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Hi there! I'm Terri.

I am a registered dietitian, fellow ADHDer, and mental health advocate.

I've lived with general anxiety and seasonal depression disorder for 15+ years and was only recently diagnosed with predominantly inattentive ADHD (which I've long suspected). I can empathize with what it’s like to feel different and overwhelmed by everyday tasks because I've experienced it first-hand. What worked for others didn’t always work for me, making me insecure about my potential and abilities.

Following my anxiety and depression diagnosis, I adopted strategies to manage my symptoms, but something still didn't feel quite right. It wasn't until I officially received my ADHD diagnosis that I felt like I found the missing piece of my mental health puzzle and my world started to make more sense. Interestingly, I learned from my psychologist that the strategies I have adopted over the years to manage my anxiety and depression symptoms were my subconscious ways of coping with my undiagnosed ADHD. 

These coping mechanisms paid off, as they propelled me through university and graduate school where I studied human nutrition and developed a fascination with the various ways food can impact the human body, including the brain. I began researching this area and became particularly interested in the emerging evidence on the bi-directional relationship between the food we eat and our mental health. 

 

Solid evidence in this area of research combined with my interest and experiences, inspired me to pursue a career in the critical, yet often overlooked area of nutrition for mental health.

 

I created The Daily Grind Nutrition to provide a welcoming space for women living with anxiety, depression, and ADHD who are seeking support with nourishing their body and mind so they can thrive in their 'daily grind with confidence. 

More specifically, I'm here to provide support with:

  • Managing your anxiety, depression, and ADHD symptoms through nutrition and lifestyle changes.

  • Developing strategies for planning, shopping, and preparing meals.

  • Creating an eating routine to limit skipped or missed meals.

  • Accommodating 'safe' foods, non-negotiables

  • Modifying eating environments to eliminate distractions and promote hunger regulation.

  • Establishing mindful eating habits and nurturing a healthy relationship with food

  • Finding alternative stimulating activities to eating.

  • Navigating nutrition-related side effects of medications and disordered eating behaviors

Professional Qualifications

I received a Bachelor (2013) and Master (2019) of Science degree in Human Nutrition from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where I also completed an accredited Internship Program and defended my Master's Thesis.

Currently, I am licensed with the Nova Scotia Dietetic Association and am an active member of the Dietitians Network of Nova Scotia and Dietitians of Canada (DC). Through DC I am also a member of the Consulting Dietitians Network, as well as the Addiction, Mental health, and Eating disorder network.  

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Fun Facts

I am a wife and a new-ish mom. I have traveled to 8 different countries and enjoy food from all cultures. When I am not experimenting in the kitchen, you can find me exploring our Nova Scotian parks, trails, and coffee shops with my family, curling up with a good book, re-watching sitcoms, or playing with our two Island cats, Java and Bean.

Interested in working together?

Book a discovery call today!

"Good mental health is a journey, not a destination."
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