DIETETICS & NUTRITION
What is a Dietitian?
Registered Dietitians (RDs) are licensed and regulated health professionals who empower their clients to enjoy food while meeting their nutrition needs.
Through obtaining a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and completing a practical internship, dietitians are trained to provide clients with individualized information aligned with their clients’ personal goals and health needs. Dietitians translate the science of nutrition into information that is easy to understand.
What is a Dietitian? Are “Nutritionists” and “Dietitians” the same?
Not necessarily. In Ontario and most of Canada, the term “Dietitian” is a regulated title, whereas “nutritionist” is not regulated and can be used by anyone. This means that dietitians must meet education and training requirements and be registered with a regulatory body. In Ontario, dietitians are licensed by the College of Dietitians of Ontario.
Are Registered Dietitian (RD) services covered by OHIP?
No, private practice Registered Dietitian services are not covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). However, Registered Dietitian (RD) appointments and services are covered by many extended health insurance plans.
What Nutrition and Dietetics Services Do You Offer?
Our registered dietitians provide a range of virtual dietitian services:
- Initial 60-Minute Assessment: All services start here where we will discuss goals, health history, dietary and lifestyle habits; and then form a plan to start with.
- Customized Follow-up Sessions: Choose from 60, 45, or 30-minute sessions, where education, resources and recipes will be provided pertaining to the goals you’ve set.
- Personalized Meal Plans: Tailored to your dietary needs, available in 3, 7, or 14-day options.
- Nutrigenomix Testing: Explore gene-nutrient interactions for more specific dietary goals.
Can Nutrition Counseling Help with Specific Diets, Like Vegan or Gluten-Free?
Yes, Registered Dietitians are trained in specific therapeutic diets such as Gluten-Free, Vegan, Keto, and more. Helping you to take practical steps towards implementing them safely and effectively. A Registered Dietitian can help by providing education materials, resources, recipes, foods and supplements (as needed) to support your health needs.
What Can I Expect in My First Nutrition Session?
At your first 1-hour nutrition session, you can expect to undergo a detailed and comprehensive review of your health concerns, family history, medications, supplements, dietary habits, lifestyle habits, exercise, and other individual considerations. Once reviewed, you and your Dietitian will discuss your main goals and formulate an initial nutrition plan around your goals. Your Dietitian will provide you with this plan as a starting point until you review it together at your next follow up session. This plan may be in the form of educational materials, resources, supplements or food suggestions, depending on your unique needs.
How Do You Customize Nutrition Plans for Individual Needs?
A Dietitian will customize your nutrition plan based on your needs and goals discussed in the Initial Nutrition Assessment. This may include, but is not limited to providing you with tailored macronutrient suggestions (Calorie, Protein, Fat, Carbohydrate targets), specific dietary suggestions, supplement protocols, exercise targets and more. This personalized approach ensures that our dietitian services are specific to you, and can be adjusted at any point during your treatment to meet your needs.
How Do I start working with a Dietitian on my nutrition or meal plan?
Meal plans are available for clients of our dietitian by booking an in-person or virtual initial nutrition counselling appointment with a Registered Dietitian. Our secure online software, Jane, will manage your appointments and reminders, ensuring a smooth and confidential virtual experience. Begin your nutrition journey with a free 15-minute consultation.