What To Expect
⇒ The philosophy that meals and food is about getting it done, not getting it “perfect” (what ever that means!).
⇒ Guidance and support for ditching dieting once and for all to find your version of health and happiness.
⇒ Information and support for feeding not only your body but also your mind.
⇒ Down to earth recipes and food ideas that do not require you to scour the city for magical powders, sugar/gluten/fat/taste free specialty products or other expensive ingredients.
A HAES approach, for all
All client care and recommendations are through the health at every size paradigm. No matter your size, conditions and abilities, you will be treated with ethical care and respect. Weight will not be made a scapegoat nor the focus of support.
Safe, virtual support
All sessions take place virtually either via encrypted video chat or over the phone- it’s your choice!
I consult with people all over Canada, so this is often a convenient way to access care without having to be in the same city!
With your explicit consent, I will gladly collaborate with all other members of your health team be it doctors, psychologists or parents. Working together increases your chance of recovery and improved wellbeing.
I have been a registered dietitian nutritionist for over 15 years and I help people rebuild a healthy relationship with food and their body.
My goal is to support clients to gain confidence to give themselves permission to eat the foods they love and enjoy foods that nourish their body and mind.
If you feel overwhelmed with food choices, fear your appetite or certain foods, want to reduce emotional eating, binging and cravings, I may be able to help. I encourage clients to stop worrying about every little detail of what they eat and start seeing the bigger picture of health and happiness.
I specialize in the areas of weight concern, eating disorders, disordered eating, diabetes and heart disease. I advocate for a mindful & intuitive eating approach to eating and I always tailor my advice to your personal needs rather than taking a cookie-cutter approach.
I am also a wife, mom of 2, and self-proclaimed wine aficionado. I love food and eating and am passionate about helping others enjoy food as one of the pleasures of life.
I am a member of the Order of Dietitians of Quebec, College of Dietitians of Ontario and The Dietitians of Canada. I can consult with people who live in Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon, NWT and Nunavut.
What I Do
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 people looking to repair their 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 best support clients, I had to be a “shining example” of fitness and health. The words I would NOW use would be that I had to be the diet culture definition of “health” which is thin, young, able bodied, light skinned, amongst many other privileges.
The problem is, what the workout world and media claim is healthy (skinny, abs, rich, young, etc) and what embodies sound wellbeing 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 like I was losing my mind! 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 were causing these symptoms. I got up the courage to do some googling and came across the idea that dieting and hating one’s body can lead to eating in secret, feeling out of control with food and feeling disgusted with your weight. It was a relief to find a solution but far more difficult to put the non-diet 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 (what I thoughts was) my “perfect weight goal”, I actually felt better in my skin (and in my mind). 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).
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 to feel good in their body, but in their mind as well!”
Let’s Work Together!
If you are up for chatting about how I may be able to support you, I invite you to book a discovery call. If you’d prefer to send an email, that’s ok too!