BetterByDesign Nutrition



Hello and welcome!

I’m Joy, owner and Lead Dietitian of BetterByDesign Nutrition. I have a postgraduate degree in Human Nutrition, but am often told that it’s my approachable, casual style that sets me apart, as much as my knowledge and clinical experience.  I enjoy explaining complex clinical concepts in ways that people of all ages and educational backgrounds understand. 

BetterByDesign Nutrition has been in operation in the Tri-Cities area of Vancouver for a decade, providing clinical Dietetics and weight management services, as well as support for those with food allergy and/or food sensitivity. Over the years, I have helped many clients to be successful both in losing weight and keeping it off, as well as teaching them to accurately estimate portion sizes so they don’t have to weigh and measure their food or count points. In the last two years, I have been helping clients work on lowering insulin resistance by eating a “low carb high healthy fat” (LCHHF) diet.

My clients range from adults of all ages and stages of life, to children and youth, aged 6 – 18. I am also experienced at providing nutrition services to couples and families – something I greatly enjoy.

I offer a range of services – from the routine to the clinically complex and believe that nutrition is BetterbyDesign.

Routine Services

I have years of experience helping my clients not only lose weight sensibly, but keep it off long-term. Whether you have a few pounds or a significant amount of weight to lose, I can partner with you to increase your likelihood of being successful in reaching your goal. I’ll teach you skills that will make it easy for you to dine out, attend social gatherings and travel as you accomplish your weight loss and nutrition goals. The Complete Assessment Package is an all-inclusive package and a great place to get started.

If you have been diagnosed with high blood sugar, cholesterol, or blood pressure, I can help you bring these into a healthier range and understand the various factors that affect these. The Complete Assessment Package has options for those with these conditions, and for those seeking insulin resistance reduction, this package is available using a low carb high healthy fat (LCHHF) approach. Be sure to click on the Insulin Resistance tab, above to learn more.

PRE-SUMMER SPECIAL: Save $100 from now until June 21,2017 when taking both a Complete Assessment Package and a Weight Management Package. Click on the "Contact Us" tab to find out more.

Food Allergy / Food Sensitivity Services

In addition to preventative health and routine clinical services, my practice focuses on Food Allergy and Food Sensitivity and I offer several packages in this area:

The Food Sensitivity / Food Allergy Package is designed for those that suspect that they may have food allergies, or who have already been diagnosed with food allergies.

The Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Package for those who have been diagnosed with, or believe they meet the criteria for IBS.

The GERD Management Package is designed for those with diagnosed with or symptoms of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder (GERD) – with or without “heartburn”.

For newly diagnosed with Celiac disease, I offer a Celiac Disease Management Package which follows the Nutrition Education checklist listed on the Canadian Celiac Association webpage.

One of my unique areas of knowledge is Mast Cell Activation Disorder (MCAD) – sometimes called histamine-intolerance.

Culturally Relevant

I’m familiar with foods, ingredients and eating style of several Asian, South Asian, North African / Middle Eastern and Mediterranean countries which helps me to provide you with nutrition services in a culturally relevant manner.

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My Clinical Office

My office is bright and open and gently air-conditioned (in summer), yet offers privacy, as well. Since I provide services to those with allergies and sensitivities, my office is scent-free and is a peanut-free zone. For those living outside of the Greater Vancouver area, I provide some services via distance consultation (details on the Our Services tab).

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I’m located in central Coquitlam — just 7 minutes drive from Coquitlam Centre — close to Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Burnaby, New Westminster, Pitt Meadows and Surrey.

Coming by public transit?

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My office is ~12 minutes by bus from the Coquitlam bus loop, with several buses routes to choose from, and just up the hill from the new Evergreen Skytrain line.




Food for Thought

Want to get a “feel” for my approach and teaching style?  Why not have a look at my blog, accessible from the “Food for Thought” tab, above.