You are what you eat, so choose food carefully

It is often said that when you know better, you do better.

It is often said that when you know better, you do better.

But when it comes to diet and nutrition, it can be hard to know just what exactly is “better.” That’s something Comox Valley dietitian Tiffany McFadden wants to change.

“My top priority as a dietitian is to help people,” says McFadden. “Helping can come in many different forms whether it is helping clients make diet changes around a new diagnosis, relieving symptoms through diet or figuring out what a healthy diet is for their family.

“Ultimately my goal is for clients to be empowered with the knowledge they need to make the best decisions around their health.”

Born and raised in Campbell River, McFadden earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from UVic before discovering her true passion for dietetics.

She went on to receive a second Bachelor of Science, this time in dietetics from UBC, followed by a 10-month internship and several years of clinical experience — many at a high-acuity hospital in a major urban centre — before settling in the Comox Valley with her family to enjoy the Island lifestyle.

When people think of a dietitian, it is easy to think of someone who deals only with chronic or extreme health issues. McFadden says most of her clients come to her proactively, wanting to prevent disease or the progression of a condition.

“The main reasons that clients come to see me are for digestive issues, weight loss, sports nutrition, or a general nutrition checkup.”

She also sees all age ranges in her clinic, often seeing children for things such as food allergies or concerns around picky eating and seniors looking to regain energy after an illness or injury.

What exactly does a dietitian do?

Clients can expect to review their current eating habits, health history, exercise routines, and any concerns they have. McFadden sees the individualized plans that she develops not as short-term strategies, but as the first step to developing life-long healthy eating habits.

She even offers grocery store tours, which she calls a highlight of her job.

“I find clients get so much out of them and are always amazed at how much they have learned. We tour the store comparing and learning about food. I usually touch a little on food preparation, meal planning and budgeting. Again the tours are personalized and I always encourage lots of questions. There is no better place to discuss food than in the grocery store.”

Anyone wanting to know better and do better when it comes to food and nutrition can visit www.tiffanymcfaddenrd.com or phone 250-338-1333.

Many extended-health plans cover the cost of seeing registered dieticians, who in B.C. are classified as authorized medical practitioners.

 

Just Posted

Affordable rental housing complex opens in Courtenay

The Braidwood facility will house 34 people at risk of homelessness

Applications open for record bursary, scholarship funding at North Island College

Current and future North Island College students can now apply for scholarships… Continue reading

Second Stage Players present laughter and love in We Are Family

Get your tickets early to see the Evergreen Club’s Second Stage Players’… Continue reading

Open house opens access for those suffering from vision loss

Pat Chicquen understands how isolating losing vision can be, which is why… Continue reading

Valley SPCA overwhelmed with 45 cats taken from local property

Many of the cats have never been around humans, or have never been touched or handled.

Protective human chain forms around Victoria mosque for Friday prayer

Islanders stand arm-in-arm to show support in aftermath of New Zealand shootings

Comox Valley Hospice Society finds new Ocean Front home

Comox Valley Hospice Society (CVHS) recently announced plans to construct a new… Continue reading

‘Families torn apart:’ Truck driver in fatal Broncos crash gets 8-year sentence

Judge Inez Cardinal told court in Melfort, Sask., that Sidhu’s remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors

Boy who went missing from park remains largest probe in Victoria police history

The four-year old Victoria boy went missing without a trace on March 24, 1991

WestJet sticking with Boeing 737 Max once planes certified to fly

WestJet had expected to add two more of the planes this year to increase its fleet to 13

B.C. driver caught going 207 km/h on motorcycle along Okanagan Highway

A motorcyclist was caught by Kelowna RCMP going 207 km/h on Highway 97C

Protective human chain forms around B.C. mosque for Friday prayer

Vancouver Islanders stand arm-in-arm to show support in aftermath of New Zealand shootings

Motorcyclist dies after three-vehicle crash on old Island Highway

Accident happened at 12:15 p.m. Friday near Country Club Centre in Nanaimo

Most Read