Frequently Asked Questions
Below are a list of frequently asked questions regarding Pulse Nutrition YK
Why should I come see you?
Nutrition is an ever-changing, confusing subject for many people. There is conflicting information everywhere and it can be really difficult to sift through all this information to figure out what what changes you want to make in your life, this is often easier said than done.
My job is to help you find what works for you to improve not only your eating but your relationship with food. We live in a society where the dieting industry makes us feel we are never good enough both in terms of the food we eat and our bodies. I have experienced firsthand how those feelings of not being good enough can take over your life and make you focus on calories in and out in an effort to fit an unattainable ideal.
Instead of focusing on the number on the scale, as I am a weight-inclusive practitioner, I help clients include healthy behaviours and address what their barriers are to improving their eating. These barriers might include a busy schedule and thinking they don't have time for meal prep and cooking, eating out of boredom or to cope with other emotions, or sometimes those healthy choices end up giving you stomach issues.
Sometimes the issue has more to do with restriction and food rules that lead to an unhealthy relationship with food where you feel out of control around food and end up in a restriction and overeating cycle. This isn't because you aren't following your plan closely enough but rather because you're over-restricting! Our bodies' reaction to this is to increase your appetite and fixate on food- there is nothing wrong with you! You just need someone to help you navigate food and eating in a way where you aren't over-restricting and can feel good around food.
Everyone is different in what they struggle with. Why not talk to a nutrition expert about these issues to help you improve your eating and health?
What services do you provide?
As a Registered Dietitian, my job is to help you achieve your health goals through nutrition education and counselling. I use an evidence-based approach, which means that I make recommendations and counsel based on research- I don't recommend the latest fad or idea, I look at what the research is telling us.
For this reason, I don't encourage dieting and restriction with my clients. Why? Because the evidence says that diets don't work. They lead to the roller coaster of weight loss, followed by gaining more than you lost for most people. They lead to you feeling out of control around food, and can even lead to your metabolism going down so that the weight comes back even if you're able to 'stick with it.' I also work from a framework of Health at Every Size, which means I believe in helping clients developing healthy behaviours because that is what determines health, not the number on the scale. I am proud to call myself an anti-diet dietitian!
What I will do is help you address your issues with food to help you feel more in control and improve your relationship with food. I can help you come up with strategies to help you to eat in a way that makes you feel good, improve digestive issues, and improve your athletic performance. I can also help you eat in a way that the evidence shows helps prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
I know that it is one thing to know what you could do to improve your eating but another thing to implement it! That is why a big part of my job is helping you find what is getting in the way of these healthy changes and address them. This could mean discussing quick and easy meal ideas, menu planning, or even strategies to cope with emotional eating.
I am here to support you in improving your diet for the long-term; it is not about dieting. With clients I talk about sustainable changes that will allow you to improve your health by finding what works for you instead of just following a generic meal plan from a book. I am not the food police and I am not here to make you cut out foods you love. I am instead here to support you in making sustainable changes that still allow you to enjoy eating and food.
Depending on your needs, I offer different packages. Please see the Services Page for details.
What is Health at Every Size?
Health at Every Size®, also known as HAES is a way of looking at health and wellness that doesn't focus on the number on the scale. HAES supports individuals of all sizes improve their health by adopting healthy behaviours because the evidence simply isn't behind the idea that a thin body is a healthy body. Rather, the evidence shows that it is our behaviours that dictate our metabolic health and a focus on weight does not lead to an improvement in health, it usually leads to the opposite.You can learn more about Health at Every Size® here.
What does the CDE mean after your name?
CDE stands for Certified Diabetes Educator. This means that I have the knowledge, skill, and ability to practice effectively and safely with clients with diabetes, pre-diabetes, and gestational diabetes. This certification is gained from having at least 800 hours of experience working with clients with diabetes and passing the Canadian Diabetes Educator's Certification Board (CDECB) exam. For more information on this certification, see the Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board website.
Are your services covered by insurance?
This will depend on your extended healthcare provider. Many extended healthcare providers do provide coverage for allied health, which includes Registered Dietitians but be sure to check with your provider first. I do not directly bill to insurance companies, therefore you will have to pay then be reimbursed by your insurance company.
If Registered Dietitian services are not covered by your insurance provider, you may talk to your employer as having this covered as often it is an option for your employer to include. See the Dietitians of Canada website for more information on the increased productivity and reduced sick time Registered Dietitians can help with.
What is the difference between a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritionist?
The biggest difference is that Registered Dietitian is a protected title. What that means is in order to use these credentials, you must have gone to University and recieved a degree in nutrition, as well as completing an internship of almost a year. That's five years of education and training! As a Registered Dietitian, this also means there is a regulatory body that oversees my practice and ensures that members are up-to-date on evidence-based recommendations for clients. Nutritionist on the other hand, is not currently a protected title. That means that anyone can use this title and there is no standard level of knowledge and expertise required. See here for more information.
What is Intuitive Eating?
Intuitive eating is a different way of looking at eating than what you're probably used to. Instead of giving meal plans, I work with you to listen to your internal cues of hunger and fullness and what foods feel good in your body to guide your eating. Intuitive Eating isn't another diet, it's for when you want to get off the diet roller coaster and not think about food all the time! It has research showing health benefits too, it's not just another fad!
If you want to stop the yo-yo dieting and make peace with food, as a Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor, I can help you do just that!
If you're thinking that you could never be one of those people who doesn't worry about food, I hear you. It seems almost impossible that there is a way out of the battle with food and your body but there is. It doesn't happen overnight but if you're willing to do the work it is possible!
Another thing to note is that if you're thinking you don't even know when you're hungry, let alone full, so this approach definitely isn't for you, you're wrong. In this case, I work with clients to start getting their hunger cues back, followed by fullness cues with more structured eating before working on Intuitive Eating.