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At P.I. Health Services, we offer an integrated approach to healing that we call Whole Health Management. Dr. Van Dueck looks to discover the root cause of your health problems, then works with you to build an effective, tailor-made program that addresses the underlying causes of your illness or condition.

Learn more about the P.I. Health Approach to Whole Health Management.

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Nutritional Consultation
We have had many requests from clients for further support with food and diet issues.

In our office Dr. Van Dueck handles your conditional problems and now I, Susan, am handling your food plans and general nutritional and lifestyle enquiries. 

When I first started, I was amazed at what people thought was a proper diet.

There were so many people who truly thought that their diet was quite good but as I studied their eating habits, I realized that the most people were very confused due to information overload and misinformation. For example, one gentleman was so sold on ‘low fat’ that he had cut virtually all fat from his diet….even healthy fat. He ate almost all carbohydrates because they don’t have fat.

I faced the daunting task of trying to convince him to add some ‘good’ fat back into his diet. It is very unhealthy to cut out all fat since it is necessary for optimum health. The irony of this gentleman’s situation was that he had very high cholesterol and he couldn't understand why, since he was eating no fat. I tried to help him see that fat is necessary and the addition of healthy fat to his diet would ultimately improve his overall health. This was a very difficult case because he had been thoroughly convinced that ‘low fat’ was the way to eat and although his health was failing, he had difficulty changing. I am continuing to work with him and bit by bit we are making progress. 

Some of you have filled in Metabolism Questionnaires on this website and hopefully this has helped you a little bit. However, for those of you who would like further help, I am available for in-person, phone or email consultations. I require participants to keep a record of their food intake for one week and fill in a lifestyle questionnaire.

From there I analyze your activity level and eating habits and help you make some livable changes. If you follow only some of my advice, you will be improving you chances of becoming healthier.

Food doesn't need to be boring and tasteless. I am a gourmet cook and love to experiment. My main goal is to help people find a food plan that they can live with and dispel many of the myths about what’s healthy and what’s not. If you want to gain or lose weight, we can work on that too. This is not, however, about weight management…it is about an ongoing lifestyle change that you can feel good about and that you can maintain. I don’t believe we should feel guilty about the odd dessert or treat we may eat. Negative emotions around food are detrimental. It’s what we do 80-90% of the time that’s important. The little treats are part of enjoying life. So don’t feel that you can never have a coffee or a dessert.

If Dr. Van Dueck has given you a food plan for a specific ailment,  we can work with that and build a program around it. This website is a good source of material as it is continually updated with more information and recipes…so visit it often.

My rates are as follows:  

General Analysis and recommendations: $75 + GST

This includes:

  • A 30 minute consultation by phone or in person

  • During your first month 2 email or phone questions

A booklet containing:

  • Basics of good nutrition

  • Information regarding the ‘myths’ about fats and carbohydrates

  • A one week food plan that you can modify as you go (based on maintenance, weight loss or weight gain needs)

  • Metabolism analysis

  • Recipes

  • Proper hydration recommendation (fluid intake) - article by Dr. Harris

  • Recommended reading

I will forward the forms for you to fill out as soon as you contact me and will wait for you to return them with the information I need to proceed. If you have any problem with opening attachments, let me know right away and I will mail or fax them to you (please provide address or fax number).

I look forward to working with you! 

Susan Van Dueck

"I've been on a constant diet for the last two decades. I've lost a total of 789 pounds. By all accounts, I should be hanging from a charm bracelet." ~ Erma Bombeck

 

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