• Growing up in a South Asian household, my life revolved around food. Eating with friends and extended families seemed like a perpetual event. My grandmother was the main cook and talked about the connection of food to health, some of which were anecdotal. Nevertheless, I have always been fascinated with the connection of food to health and beyond. Outcome? - I went on to become a Dietitian!

    I am Gaya, a Registered Dietitian with the College of Dietitians of BC and a long-standing member of Dietitians of Canada. I am also a Certified Diabetes Educator. I completed my Bachelors in Food Service Management/Dietetics, followed by a Masters in Foods and Human Nutrition in India.

    I have worked exclusively in the field of nutrition for the past 23 years, both in Canada and India, in a variety of settings including clinical, community, research, academia and public health. More recently, I also completed another Masters in Population and Public health from the University of British Columbia.

    Inspiring and empowering people with evidence-based, practical knowledge and skills is my passion. I truly believe that food is more than just nutrients. Food is about comfort, culture, relationships.

    I use a non-diet approach to encourage clients to focus on health and health behaviours instead of body weight and size. What this means is that I help shift the focus from numbers on the scale to establishing a healthy relationship with food.

    I provide individualized support on

    • Family and kids nutrition
    • Meal planning
    • Pre and post-natal nutrition
    • Picky eating in children
    • Nutrient deficiencies
    • Vegetarian diets
    • Plant based eating

    I also support healthy eating for chronic conditions such as

    • Pre-diabetes
    • Type 2 diabetes (self-management education)
    • Heart health
    • High blood pressure
    • Bone health

    Outside of work, I enjoy cooking and baking, growing my own vegetables and going for long walks with my family.

Interesting Facts

Tea-lover, love puppies (altho I don't have a pet), love reading cookbooks, like to think that I have a green thumb:).

Credentials and Experience

Registered Dietitian
Certified Diabetes Educator
Full registrant, College of Dietitians of BC (CDBC)
Member, Dietitians of Canada

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