About Lisa

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Lisa Rutledge is a registered dietitian nutritionist, wellness coach and food behavior expert who helps her clients rebuild a healthy relationship wLisa Rutledge, RDith food. She gives clients the confidence and permission to get excited about the food they eat. 

Her goal is to help people who feel overwhelmed with food choices improve their confidence in their ability to eat well. Lisa encourages clients to stop worrying about every little detail of what they eat and start seeing the bigger picture of health and happiness.

She specializes in the areas of weight concern, eating disorders, geriatric nutrition, diabetes and heart disease. Lisa advocates for a mindful & intuitive eating approach to eating and always tailors her advice to your personal needs rather than taking a cookie-cutter approach. Lisa works with clients in one on one counseling, presentations, blogs for her site and Huffington Post Canada and is a regular guest on CJAD 800. 

If you want to start rebuilding a healthy relationship with food, you can book a consultation with Lisa. Simply visit the Contact page and fill out the form.

Lisa offers a number of services to her clients- personal consultations, home care consultations as well as kiosks and workshops. The information she provides is down to earth & easy to understand. To learn more about what Lisa can do for you, visit her page What I Can Do For You. Her approach is designed to help you make informed decisions about what you eat and how to change your habits to be more in line with your values.

Lisa is a member of the Order of Dietitians of Quebec and of The Dietitians of Canada

 

Lisa’s Story

Everyone has experiences that help to shape them into the person they are today. Here are Lisa’s experiences and why she chooses to work with repairing people’s relationship with food in private practice:

“Once I started working as an RD, I was introduced to the workout & fitness world. I thought that in order to influence clients, I had to be a shining example of fitness and health. The problem is, what the workout world and media claim is healthy (skinny, abs, perfection) and what is actually healthy are two different things. After living and breathing this fitness world that focused on shape, slowly the obsession with weight loss and food crept into my life. I started scrutinizing what I ate, how much I ate; constantly asking myself “when I will eat next?”, “should I have eaten that?”, “did I exercise enough today?”. These questions became overwhelming and all consuming. I was deciding if I was good enough (a good enough friend, a good enough dietitian) based on calorie intake, number of pounds lost and minutes spent exercising.When the binges and eating in secret started I felt crazy! Like I was the only one in the world who could not “get a handle” on food. The more I tried to cut back on food, the more I craved everything!

Perhaps the most upsetting is the fact that I was an RD. I should have seen the signs of disordered eating. I literally didn’t know what was wrong with me and had no idea that all the dieting and restrictions was inciting these symptoms. I got up the courage to do some googling and came across the idea that dieting and hating one’s weight can lead to eating in secret, feeling out of control with food and being disgusted with your weight. It was a relief to find a solution but far more difficult to put the non-dieting approach into practice. At first, stopping the restrictive diet and returning to normal exercise patterns felt like giving up on my dream of being the perfect weight and the perfect RD but the more I re-embraced a normal way of eating, the more normal I felt. And to my surprise, despite not reaching my perfect weight goal, I actually felt better in my skin (and in my mind). Despite returning to the weight at which my body feels best, I felt free of the diet prison and felt as if I had gained my freedom to live life happily again.

I know the pain of hating your body, of feeling out of control with food and eating, of feeling unable to trust your food instincts. AND I know the feeling of rediscovering that confidence in food choices. It is freeing, self-esteem boosting and allows time to be dedicated to all areas of your life (rather than full focus on food and exercise). It has stabilized my weight – even after being pregnant and caring for a baby (now toddler).

Helping others find the courage to abandon diets – the very thing that is leading to disordered eating (like binges) and body hate, low self-esteem and shame/guilt- is my goal. To help others find a fresh new way of eating for health and wellness- not just healthy bodies, but healthy minds too!”

 

Praise from clients:

“I have never spoke to anyone about the kind of things I did with Lisa, Exploring my triggers for eating and what influences my food choices was extremely useful. Taking the time to understand me and my life helped me connect with Lisa and showed me that dietitians don’t just give out meal plans”. -Andrew

“Although it can be scary to have no food rules to follow, I felt much more comfortable taking with Lisa versus other dietitians. I didn’t feel like I was going to be scolded for eating the wrong thing! Eating foods I like is a lot easier than following a strict diet”. -Jill