Dietitian/Sports Nutrition

The Importance of Nutrition

The food we eat has a direct effect on our over all health and wellbeing. Good nutrition habits can help us maintain our energy levels, weight and muscle mass and can lower our risk of certain diseases. Research shows that those who eat lots of fruits and vegetables may lower their risk of colon cancer, people consuming fatty fish and more oils have decreased risk of heart disease and lower markers of inflammation. Higher unsaturated fat (oil and fish) content in the diet directly relates to the composition present in the brain, thus can affect mental health status. A balanced gut bacteria level is important to help with reducing inflammation, can benefit our mental health, and can possibly even help with weight loss and may decrease risk of triggering or severity of autoimmune diseases. Not only that, nutrition can be used to help us heal from a surgery (knee replacement for example), injury or just help us perform the best at our sport.

What is the Difference Between Dietitian and Nutritionist?

In Ontario, anyone can call themselves a nutritionist regardless of their education background. Therefore, that individual may not have the depth of knowledge or practical experience to help you manage disease states or provide up to date, evidence-based dietary advice. As a registered dietitian, it is guaranteed that we have completed a 4 year bachelor degree from an accredited university, plus either an accredited dietetic practicum program or masters practicum combined program working under various dietitians to gain practical experience and lastly are required to pass a regulatory exam. Registered Dietitians are a regulated health professional which means like your chiropractors, physiotherapists, physicians etc, we are held to the highest standards set by our governing collages to ensure public safety. As such, we are required to conduct yearly self directed learning goals to make sure we are learning and growing in our practice to better help our clients.

How Many Sessions Should I Need?

I often recommend having at least 2 sessions with me, remembering we can’t change everything in 1 session. The first session is an information gathering session where I ask about your overall health and your typical diet intake. From there I will do some diet education and goal setting at the end of the first session, based on what your needs are. The second session is good to follow up and discuss any barriers you faced, and is an opportunity for me to discuss any other changes we can make and provide calorie and macronutrient goals if this is what you need.

Continued follow-ups are recommended for athletes as their training demands and goals will change throughout the year.

If weight loss is what you are looking for, I do tend to find people have better results if they have someone to be accountable for and provide support. The number of sessions you may need will depend on how independent you are, and how much support you need to continue with the changes.

What Kind of Nutrition Topics Can I Help With?

Sports Nutrition

  • Team sport tournament planning
  • Regular sport performance
  • Nutrition periodization to match a training schedule
  • Marathon or distance event planning
  • Making weight in boxing, wrestling, rowing, powerlifting and weightlifting
  • Weight gain/muscle gain
  • Concussion management
  • Nutrition management post injury (helping decrease inflammation, heal and maintain muscle mass while off training)
  • Supplement reviews
  • Youth or college age athletes
  • Gastrointestinal issues in sport

Regular Nutrition

  • Chronic disease management (diabetes, cardiovascular disease, renal disease)
  • Body composition changes
  • Food allergy planning
  • Meal prep/family nutrition
  • Auto-immune disease (rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, type 1 diabetes)
  • General healthy eating
  • Muscle mass loss in older adults
  • Optimizing a vegan or vegetarian diet

Our Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist

A Little About Stephanie

Stephanie is our Registered Dietitian and sport nutritionist. She graduated with Honours from the University of Guelph with a Bachelors of Applied Science specializing in Applied Human Nutrition. She then pursued her passion for sport performance nutrition by completing her Masters of Science degree specializing in Exercise, Nutrition and Metabolism at the University of Guelph. Here she was involved in studies investigating the nutritional adequacy of young hockey players and hydration habits of amateur, varsity and elite athletes to name a few. She then completed her internship at London Health Sciences Centre and is currently working there on the Medicine unit. She also has experience working with mental health and eating disorders. She also working towards being a Certified Specialist in Sport Dietetics.

Stephanie spent most of her childhood in the rink as a competitive figure skater, and later was involved in volleyball, track and cross country. During her university years she was drawn to lifting and has continued with this ever since. She is currently enjoying learning the art of Olympic weightlifting. Stephanie believes that every food fits in moderation and truly believes that nutrition has a huge impact on our sport performance and health.

"If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have the safest way to health." – Hippocrates

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We always encourage involving your family doctor, but you do not need a referral to consult with the professionals at GRSM. Many of our patients call the clinic and make their own appointments while others are referred by their family physicians. A referral may be required by your extended health care provider to receive benefits. 

Appointments may be made in person or by calling (519) 622-4529 (Cambridge). You can also fill out our online form and one of our staff will call you. Remember: Please give us at least 24-hours notice if you need to cancel, so we can give that time to another patient.

The Dietitian/Sports Nutritionist is available at our Cambridge clinic every Wednesday from 4-8pm. 

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Services

SPORTS MEDICINE

Our physicians specialize in sports medicine and are certified with the Canadian Academy of Sport & Exercise Medicine (CASEM). They provide expert medical care for high performance athletes, recreational athletes and active individuals.

PHYSIOTHERAPY

Our physiotherapists focus on sport- and activity-specific rehabilitation. Our goal is to return you to your activity as soon and as safely as possible.

CHIROPRACTIC

Our chiropractors utilize functional assessments to diagnose and determine the appropriate treatment plan and therapeutic methods. These techniques include Active Release Technique (ART), Athletic Movement Assessment (AMA), Diversified chiropractic Manipulation technique.

MASSAGE THERAPY

Our Registered Massage Therapists use preventative and restorative therapies to help you maintain, rehabilitate and improve physical function or relieve your pain.

ATHLETIC THERAPY

Our Certified Athletic Therapists use a full range of treatments to rehabilitate, prevent injury and help you return safely to your sports and other activities.

FOOT ORTHOTICS

Our pedorthists are trained in assessing, casting, design and fitting of foot appliances (orthotics) and in fitting of footwear to reduce painful and debilitating conditions of the lower limbs and feet.

BRACING

Our bracing professionals help fit you with a stocked or custom brace so that you may be able to return to sports or recreational activities sooner and safer.

DIETITIAN & NUTRITION

Our Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist helps to promote good nutrition habits that can help you maintain your energy levels, weight and muscle mass and can lower your risk of certain diseases.