Emily Fitzgerald, MScFN, RD
Since day one, nutrition has been a passion of mine. Growing up, I was always interested in cooking, sports and healthy eating. When I discovered the role of the Registered Dietitian I was sold! I went on to complete my Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition at Western University.
While studying, I completed placements in several chronic disease areas including diabetes, renal, cardiology and oncology. At a cancer center in Southwestern Ontario I discovered my true passion within dietetics. I was able to offer patients support to stay strong and get through some of the most difficult times of their lives. I will never forget when one of the cancer patients told me that, “nutrition saved his life.” This moment will stay with me forever.
As the Nutrition Coach at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, both of my passions have collided. Nutrition plays a critical role in the prevention, treatment and survivorship of cancer. It can be confusing, overwhelming and difficult to know what to eat or drink during the cancer journey. It can also be difficult to know what to eat or drink to help decrease your risk of cancer and other diseases. This is where I come in! I am here to work with you and focus on what matters most to your health and you as an individual. I look forward to helping you achieve the healthiest and happiest you.
What is your favourite food?
This is one of the hardest questions to answer and I get it all the time! I have more than an interest in food – I like to call it a love for food. If I had to pick my one favourite food I would choose chickpeas for several reasons. They are so versatile and can be added into almost any recipe out there! I love making hummus, chickpea burgers, spicy roasted chickpeas, salads and stir-frys with chickpeas, baking with chickpeas, soups with chickpeas… I find myself adding chickpeas to just about any recipe out there! On top of it all they are a very affordable ingredient and they add a boost of fibre and protein to meals and snacks.
“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.” – Julia Child