About Kristen

   

dieitian-victoria-bcBecause food is love

Dietitian. Speaker. Writer.

Kristen Yarker, MSc, RD
Registered Dietitian, Victoria BC and Vancouver BC

Email: Kristen@KristenYarker.com
Phone: 250-532-0609 (Victoria, BC) or
604-506-0399 (Lower Mainland, BC)

 

 

Dietitian Victoria BC (And Vancouver BC)

For me, food has always been about pleasure.  The pleasure of having a healthy body.  The pleasure of eating delicious food. And, the pleasure of connecting with loved ones over meals.

I have a Masters of Science in Human Nutrition (from UBC) and I’ve been a registered dietitian in Victoria BC and Vancouver BC for 12 years.

I don’t feel that I chose a career in nutrition, but that healing through food was my calling (as cheesy as that sounds). I’ve always hated seeing people have such unhealthy relationships with food. Whether that means that you eat a ton of junk, or you may eat healthfully but not enjoy anything that you eat – coming from a place of deprivation instead of nourishment and pleasure.

Compelled to help, I did my Masters thesis looking at how we as women think about our bodies, food, and exercise.

My first years of practicing as a dietitian were working with adults who had experienced a wide range of traumas and now needed to value themselves enough to make healthy food choices.

From 2006 – 2008, I had the opportunity to work as a dietitian at the British Columbia Ministry of Health in Victoria, BC where I had the women’s nutrition, maternal nutrition, and young children nutrition portfolios. I was responsible for the development of a number of province-wide resources such as the Healthy Eating chapter in Toddlers First Steps and Healthy Families BC – Parenting.

Eight years ago, I quit working for the government so that I could work directly with families.  I only worked with the most challenging clients – picky kids! Why? Because I want to help you support your child’s nutrition from the start.

But over the last few years I’ve been on a journey myself. Post-divorce, I decided that it was time to dive deep and take a thorough look at myself. I realized that while I was a healthy eater, I hadn’t actually felt good in quite a while. In fact, I couldn’t remember the last time that I felt great.

I made a number of changes to my life – including my eating habits.

And now I don’t just feel good. I feel fantastic! quite frankly, at 40 years old I’m stronger than I’ve ever been. I’ve even picked up where I left off in my mid-20’s and I’ve learned how to surf. You’ll catch me paddling out into waves big and small when I’m in Victoria, BC.

Now, it’s time for me to share what I’ve learned on my own personal journey with you.

Currently I spend 3 weeks per month in Victoria, BC and 1 week per month is Vancouver, BC supporting people in-person and virtually (phone, Skype and FaceTime).

Contact me to find out how I can help you find the sweet spot – where you feel fantastic (while enjoying delicious food)!

To see more of my education and resume, please check out my LinkedIn profile.

Click this link for a description of my child nutrition services (including picky eaters and kids on the Autism Spectrum)

Click this link to check out my weight loss service for women (and men too)

I’m proud to be one of the 1st ever (and only Canadian) to be chosen as an Affiliate of the Ellyn Satter Institute.

 

Note: You may find references to my previous business name: Vitamin K Nutrition Consulting. In 2014, I changed my business name from Vitamin K Nutrition Consulting to Kristen Yarker Nutrition, Dietitian, Victoria BC. Why? I chose my original name because I thought that it was a fun play on words – as in “give your family a dose of vitamin “K” – “K” for Kristen. But, lots of people thought that I was selling vitamins for kids. Oops. Now, instead of being clever, I’m being straightforward.

What is the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist?

Check out the article here

Contact Kristen Yarker, Dietitian, Victoria BC (and Vancouver, BC)