A local nutritionist is offering advice to ease nerves for individuals wanting to seek help on healthy eating.
The pandemic has caused some individuals stress which has lead to suffering and negative impacts on their physical and mental health. For some, it lead to unhealthy eating habits.
To revert back to healthy eating the aid of a nutritionist and/or a dietitian can be beneficial. But after CIDI spoke to some members of the public, they reported being unsure which professional to go to: a nutritionist or a dietitian.
“Dietitian and nutritionist mean the same thing in Quebec,” explained Sarah Creighton-Wiebe, nutritionist practicing in Brome Lake.
Creighton-Wiebe stressed the point that in Quebec, the title of the professional is not the most important factor, but rather the values and practices they use.
“I’m using a slightly different approach to counselling patients, it’s called 'intuitive eating,'” said Creighton-Wiebe.
Intuitive eating is not a diet but rather training your body to know its hunger signals. It is, in a way, a philosophy of eating, she said.
When seeking the help of a nutritionist, all appointments and treatments are targeted specifically to an individual. There is no general one size fits all solution.
Nutritionists are considered in the same COVID-19 category as physicians, meaning they are permitted to be open at this time
“I want to help patients develop a healthy relationship with food,” stated Creighton-Wiebe.
Here is Sarah Creighton-Wiebe speaking with CIDI: