Registered Clinical Dietetics
At The Nourished Co., we're bridging physical, emotional, and mental health in one innovative and accessible space. We are dedicated to seeing each client as a unique individual with personalized needs, rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach!
That's why we offer nutrition support and therapy that is tailored to your unique needs and challenges. Nutrition therapy takes into account the medical baseline and history of each individual, while also placing a heavy focus on the relationships surrounding food, the eating experience, and our bodies. Moving through any health challenges, mental or physical, can be overwhelming. We're here to help alleviate some of that stress in a non-judgemental, empathetic, and compassionate way.
The dietitians at The Nourished Collaborative, Amber and Tamara, utilize evidence-informed, goal-oriented, and skills-based approaches when teaching their clients about the role of nutrition in their mental and physical health. The approaches of both Amber and Tamara are informed by their own lived experiences with disordered eating/eating disorders, and Amber is uniquely motivated to help those living with neurodiversity (ADHD, ASD), anxiety, and depression given her mental health history and journey. Our dietitians are passionate about bringing clients into a healthier and more neutral state of mind surrounding the eating experience and body image, thus moving them out of diet culture and into a more intuitive and free place with food, the scale, and movement. Amber and Tamara know firsthand (and from the research) how harmful dieting, disordered eating, and low self-worth can be to the whole human experience and one's quality of life. Our clients are educated on the body and its adaptive mechanisms, because (contrary to popular belief) the more restrictive and impaired the relationships with food and our bodies are, the more we struggle to find balance and intuition in our eating experiences - thereby leading to more binging, emotional eating, and obsessive thoughts around food.
Our promise to clients is that our nutrition counselling will always be inclusive and client-centred, meeting each individual where they are at on their health journey with empathy, compassion, and authenticity.
What is "Nutrition Therapy" or "Nutrition Counselling"?
Nutrition Therapy extends far beyond diet or meal plans, more so aligning with one-on-one education and counselling around nutrition, health, and the relationships with our food and bodies. It takes into account the emotional experiences around food, past traumas surrounding eating, as well as the stressors involved in dieting and body image concerns. We do this from the ground up:
Building a clinical foundation with our health history and current health concerns
Cultivating a roadmap together based on your unique and overarching health goals (our plan and strategies to meet your health goals)
Putting our plan into place by gaining insight into nutrition and our health, building skills to foster a healthier relationship with food/body, dismantling diet culture, etc...
Ultimately, working towards accomplishing your health goals in a sustainable and meaningful way
What is the difference between a Dietitian and a Nutritionist?
Dietitians are accredited healthcare professionals with a minimum of 6-years dedicated to specialized education and training opportunities. "Dietitian" is a protected term, meaning only individuals who have gone through the required stream of training/licensing can use this title, they are also part of a College within the Province that protects the public and ensures they are keeping up to date with new knowledge and research. Conversely, Nutritionist is NOT a protected title. Nutritionists are not required by any law to obtain specialized or evidence-based schooling, and because it is not a protected title there are no guidelines around who can actually call themselves a nutritionist.
What do Dietitians do?
Dietitians can work in virtually any field, from marketing, food service management, hospital settings, to private practice. Because of this, each dietitian can specialize in their respective field(s) and really create their own innovative roles within their community. My (Amber's) specific areas of expertise fall within the realm of nutrition education and counselling, focusing primarily on: working with clients on eating disorder recovery, intuitive eating to break the diet cycle, acceptance around diet culture and neutralizing the relationship with food/body, mental health and cognitive nutrition, as well as gut health.