• Renee Little, R.D.

Meet Your Dietitian - Renee Little


I wrote this article to introduce myself to you! I want to share what my values are, who I am as a person and a few of my favorite things in life. One of the most frequent questions I get as a Dietitian is "What do you eat?" I eat A LOT of different foods and I have shared some of my favorite dishes with you below.


The work I do with my clients has been cultivated from years practicing as a dietitian. I know weight loss dieting does not work for most people so I am offering a kind, compassionate and positive alternative to improving health without dieting.



 

"The work I do with my clients has been cultivated from years practicing as a dietitian. I know weight loss dieting does not work for most people so I am offering a kind, compassionate and positive alternative to improving health without dieting."


 



I offer online telehealth as an option because then I can be there for my clients when they are having busy weeks at the office, at home or even when traveling. I am also from a small town in Northern Alberta where services were limited and not accessible. The work I do with clients is important and I want to be accessible from anywhere they are at from all across rural and urban areas.

Who am I?

Personality:

I am a kind, quiet and introverted person. This is one of the reasons I find online counselling with my clients to suite my personality and lifestyle. I enjoy working in a quiet and private environment at home.


Mindful Movement:

I LOVE yoga, hiking and rock climbing because I can move in a way that I feel benefits me at that moment. I feel yoga reveals my emotions, my stress level and allows me to be a much more level headed person. When I'm on my yoga mat I'm in complete control of how little or how much I move my body each practice. Climbing and hiking give back so much to me as well including a fun way to move my body out in nature.



 

"When I'm on my yoga mat I'm in complete control of how little or how much I move my body each practice."


 

Passions:

I have a huge passion for hiking, camping and being out in nature. It's a way to enjoy time with my spouse and friends, spend time outdoors exploring. I find hiking to be helpful for my mental and physical health. I also love exploring our local parks Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise, Kananaskis, Jasper and areas.


This is me backpack hiking the Skyline Trail in Jasper, AB


I'm a board game enthusiast!



Hobbies:

When I'm having some downtime I love playing board games with my spouse , family and friends. I'm definitely a self described board game enthusiast.


Career:

I've been a Dietitian for over 18 years and I'm still learning new things everyday! I have a huge thirst for knowledge and this past few years I have been so fortunate to study with Evelyn Tribole a co-author of the Intuitive Eating book (see my review here). I completed Evelyn's certification program and hold a certificate in Intuitive Eating Skills Pro. I now work with my clients in a way that is consistent with a Health at Every Size(TM) value system and approach nutrition using the Intuitive Eating philosophy.



What are my values?


I believe all bodies are worthy of respect, kindness, love and compassion.
I believe all bodies are worthy of respect, kindness, love and compassion
  • Accountability

  • Adventurousness

  • Calm

  • Compassion

  • Curiosity

  • Elegance

  • Empathy

  • Fitness

  • Making a Difference

  • Practicality

  • Selflessness

  • Thoughtfulness

  • Support





What are my Favorite Foods & Recipes?

Breakfast:

A typical breakfast for me is either a smoothie, yogurt with fruit and cereal, oatmeal or sprouted grain bread with peanut or cashew butter and jam/fruit spread


Smoothie recipe: 1 cup frozen fruit, 2 tsp of frozen avocado, 1/2 tsp of cocoa powder, 1 tsp maple syrup, soy beverage or cows milk, 1/4 cup Kefir

  • Yogurt: Greek Yogurt, berries or raisins, dried cereal or granola and sometimes chopped nuts or chia seeds or hemp seeds

  • Toast and nut butter: a yummy fresh loaf of bread , nut butter like peanut butter or cashew butter and whole made chia jam (jam smashed with chia seeds) or a store bought jam

  • Overnight oats: put oats ~ 3/4 to 1 cup + 1 cup milk + 1-3 tbsp chia seeds + 1/2 cup frozen fruit in a jar and store in refrigerator overnight. I eat this cold most of the time but occasionally I will heat it up. I usually add some brown sugar to the top and cinnamon.

Lunch:

I usually prepare my lunch meals for the week on Sunday or Mondays depending on how my weekend goes. In the summer my husband and I are away most weekends to the mountains so Sunday prep time is just not possible. So instead I use Monday evenings to prepare for my week!





I use one recipe for about 2-3 lunch meals and here are some favorites:

  • Buddha bowl - mix of quinoa, kale, avocado, black beans, roasted red peppers, tomato cubes, purple cabbage. I sometimes make my own dressing of tahini and lemon juice or balsamic vinegar/maple syrup/oil

  • Soup - tortellini soup

  • Open face avocado toast with bread, tomatoes, avocado and 2 poached eggs


Dinner:

My husband and I usually decide what to eat together and both value not cooking too many times in one week. We usually cook a large quantity to have leftovers for at minimum 3 nights.


Our favorite dishes include:

  • Pork tenderloin with apple, green beans or Brussels sprouts, roasted carrots and potatoes.

  • Pho - broth of oyster sauce and siraccha, add in veggies like carrots, celery, spinach or kale, broccoli and sprouts, whole grain rice noodles with medium tofu added in cubes.

  • Home made chicken fingers - cubed chicken coated with panko (whole wheat) and spices baked in the oven and served with veggies.


Homemade chicken fingers
I believe ALL foods fit into our diets & I challenge the "good" and "bad" food way of thinking

This is me eating Crème Brule and enjoying Sangria. I think all foods fit into our diet but I didn't always approach food in such a free and satisfying way. I gave up diet culture , dieting and embraced intuitive eating and you can too!


I hope you enjoyed a little "sneak peak" into my life & personality! Visit my Facebook page for recorded videos. or join my IG community.