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Hello! I’m Krystal

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I help people who struggle with traumatic brain injury (TBI) filter out unuseful nutrition information to find a way of eating that truly works for them. I help you get back to feeling good about food and eating, then take you beyond to have better nutrition than you ever had before your injury.

With my own long history of concussion, I know that it’s hard to find help. You want the support and from someone who knows that no two brain injuries are the same. In my work, I have listened to what people need to create resources & programs that move them along their health journey.

With my previous work in health research, I know the value of of transforming good science into practical steps we can all use. As a Registered Dietitian, I offer a place where people with brain injury can be understood when talking about their unique food & nutrition problems. Offering you both the nutrition science and the support you need to make it real, I help you find your story and pinpoint how good nutrition fits with it.

If you want…

✔️ nutrition that helps you heal

✔️ the research done for you

✔️ simplified cooking & meal planning

✔️ to build a routine around food & eating

✔️ to overcome your struggles to eat with others

Then get started with a FREE intro to TBI Nutrition Masterclass!


How can nutrition help in brain injury?

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Research is starting to show that certain foods and nutrients may help reduce symptoms while supporting recovery in Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS). Research is even looking into how nutrition can help protect the brain and prevent future injury.

When the brain is injured, it has less energy. After injury, the brain’s chemicals and blood flow are disturbed. This leads to the damage caused by the injury. The body can’t heal from any injury if it doesn’t have the energy and nutrients it needs. Good nutrition after injury ensures the brain has access to what it needs to heal.

Strategies around foods and eating patterns can also be used to help improve symptoms of headache, fatigue and sleep troubles.

Mental health and mood disorders are also common in PCS. Nutrition research into mental health is also growing and starting to show that food can affect our mood. Enjoying food and eating well may help manage the mood side of PCS symptoms.

All of this research is very exciting, but it is just scratching the surface of a very complex issue. Currently, as there are gaps in the research, no standards of practice or guidelines for nutrition exist for concussion. Plus, creating one standard guideline would be difficult considering we don’t fully know everything that’s going on inside the brain after injury, though we do know that each injury can present quite differently. However, people affected by PCS are looking to nutrition, and we know that good nutrition supports a person’s health on so many levels. This shows the need for a Registered Dietitian to take the research we have and make it work for each individual with PCS.


My Credentials

Registration

  • College of Dietitians of Ontario

Graduate

  • The Ottawa Hospital Dietetic Internship Program
  • BSc in Human Nutritional Sciences, University of Manitoba
  • BSc in Biochemistry and Microbiology, Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface

Professional Development

  • Sports Nutrition
  • Health Education
  • Community Health
  • Research
  • Mindful Eating
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Health At Every Size


References:

Armstrong, A. March 14 2018. Can Nutrition Play a Role in Protection & Concussion Management? Presentation to Manitoba Sports Nutrition Network.

Dufour, A & Jobin, S. Nutrition Recommendations During the Healing and Recovery Phase. coach.ca. Accessed online March 2019.

IOM (Institute of Medicine). 2011. Nutrition and Traumatic Brain Injury: Im- proving Acute and Subacute Health Outcomes in Military Personnel. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

Jacka, FN et al. 2017. A randomised controlled trial of dietary improvement for adults with major depression (the ‘SMILES’ trial). BMC Medicine 15:23.

Lang, UE et al. 2015. Nutritional Aspects of Depression. Cell Physiol Biochem 37;1029-1043.

Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation. 2018. Guideline for Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury & Persistent Symptoms, Section 8: Mental Health Disorders.

Rodriguez, RL et al. 2017. Impact of diet-derived signaling molecules on human cognition: exploring the food-brain axis. Science of Food 1:2, published online October 30 2017.

Scrimgeour, AG & Condin, ML. 2014. Nutritional Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Neurotrauma 31:989-999.

Tipton K. 2015. Nutritional Support for Exercise-Induced Injuries. Sports Medicine. 45(S1):93-104.