Charlene is a Registered Dietitian, Sports Nutritionist and self-proclaimed foodie. Charlene loves to cook, and more importantly loves to eat healthy (…most of the time!).
Charlene was not always this passionate about healthy eating. Throughout high school her daily diet consisted of pop, candy and poutine’s. True story. She lacked basic cooking skills (only because she was to stubborn to learn), and although she was very active through sports and fitness, her overall health was not ideal.
It wasn’t until after high school when she traveled the world the discovered the importance of nutrition on health. She returned to Canada and completed her BSc in Nutrition and Food Science with Distinction from the University of Alberta, and further completed an 11-month dietetic internship. During her time in University her love for cooking also began. What started out as basic meals from prepared foods (canned pasta sauce, canned corn, baked chicken), turned into delicious, made-from-scratch butternut ravioli with grilled chicken in a tomato pesto sauce. Sounds complex, but really it wasn’t. In reality you can do whatever you put your mind too, and practice always makes perfect.
Charlene now wishes to transfer her knowledge and love for nutrition and health to others, including you. Charlene believes in balancing healthy eating without dieting, while still enjoying the finer things in life including red wine and poutines. Charlene specializes in sports nutrition, weight management, and recipe/menu development. Charlene is registered in good standing with the College of Dietitians of British Columbia, and is also a proud member of the Dietitians of Canada. Her resume includes experience in acute care, long-term care, home care, pediatrics and chronic disease, however sports nutrition has always been her passion.
Charlene recently moved to the beautiful Okanagan from Alberta with both her partner and alaskan malamute puppy. When Charlene is not educating the public about proper nutrition, you can find her in the kitchen trying new recipes, or in the garden attempting to have a green thumb. Her partner is always willing to trial any new recipe she makes in the kitchen, and her puppy is always happy to eat anything that falls on the floor in the process. Charlene also enjoys traveling, doing yoga, and spending time in the outdoors by running, biking, hiking, paddle boarding and snowboarding.
Charlene has participated in three half-marathon’s across Canada, performed in the Banff-Jasper Relay twice, and multiple 10K and 5K running races.