Rita Samuel MSc, NTP
Rita has a Bachelor Degree in Human Nutrition from the American University of Technology in Lebanon, and her clinical practice took place at Bellevue Hospital and Medical Center in New York. This gave her the opportunity to specialize in diabetes, GI disorders, cancer, cardiovascular disease, bariatrics, pediatrics, and intensive care. Rita worked with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Federal Diabetes Association, and the Ministry of Health in Lebanon on the “Blue Caravan” project. This project was designed to raise awareness on diabetes, nutrition education on diabetes prevention, glucose, HbA1C and body composition testing. Her dream did not stop there, as she wanted to deepen her knowledge in nutrition. This led her to pursue a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition at McGill University in Montreal. After attaining her Master’s Degree, Rita wanted to incorporate a more holistic approach to her practice. She obtained a certification from the RITMA association for Alternative Medicine and Naturopathy, as a Nutri-Therapist practitioner with a focus on functional nutrition. Rita is passionate about nutrition education, raising awareness about health, nutrition, disease prevention and enhancing one’s relationship with food. Her mission is to empower people to feel healthier and happier within their own body, and help them reach their health goals by enforcing the role of functional and holistic nutrition. Rita teaches Body Metabolism at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition Ottawa Campus.
BM 002 Body Metabolism
Nutrition is intimately linked with body metabolism. The goal of this course is to give you an understanding of what the body does with the food we eat. We begin with a detailed study of enzymes including the importance of vitamins and minerals. We then examine metabolic reactions used to obtain energy from carbohydrates, protein and fat as well as reactions used to rid our body of wastes such as urea and uric acid. The key role of the liver in metabolism will be emphasized throughout the course. Other topics will include digestive hormones, production of lactic acid, lipid carriers and the effects of low carbohydrate diets, including the effect on insulin/glucagon ratio, gluconeogenesis, ketosis and more.