Cristel's Story

​From Disordered Eating to Peaceful Eating; A Body Loving, Food Expert!

Cristel brings her personal and professional experience to counsel clients to have a healthier and more peaceful relationship with their food and body, as well as to have a better, more fulfilling and satisfying meal balance throughout their busy schedules.

 

At the end of the day, Cristel does all it takes to redefine your relationship with food, where food is not meant to be a source of stress and agony, but rather, joy and nourishment.

My Professional Background

I’m a Registered Dietitian with the College of Dietitians of BC, and the founder of nutriFoodie. I completed my dietetics degree at the University of British Columbia in June 2014. I have quite the diverse experiences in clinical nutrition, foodservice management, community nutrition, and business administration. I fully embrace opportunities that cover nutrition, food, counselling, entrepreneurship, education and people! I’m also a mentor to many dietetics students and an active volunteer with Dietitians of Canada with a focus on dietetics advocacy.

My Personal Struggle

I was just a child when I had to take steroids to deal with inflammation. Unfortunately, my parents did not receive education on what steroids would do to my health and body. The impact is so great on blood sugars, blood pressure, weight gain, etc… and instead of a preventative plan for my well being at a young age, I kept gaining weight from there on. I was chubby, and that was not okay with society or anyone in my surroundings. So, like many others, I was bullied by close and distant people in my life:

  • I was told that I have such “a beautiful face and heart” but it can’t be seen under all that fat or that I wouldn’t be loved if I stay like that
  • ​I was told to go “lose weight like others have”
  • I was told to “just STOP eating”

That only spiraled into having a disordered relationship with food and eating, where I would feel super guilty and shameful for eating altogether – and then end up bingeing in secrecy when no one was around. Fast forward to when I was a teenager and was sent to get a “diet” from an endocrinologist (…What?!). I walked in, got some anthropometric measures done, was given a handout of a restricted-calorie diet, and sent away. That was the first of many diets. The results of this extreme diet lead to compliments… only to add fuel to the fire. I started associating weight loss with being worthy of attention – being worthy of eating without judgment – being worthy to be cared for and considered beautiful. But, fun fact? No amount of weight loss EVER changed how I felt about myself. This is not surprising. It happens all too often, and it’s totally unfair.

A Happy Ending,

​A Better Beginning

Until I met with a dietitian and learned how to love myself, embrace my body, love my food, enjoy eating, and certainly remove judgment from all that – no one could beat my self-esteem or put me down with their comments, thoughts or beliefs encompassed by diet culture. With my education in dietetics, my passion for intuitive eating, my advocacy of body liberation and my compassion by experience, I have come to help others create a PEACEFUL relationship with their food and body. That’s my big WHY behind nutriFoodie… ​and I’m so blessed to get to share it with the world day after day.

My Philosophy & Vision

My philosophy and vision are translated in nutriFoodie’s services, bringing you nutrition education through food-literacy, multi-cultural cooking skills, intuitive eating and body positivity. At nutriFoodie, you get:

  • Preventative & Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Judgment-free, Client-focused Counselling
  • Practical Advice & Personalized Support

This is done through various adult cooking classes and workshops, one-on-one nutrition coaching, as well as kids summer camps focused on nutrition and cooking.

nutriFoodie

nutriFoodie is an organization focused on nutrition education through food-literacy, multi-cultural cooking skills, intuitive eating and body positivity.

nutriFoodie offers various adult cooking classes and workshops, one-on-one nutrition coaching, as well as kids summer camps focused on nutrition and cooking.

Contact

PHONE
778 321 3381

EMAIL
contact@nutrifoodie.org

LOCATION
#1 – 10318 Whalley Blvd, Surrey, BC V3T 4H4

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