Whether we are looking after ourselves, or have a household of mouths to feed, nutrition is often a top priority that can get pushed aside as we get busy with day to day lives. With so many things to take into consideration now a days whether it be gluten free, allergies, or just a busy lifestyle ensuring proper nutrition is often a challenge. Knowledge is power.

Understanding Your Nutritional Needs

Presenter: Carla D’Andreamatteo, MSc, RD

Carla completed her Bachelor of Human Ecology with a major in nutrition from the University of Manitoba followed by a dietetic internship with Saskatoon District Health. She has completed her Masters degree in Human Nutritional Sciences (2013) at the University of Manitoba. This experience involved working in the area of food security and conducting research with the homeless population in Winnipeg. Carla has further conducted local and international presentations on her research.

In 1999 Carla established a place in private practice within Manitoba and has extended that to the province of Saskatchewan. Extensive knowledge and experience with nutrition needs of remote, northern communities is an area of strong interest for Carla (having originally hailed from northern Manitoba herself). Further interests include food security, nutrition for Arthritis, geriatric nutrition, to name a few. She continues to use her formal education related to teaching adults in a number of settings (group education, individual counseling, program development and delivery).

Carla has remained active in the profession of dietetics through membership in committees for professional standards at the provincial level and as a member of continued competency at the national level. She is a member in good standing with the College of Dietitians of Manitoba (CDM). Active living is an important part of Carla’s life. She has taken part in ½ marathon events in Manitoba as well as Europe (in support of The Arthritis Society) raising funds and awareness for arthritis. Giving back to the local community is something that Carla is passionate about. She presently volunteers in the position of Board Member for the Elizabeth Fry Society of Manitoba and chairs a sub-committee for food security with this organization.

Presentation Topics Include (but are not limited to)
  • Balancing Healthy Eating With a Busy Life
    Healthy eating, balanced with a hectic schedule can be a challenge. Choices made in the grocery store, at home and when eating out all contribute to the health of your body. This session will provide you with practical tips to help you manage food intake with the demands of a busy life.
  • Cook It Up Healthy!
    Many recipes can be made healthier without sacrificing taste. A diet that emphasizes heart healthy fats, dietary fibre and antioxidants will reduce the risk for many chronic disease.
  • Label Reading 101
    Grocery shopping can be a challenge.  During this presentation you will learn how to read food product labels to make better food choices for you and your family.
  • Organic Foods: Are they worth it?
    Organic food has become widely available in Canada. This presentation will take you through the requirements for labeling food “organic”, defining what is meant by genetically modified food (GMO), and will aim to assist you with deciding whether these foods will find a way on to your table.
  • Canada’s Food Guide: The Basics
    Canada’s Food Guide is a wonderful starting point for determining how well your food intake is meeting your daily needs. This workshop will take you through the practical use of the food guide and teach you how to assess the quality of the meals and snacks that you select each day.
  • Why “Diets” Don’t Work
    Fad diets offer promises of extreme, rapid weight loss and a lifetime of happiness. The reality of fad diets leaves much to be desired.  The role of the media has contributed to this sensationalism, as you will see during this presentation.  Participants will be provided information to take away that will help spot a fad diet.  Additionally, simple weight management strategies that can be incorporated into everyday living will be identified.
  • Dietary Management of Type 2 Diabetes
    Using the Diabetes Food Guide, participants will be guided through how to plan healthy meals and snacks to manage type 2 diabetes. The presentation will include information on the health implications associated with diabetes and how diet along with exercise can positively impact blood sugar levels in an individual.
  • Coming Soon – Guided Grocery Store Tours with Registered Dieticians!