About Me – Training and Credentials
- Registered Dietitian (RD)
- Registered with the College of Dietitians of British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario (able to provide Dietitian services across Canada, except to PEI).
- Long-standing member Dietitians of Canada (DC)
- Member of Canadian Clinicians for Therapeutic Nutrition
- Bachelor of Science (Nutritional Sciences), McGill University
- Master of Science (Human Nutrition), University of British Columbia, 2008
- Speak English and French, listed in the Réso Santé Colombie-Britannique
Dietitians are the only nutrition practitioners that are licensed and regulated in every province in Canada. Just like a nurse or physiotherapist, Dietitians hold a protected designation (varies province to province – e.g. RD, RDN, PDt). I use RD, but can also use RDN as I am licensed across Canada, except in PEI.
Dietitians with undergraduate degrees undergo rigorous practical training internship) and need to successfully complete licensing exams before they can practice.
In addition, I have a post-graduate degree in Human Nutrition and like all Dietitians, am required to stay current with the evolving scientific research.
About Me – Published Researcher
I was the lead researcher on a clinical research study about the dietary intake and nutrient status of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder that was published in the International Journal of Pediatrics in 2010.
Nutritional Status of Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Pilot Study, June 2010, International Journal of Pediatrics 2010(2):767318
The paper has since been cited in almost 60 other publications.
About Me – Practising What I Teach
In March 2017, I was at a crossroads with respect to my own health. It was more accurately, a crisis. I knew that I would either have to change the way I ate, or would need to go on several types of medications to address high blood sugar, high cholesterol and very high blood pressure. The day I made the decision was March 5, 2017 and I’ve never looked back.
Over the following two years, I lost substantial weight and put my Type 2 Diabetes and high blood pressure into remission. As a beneficial side-effect, most symptoms of Mast Cell Activation Disorder also went into remission — likely due do the anti-inflammatory effect and lower cytokine response of my diet.
Even though I knew what to do, I had to do it just like anyone else and my passion is to help others to do the same.
Here it is over a year later, and I have maintained my weight loss and health recovery.
Everybody has different nutritional needs and medical background, so each person’s ‘journey’ will be different than mine.
Teaching What I Practice
This is one of my clients who set a New Year’s goal 3 years ago January 2021. She knew it would take time, but here she is. She has lost over 200 pounds and is still on her ‘journey’.
About Me – Recent Reviews (from the BBDNutrition profile on Google)
“Joy is a joy to work with! She listens, she spends more then adequate time working on a customized plan for you – and she really takes into account your needs as a client. I struggle with binge eating and food addiction – and Joy gave me an customized plan that works for my area’s of need. I took some time to review this so I could see if things would work – and let me tell you – they do work! She is also very affordable and my insurance will cover it entirely!” ~ Jessica Alfaro, November 13, 2020
~Carlos Martell, November 5, 2020
“I came across BBD Nutrition on BCdietitians.ca. From conducting my research and emailing a few different Nutritionists, I was impressed with Joy’s credentials and her years of knowledge. I appreciated the fact that Joy was quick with replying to my emails. When I started the program, Joy took her time explaining each step of the Low Fodmap and provided me with tips and tricks that would work best for me. Joy provided a fantastic service, and I would recommend her to everyone!!” ~Tarnpreet Brinning, October 23, 2020
“I came to Joy as a scientist and someone who had previously dived deep into nutrition and managed to loose weight “my way,” in the hope it was sustainable. It was not. Stress knocked me off the rails and the weight came back. Now, I was back to my original weight AND a health scare thrown in for good measure. I now needed help to not only loose weight, but also make sure I was eating a balanced and healthy diet going forward, something which “my way’ was was not! I couldn’t do a “diet”, it had to be a permanent change to the way I eat. I don’t have the ability or tools to work all of that out, so I started searching for a Registered Dietician who might give me more help than my doctors and the medical system were willing to give. After all, there is only so far “make lifestyle changes” goes in terms of medical advice! I found Joy because of her story, bravely interwoven on her extremely interesting blog. Here was a dietician who had also experienced a similar health scare. It’s a real wake up call! I felt she would have the empathy about my situation that the medical system lacked. I was not wrong! I have been meeting Joy via a dedicated video call and she is always punctual. She is very professional, but at the same time, if you are puzzled or have a question, she stops to help you understand her response. She really wants to make sure you understand why she is asking you eat ‘this’ or change ‘that’ – and more importantly, the implications if you don’t! Weight loss is just part of my food journey going forward, but I am glad Joy has my back. I have the tools, knowledge and understanding – and now Joy – to make sure I am able to be my healthiest self, and avoid a future that would have probably shortened my life.” ~Sally Gillies, October 13, 2020
