Hey, I’m Charlene. I’m a Registered Dietitian, Sports Nutritionist and self-proclaimed foodie. I love to eat, be outdoors, and am passionate about all things involving fitness and health.
But I wasn’t always this passionate about healthy eating. Throughout my high school years my daily diet consisted of pop, candy and poutine’s. True story. I lacked basic cooking skills, but only because I was to stubborn to learn. And although I was very active through sports and fitness, my overall health was not ideal.
It wasn’t until after high school when I traveled the world and visited some third-world countries that I truly understood how important nutrition is on health. When I returned to Canada, I completed my BSc in Nutrition and Food Science with Distinction from the University of Alberta, and further completed an 11-month dietetic internship. During my time in University when I had to cook solo my 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.
I now wish to transfer my knowledge and love for nutrition and health to others, including you. I don’t believe in “diets.” I believe in healthy eating, while on occasion still enjoying the finer things in life including red wine and poutines. I specialize in sports nutrition, general nutrition health, and recipe/menu development. I am currently registered in good standing with the College of Dietitians of British Columbia, and is also a proud member of the Dietitians of Canada. My resume includes current experience in acute care, long-term care, home care, pediatrics and chronic disease through Interior Health, however sports nutrition has always been my passion. I am also currently halfway through completing the prestigious Sports Nutrition Diploma from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Although originally from a small mountain town in Alberta, I spent two years living in sunny Lake Country, BC. Although it was beautiful, I missed the snow and mountain air so much that we followed our heart to Revelstoke, BC.
Charlene has participated in three half-marathon’s across Canada, the Solstice half-marathon in Reykjavik, performed in the Banff-Jasper Relay twice, and multiple 10K and 5K running races.