and nutrition articles and videos with a balanced living philosophy to help encourage healthy habits but still save room for your favorites). Our nutrition newsletter is written by the Online / Calgary Nutritionists on our team who each hold a professional Registered Dietitian license to ensure you are getting credible advice.

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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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