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Nutrition

Our Nutrition Consultants

We’re proud to have a Nutrition Consultant in each Choices location. Our team of Registered Dietitians and Holistic Nutritionists strive to provide evidence-based and holistic food and nutrition information on various topics and conditions. Whether you are dealing with a food intolerance, diagnosed condition (such as celiac disease or diabetes), or you simply want to learn how to read labels, a Choices Nutrition Consultant can help.

Book a FREE 60-minute individual or group Nutrition Tour or get a sneak preview of our tours here. You can also stop by your nearest Choices Markets location when a Nutrition Consultant is in store to ask a question, pick up a brochure or recipe, or get help finding a product that’s right for you.

*Please note: All Nutrition Store Tours are suspended until further notice.

Free Wellness Seminars

Choices Markets offers educational seminars on a range of health-related topics, as well as cooking demonstrations at our Kitsilano, South Surrey, and Kelowna stores. Look for special events with guest chefs and educators for DIY workshops on a variety of subjects, such as fermented foods.

*Please note: All in-person seminars are currently suspended. Seminars will be offered online via video conference until further notice. To find out about upcoming events, check out our listings online under Community & Events, in our monthly newsletter (in print and online), and in-store. 

Lunch and Learns

Do you have a group wanting to learn more about nutrition and food? Our Choices Markets Nutrition Team is available to host Lunch and Learns at your office, community centre, or active living centre. We provide evidenced-based and practical information on a range of topics.

Lunch and Learns offer a convenient and cost-effective way to reach a large number of employees in a cohesive and supportive environment.

Our inspiring and interactive presentations last 45 to 90 minutes, depending on your needs. We can also bring a delicious healthy meal along from our Deli Department for only $10 per person and dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

Choose from a list of sample topics we offer below or request a customized presentation, catered to your group’s specific needs.

  • Managing Diabetes
  • Nutrition for Aging Exquisitely
  • Eating Healthy on a Budget
  • Investigating Ingredients
  • Eating for Energy
  • The Low FODMAP Diet
  • Healthy Convenience Foods: An Oxymoron?
  • Get Your Greens
  • What’s New In Nutrition? The Latest Food Trends
  • Growing Healthy Kids
  • The Anti-Cancer Diet: Unlocking the Power of Prevention
  • Reduce Stress with Optimal Nutrition
  • Healthy Eating Habits at Work
  • Brain-Boosting Foods
  • Eat to Beat Inflammation

*Please note: All Lunch and Learns are suspended until further notice. 

Nutrition Team

At Choices, one way we like to show our commitment to a healthy lifestyle is through our talented Nutrition Team....

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Nutrition Team

At Choices, one way we like to show our commitment to a healthy lifestyle is through our talented Nutrition Team. This group of knowledgeable Registered Holistic Nutritionists and Registered Dietitians is on hand to help you wade through the sometimes confusing information on healthy eating and nutrition. Want to get in contact with them? Book a free nutrition tour today.

*Please Note: All Nutrition Store Tours are suspended until further notice.

 


Nutrition Operations Manager – Kelsey Moore, RD

Kelsey is the Nutrition Operations Manager for Choices Markets. Kelsey graduated from UBC, with honours, with a Bachelor’s of Science degree majoring in dietetics.  Kelsey is a Registered Dietitian and is currently licensed with the College of Dietitians of British Columbia. She completed her dietetic internship with Interior Health which focused on areas such as diabetes management, renal, medicine and sport nutrition. She has worked as a Sport Dietitian helping youth, recreational and pro athletes meet their nutrition needs for their sport and overall health. Kelsey has volunteered within the Vancouver area and Kamloops with groups such as UBC athletics, diabetes clinics and public health agencies. Kelsey’s areas of interest in nutrition include Low FODMAP diets, disordered eating, sports nutrition and public health. Both her work and volunteer experience has driven her passion for providing evidenced based nutrition to the public. With the rise of nutrition misinformation online, Kelsey believes in providing evidence based nutrition information grounded in science to empower individuals to make informed choices about their health. Kelsey prioritizes normalizing food and steering clear of fad diets to help individuals create a positive image around food.  In her spare time Kelsey enjoys learning new recipes and trying new foods from around the world.

Catch Kelsey writing articles for the Choices Newsletter and hosting free online seminars through Choices on various trending nutrition topics!

