DIETITIAN, NUTRITIONIST, AND MOTHER
You know that food and nutrition are important to you and your family. But you’re frustrated with feeding your family: finding the time and energy to meal plan and then struggling with dinner-time bribes and battles. Or maybe you’re confused about what to eat during pregnancy, or interested in Babyled Weaning, but have no idea how to actually do it.
Are you confused with the conflicting starting solids information out there for your baby? Stuck fighting with your picky eater, with dinner ending in bribes & tears? Or struggling to get organized enough just to get dinner on the table? As a mom of three, I can relate!
Jennifer has contributed to: CBC radio, Global National News, The Rutherford Show, the Global Calgary morning show, Global Edmonton Family Matters, CTV Calgary Morning Show, Breakfast Television Calgary, Canadian Parent magazine, Canadian Living, Canadian Family magazine, Fresh Juice Magazine, Calgary’s Child magazine, Birthing magazine, Today’s Parent magazine, Today’s Kids in Motion magazine, the Calgary Herald, national Canadian papers through Global Media and AM 770 radio.
A Registered Dietitian is a health professional who has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from a University, completed a year-long dietetic internship, and written a registration exam. Dietitians are also required to be a member of their provincial College of Dietitians and complete yearly competencies. The titles “Dietitian”, “Registered Dietitian” and “Registered Nutritionist” are protected in Alberta. Be sure to check for these titles when you are looking for reliable nutrition information. However, the term “Nutritionist” is not protected. Nutritionists may have varying levels of training and formal nutrition education, or none at all.
Despite common myths, dietitians are not forced to teach Canada’s Food Guide, many follow other philosophies. I am not ‘government-regulated.’ In my practice I will not ask that you count calories or choose ‘fat-free’ foods. Dietitians do not offer a one-size-fits-all approach, and consider other aspects beyond calories and nutrients such as taste and enjoyment of food, cooking skills and how and why you eat. Not just what you eat. In short, dietitians take a holistic approach to find solutions that fit for you.