It seems like a lifetime ago when I graduated from a Bachelor’s degree in Biology followed by a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Human Nutrition at the University of Guelph way back in 2000. I then packed up a single suitcase and my bike, and flew west to Edmonton to complete my dietetic internship so that I could be registered as a dietitian/nutritionist. My career as a Registered Dietitian started in public health, where I managed a province-wide diabetes program, then a province-wide prenatal nutrition program.
After having three beautiful boys, I branched out into private practice. I was absolutely blown away when I discovered how dietary measures for IBS could literally change people’s lives overnight! So, I started my company IBS Nutrition in 2016, completed the Monash University FODMAP Training for Dietitians, and have been specializing in all-things IBS since then.
During our time together, you will learn how to manage your digestive symptoms, discover your food triggers, and build a resilient microbiome. I may suggest a trial of the low FODMAP diet while adapting it according to your body’s symptoms and your life. I will teach you how certain patterns of eating can impact how you feel. The end goal is for you to stop thinking about your digestion so you can live a great life again!
People with IBS often benefit from ongoing support especially at the beginning. That is why I use an app called Practice Better where you have unlimited access to me six days a week for advice and support. It is like having me in your back pocket when you need me.
I absolutely LOVE to cook! My colleague and friend Lauren Renlund, RD and I wrote a cookbook, The 28-Day Plan for IBS Relief: 100 Low FODMAP Recipes to Soothe the Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Our recipes are quick, simple, wholesome, and delicious. I think that you and your family will love our recipes too! Would you like a sample?
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My husband Dave convinced me on two occasions to pack up the family and travel around the world with our young kids. He has also introduced me to surfing, windsurfing, and wake boarding which I never imagined starting in my late 40s!
Living with three boys means that I must keep up on a snowboard or mountain biking which is getting harder and harder to do! Good thing that I absolutely love cooking for a houseful of hungry teens because feeding this family of mine requires a high degree of organization and creativity too!
Would you like to know a few fun facts about me? Before becoming a dietitian I worked as a tour guide at three Olympics – Nagano (1998), Sydney (2000), and Salt Lake City (2002). My life is no longer that exciting. For the day to day, I enjoy testing new recipes, practicing yoga, and taking short runs with my dog Pepper if I have enough motivation to lace up my shoes (yes, dietitians struggle with this too).