Nicole Osinga is a Registered Dietitian with the College of Dietitians of Ontario and holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Guelph. She is located just outside of Toronto, Ontario in the Durham Region. She brings a fresh and evidenced-based perspective, while working towards practical nutrition solutions with her clients. Nicole has a busy and dynamic professional life.
- She has her own private practice in Courtice Ontario, where she works with individuals and groups
- She works part-time in an acute-care hospital
- She is a sessional instructor at Durham College
- She is regularly featured in various media outlets, including the Toronto Star, Huffington Post and on Rogers TV
- She was elected by her peers to represent them on the College of Dietitians of Ontario council
- She volunteers with Dietitians of Canada for her Local Action Group
Nicole’s Nutrition Philosophy:
Eat real, whole foods. Eat mostly plants. Focus on the texture, taste and quality of the food; don’t get hung up on calories or points. Nourish your body instead of restricting yourself. Prepare most of your food yourself.
Nicole aims to promote the pleasure and enjoyment of eating through her work. She highlights mindful eating concepts with clients and focuses on intuitive eating patterns. She creates practical strategies with her clients, to help them achieve their nutrition and health goals. She also provides meal plans that fit her clients lifestyle and eating habits, encouraging them to prep their meals in advance. Nicole has an encouraging, motivational and understanding approach. Nicole has a strong understanding of nutritional science and helps her clients navigate through ‘nutrition non-sense’ using an evidenced-based approach.
I have struggled with intuitive eating and food cravings throughout my life. Being accustomed to living a fast-forward life, with a million and one things to do, I didn’t always take time to sit down and enjoy my meal. This wasn’t a big deal, right? Until I discovered that this lifestyle was leading me to be a problematic eater. I would eat because I was stressed about school or work (gummy candy was my favourite). I would over-indulge during social situations. I would also feel guilty for overindulging, which lead to more indulging.
My issue wasn’t that I didn’t know what was healthy to eat. It was that I wasn’t always paying attention to the reasons that were leading me to eat when I wasn’t actually hungry. I also wasn’t great with making my environment work for me.
What has helped me become a more normalized eater?
- I slowed down.
Every day I make a goal to eat meals at a table in a relaxed environment, with minimal distractions. This means no screens (cell phone, computer or TV!).
- I am more self-aware.
This wasn’t easy, but over time I have learned to regularly ask myself ‘am I truly hungry’. If I’m not hungry but I’m still looking to eat, I will look at the current circumstances (people, place, event), my emotions and what I am thinking, to pinpoint if those are triggering me to eat when I’m not truly hungry.
- I‘ve become a meal prep master.
Every single weekend I take the time to plan my meals in advance, grocery shop and cook. This makes eating throughout the week so much easier. I used to think this took up too much time and energy, but it really doesn’t. It is now a habit. This is making my environment work for me.I can’t wait to share my knowledge and experiences to identify and tackle your problematic eating and help you normalize your eating habits.
Nicole’s Practice Focus:
- Weight loss, meal planning and mindful eating practices
- Special diets: gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, lactose intolerance, allergies
- Digestive health: IBS, GERD, crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, FODMAP
- Diabetes, pre-diabetes, insulin resistance
- Cardiovascular health: heart disease, high cholesterol, hypertension
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Healthy aging
- Women’s health: iron deficiency anemia, pregnancy, breastfeeding
- Disordered eating: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, sub-clinicial eating disorders, develop a positive relationship with food
Nicole is also available for:
- Group education and presentations
- Menu development and approval
- Media work; on camera, radio and print
- PR partnerships and brand ambassadorships