Ask the Nutritionist | Melanie Beasley, RD, LD

By Jackie Cartier
March 7, 2017

An ongoing theme in our blog is asking our knowledgeable nutritionists their tips and tricks. Everything from how they make real food fast, easy and delicious, to the best success stories they've been a part of. Anything you'd like to ask a nutritionist? Let us know in the comments below! In the meantime, take a look at what Melanie, our newest Nutritional Weight & Wellness nutritionist, had to say!

bios_Melanie_Beasley_Large.jpgWhen did you realize the power of real food?

There was a turning point in my life where seeking wellness, health and just plain relief became my focus. This journey began the year that I had five surgeries that started with a ruptured disc and continued with a battle with cancer. I was very sick with chronic infections, migraines, exhaustion, urinary tract infections and acid reflux. I was on a cocktail of prescription medications. They continued to treat the symptoms without finding the cause. When I was finally diagnosed with a multitude of food allergies and an intolerance to sugar I was relieved...and then a bit panicked about what to eat. Here I was, a dietitian allergic to wheat, gluten, chocolate, soy, corn, cow's milk (dairy), goat milk and some tree nuts. I took the challenge and removed the allergens from my diet, began eating simple food and found relief! I was off three prescription medications in just six weeks! I continue to be gluten, dairy and chocolate free eating the Weight & Wellness Way.

What is your food struggle? What tricks do you use to avoid that issue?

My biggest food struggle is appetizer dips at parties. If I start eating those junkie snacks it takes me several days to eliminate food cravings. I have learned to just not go down a long trail of poor eating. It only results in pain and illness for me. I treasure feeling energetic and healthy!

5-questions-melanie_sidebar.jpgWhat is the most frequent question you hear from clients?

I encounter so many clients who are overwhelmed with changes in their dietary patterns. I tell them it is like eating an elephant, strange metaphor but stick with me – it seems overwhelming, but one bite at a time and you have him eaten. If they plan for success they will be successful. As their health improves from the simple foods they are eating, then they can then make some creative meals. Until then don't get complicated, keep it simple.

What do you do for an easy grab and go meal when you're pinched for time?

My easy grab and go snack is a frozen smoothie. I triple the smoothie recipe and add three cups of kale or spinach leaves. Then I split the smoothies up into mason jars and put them in the freezer. I use them for icepacks in my lunch and by the time it is snack time, they are thawed and ready to drink.

What's one of your favorite client success stories?

I had a client that came in with a recent 50-pound weight gain, skin rashes and tremendous anxiety. We removed gluten, dairy and sugar from her diet, the sources of her food intolerances. We also problem-solved eating in balance with her busy lifestyle. She began to cry... with happiness! She said it was the first time she felt heard and had hope. What a privilege to be a part of my clients' health journey.

Thanks for sharing, Melanie! Read what our other nutritionists share what they wished more people knew about nutrition, why slow weight loss is best and so much more. If you want to start your own success story, we encourage you to make a nutrition counselling appointment today.










About the author

Jackie Cartier is Content Strategy Manager for Nutritional Weight & Wellness. She was once a client, seeking natural solutions to her achy runner knees and hormonal imbalances. From then she was hooked and eventually ended up on their team, spreading the real food message on the blog and through social media. 

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Hi my boyfriend and i live a 2nd shift life. He works until midnight then wants a big dinner when he comes home and even though I'm a homemaker I keep the same hours. Because he also wants a big meal before he starts work and goes to sleep shortly after "dinner" (usually 130/2am) I find us both getting heavier. I'm wondering what lighter types of dinners I can make that will fill you and promote weight loss during sleep?
March 16, 2017 at 9:25 pm


Eating a large meal before bed can take a toll on good quality sleep. It is a little known fact that gravity and movement after a meal are important for proper digestion.  A large meal that incorporates meats and other proteins can “energize” us and for some create sleep disturbances.  I would recommend the larger meal or “dinner” if you will would be eaten a few hours before your boyfriend comes home (packed for work) and a light snack together such as berries and real cream or a small apple with peanut butter would be the bedtime snack you share together.  Living the second shift can be challenging nutritionally for many people.  If you find yourself gaining weight due to life circumstances I would suggest an appointment with one of our nutritionists to dig a little deeper into the root causes and solutions.

Hi. I have a question in regards to nutrition on a vegan diet/ lifestyle. I understand that b12 is an essential vitamin for good health and wellness. The only "natural" source source of b12 is through bacteria, and is found in dirt and soil. Over the many years of sanitization, there is not a very easy way of getting b12 without consuming meat and dairy. In fact, farm animals themselves get b12 from supplementation, and sometimes from eating their own feces. I was wondering if it would be safe and effective to just take a supplement instead of taking in this meat/dairy products long term since farm animals basically only have adequate levels of b12 because of supplementation themselves. Thank you so much for your time.
May 21, 2017 at 6:22 pm


It always wonderful to see a listener that is doing her research and taking such a wonderful proactive stance in their own nutritional wellness. In regards to B12 I would agree with you that it is an essential vitamin for good health.

The best source is of course grass fed meats, organic eggs and dairy products.We always encourage food first as the proper micro and macronutrients are packed in our quality food sources.There are so many additional nutrition benefits to getting our B12 from food verses supplementation.  

As far as the supplementation for those individuals that are Vegan a Methylated B12 is an activated form that is readily available to the individual who has good gut health and require an additional amount of B12.

I hope this answers your question!

Melanie Beasley

Is it possible to take too much vitamin D3 per day by using supplements? Some friends at my gym use CLA + Carbitine, a weight-loss dietary supplement, that calls for 1 scoop (serving) in the morning and one at night. I'm reading up on it, and the product has 10,000 IU of vitamin d3 per serving. What is too much, and what should you be targeting for vitamin D consumption?
June 18, 2017 at 8:53 pm


It is possible to get too much vitamin D in supplement form. We recommend to get your vitamin D levels tested routinely and based on the results, supplement accordingly to maintain a level close to 50. 

We know that if your D levels are too low or too high, you can have some negative symptoms. A typical maintenance dose would be 5,000 IU daily in the winter and 2,000 IU daily in the summer. Depending on what your current levels are, the 10,000 per day might be too much to take everyday. I hope this helps. 


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