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MEET YOUR DIETITIAN

HI THERE, I'M TERRI (SHE/HER)!

I am a Registered Dietitian, a fellow ADHDer, and an advocate for normalizing the conversation around mental health.

I am based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, but I serve communities across the province through my virtual private practice, The Daily Grind Nutrition

At The Daily Grind Nutrition, I use a strengths-based and person-centered approach to nutrition counseling and proudly practice through a weight-neutral and neurodiversity-affirming lens, valuing diversity and inclusion.

 

I am passionate about providing nutrition care informed by the unique needs and lived experiences of each person I work with and supporting clients in navigating their feeding differences and challenges. so they can feel empowered and confident around mealtime.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I acknowledge that I hold the following intersecting privileges, and how societal frameworks shape my life and practice:

 

  • White, Canadian

  • Thin - exempt from weight-based discrimination

  • Able-bodied

  • Tertiary level educated

  • Financial security & business owner

I recognize that I cannot speak on experiences I do not have. I actively strive to learn more, so I can do better and amplify the voices of other marginalized identities, rather than overshadow or make presumptions.

QUALIFICATIONS & EDUCATION

EDUCATION

MSc Applied Human Nutrition - MSVU (2019)
 
BSc Applied Human Nutrition - MSVU (2012)

TRAININGS

 Neurodivergence, Feeding Differences and ARFID - RD's for Neurodiversity (currently enrolled)

Nutrition Counseling for Eating Disorders - Marci RD Nutrition (currently enrolled)


Neurodiversity Affirming Dietetic Care - The Mindful Dietitian (2024)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Nova Scotia College of Dietitians and Nutritionists (2020)
 
Dietitians of Canada (2012). 

Dietitians Network of Nova Scotia (2012)

MY STORY

I am no stranger to poor mental health. I have grappled with anxiety, depression, and poor self-esteem for most of my life and experienced postpartum anxiety and depression (PPA and PPD) following the birth of my daughter.

 

More recently, I was diagnosed with ADHD(c).

 

Over the years, I've taken medication, gone to therapy, and adopted strategies to manage/mask my anxiety and depression. However, something still didn't feel quite right. I felt different and overwhelmed by everyday tasks; what worked for others didn’t always work for me, making me insecure about my potential and abilities. 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 mental health were my subconscious ways of coping with my undiagnosed ADHD... AND that my undiagnosed ADHD may be the culprit for the poor mental health I've experienced all these years (insert mind-blown emoji here). That was a lot to unpack, but that is a story for another day - I digress.

 

Whatever coping mechanisms I developed must have paid off, because they propelled me through university and graduate school where I studied human nutrition. I've always loved science, but it was here that I developed a deep fascination with the ways food interacts with our body, including the brain. I began looking into this area further and became particularly interested in the emerging evidence on the bi-directional relationship between the food we eat and our mental health. During grad school, I also became furiously passionate about the Health At Every Size (HAES) movement and completed my thesis research project on the topic of weight bias among dietetic students.  

 

During the pandemic, I first learned about the term neurodiversity and immediately needed to know more. Since then I have consumed books, blogs, and journal articles, podcasts, and attended several workshops and trainings to gain a deeper understanding of the feeding challenges and differences of individuals who identify as neurodivergent and become adamant about offering neurodiversity-affirming care in my day-to-day practice.

 

Inspired by my own mental health journey, passion for inclusive care, and extensive educational background, I decided to pursue a career in the critical, yet often overlooked, area of nutrition for mental health.

I created The Daily Grind Nutrition to provide an inclusive space for adults living with anxiety, depression, and ADHD who are ready to navigate their feeding differences and overcome barriers to nourishing their body and mind so that they can thrive in their 'daily grind' with confidence. 

WHERE I SHINE

  • Understanding how your unique needs and lived experiences relate to your relationship with food.

  • Healing and nurturing your relationship with food and your body.

  • Acknowledging and harnessing values and strengths to address feeding challenges and differences.

  • Creating strategies for meal planning, shopping, and preparation that align with your lifestyle, preferences, and needs.

  • Developing an eating routine and utilizing visual/auditory cues to limit skipped or missed meals.

  • Modifying eating environments to support feeding needs.

  • Identifying foods, dietary patterns, and lifestyle behaviors that improve mental well-being.

  • Mitigating nutrition-related side effects of medications, food aversions, and harmful eating behaviors.

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FUN FACTS

  • I identify as neurodivergent.

  • I am a wife and a new-ish mom.

  • I have two Island rescue cats, Java and Bean.

  • I have traveled to 8 different countries.

  • I am from the east coast of Canada but dislike shellfish.

  • I find baking therapeutic.

  • You can't keep me inside during the warmer months but basically hibernate during the winter.

  • I like to read, even though I am easily distracted and often need to re-read the same sentence 3+ times.

  • Sitcoms are my jam.

INTERESTED IN WORKING TOGETHER?

Book a discovery call today!

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