Registered Dietitian

Your Local Edmonton Dietitian

Did your doctor just tell you that you have high cholesterol but your cholesterol has been fine for years? 

Are you an athlete who is battling injury after injury and can’t seem to catch a break?

It might be time to see a Registered Dietitian / Nutritionist at one of our Edmonton clinics.

What does a dietitian do?

A registered dietitian or nutritionist is a regulated professional who believes in the power of food – to improve health, performance, and quality of life. In Edmonton, we have access to an entire world of food, beliefs and cultures. However, with this comes a lot of misinformation, judgement, and blame if what we are eating doesn't align with what others choose around us to eat. 

Our registered dietitian will help you navigate this world and develop a holistic, personalised plan to meet your nutrition goals and support your lifestyle.

Health is not a one size fits all formula. It can and will be different for every individual who walks through the door.  

Dietitians are regulated health professionals who are passionate about the potential of food to enhance lives and improve health – and Dietitians of Canada (DC) is proud to be the leading voice of this vibrant, relevant and evolving profession.

Dietitians of Canada // https://www.dietitians.ca

How do they differ from nutritionists?

In Alberta, there is no longer a difference between dietitians and nutritionists. Nutritionist is a ‘protected title’ which means only dietitians can call themselves nutritionists. 

What exactly does this mean? Well it means that you can trust that if you see a registered dietitian or nutritionist , you will receive the highest level of nutrition care available in Canada . 

In Alberta to become a registered dietitian you must complete a Bachelor's degree, dietetic internship and renew your registration every year with the College of Dietitians of Alberta. Others, who aren't regulated  can still practice under the title of  holistic nutrition professionals. These individuals are not required to have a university degree, or follow up with a college every year. Additionally, these professionals are not a medical tax deductible medical expense.

Ready to get your diet and nutrition plan in place?

Get in touch today to speak with our registered nutritionist.

It might be time to connect with an Edmonton Dietitian

If you want to take the next step forward in your health then it is time to add a dietitian to your personal healthcare team. When it comes to your nutrition why take advice from anyone else other than the nutrition experts. Our dietitian at REP Physio can provide nutrition counseling for a wide range of concerns such as chronic diseases, sports performance and food relationship. 

Sport Performance

If you are an athlete and want to take the next step in your training then it might be time to consider seeing a registered dietitian. There is so much sports nutrition information available online and through your coaches, but with this information comes a lot of misinformation. Why sift through it on your own when you could see a dietitian with individualised recommendations to support your individual training. 

Sports dietitians have a thorough understanding of exercise physiology and the way nutrients support both training and competition. To increase performance our dietitian will evaluate: Quality, quantity and timing of nutrition intake, nutrition for competition vs. training days, nutrition for travel, recovery nutrition, and your current meal planning. 

In addition to looking at your food choices, our sports dietitian can help you to navigate the world of supplements and discover which ones are actually worth your time and money. 

Did you know that many sports supplements found on shelves are contaminated with substances such as heavy metals that are not listed on the label? In addition, Canadian University and College level athletes sports teams are monitored for doping and athletes will be held accountable even if the doping was result of a contaminated spots supplement.

Feel confident in your eating habits - whether you want to increase performance, improve focus or bounce back from injury faster, a registered dietitian can help you to focus and set goals for your sport goals.

Weight loss and management

Have you tried many diets but never found one with long term results? Research now shows that although fad diets are sometimes successful for short term weight loss they are not maintainable and effective for the long term. To make things worse, the more often that diets fail- the less likely one is to achieve successful long term weight loss. Not to mention the feelings of self-blame and anxiety for “falling off the wagon” every time a diet fails. Often we blame ourselves for not following the diet when often the diet is setting us up for failure at the beginning.  

If you are someone that has found dieting for weight management has not been effective, it might be time to take the next step and try a new approach such as intuitive eating with our registered dietitian. There is a large misconception out there that intuitive eating means eating everything and anything - this is NOT the truth. Intuitive eating is about removing the labels we put on food such as “good” and “bad”and learning to be aware of our own hunger and satiety cues. It is about making peace with food so that we can take the stress and fear away from how we eat.

Chronic disease management

If you are someone who has been diagnosed with chronic disease but struggling to navigate the new diet, you are not alone and our registered dietitian is here to help. Most individuals know that healthy eating can help to manage conditions such as: 

·   Hypertension, Elevated lipids (cholesterol/ triglycerides), Kidney Disease, Blood sugar management, Metabolic syndrome.

·   Osteoporosis

·   Gut health disorders including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Celiac Disease

With the mental load of these conditions - why add the stress of navigating nutrition to the mix? Everyone has an opinion about what the “best” diet is - but can you really trust just any online information when you have one or more existing health conditions?  No need to get a referral from your doctor to follow up with our private practice dietitian. Reduce your mental load and improve your mental health by speaking with our registered dietitian.

Ready to get your diet and nutrition plan in place?

Get in touch today to speak with our registered nutritionist.

How can I start working with an Edmonton Dietitian?

All you have to do is call – there is no need for a referral to see our private practice dietitian.

Whether you are a current client at REP physio or not, simply visit our contact page or give us a call to book your appointment. Currently our dietitian is available Tuesday mornings and Wednesday evenings. For other times or accommodations please email our dietitian directly at jess@repphysio.ca.

Faq

Does my insurance cover dietitian services? 

Many times dietitian services in e+Edmonton, Alberta are covered by personal health insurance – please check with your extended benefits provider. Fear not, If they are not covered by your insurance provider, they are considered a tax-deductible medical expense.

What does an appointment with a dietitian look like? 

Your first appointment with the dietitian will be 75 minutes long where we will review a comprehensive health history, eating habits, goals and other information that is relevant to your situation. Your dietitian will provide a judgement free zone to discuss any and all concerns. By the end of the appointment your dietitian will help you to develop actionable steps that you can start working towards right away.

Follow up appointments can be 30 minutes or 45 minutes depending on your needs. In these appointments we will reassess where you are at in your nutrition journey, celebrate your successes and create new goals to continue to help you find what health looks like for you.

Note: If you have already consulted a physician in your primary care network or other public health resources about your nutrition related concerns, please be sure to bring any related information or other documents received from the health centre to your appointment with your Dietitian. We will work to ensure your unique goals are compatible with your current healthcare plan.

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