“Working with Joy from BetterByDesign Nutrition has been a wonderful experience. She was extremely helpful and understanding of my unique situation. She helped me to understand why I was struggling with different situations/diets and what I needed to do to resolve my issues. As much as I want to lose weight, with Joy’s guidance I was able to see that eating nutritious food and adapting healthy eating habits to suite me and my unique circumstances was the key. I have followed diet after diet and I have never felt healthy or been able to sustain them for long periods of time. With Joy’s custom plan, I am losing weight and feeling great. It is no longer how much weight I need to lose but the ability to eat healthy and feel great. I know now and am confident that the weight will come of. I would recommend her services to anyone. She truly takes pride in what she does, she is just as invested in your health and well being as you are. She works hard to ensure that your plan is customized to your needs and is always available to help you and answer your questions along the way.” ~Shirley McDougall, September 20, 2020
“Exceptional and highly experienced low carb/keto registered dietician. I originally met with Joy upon the recommendation of my doctor two years ago when I started my low carb journey. She was able to provide me all the information that I needed to get myself up and running. Two years later, I am seeing her again as to help me reach new levels of health and nutrition, updating my macros for my new goals. I’m overjoyed to be working with her again and will continue to do so as an ongoing client. She’s incredibly kind, supportive and engaging as well. I respect that she, too, practices what she preaches. Absolutely and highly recommend.” ~ Touran Edsall, September 19, 2020
“I found BBD and Joy while googling for low-carb dietitians in Vancouver, who also supported extended fasting to improve insulin resistance. After reading her blog, which has a wealth of information on nutrition as well as her own health journey, it became very clear that she would be the one to help me with my own health goals. Being South Asian, I am always reluctant to give up rice when considering diet plans. Joy was so thoughtful and deliberate in addressing all of my concerns, and the customized meal plan was so easy to implement into my current lifestyle. I feel so thrilled and less distressed now about accomplishing my health goals, thanks to Joy’s help.”
~RK D, September 15, 2020
“I was having a really hard time following popular diets, and seeing no results. I knew Joy’s work through my mom, who lost a good amount of weight solely by following Joy’s nutrition plan. I am 25 and I have been following Joy’s plan for about 3-4 weeks now and I have been losing weight quickly without having to exercise at all. This plan requires diligence- but if you’re ready to commit, this is an awesome plan!”
~ Shantelle Lacoursiere, September 5, 2020
“I should have met years ago with a dietitian!! Joy was very detailed in explaining the changes I have to make in my daily diet to become healthier and she made it easy and comprehensible. She is working with my daughter which is a plus as we can both become healthier together while making sure there is a focus on my 13 yr old who is still growing. I am very happy to have found Joy Kiddie 🙂 ”
~ Angela Seldner, August 10, 2020
“I was hesitant to take the online sessions but honestly it turns out it is all I need. Dr Joy is very knowledgeable and helpful, she explains every risk & every benefit thoroughly so you understand and believe in the life style you pursue. in addition to the meal plan she gave me a lot of useful tips to maintain a healthy life style. If you are looking to lose weight or adopting a healthy life style I would strongly recommend Dr. Joy’s services”
~ Mohamed Hassan, July 28, 2020
“Joy was very thorough in her approach. She worked with us and gave us options using the foods we liked. My husband started his diet a couple weeks ago (which is similar to mine, just a couple variations so we can plan meals together). He has already lost over 7 pounds which is fantastic. I only started a few days ago but I am feeling much better and really motivated. What I really liked is that any negative comment that we made which could derail the diet, she was always very positive and provided us with reasons and options to follow it. Looking forward to monitoring our progress over the next month.” ~ Janine O., June 28, 2020
“Joy was highly recommended to me last summer for help with my pre-diabetes, IBS and Lymphatic colitis. She gave me an excellent food plan and great tips specifically tailored for my health issues. Since that time I have had no flare ups, less bloating and have lost weight and inches. She knows her stuff and can relate to individual client’s needs.” ~ Jennifer MacMillan, May 6, 2020
“Joy was a pleasure to work with and was very knowledgeable about nutrition. She is extremely thorough in her approach to your health and takes your goals into consideration when consulting with you. I would and have recommended her services.” ~ Sharon Perry, May 4, 2020
“I had an initial online consultation with Joy in Feb 2019. My family history is significant for T2DM. Although I am a healthy, thin, and very active middle age woman, I had concerns about insulin resistance & getting T2DM. I learned so much from Joy. My consults with her were well worth my time & the cost. She is a wealth of information. She walks the walk & has reversed her own struggles with weight, blood sugar & blood pressure. I am proud to report that one year after consulting with Joy, I no longer take blood pressure medication & my fasting blood sugars are in the 90’s for the first time in a very long time. I highly recommend her!!” ~ Anna Dowd, May 4, 2020
“BBD nutrition did a lot to help both my boyfriend and I. She was incredibly kind, professional, and easy to talk to about sensitive and embarrassing issues. She offered support from day one, and pointed us to many references to help along the way. We highly recommend for both the knowledge and kindness we experienced.” ~Bryanna MacDonald, May 3, 2020