Terri Rutledge, PDt, MSc
Mental Wellness Dietitian & Owner of The Daily Grind Nutrition
Terri is a Registered Dietitian who serves communities across the province through her virtual private practice, The Daily Grind Nutrition. She specializes in nutrition therapy for brain health and mental wellness and specifically works with women living with anxiety and depression. Through her practice, she teaches women how to manage their symptoms with food and lifestyle modifications, so they can reclaim their joy and embrace their 'daily grind' with calm and confidence.
After more than a decade of studying and working in the field of nutrition, Terri established a fascination with the various ways food can impact the human body, including the gut-brain interrelationship. Using an evidence-based and holistic approach, Terri meets her clients where they are in their mental wellness journey and guides them in the discovery of their personal food-mood connection. She works with her clients to establish a course of action that will both improve their symptoms and work with their lifestyle while supporting them every step of the way.
Terri believes that good mental health is a journey, not a destination. However, having the right tools, resources, and supports for that journey makes the trip much more enjoyable.
Terri holds a Bachelor (2013) and Master (2019) of Science degree in Human Nutrition from Mount Saint Vincent University, where she also completed an accredited Internship Program and defended her Master’s Thesis.
What is your favourite way to unwind?
There are a few things I like to do to unwind. Mostly, I enjoy walking the trail systems in my neighbourhood; I find moving my body in nature very calming and it helps me clear the clutter in my mind. I also find baking therapeutic (hello aroma therapy…am I right!?). Curling up with a book and a warm cup of herbal tea is another one of my favorite ways to unwind.
What is one food that is always in your fridge/pantry/freezer?
Oh dear…I can’t choose just one! I keep the house stocked with many essentials, such as big bags of frozen fruit and stir-fry veggies from Costco…also the Costco-sized jar of peanut butter. I also make sure to have rice, quinoa, and oats in the house, as well as canned diced tomatoes, beans, chickpeas, and coconut milk in the pantry for last minute meals.
What do you love most about your job?
Although being an entrepreneur can be lonely and challenging at times, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. Being able to wake up everyday and put my time and energy into helping clients in an area of dietetics in which I am overwhelmingly passionate about is a dream come true. I am also a huge fan of offering virtual/telehealth services as it substantially increases access to care for those who live in remote communities, have mobility issues, or don’t have access to convenient transportation or childcare.