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To share practice related stories, create connections and engage readers in the amazing diversity of dietitian experiences.


Call to Action: Dietitians need to help guide effective nutritional supplementation

Two dietitians discuss why they think RDs should play a stronger role in the booming supplement industry and meet consumer demands for reliable information. 

LK-HS1.jpgLaura Kalina, RD, MAdEd is a registered dietitian, author, professional speaker, and award-winner for excellence in health promotion, nutrition communication, and food security. She specializes in low-glycemic eating and weight management, nutritional supplementation, and is a co-author of the national best seller, “Low Glycemic Meals in Minutes.” She has a passion for sharing the importance of healthy eating and cellular nutrition to prevent chronic disease. You can contact Laura by email at or visit her website

Arrey, RD has a thriving dietetics practice based in Montreal where she has been able to help her clients achieve their health goals, lose weight, and find lasting relief from pain, while encouraging them to choose delicious healthy food. She is the author of “The Complete Arthritis Health, Diet Guide and Cookbook,” with Dr. Michael Starr. Kim speaks and lectures on healthy eating choice and transforming complex scientific information into easy to understand terms. She is often asked to comment on nutrition issues by local and national journalists. Contact Kim at or visit her website

Consumers are looking for reliable information on supplements. In the quest for better health, sport performance gains, or simply relief when living with chronic or terminal conditions, consumers are willing to invest in supplements – in addition to adopting a healthy diet. In the past, most dietitians have been hesitant to promote supplements – instead, emphasizing investment in good foods and healthy eating patterns. There is now a growing body of dietitians who have honed their expertise in this area and are calling on others to do the same. continue reading 

Setting yourself apart: The secret ingredient to securing a dietetic practicum program

Rekha Menon, an undergraduate student at Acadia University, shares her experience with the co-op education program and how it helped her secure a dietetic practicum program.

RM-HS1.jpg Rekha Menon completed a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, including a co-operative education component, at Acadia University. Her co-op placements ranged from farming on the rooftop of a Toronto-based high school, to conducting research and applying findings to the Canadian Nutrient File. Enrolling in a co-op program allowed Rekha to gain relevant work experience, build a professional network, and helped her secure a dietetic practicum program through the Nova Scotia Health Authority in the Western Zone.You can connect with her through Twitter, LinkedIn, or via email at   

Yes, I made it! This September marked the beginning of my dietetic internship. Let me explain how I got here: Five years ago, I was fresh out of high school and I thought I had my life figured out. My plan was to complete an undergraduate degree in nutrition, secure a dietetic internship, pass the registration exam, and become a registered dietitian. Simple, right? continue reading

Dietitians: Social justice trailblazers then and now

Think having roots in home economics is boring? Think again.  

JenB-HS1.jpegJennifer Brady is a dietitian and a PhD candidate in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Her dissertation explores the history of the dietetic profession in Canada, specifically the changes in dietetics’ knowledge base and the concomitant changes in the profession’s relationship with food and social justice concerns. Her other research areas include non-diet approaches to understanding health and dietetic practice, the sociology of food and eating, and gendered aspects of food work. Jennifer will start as a new faculty member at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in the fall.

Although my internship prepared me well to practice as a dietitian, I left it with more questions than answers.  I wondered about the (primarily) women who built the profession from the ground up. How and why had they created this profession?  How does their work continue to shape what the dietetic profession is today? continue reading



Fasting during Ramadan: What dietitians need to know & how to help your clients

Mohamed, a dietitian from Egypt, shares tips for working with clients that participate in Ramadan and provides an example meal plan.  

MRHS1.jpgMohamed Rezk completed a B.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Waterloo before completing his dietetics degree at Mount St. Vincent University. He currently works in his private practice, Re-Direct Nutrition Counselling, in Toronto. Mohamed grew up in Egypt and moved to Canada at the age of 20. This experience helped him realize the importance of learning about other cultures to help make his counselling more effective. You can reach Mohamed at He also blogs on his website:

Ramadan is the one month per year where Muslims fast from dawn until sunset every day by refraining from food, water, smoking, medications, and even gum. Pregnant and breastfeeding women, children, seniors, and those on important medications or requiring nutrition care (such as people with diabetes, renal failure, or patients on tube feeds) are exempt from fasting.

During this month, Muslims spend more time getting closer to God, refrain from bad habits, and focus on spiritual growth. This year, Ramadan starts on June 7th. In Canada, Muslims will be fasting 16-17 hours per day, which allows for only 7-8 hours to nourish their bodies and sleep. While Muslim countries cut down their workdays by half during Ramadan, this is not the case in Canada. The combination of high expectations at work or school, long fasting hours, and poor nutrition could be a disaster for Muslims’ health. continue reading

Launching a revolutionary new program in culinary medicine [debrief and future plans]

From inspiration to execution – reflecting on the joys and challenges involved with creating a culinary medicine program from scratch, getting it accredited, and being pioneers chartering new territory. 

AL-HS1.jpgAngel Luk, BSc, RD is a registered dietitian with the College of Dietitians of BC and a member of Dietitians of Canada and SportMedBC. Since joining the Richmond Olympic Oval in 2014, Angel has worked with athletes at the community, provincial, and national level. While Angel specializes in sport nutrition, she has simultaneously pursued her passion for preventative health by co-creating a hands-on course: The Physician in the Kitchen. The goal of the course is to assist physicians and allied health professionals to provide earlier and evidence based nutrition interventions. Connect with Angel on Twitter @FoodMysteries or LinkedIn.

Allow me to start by extending my heartfelt gratitude for the overwhelming support the dietitian community extended after my first Practice Blog post. I feel so incredibly proud to be part of a profession that prides itself in collaboration and innovation. Your encouraging messages and support in spreading the word about The Physician in the Kitchen program has no doubt contributed to its success.
The inspiration for Physician in the Kitchen
These two quotes recap the motivation for developing this program well ... continue reading
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