Have you ever wondered about the role that nutrition plays in your health? Is food really medicine? Hello, and welcome. My name is Amanda and I am a Registered Dietitian and the newest member to the Radius team. I am excited to be a part of this clinic and offer my expertise in nutrition to help clients improve their nutrition and quality of life. In addition to providing clinical nutrition counselling at Radius, I currently work as a clinical inpatient dietitian at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance. At the hospital, I provide nutrition support and education to patients with a variety of conditions and diseases. I love being a part of my patient’s journey to health and recovery. Whether it is nutrition education after a heart attack or counselling a patient who has suffered from constipation their entire life, I have witnessed small changes in a patient’s nutrition result and significant differences in their overall health and quality of life. Before I go on, let’s start from the beginning.
Where did it begin?
Ever since I can remember I had a passion for food, cooking, and being in the kitchen. I remember pulling up a stool to the kitchen counter so I was tall enough to roll out the pie pastry with my Mom. By the age of 13 I was making my own apple pies from scratch; it was my signature dish. I had dreamt about a career that revolved around food. At first, I was interested in owning my own bakery or café. But, when I discovered the field of nutrition later on in life, which combined my passion for food and science, I was sold and went full steam ahead in pursuit to be a Registered Dietitian.
After completing high school in Chatham, I continued my education and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Nutrition at Brescia University College (Western University) in London, Ontario. Following this degree, I completed my master’s degree and dietetic internship at Brescia. I still enjoy cooking and baking as my creative outlet; and don’t worry, I have expanded the diversity of my skills beyond apple pies.
What is a Registered Dietitian?
A dietitian is a regulated health professional who uses evidenced-based scientific research to enhance people’s health through food and nutrition. We collaborate with clients, caregivers, and other health professionals to provide nutrition care. In Ontario, dietitians are regulated by the College of Dietitians of Ontario who protect the public to ensure that dietitians are qualified in delivering safe, competent, and ethical dietitian services. Only those who complete the necessary academic and practical training can use the Registered Dietitian title.
Why is this important?
Receiving nutrition information from someone who is not qualified or a regulated health professional can be very dangerous, especially if that information includes ‘fad diets or ‘quick fixes’. The internet is an amazing resource that gives us information at our fingertips. However, a lot of nutrition information (and other health information) on the internet is inaccurate and, in some cases, can be quite harmful to your health. A lot of people on the internet use fear mongering like ‘80% of the food you eat is killing you’ or blanket statements such as ‘go gluten-free to cure all your digestive symptoms’. These statements will grab your attention for sure but are very misleading. It is always a good idea to check the source of the information, who wrote it, and their credentials before proceeding to use that information. Accurate and reliable nutrition information on the internet is a great resource for general guidance, especially for those who don’t have access to a Physician or Registered Dietitian right away. For more specific guidance and personalized recommendations, I always recommend seeing a health care provider one on one. Every person is unique and so are our nutrition needs; receiving one-on-one counselling can ensure the changes you make or strategies you use are right for you.
Why a Registered Dietitian?
My goal is to help people use food to nourish, strengthen, and heal their bodies. I counsel a variety of clients, including those with acute and chronic diseases. However, I also see clients for disease prevention, general healthy eating, pre and post-natal, and those interested in enhancing their relationship with food through mindful eating. I help my clients achieve their nutrition and health goals through evidenced-based research, in combination with a holistic and practical approach to lifestyle changes.
Why Radius Health Clinic?
When I first spoke to Grecia about her goal of opening a clinic in Chatham and the vision she had for Radius, I was extremely impressed and excited that Chatham would have access to such a passionate and progressive health care provider. Grecia and her team at Radius are committed to evidenced-based personalized health care which made this team a perfect fit for a dietitian.
I am thrilled to be back in my hometown and excited to use my education and training to provide another outlet for the people in my community to have access to high quality health care. If you or someone you know is looking to improve their health and quality of life through nutrition, come see us at Radius Health Clinic.