Registered Dietitian, Kavanagh works with clients of all ages and stages, from pregnancy to those making sure they age in the healthiest way possible. She sees patients for:
- Improving their relationship with food (e.g. emotional eating, binge eating, etc.)
- Creating a healthy relationship with food in childhood (for parents)
- Weight loss
- Healthy aging
- Improving energy levels
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Bowel health (e.g. Crohn’s, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, bloating, constipation, diarrhea)
- Bone health concerns (e.g. osteopenia, osteoporosis)
- Autoimmune diseases (e.g. Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis, etc.)
- Heart Disease
- Improving athletic performance
In short, everyone can benefit from seeing a Registered Dietitian.
Dietitians are the only regulated nutrition health professionals in Canada. The title ‘dietitian’ is protected by law, just like physician, nurse and pharmacist. You can identify a dietitian by the initials RD. To use this title in British Columbia, the dietitian must meet and maintain the College of Dietitians of British Columbia’s registration requirements.
Dietitians are university educated with at least 1250 hours of supervised, hands-on training in food systems, disease management, population health, communications and counselling. They must pass a registration exam to become a regulated health professional. Ongoing professional development is not only a core value but a requirement.
Clients can expect a counselling approach that is highly individualized. The goal of the counselling relationship is to arm the client with the ability to navigate the wild land that is the current food environment. There is no shortage of recommendations around nutrition on the internet. However, there is a serious lacking in evidence-based recommendations. Kavanagh helps clients achieve their goals by combining an increased awareness in how their diet is affecting them, with evidence-based recommendations.