DIETITIANS DAY 2022

Celiac Awareness Month

Living with Celiac Disease What is celiac disease? Going Gluten-Free when you have no choice… This autoimmune disease occurs when an individual eats gluten (which is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley) and their body then produces an immune response that attacks the small intestine, causing inflammation. This inflammation can lead you to… Continue reading Celiac Awareness Month

Dietitians Day 2022

Today, March 16, 2022 is Dietitians Day! On the third Wednesday of March, we recognize Registered Dietitians across Canada as regulated healthcare professionals who support healthy living for all Canadians. Not only are dietitians committed to providing nutrition support, they also offer expertise to their communities and are continuously researching and developing programs to better serve their… Continue reading Dietitians Day 2022

March is Nutrition Month

2022 Theme: Ingredients for a Healthier Tomorrow What does this mean? Food Literacy When we talk about food literacy, we’re discussing having the knowledge, skills and attitudes to choose, grow and/or prepare food. Food Literacy also includes  understanding the impact of food choices for one’s body, health, the community and environment. It also extends to understanding food… Continue reading March is Nutrition Month

Starting Solids

 Starting solids can be an exciting but  can also be an anxiety provoking time! Check out our self-directed starting solids class ​ OR if you want individualized support book with one of our registered dietitians.  What age should you start solids? Solids should be started at 6 months of age. Ways to tell if your little one… Continue reading Starting Solids

DIETITIANS DAY 2022

DIETITIANS DAY 2022

Today, March 16, 2022 is Dietitians Day! On the third Wednesday of March, we recognize Registered Dietitians across Canada as regulated healthcare professionals who support healthy living for all Canadians. Not only are dietitians committed to providing nutrition support, they also offer expertise to their communities and are continuously researching and developing programs to better serve their clients. Nutrition is a science that can be complex to understand, and it is the job of a Registered Dietitian to translate their knowledge of food and nutrition to help others embrace a healthy lifestyle. 

To celebrate Dietitians Day this year, we wanted to give a few of our team members an opportunity to tell us why they love what they do. It’s no secret that the last few years have been challenging for everyone, so we’re taking every chance we get to remind ourselves (and our communities) why what we do is so important! 

First, allow us to introduce our respondents. Karyn Sunohara is a Registered Dietitian, Chef and Owner of For the LOVE of FOOD. She is passionate about food and travel and aims to help her clients learn practical ways that they can approach nutrition. You can find more about Karyn and the specific areas she specializes in, here Meet the team . 


Hannah Chapeskie is a dietetic intern and graduate of the Acadia University Nutrition and Dietetics program. She is passionate about health, wellness and nutrition, and looks froward to sharing her passion with others. To learn more about Hannah, check out her portfolio here  Virtual Assistant Bios . ​


Gillian Skippon is a graduate of Acadia University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is passionate about living an active lifestyle and has been greatly influenced by participating team sports. Growing up, she learned the importance of fuelling the body both for activity and for day to day living.  To learn more about Gillian, head to our Meet the team page.


Why did you become a dietitian?
Karyn: “I have always wanted to work in the medical field but I am surprisingly squeamish when it comes to blood, vomit, broken bones and bodily fluids. As a dietitian, I am able to combine my two loves, which are nutrition and food, into one amazing career!”
Gillian: “Throughout my childhood and high school years I was always active and involved in sports, however I was unsure what I wanted to choose as a career.  One year, I took a home economics course and became fascinated with nutrition and dietetics which led me to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in that field. Once I began taking classes such as community nutrition, I developed an interest in advocating for people who face food insecurity. I wanted to become a dietitian to be able to use my skills and knowledge to help those who may not have the adequate resources to handle this part of their health on their own.” 
Hannah: “I grew up as a competitive dancer which is where my passion for health and food stems from. I have always enjoyed science and I love to learn new things! I found my happy medium in dietetics as I am constantly learning and get to use my knowledge to empower others to make food choices that support them mentally, physically and emotionally.” 

What do you love about being a dietitian? 
Hannah: “As a dietetic intern, I’m still finding my place in the word of dietetics. However, I love the fact that there are so many directions I can take my career. My favourite part of this job is getting to help others and connect with them through food.” 
Karyn: “It’s important to me bring the love of food back into my patient’s homes. Often, the first time I meet with new patients they will label food as either good or bad. I don’t believe that any food is bad, unless its mouldy or makes you sick. I take an all foods fit approach; meaning that any food can be included in a healthy lifestyle. I love seeing patients rediscover their love of food.” ​
Gillian: ” As a future dietitian, I am excited to work in a team environment where I can collaborate and be involved in a multidisciplinary approach to patient/health care. I look forward to have the opportunity to provide others with the proper information and resources to make lasting impressions on their day to day lives.” 

Don’t forget to thank a dietitian today! If you are a dietitian, we see you, we appreciate you and we’re cheering you on!
Karyn Sunohara, RD and Chef
About Me

Food and culture were things I have always had a love for. When I was younger, I would sit at the kitchen counter and help my parents or grandparents cook. At a young age, I was fortunate to travel to all over the world, which strengthened my love for food and culture.  I became even more invested in learning about the different cultures, food, languages and culinary techniques. 

I hope you enjoy these recipes I have created!


