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Welcome to Vancity Nutrition

In case you missed it, Mel’s Food Blog is now Vancity Nutrition.  I originally created this blog to share my adventures in the kitchen and love of food.  Now, as a registered dietitian, I’m also committed to sharing practical and evidence-based nutrition information you can put to use every day for healthy living. 

You can still find easy to prepare recipes, inclusive of most eating patterns and budgets, with suggestions for ingredient substitutions as appropriate.  I like to sprinkle in some cooking tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years (mostly the hard way), so if you follow along I hope to help you become a better home cook for you and your loved ones as well. 

I’m one of the “non-diet” dietitians, who believes that there is no one-size-fits-all pattern of eating and that you don’t need to lose weight to improve your health.  What works for you might not work for your friend or co-worker.  That being said, there are some common features of eating patterns that we know provide the most health benefits in the long run: lots of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, along with some good quality protein and healthy fats (but you probably already knew that).  While the healthy eating part might seem simple, nutrition science is anything but, and depending on your unique situation (your current health status, food and cooking knowledge, access to food, cultural background, etc.) there are many paths to optimal health – that’s where a dietitian is key to helping you unlock the potential of food.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my site.  If you have any ideas for a nutrition-related post or recipe you’d like, feel free to send me a request through my contact page. 

People who love to eat are always the best people.”

Julia Child

About Melanie

Melanie is a Registered Dietitian with the College of Dietitians of BC who completed her Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition and Health with a Major in Dietetics at the University of British Columbia in 2017. 

She works as a clinical dietitian in Vancouver, counseling patients and clients across a variety of settings, including diabetes management, kidney care and dialysis, surgery, geriatric medicine, and urban health.  She has a strong interest in practice-based research and is an advocate for regulated health professionals and evidence-based healthcare. Prior to becoming a registered dietitian, Melanie worked in the foodservice industry as a catering manager, specializing in off-premise food and beverage contracts and special events.

Melanie believes the food we eat should provide nourishment while being full of flavour.  As often as you can, she advocates for eating your vegetables, cooking from scratch, enjoying meals with others, trying new foods, and always leaving a little room for indulgence.

Disclaimer

Nutrition and health-related content on this site is provided for information purposes only, and in no way is intended to be used to diagnose or treat health conditions.  You should seek individual medical advice from your own health care practitioner.