About RD Nutrition
Melanie (Mel) is a University of British Columbia graduate, earning a Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition and Health, majoring in Dietetics. She is a member in good standing with the College of Dietitians of British Columbia. Mel works as both a private practice dietitian and a clinical dietitian in the Greater Vancouver area. As such, she is well versed in both preventative nutrition health care and chronic disease management.
Regardless of where she provides care, Mel approaches nutrition counseling with a holistic mindset; keeping in mind that food is much more than just fuel. She realizes that food is culture, it is creation, it is social and sometimes it is comfort.
Mel translates evidence-based nutrition recommendations into practical eating strategies to help people turn their nutrition goals into sustainable changes. She is an 'anti-diet' Dietitian, meaning she will not prescribe a rigid eating plan that has strict rules around food. She promotes mindful and intuitive eating that focuses on a person's health, not their body weight or size. Her integrative approach supports clients to achieve sustained improvements in not only their nutritional health, but their activity level, sleep quality and stress management.
Why Work With a Dietitian?
Registered Dietitian or Nutritionist?
In B.C., the term 'nutritionist' is not a protected title, meaning anyone who wants to call themselves a 'nutritionist' can do so! A Registered Dietitian is a regulated health professional, meaning they are governed by a regulatory College. This College ensures they provide safe, factual and ethical nutrition care to the public. In order to practice, Dietitians must receive 5 years of university education, undergo rigorous practical training, pass a licensing exam and continually update their education by keeping on top of new research and skills within the realm of food, nutrition and health. In other words, Registered Dietitians are your best choice for finding evidence-based nutrition support.
Why Work with Me?
Unfortunately, some people seem to think a Dietitian judges people's diets, tells people what foods they shouldn't eating and takes away all the fun and joy from eating.
You will be happy to learn that that is not what a Dietitian does, nor is that anything close to what Mel promotes!
Mel is an anti-diet Dietitian, meaning she will not prescribe a rigid eating plan that has strict rules around food. She promotes mindful and intuitive eating that focusing on a person's health, not their body weight or size. Her integrative approach encourages positive changes that manifest into sustained improvements in not only nutritional health, but activity, sleep and stress management, so all facets of health are supported.
Understand how there truly are no no 'good' or 'bad' foods, and how to healthfully incorporate all the foods you enjoy into a nourishing, flexible diet.
How can I help You (as an individual)?
Discover a healthy lifestyle that helps reduce your risk for chronic illness. Health is not found through depriving yourself of foods you love; work with Mel to find your best balance to achieve good health now and in the future.
Support for Acute & Chronic Conditions
Learn how diet can help manage your condition to help you stay in control of your health:
Gut & digestive health
Food allergies and intolerances
Cardiovascular health (BP, cholesterol, triglycerides, and more.)
Insulin resistance and diabetes (including PCOS management)
Break the Dieting Cycle
Are you ready to stop yo-yo dieting? Tired of repeatedly feeling hungry and deprived trying to lose weight? Learn to nourish and take care of your body to finally find good health, both physically and mentally. Mel will support you to unlearn harmful, restrictive eating habits and learn how to listen to and embrace your body's needs through mindful and intuitive eating approaches so you can live your best life in your best body.
Nutrition for the Irregular Schedule
Having an irregular schedule due to shift-work, working in the aviation industry or regularly travelling for business can put a major strain on your health, increasing your risk for health conditions such as high blood pressure, insulin resistance and insomnia. A well-timed, nutritious diet can help energise the system and promote better sleep. Receive support to help find your rhythm and keeping you functioning at your best.
Interested in changing your diet to become vegetarian? Vegan? Removing dairy? Or are you just wanting to incorporate more plant-based meals? Learn how to expertly transition your diet, no matter your starting point, into one that meets all of your nutritional needs while still being delicious and satisfying.
Get Comfortable in the Kitchen
Even novice cooks can learn to create delicious and nutritious meals without spending a lot of time in the kitchen or money at the store. Find support for recipes, meal prep or even meal planning. Build confidence in what you are doing and maximise your money by minimising your food waste!
Nutrition for Sport and Activity
Whether you just signed up for your first 5km run or you are heading in to your 10th triathlon, learn strategies to optimise your performance. Properly timed nutrition can fuel your training, help enhance recovery and provide that extra boost on race day.
How can I help You (as an employer)?
Did you know that 44% of Canadians one the age of 20 have at least 1 chronic health condition? Improve your employees health and productivity by providing opportunities for them to learn simple and effective ways to enhance their nutritional health. Promote a culture and environment of health. Get In Touch.