Tanya Brown, Registered Dietitian (RD)

I am a Registered Dietitian, wife, mother and owner of a rambunctious yellow lab. I grew up in the East Coast surrounded by the beautiful wilderness and LOVE the outdoors! Hiking is one of my favourite activities as well as bike riding with my family and dog.  I believe that moderation is an important part of a healthy balanced diet. I do believe in focusing on whole foods and limiting processed foods when possible; BUT, disclaimer I do eat some foods that some people call “unhealthy”, like chocolate, wings and beer/wine. I dislike the term “unhealthy” when applied to foods as I feel almost everything can be included as part of a healthy diet if done in a mindful and balanced way. I also believe that you do not have to run marathons to stay healthy (unless you love to run and then good on you!). Eating a healthy, well balanced diet while completing regular activity you love will help you achieve a healthy and happy life.

I graduated from Acadia University located in Wolfville, NS with a BSc in Nutrition. I also completed my yearlong accredited internship at Acadia through their integrated internship program.  Once I graduated, I moved to Ontario and began working as Clinical Dietitian for several long term care homes in the Greater Toronto Area. There I was responsible for assessing and creating nutritional care plans for residents, as well as creating menus with the Food Services Department. While there, I began working in the area of palliative care which lead me to my next career as a hospital Clinical Dietitian within the Palliative Care Program and Inpatient Rehabilitation Program. I continued to work as hospital Dietitian for 10 years which I loved immensely but after 10 years I felt I was ready for a change. I recently left to pursue my interest in nutrition blogging as well as creating a community based business. My blogging goal is to try to explain in nutrition in simple terms and concepts. The first series will tackle why we need to eat and what types of foods we need. I am also a founding partner of AT Nutrition a developing business that focuses on nutrition education for school-aged children, adolescents and families.