BetterByDesign Nutrition

Hello! I’m Joy, owner and Registered Dietitian at BetterByDesign Nutrition. I’ve operated my private practice in Coquitlam for more than a decade, providing both in-person clinical services and also Distance Consultations via phone and Skype.

My passion is helping people reclaim their health and I do this by firstly understanding your goals, assessing your needs and then designing a customized nutrition plan specifically for you.

I also love to work with those who want to focus on retaining their health by ensuring optimal nutrition.

I don’t believe in a “one-size-fits-all” approach to any health condition — be it weight-loss (or weight gain), Type 2 Diabetes or pre-Diabeteshigh blood pressurehigh cholesterolfood allergy or sensitivity, or  Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Individual nutrition is BetterByDesign.

For those seeing me for a Complete Assessment Package, we’ll begin by me understanding your needs and personal health goals. Then, I’ll conduct a thorough assessment, including personal medical history, family medical history and risk factors and I’ll review objective data such as lab test results and assess your height, weight, waist circumference, etc. Together, we’ll discuss the various options available to you in terms of approaches, I’ll provide you with my recommendations, then you’ll decide on the plan. I’ll take all the information I’ve collected when designing your customized nutrition plan.

If you are vegetarian or don’t eat certain kinds of foods for religious or cultural reasons, your plan will factor this in.  Whether you love to cook or have limited time or ability to cook, I will help you by providing easily implementable ideas.

Routine Services

Complete Assessment Package

The Complete Assessment Package is my all-inclusive package described above and is available for adults of all ages and for children and youth (aged 7 – 19 years).

Food Allergy / Food Sensitivity Services

I offer several packages in this area, including the Food Sensitivity / Food Allergy (FSFA) Package, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Package and the Celiac Disease Management Package.

Anti-Inflammatory Protocol

Research indicates that by changing what they eat, those with chronic inflammatory diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, fibromyalgia, lupis, Sjogren’s syndrome and Celiac disease can reduce many of their symptoms. The focus of the Anti-Inflammatory Protocol is to limit the foods that are known to promote inflammation and focus dietary intake on foods that are evidence-based to have anti-inflammatory properties.

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.

Personally Relatable

In addition to having professional training and experience as a Registered Dietitian, I also understand first-hand what it’s like to need to reclaim one’s health. In March 2017, I was obese, had Type 2 Diabetes, very high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Even thought I knew what to do, I had to do it.

March 5, 2017 I began what I call my “journey”.  I made a few key evidence-based changes in what I ate, and gradually and without feeling hungry or tired, I lost weight and my health kept improving. Less than a year later, my Diabetes was in partial remission, my blood pressure was normal and my cholesterol was considered ‘ideal’ and these changes were accomplished through changes in my diet (it is only recently that I’ve added a regular fitness component to my ongoing plan). I still have some weight to lose and some goals I want to accomplish with respect to my blood sugar, but I have been successful at reaching each of the 1-year goals that I set in March 2017.

I am reclaiming my health, one day at a time and my passion is to help others to do the same.

My Clinical Office

My office is bright and open, yet offers privacy at the same time and is gently air-conditioned in summer and comfortably heated in winter. 

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?

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 Evergreen Skytrain.

Since I provide services to those with allergies and sensitivities, please note that my office is necessarily scent-free and is a peanut-free zone.

Clinical Hours

Clinical hours are weekdays 9:00 AM to 5:00* PM

*3:00 PM on Fridays

NOTE: Arrangements can be made for earlier or later appointments on some weekdays.

Have Questions?

Please send me a note by clicking on the “Contact Me” tab, above.