Why Dietetics?

Why is there a Dietitian at a Psychological Services Outpatient Program?

Because we understand that disordered eating needs more than a ‘quick fix’. We take our time, using a team approach to help you achieve lasting nutrition results and improve your relationship with food and your body.


Not your everyday Dietitian Services

The Nutrition Services at Inner Solutions™ are unique because we combine our psychological services with specialty nutrition services to help you achieve real change and lasting results.

We understand that disordered eating is a complex problem that is about so much more than “just the food.” Our team approach allows us to address your concerns with body image, eating disorders, or disordered eating from all angles. We work collaboratively with you, at your pace, to find the best nutrition solutions for you and help you repair your relationship with food and your body.

Craving Change™

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Please note: this session is currently on hold.

How is your relationship with food?  Are you an emotional eater? Do you struggle with what, when or how much you eat?

Craving Change™ helps you understand why you eat the way you do and why you comfort yourself with food.  This program will help you change your way of thinking about food and it will help you to  change your eating habits by teaching you effective behavior change techniques.

Craving Change™ uses a cognitive-behavioral approach to help you identify triggers for problematic eating.  You will learn why it is hard to change eating patterns, how to respond to eating triggers in a healthier way and most importantly, you will learn how to maintain the positive changes you make.

From cravingchange.ca: "Written by clinical psychologist Dr. Colleen Cannon and registered dietitian Wendy Shah, Craving Change™ is the #1 cognitive-behavioural program for problematic eating in Canada. Credible and engaging, the program is ideal for weight loss, chronic disease management or for those simply seeking a healthier relationship with food."

Craving Change™ is an 8-Session program. To view details and upcoming dates / times, please view the Event Calendar.

Fill out & submit the Self Referral Form (click here)

Dietitian Services

Eat Well to Be Well

Inner Solutions™ offers comprehensive treatment for disordered eating including eating disorders, overeating, and binge behaviours via the services of a Registered Dietitian and Registered Psychologists who have specialized training in applying empirically based treatment protocols to help change your behaviour and beliefs about food and health. These health professionals maintain their expertise by continually reviewing current scientific literature and medical practices that show the impact of food on both physical and mental health.

More and more is known about how our mood and perspective is impacted by the quality and quantity of food we intake. We take this seriously as part of our comprehensive programming; and we are happy to say we now have a dietitian on staff providng consultation and planning related to your diet and mood regulation.

We use up-to-date, evidence-based, research supported practices when developing individualized programs. You will get personally tailored advise: one-on-one counselling; facilitation of nutrition-focused group sessions; exercise and activity programs, nutrition and metabolism education, strategies to deal with emotional and disordered eating, meal planning, recipe ideas and evaluation. We also offer Yoga for disordered eating.

Reasons to consult our dietitian:

  • Aid emotional stability
  • Help manage chronic disease
  • Guidance for food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances
  • A weight management program that works in “real life”

NOTE: You do not need to be already receiving services at Inner Solutions™ or be in therapy to receive dietetic services.

Any questions or for further information contact: dietetics@innersolutions.ca

Dietetics Information Pamphlet: (View/Download PDF)

Fill out & submit the Self Referral Form (click here)

Fee Schedule April 19, 2017:

Initial consult and 3 follow up sessions (4 weeks total): $560.00

One time consultation and Meal Plan with our Registered Dietitian: $350.00

Individual meetings with Dietitian for education, progress review, emotional support, and to adjust Meal Plan: $150.00 per hour

DBT for Eating Disorders Group

Dietetics + DBT Skills Group Program

Inner Solutions™ provides comprehensive treatment for disordered eating including: all formal DSM eating disorders, as well as general overeating, emotional eating, restricting, binging and purging behaviours, or the developing of rigid rules in the relationship with food.

These services are provided by a Registered Dietitian, Registered, and Provisional Psychologists who have specialized training in applying ‘empirically based treatment protocols’ to help change your relationship with food. These health professionals maintain their expertise by continually reviewing current scientific literature and medical best practices that show the impact of food on both physical and mental health.

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Skills Group 

This group was developed from the Cognitive Behavioural Model (CBT) for emotional eating and the Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) Skills to target disordered eating behaviours. Persons who would benefit from this group include those with a current eating disorder, a history of disordered eating behaviours, or problematic eating behaviours that one would describe as out of control or too tightly controlled. The group runs for 6 – 2 hour sessions; co-facilitated by a Registered Dietitian and a Registered Provisional Psychologist, and provides a challenging but supportive environment as we work towards recovery from an Eating Disorder.