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Low FODMAP Diet

You may have heard someone say they have a “touchy stomach” or a “sensitive stomach”. A lot of Canadian’s experience irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms. In fact, Canada has one of the highest prevalences globally at an estimated 18% versus 11% globally. Unfortunately, it can take on average 4 years to receive a definitive diagnosis.… Continue reading Low FODMAP Diet

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Ingredients: 1/3 cup canola oil2 eggs 3/4 cup brown sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup pumpkin puree ​1/2 cup milk of choice1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder 1 tbsp chia seeds1 tbsp ground flax seeds 1 tbsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground ginger pinch cloves pinch… Continue reading Pumpkin Spice Muffins

World Breastfeeding Week

Written By: Sarah Wilson Dietetic Intern, Acadia University ​Recommendations in Canada: Infants can be exclusively breast fed for the first six months of their lives, after 6 months infants require other methods of feeding to ensure they are receiving proper nutrition. Breast feeding can continue up to the first two years of a child’s life,… Continue reading World Breastfeeding Week

Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia (PoTS), and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS)

Written By: Hannah Chapeskie  Dietetic Intern, Acadia University ​Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia (PoTS), and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) are three conditions that commonly occur together and affect women more often than men. These rare conditions can go mis- or undiagnosed as their symptoms can overlap with other conditions and many physicians are… Continue reading Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia (PoTS), and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS)

Pear and Blue Cheese Stuffed Chicken

Ingredients 1 pear, finely dice 1 tbsp red onion 1/4 cup Gorgonzola Blue Cheese 1/2 cup spinach, chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 1 tbsp cooking oil salt & pepper 4 chicken breasts Directions: Preheat oven to 425˚F. In a mixing bowl, mash together cheese, garlic, pear, onion, salt, pepper and then stir chopped spinach leaves… Continue reading Pear and Blue Cheese Stuffed Chicken

Thyroid Disease

Hyperthyroidism? Hypothyroidism? Hashimoto’s? When it comes to thyroid health, it can get confusing. With 1/10 Canadians having a thyroid condition and 50% going undiagnosed, it is important to know what these conditions are, and how they can show up in our bodies. Keep reading to learn about why your thyroid is so important and the… Continue reading Thyroid Disease

DIETITIANS DAY 2022

DIETITIANS DAY 2022

Today, March 16, 2022 is Dietitians Day! On the third Wednesday of March, we recognize Registered Dietitians across Canada as regulated healthcare professionals who support healthy living for all Canadians. Not only are dietitians committed to providing nutrition support, they also offer expertise to their communities and are continuously researching and developing programs to better serve their clients. Nutrition is a science that can be complex to understand, and it is the job of a Registered Dietitian to translate their knowledge of food and nutrition to help others embrace a healthy lifestyle. 

To celebrate Dietitians Day this year, we wanted to give a few of our team members an opportunity to tell us why they love what they do. It’s no secret that the last few years have been challenging for everyone, so we’re taking every chance we get to remind ourselves (and our communities) why what we do is so important! 

First, allow us to introduce our respondents. Karyn Sunohara is a Registered Dietitian, Chef and Owner of For the LOVE of FOOD. She is passionate about food and travel and aims to help her clients learn practical ways that they can approach nutrition. You can find more about Karyn and the specific areas she specializes in, here Meet the team . 


Hannah Chapeskie is a dietetic intern and graduate of the Acadia University Nutrition and Dietetics program. She is passionate about health, wellness and nutrition, and looks froward to sharing her passion with others. To learn more about Hannah, check out her portfolio here  Virtual Assistant Bios . ​


Gillian Skippon is a graduate of Acadia University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is passionate about living an active lifestyle and has been greatly influenced by participating team sports. Growing up, she learned the importance of fuelling the body both for activity and for day to day living.  To learn more about Gillian, head to our Meet the team page.


Why did you become a dietitian?
Karyn: “I have always wanted to work in the medical field but I am surprisingly squeamish when it comes to blood, vomit, broken bones and bodily fluids. As a dietitian, I am able to combine my two loves, which are nutrition and food, into one amazing career!”
Gillian: “Throughout my childhood and high school years I was always active and involved in sports, however I was unsure what I wanted to choose as a career.  One year, I took a home economics course and became fascinated with nutrition and dietetics which led me to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in that field. Once I began taking classes such as community nutrition, I developed an interest in advocating for people who face food insecurity. I wanted to become a dietitian to be able to use my skills and knowledge to help those who may not have the adequate resources to handle this part of their health on their own.” 
Hannah: “I grew up as a competitive dancer which is where my passion for health and food stems from. I have always enjoyed science and I love to learn new things! I found my happy medium in dietetics as I am constantly learning and get to use my knowledge to empower others to make food choices that support them mentally, physically and emotionally.” 

What do you love about being a dietitian? 
Hannah: “As a dietetic intern, I’m still finding my place in the word of dietetics. However, I love the fact that there are so many directions I can take my career. My favourite part of this job is getting to help others and connect with them through food.” 
Karyn: “It’s important to me bring the love of food back into my patient’s homes. Often, the first time I meet with new patients they will label food as either good or bad. I don’t believe that any food is bad, unless its mouldy or makes you sick. I take an all foods fit approach; meaning that any food can be included in a healthy lifestyle. I love seeing patients rediscover their love of food.” ​
Gillian: ” As a future dietitian, I am excited to work in a team environment where I can collaborate and be involved in a multidisciplinary approach to patient/health care. I look forward to have the opportunity to provide others with the proper information and resources to make lasting impressions on their day to day lives.” 

Don’t forget to thank a dietitian today! If you are a dietitian, we see you, we appreciate you and we’re cheering you on!
Karyn Sunohara, RD and Chef
About Me

Food and culture were things I have always had a love for. When I was younger, I would sit at the kitchen counter and help my parents or grandparents cook. At a young age, I was fortunate to travel to all over the world, which strengthened my love for food and culture.  I became even more invested in learning about the different cultures, food, languages and culinary techniques. 

I hope you enjoy these recipes I have created!


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