Contact Kelsey by email at nutrition@choicesmarkets.com



D’Arcy Furness BA, RHN

Is a graduate of the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and specializes in helping people navigate low carb and ketogenic dietary patterns, as well as fasting regimes. She loves to cook and inspire others to make the most of nature’s bounty to nourish themselves. She’s passionate about educating and inspiring people to shift their eating paradigm and to simplify their relationship with food. D’Arcy avidly follows research in the “longevity meets health span” field and is keen to share her knowledge with others. When not at work, you’ll find her hiking, biking, writing poetry, meditating, traveling and sharing this beautiful world with family and friends.

Connect with D’Arcy at our South Surrey store or contact her by email at southsurreynutrition@choicesmarkets.com


Dionne Legge, CNP

Holds the designation of Certified Nutritional Practitioner, having obtained her diploma in applied holistic nutrition, from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. She is also certified in Herbal Pharmacology & Plant Based Medicine Making as well as Therapeutic Nutrition & Supplementation in Practice. Coming from the clean energy sector, Dionne developed a strong passion for sustainability and now advocates for having ethical eco options when it comes to food. She loves teaching people how to harness the power of whole foods for optimal health and vitality. When she is not at work you can find her at the community garden or running the trails.

Connect with Dionne at our Abbotsford store or by email at abbotsfordnutrition@choicesmarket.com


Rachelle Duckworth RD(t)

Rachelle is a Registered Dietitian temporarily licensed with the College of Dietitians of British Columbia. She graduated from UBC Vancouver with a Bachelor’s of Food Nutrition and Health degree majoring in Dietetics. Rachelle completed a 10 month practice-education placement with Providence Health Care where she was exposed to rehabilitation, general medicine, gastrointestinal surgery, and diabetes. Additionally, she worked with the Canadian Sport Institute, where she provided nutrition interventions, presentations, workshops and developed recipe ideas to support Olympic athletes. Rachelle is passionate about plant-based nutrition, sport nutrition and gut health. She is inspired by motivating others to find balance, create a deeper understanding about nutrition, and optimize gut health by minimizing bloating and digestive stress. Rachelle’s hobbies include going to the gym, personal training, and creating fun and innovative plant-based recipes.

Connect with Rachelle at our Kitsilano store or by email at kitsilanonutrition@choicesmarket.com


Sara Abtahi BSc, CNP

Is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. She has over 19 years of experience in the nutrition field and has worked in hospitals, homecare facilities, as well as in the clinical setting. Sara believes that everyone is unique and that true health can be obtained through an optimal state of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Sara specializes in women’s health and chronic diseases. She is bilingual in English and Farsi.

Connect with Sara at our North Vancouver store or by email at northvannutrition@choicesmarket.com


Sharan Malhi BSc, RHN

Is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist graduating from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and has earned a Bachelor’s degree from Simon Fraser University focusing on Cell and Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Kinesiology, and Public Health. She combines her strengths in scientific research and exercise physiology to bring a whole body approach.

Connect with Sharan at our Yaletown store or by email at yaletownnutrition@choicesmarket.com


Wendy Wells BSc, MSc, RHN

Wendy holds a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Masters in Public Health Nutrition. After working as a clinical dietitian for several years in the UK, Wendy moved to beautiful BC with her family to study Holistic Nutrition in Vancouver. She believes that good nutrition is the foundation of our health, and finds that small changes can have great positive health consequences. Wendy has a special interest in the role of food on our mental and emotional health, as well as food allergies and sensitivities.

Connect with Wendy at our Crest store or by email at crestnutrition@choicesmarket.com


Toni Vandenbrink, BSc

Toni is currently pursuing her second degree through UBC majoring in Dietetics, with a previous Bachelor of Science majoring in Biology (while also playing varsity volleyball). Toni is passionate about simplifying nutrition, and using her science background to clear up any confusion around popular nutrition misconceptions. As a past student-athlete Toni loves helping others with busy schedules plan delicious meals that will support their health while taking the least amount of time and effort out of their daily lives! Toni believes in a balanced approach to nutrition and health, where all foods are included. She is a strong believer in taking an anti-diet, intuitive approach to health, supporting health at all sizes!

Connect with Toni at our Kelowna store or by email at kelownanutrition@choicesmarkets.com

 

 

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A Personal In-Store Nutrition Tour

Hungry for knowledge? Sign up for a fun and informative Store Nutrition Tour at your local Choices Markets location. Hosted by a member of the Choices Nutrition Team, you will learn how to choose healthy and delicious foods no matter what your unique dietary needs are.

Book a Free Nutrition Tour