Topics include but are not limited to: Mindfulness, distress tolerance, thought stopping, affirmations and challenging cognitive distortions, body image, self esteem, environmental awareness and modification, and goal setting.

Inner Solutions™ Dietetics Services 

Dietetics Services include 1- to- 1 sessions with a Registered Dietitian, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Skills Group for Eating Disorders and Craving Change™ offered in group or individual sessions.

Services may include, but are not limited to: Nutrition education and counselling, metabolism education, Cognitive Behavioural and Dialectical Behavioural Strategies to deal with disordered eating, chronic disease management (Diabetes, IBS/ Crohn’s/ Ulcerative Colitis, Heart Disease, Kidney Disease, PMS, etc), meal planning, recipe ideas and evaluation of dietary intake.

This is a 6 Session program. For upcoming dates / times, please refer to our Event Calendar. Please get in touch with us for current session fees.

Fill out & submit the Self Referral Form (click here)

Articles

Use Food to Reduce Anxiety

Excerpt from the article: "What you eat and drink can affect you level of anxiety. Everyone is a little different in terms of how we react to what we eat and drink. Some substances in the foods we eat have been linked to increasing anxiety while other substances have been linked to decreasing anxiety levels. To be fully aware of everything you are putting in your body, it may be helpful to record your food intake, read the labels on the packages and cook more from home."

To read more: (View/Download PDF)


Mindlessly Eating Better

Excerpt from the article: "The best diet is the one that you don’t notice you’re on! Mindless Eating can either help or hurt your overall health. Try some of these mindless eating techniques to eat better. Better eating means different things to different people. Better eating can mean eating more nutritiously, eating more or less, eating without guilt, or simply enjoying your food more."

To read more: (View/Download PDF)


Resources:

Leanne Brown—Good and Cheap, "Eat Well on $4/Day"


Disclaimer: This is general information developed by InnerSolutions Inc. It is not intended to replace advice from a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your own healthcare provider to better determine if this information is appropriate for you.

Working with a Registered Dietitian

At Inner Solutions™, we have identified a few common misconceptions about what working with a Registered Dietitian for disordered eating is like. This can be a barrier when researching and identifying the right treatment, so it's important to explore their validity.

Here we provide the facts about the top four misconceptions so you can confidently move forward when you need help.

Misconception #1: "Dietitian's force you to eat and make you keep a food journal for proof."

A Registered Dietitian will help you reach your personal goals of healthier eating behaviours by providing guidance, reliable information and encouragement. The pace of striving for and achieving changes in food behaviours is set in partnership with the client and their own level of comfort.

Food records or meal plans are used in some cases, but only if this is beneficial for the client and their goals.

Misconception #2: "You can only eat healthy food."

Everything in okay in moderation. Dietitians will encourage clients to achieve healthy, balanced eating but no food is off limits. The food choices are designed around each client's individual needs, allergies and food preferences.

Misconception #3: "Dietitians weigh you at every meeting."

Recovering from disordered eating is about achieving healthy, balanced eating patterns, not achieving a specific number on the scale. We will not weigh you in office unless that is a part of your personal goals and nutrition care plan.

Misconception #4: "Dietitians will be mad at you if you don't eat." 

Recovering from an eating disorder takes a lot of hard work. Some days will be better than others, but the Dietitian will never be mad at you in your efforts towards recovery. The role of the Dietitian is to help find strategies to support your change even in the toughest times.

If you would like to meet with a Registered Dietitian or have any questions about working with a Registered Dietitan, please contact dietetics@innersolutions.ca or 403-301-3399.


What is the Difference Between a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritionist?

A Registered Dietitian is a medically trained professional who has completed a Bachelor's Degree in the Science of Nutrition as well as a practical internship meeting Standards of Practice. A Registered Dietitian must maintain registration with the College of Dietitians and complete yearly education to maintain this registration. In Alberta, a Registered Dietitian may also be called a “Registered Nutritionist” or “Dietitian".

Registered Dietitians are trained in clinical areas (surgery rehabilitation, eating disorders, chronic disease, weight management, metabolism), counselling, research, food service management, and community health programming. Choosing a Registered Dietitian as your nutrition expert will ensure you are receiving the highest quality advice.

A Nutritionist is an unprotected title which means that there is no guarantee for the level of education and training that a Nutritionist has.