3 Things to Know About Working With an Eating Disorder Dietitian
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Eating Disorder Awareness Week is February 1-7.

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Did you know that over 1 million Canadians struggle with eating disorders? This is almost the entire population of Saskatchewan.

Our virtual and Calgary Nutritionist practice and Eating Disorder Dietitian team here at Health Stand Nutrition Consulting supports many individuals and families with eating disorders. Recovery from anorexia, bulimia, ARFID (avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder), binge eating disorder and other eating disorders isn’t easy but with the right support in place, recovery is absolutely possible. Our role as Eating Disorder Dietitians is to provide compassion, education, leadership and collaboration for the clients we serve.


WATCH this previous Facebook Live video where I discuss 3 Things to Know About Working with an Eating Disorder Dietitian:

Each day the Eating Disorder Dietitians in our practice work hard to meet our clients where they are at and be a trusted resource to dispel myths and develop a healthier relationship with food and your body.

This year NEDIC (National Eating Disorder Information Centre) prepared the following information to help increase awareness and validate some of the common barriers people face in eating disorder recovery.


Reducing Stigma and Shame


Seeking help for any mental illness, let alone an eating disorder, is no easy task. Preparing yourself for the challenges you may experience can help you advocate for the support you need. You deserve help and do not have to wait until you meet criteria for a clinical diagnosis to receive help.

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“People won’t take me seriously because I don’t look like I have an eating disorder.”

The belief that only certain people are affected by eating disorders is a widespread misconception. Eating disorders do not discriminate; they affect people of all genders, ages, sizes, classes, sexualities, abilities, races, and ethnic backgrounds. No matter how you look, your struggle with food, weight, and body image is valid.

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“I’m embarrassed to admit I have an eating disorder.”

Similar to other medical and mental illnesses, eating disorders are not personal choices. They are complex illnesses that arise from a combination of biological, psychological, social, and cultural factors. 
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“I’m worried what my family and friends will think/do when they find out I have an eating disorder.”

Although well-intentioned, loved ones may not always respond supportively at first. Encourage your loved ones to learn more about eating disorders by reading books, articles, and brochures. The EDAW partner organizations are an excellent place to start.



Read this previous article on our blog article on dispelling the Top 4 Myths About Eating Disorders here

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If you or a loved one are struggling with anorexia, bulimia, ARFID, or binge eating disorder contact us for nutrition support. We have several Eating Disorder Dietitians on our team with a unique specialization in nutrition support for eating disorder recovery. We collaborate with your family doctor and psychologist to move forward at a pace you can manage for recovery.

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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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