Hi! I’m Cheryl, I’m a Registered Dietitian specializing in cardiac nutrition. I’m on a mission to share my love for delicious, real-life, heart health-enhancing food.
I believe the most heart-healthy way of eating is one that doesn’t stress you out. I support people in getting to what I call the Sweet Spot.
You can optimize nutrition-related risk factors like high blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol while also honouring your right to enjoy eating and live your life.
Let’s get you eating in your Sweet Spot
Delicious, convenient, affordable food that also supports your health is within reach.
- If you’ve had a cardiac event, download with my free e-book, The Sweet Spot Guide to Eating Well After A Cardiac Event.
- Browse my blog full of practical tips for heart-healthy eating (scroll down to see popular posts or search by topic).
- If you’re in Calgary, come see me in Marda Loop for personalized, one-on-one support. It may well be covered by your insurance, and we’ll start with a free 15-minute phone call to make sure we’re a good fit.
What I believe, where I come from
I believe in:
- Regular, delicious food (not diets)
- Cooking, packing snacks, and potlucks (often)
- Eating ice cream (maybe not every day)
- Evidence-backed approaches (not fads)
- Focusing on health gained (not weight lost)
- Practical, realistic solutions (not perfection)
- Independence (I don’t do food industry sponsored posts)
- Moving often, fresh air, self-care and hugs.
I worked for nearly nine years with Calgary’s cardiac rehabilitation program, and I still help out there on occasion, when needed. Over 1700 people with heart disease go through the program every year, most of them counting their lucky stars after surviving a heart attack or similar cardiac event.
In 2014 I went into private practice. Since then I’ve worked on a study at University of Calgary, spoken at numerous conferences, and been interviewed on CBC’s Calgary Eyeopener (about fast food salads, coconut oil, and Calgary Stampede food).
Why should you trust me?
Nutrition information is everywhere. On the Internet, on your TV, coming from well-meaning friends and family. And often one expert conflicts with another. So why work with me?
In addition to my cardiac experience, I’m a registered dietitian. That means that unlike the sea of health coaches, self-proclaimed nutrition experts, and other pseudo-health professionals out there, we’re regulated health professionals, like nurses, physicians, and pharmacists.
Dietitians have met strict education requirements and are governed by professional standards, including:
- Providing only evidence-based guidance
- Practicing ethically
- Participating in professional education every single year, to ensure our knowledge is up to date.
We don’t have all the answers. Nutrition is still an evolving science. But I’ll help you focus on the fundamentals upon which experts agree, and let go of the distractions that make eating seem so complicated.
If you want to learn more about my professional background, check out my LinkedIn profile.
|I never do sponsored posts or other work for the food industry, so you can be confident that my recommendations are 100% independent.|
Five things you might not know about me
- Although I’m proudly from Calgary, I have degrees from two California universities and qualified to become a Registered Dietitian at a third.
- I’ve also worked in Los Angeles, Denver, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay Area. (Green card, surrendered.)
- My MBA is from UC Berkeley, where I also did my dietetic internship. I love the Bay Area! My home away from home.
- Prior to becoming a dietitian, I worked in sales and marketing, but my favourite part was providing great customer service, so I decided to pursue a career where helping people was the primary goal, not just a means to an end.
- That led me to almost take an offer to be a management consultant, but I ultimately decided that I loved food and healthy living more than software implementations, so I took a leap and went back to university for the third time. People thought I was crazy, but secretly I think they were just jealous.
Plus there’s this. (How I keep busy when not sweet spotting.)