I identify with being an anti-diet dietitian – meaning I practice from a lens that contradicts diet culture’s sexist, racist, and classist beliefs that equate thinness to health and moral virtue.
I studied dietetics at the University of Guelph receiving both my Bachelor’s in Applied Human Nutrition and Master of Applied Nutrition. I have continued education in ‘FODMAP and IBS Training’, ‘Eating Disorder Sensitivity Training’, and ‘Digestive Disorders & Eating Disorders’.
I work from a trauma informed lens combining nutrition science and intuitive eating, to help clients connect with their innate knowledge surrounding food and their bodies. I use a weight-inclusive approach, so rather than focusing on weight as a primary indicator of health status, I focus on the multi-dimensional factors that contribute to the health of my patients including satisfaction, psychological well-being, and body awareness. At the heart of my approach, I strive to provide patient centred care to give individuals the opportunity to explore and understand their relationship with food while also supporting their health. Ultimately working towards navigating food decisions in a positive, comfortable and flexible manor free of disordered thoughts/behaviours.
Dietetic Services with Sarah
As a Registered Dietitian Sarah aims to empower her patients to embrace, understand and enjoy food. Nowadays, society is exposed to high amounts of misinformation regarding nutrition, Sarah hopes that by translating the science of nutrition into terms everyone can understand she can provide credible information to support balanced living.
Registered Dietitians in private practice are not currently covered by OHIP in Ontario, Canada. You may be able to access a Registered Dietitian if you belong to a family health team that has a dietitian on their team. Dietetic services are eligible for most private insurance coverage and a detailed receipt is provided following every session which can be submitted for reimbursement.
Sarah’s approach is anti-diet and rooted in the principles of Health At Every Size® as well as intuitive eating. Her process is patient-centred and very collaborative based on patients’ personal needs and challenges. Sarah supports patients in acute situations that require as few as 2-3 appointments as well as longer term support (the number of sessions is highly variable, so expectations and personalized recommendation are discussed at the initial appointment). As a dietitian, it is not within Sarah’s scope to make clinical diagnoses, but she will collaborate as necessary with allied healthcare professionals to aid in this process.
During sessions with Sarah, you can expect to:
Discover about various nutrients and the importance and roles those nutrients play for your body to function well
Learn how much food to eat
Become informed about how your metabolism works
Fact check and get evidenced-based answers to your nutrition related questions
Learn practical strategies to eat well while living with a mental health condition
Build a healthy relationship with food and your body
Receive simple, healthy meal prep ideas and recipes, made from foods you enjoy
Address additional health concerns such as digestive disorders
Sarah specializes in working with those experiencing the following:
Disordered eating behaviours
Individuals living with eating disorders (i.e., Binge-Eating Disorder, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorder)
Individuals living with digestive disorders (i.e., Functional Constipation/Diarrhea, bloating, food sensitivities, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Small-intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD), Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Ulcerative Colitis, Gastroparesis)
Managing various micronutrient deficiencies by optimizing absorption and education on functional foods and/or supplements (i.e., vitamin B12, iron, vitamin D, calcium, etc.)
Managing type 2 diabetes (not insulin dependent), high cholesterol, vegetarian/vegan eating
Description of services:
What Made you want to work with CCP?
I feel very strongly about the strength of collaborative care and have always seen myself working as a part of an interdisciplinary team. The team environment at CCP is so conducive to healing, knowing that most of my patients would already be receiving psychological support is SO exciting to me. I find a deep sense of purpose in this work providing the type of support that I wish I had. Like most of us I grew up in under the influence of diet culture from a young age. After years of unlearning and relearning how to trust and respect my body I am happy to say I am more at peace with my body and relationship with food than I have ever been. It is my passion to liberate others to do the same so they can live their lives to the fullest.
Most surprising thing about you?
I have a passion for travel and love learning about food systems and cultures in difference places. As a result, I spent six months living on the Mediterranean island of Malta training under dietitians at the Mater Dei Hospital. In addition, I worked with A Step Forward Foundation developing food sustainability initiatives with Ecuadorian Indigenous communities.