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This year, like every year, March is Nutrition Month®. The theme this year targets individual strategies, as the science of nutrition requires that everyone’s diet be tailored to suit that individual. After all, concepts of “good for you” and “healthy eating” don’t mean the same thing for everyone.

As a nutritionist I am acutely aware that every client has their own culture, traditions, preferences and nutritional needs. It can be hard to position yourself nutritionally using the Internet and the social media. There is so much myth and bad advice to contend with. Here’s the part of the nutritional landscape I’d like to tackle briefly this month: restrictive diets.

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Avocado Pudding. ©

Some people believe that in consulting a nutritionist, they will be told to give up enjoyment by forever eliminating foods they love which are considered unhealthy.

As if the satisfaction of eating should be sacrificed for our health. Well, let’s get something straight: physical health is inseparable from mental health!

All foods have their place, as long as we are aware of our choices and know how to adapt our food habits to our objectives and our own situation.

We have to maintain a healthy skepticism about the restrictive diet industry, because it’s been clearly demonstrated that those diets are generally ineffective for losing weight and keeping it off.

Why? Because eating “perfectly” restricts our freedom. Choosing flexibility and boosting our confidence in our own body’s internal signals are part of a winning health strategy.

In other words, we all have unique needs, and eating must continue to be a nourishing and satisfying experience. This Nutrition Month, I would like to steer you towards an interesting read that advocates physical and mental well-being and balance: Anti-Diet by Christy Harrison, Little, Brown & Co. 2020.

For more resources, including a digital cookbook, visit the website Nutrition Month 2021 at

Need help in making the most of your eating? Don’t hesitate to contact me via Clinique Mouvement Optimal: 819 425-8889.

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Ariane Lavigne


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Titulaire d'un baccalauréat en nutrition de l'Université de Montréal, Ariane est nutritionniste depuis 2008. Voulant approfondir ses connaissances sur la performance athlétique, elle a obtenu un diplôme de spécialisation en nutrition sportive avec le Comité International Olympique (CIO). Elle est aujourd'hui nutritionniste du sport chez Vivaï et à la Clinique Mouvement Optimal de Mont-Tremblant. Toujours en quête de dépassement, elle combine sa profession à sa grande passion : le snowboard alpin. Elle connaît la réalité des sports élites, ayant été elle-même une athlète membre de l'Équipe Nationale de Snowboard et Olympienne des Jeux Olympiques de Sotchi en 2014. Ariane has a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from the University of Montreal and has been a nutritionist since 2008. Wanting to expand her knowledge of athletic performance, she obtained a diploma specialized in sports nutrition from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). She serves at Clinique Mouvement Optimal de Mont-Tremblant as well as Vivaï as sports nutritionist. Always in search of personal and professional advancement, she combines her profession with her greatest passion: alpine snowboarding. She understands the realities of elite sports, having been a member of the Canadian National Snowboard Team who participated in the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi.


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