About Thrive

Thrive is nutrition coaching for wellness and performance.

Registered Dietitians translate scientific research into real life practices to help you establish lifelong healthy eating habits.

Whether you want to reach a healthier weight, improve your eating habits, increase your athletic edge or reduce your risk of chronic illness, a Registered Dietitian can be your Nutrition Coach: educating, empowering and encouraging you on your journey to better eating!

Here is what you can expect from working with one of our Registered Dietitians:

Learn what, when and how to eat. You probably already have a good idea of what’s healthy and what’s not… so why aren’t you seeing results? Your Dietitian will help you to put it all together: the balance, the timing and the amount that’s right for you.

Identify and help you overcome barriers. Everyone has challenges. Sometimes, we grow so accustomed to them that we don’t even realize how much they are holding us back. Your Dietitian will help you see what’s moving you towards your goals and what might be keeping you from doing and being your best.

You’re not doing it alone. Having someone you are accountable to when you set goals can be a huge motivator. Knowing that your Dietitian will be checking in with you can help you stick to your action plan, and will help you get back on track when life throws unexpected challenges your way.

You have a trusted resource. What protein powder should I buy? Should I be taking fish oil? What’s the scoop on this latest trendy diet? You can ask your Dietitian all of your burning nutrition questions, knowing that you’ll get an answer based on the latest science and research (not the latest social media buzz or Dr. Oz episode).

You’ll get emotional support. You might not even realize it, but how you feel has a big impact on your appetite and what, how and when you eat. Getting a handle on how your emotions affect your relationship with food can make it easier to overcome emotional and stress-eating, and your Dietitian will set you up with strategies to help you change your habits for good.

OUR TEAM

Melinda Edmonds

 

DIRECTOR + CHIEF NUTRITION COACH

As an active and busy mom in a household with 5 kids, Melinda understands firsthand the challenge of balancing work, family, school, extracurricular activities, and exercise. She knows the difference that healthy eating can make to not just surviving, but conquering each day. Melinda's passion is teaching people how to use whole, nutritious foods to help them live, learn, work, and play better. 

Melinda has over 13 years' experience in a hospital setting and has been working in private practice since 2012. Her areas of expertise include weight management, hormone disorders, mental health, disordered eating, women's health, brain injury and spinal cord injury, chronic disease management (diabetes, hypertension and cholesterol), digestive disorders and sports nutrition.

When she isn't in the kitchen, chances are you will find her in the gym coaching, doing CrossFit, or outside running, hiking, skiing, wakeboarding or playing with her kids. 

Qualifications:

  • Registered Dietitian
  • Certified Sports Nutritionist
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Nutrition) - University of Guelph
  • Dietetic Internship - St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer with certifications in CrossFit Kids, Gymnastics and Weightlifting

Kate Parsons

NUTRITION COACH + CERTIFIED DIABETES EDUCATOR

Kate is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator with a wide range of experience working as a Clinical Dietitian, specializing in the areas of weight management, sports nutrition, diabetes management and chronic disease prevention. As a lifelong athlete and lover of food, Kate has a passion for helping people create sustainable changes to build a healthy, active, and enjoyable lifestyle. Kate is excited to share her knowledge and skills and work with you towards your health and nutrition goals.

Qualifications:

  • Registered Dietitian
  • Certified Diabetes Educator
  • Master of Science in Nutrition and Wellness - Benedictine University
  • Dietetic Internship - The Moncton Hospital
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

 

Wondering what the difference is between a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritionist?
Dietitians have university-level education in food, nutrition and health and are governed by a provincial regulatory body. The title of Nutritionist is not protected and does not require any special training or education.

Get in touch to find out how our Nutrition Coaches can help you feel your best.