Laura Balla, RD - Adult Services
As a Registered Dietitian for the past 22 years, I have come to realize that nutrition counselling must be individualized to be effective. In a world where we are bombarded by food and health product advertising it can be very challenging to understand which is most important for us to focus on. I can assist individuals in sifting through this information and discovering which is most relevant, scientifically strong and more importantly will provide the most health benefits for you!
Most of my career has been spent at the Hamilton General Hospital working as a clinical Dietitian in acute medicine. Working with individuals struggling with heart/kidney/liver disease, penumonia, malnutrition, infection, diabetes, asthma/COPD, neurology, stroke and cancer has strengthened by resolve to instead focus on earlier prevention to minimize the negative outcomes many people struggle with. This inspired me to open Dietitian 4 Health to assist individuals on their road to long term better health.
Adult Nutrition Assessment & Counselling
Individualized nutrition assessment and counselling by a Registered Dietitian with extensive training in clinical nutrition. Adult assessment and counselling for the following:
- high cholesterol/triglycerides
- diabetes, kidney and liver disease
- high blood pressure/congestive heart failure/DASH diet
- obesity and weight loss/metabolic syndrome
- malnutrition with unintentional weight loss
- wound healing/vitamin & mineral deficiencies
- constipation/diarrhea/irritable bowel
- lactose intolerance/food allergies
- celiac/gluten free diet
- healthy eating/lifestyle/vegetarianism
- cancer prevention & management
- inflammation & antioxidants
- pregnancy & breastfeeding
Nutritional assessment and counselling by a Registered Dietitian to assist you in meeting your weight loss or lifestyle goals. This is not a diet, but instead working to identify barriers to a healthy lifestyle and finding alternative solutions. Change does not happen overnight and is a lifelong endeavor which is why programs include several visits. We will work on your individual goals including meal planning, activity goals and improving your overall health.
Nutrigenomix Genetic Counselling
Nutrigenomix is the study of how individual genetic variation affects a person's response to nutrients and impacts the risk of nutrition-related chronic diseases. Each genetic test has been validated by experts in the field and approved by the International Science Advisory Board. The test is quick, simple and non-invasive with only a saliva sample required. Your saliva sample will be tested for 45 genes that are involved with weight management, nutrient metabolism, cardio metabolic health, food intolerances, eating habits, fitness performance and injury risk. Your customized report will be reviewed with the Dietitian and together we will create a personalized nutrition plan. Look under Forms & Links for more information.