Because food is love
Dietitian. Speaker. Writer.
Kristen Yarker, MSc, RD
Registered Dietitian, Victoria BC and Vancouver BC
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 Bachelors of Applied Science in Applied Human Nutrition (from U of Guelph), 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. Add those together and I’ve got 23 years of nutrition experience.
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 in a diabetes program 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, young children nutrition, and seniors portfolios. I was responsible for the development of a number of province-wide resources such as the Healthy Eating chapter in Toddlers First Steps, Healthy Eating for Seniors Handbook. I was also responsible for making important policy decisions, such as switching from using the US CDC growth charts to the World Health Organization (WHO) growth charts in Canada.
In 2008 I quit working for government and opened my own practice, offering individual nutrition counselling for families when feeding kids isn’t going well. I also started offering child nutrition & picky eater workshops. Subsequently writing my picky eater solution book: Provide Trust Love (Then Introduce New Foods).
The BC Ministry of Health, health authorities and non-profit organizations continue to hire me to make nutrition decisions and create materials to lead other health professionals (e.g. doctors, nurses, dietitians) and other caregivers.
- Pediatric Nutrition Guidelines for Health Professionals in BC.
- The new Canadian curriculum for MEND – a child obesity program.
- Maternal and infant nutrition expert (BC) for Baby Box University.
- Maternal and infant vitamin D supplementation practice backgrounder for health professionals in BC.
I’m proud to be one of the 1st ever (and only Canadian) to be chosen as an Affiliate of the Ellyn Satter Institute.
It’s an honour to be who dietitans, worldwide, turn to for guidance with child nutrition. Doctors, nurses, and early childhood caregivers too.
Currently I spend 3 weeks per month in Victoria, BC and 1 week per month in 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)
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.