Nutrition and Dietetics

Nutrition and Dietetics

About Clinical Dietitian, Dima El-Halabi

Dima El-Halabi is a U.S. Registered Dietitian (RD) and Licensed dietitian (LD) in Lebanon.  She received her BSc degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the American University of Beirut (AUB), with distinction, in 2003.  In order to build on the business and entrepreneurial role that nutrition can play, she also combined her studies with a minor in Business Administration. To broaden the breadth and depth of her clinical knowledge, she pursued her M.Sc. degree in Human Nutrition from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Through the university, she also conducted her dietetic residency at various McGill University Health Centers to obtain her Canadian RD, which paved the way for her to sit for the U.S. board exam for credentialing as a U.S. RD. through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

Dima El-Halabi’s professional career as a clinical dietitian started at the Nutrition and Diet Center Clinic, Riyadh branch, where she conducted nutritional assessments, formulated diets tailored to client needs and provided nutritional consultations, as well as marketing and management activities. She later joined Clemenceau Medical Center (CMC), affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine International & Accredited by Joint Commission International in Beirut, as a clinical dietitian. There she provided high quality nutritional care and education to all inpatients and outpatients on nutrition-related medical conditions through the nutrition care process. She also coordinated with the outsourced catering company to achieve high quality food service, nutritionally adequate meals and patient/staff satisfaction.

She has served as a Nutrition Instructor, Internship Coordinator, and Assistant Director of the accredited Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Program at AUB for a period of 7 years. Among the courses she taught were Medical Nutrition Therapy Lab, Food Service Management, Seminars in Clinical Dietetics, Current Topics in Nutrition, Quantity Food Production, and Job Shadowing. She was instrumental in achieving the program’s accreditation from the American Council of Education in Nutrition & Dietetics (ACEND), the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ (AND) accrediting arm. As Internship Coordinator, she also secured placements for students at hospitals to complete their required training for licensure in Lebanon.

She has founded the Nutrition Private Practice at Dr. Rami Abadi Clinic, where she plans nutrition interventions and counsels clients through the life cycle on optimal nutrition for a variety of diseases and nutrition-related medical conditions.  These include weight management, diabetes, heart disease including dyslipidemia and hypertension, gastrointestinal disorders such as celiac disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and irritable bowel syndrome, as well as pregnancy and lactation, pediatrics, sports Nutrition, and vegetarianism.

She is active in professional memberships including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), Dietitians of Canada (DC), and Lebanese Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics (LAND). She is also affiliated with AND’s practice groups: Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors, Food & Culinary Professionals, Management in Food and Nutrition Systems. She also serves on the national Nutrition Colloquium Examination Committee and has attended multiple conferences in the field. Over a decade of experience in the field, Dima E-Halabi is dedicated to quality patient care and committed to achieving optimal nutrition and wellness for her patients.

About Nutrition and Dietetic Services

About Nutrition and Dietetic Services

The Nutrition and Dietetics Services offered at our clinic strive to provide excellence in medical nutrition therapy.  Our mission is to provide an evidence-based approach to nutrition therapy to help clients achieve their nutrition and health goals.

Our U.S. Registered and licensed dietitian, Dima El-Halabi, offers an individualized nutritional consultation, where you can work one-on-one with the dietitian to uncover your nutritional and health obstacles. Ms. Dima El-Halabi provides you with a comprehensive nutritional assessment, through understanding your dietary and physical activity practices and assessing body composition with the latest InBody 770 Body Composition machine. After your assessment, your customized meal plan is developed and she will counsel you on optimal nutrition for a variety of diseases and nutrition-related medical conditions. We also monitor your progress through regular follow-ups, where feedback and comments/questions are discussed.

She will devise a plan that best suits your lifestyle and guide you through your journey to better health!

 

Scope of Nutrition and Dietetic Services

We provide personalized nutritional counseling and medical nutrition therapy for a variety of health and nutrition-related conditions including:

  • Weight management (weight loss, weight gain, or weight maintenance)
  • Diabetes Management
  • Heart disease including high cholesterol and high blood pressure
  • Gastro-intestinal disorders such as celiac disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Food Allergies & Intolerances
  • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
  • Adolescent and Child Nutrition
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Vegetarianism
  • And more…
Nutrition Testing and Analysis

Nutrition Testing and Analysis

We use the most advanced, non-invasive technology to assess your nutritional health during your consultation. These are some of the tests that we incorporate into our assessment protocol but not necessarily limited to:

Body Composition Analysis with INBODY 770

The InBody 770 assessment tales less than 1 minute by simply standing on the device and holding the hand electrodes to test. The device uses patented segmental muscle fat- bioelectrical impedance analysis to take a snapshot of your inner health. The InBody test not only examines total body water, fat, protein, and minerals, it also reveals percentage of body fat, muscle distribution, and body water balance; components that are key in understanding more about your body.

The device identifies how many kilograms of lean mass and fat are in each body segment, which can be utilized to determine how specific diets and exercises are affecting the body composition. The measureable results provide a baseline and can be utilized in subsequent sessions to track your progress or make adjustments to your given plan.

With its groundbreaking technology, the InBody 770 proves itself to be the highest grade of body composition devices.

 

Food Intolerance Rapid Test - NUTRISMART

 

Item Specifications:

Symptoms of food intolerance (bloating, headache, fatigue, diarrhea, irritable bowel and other gastroenterology and dermatology related conditions) could be multifaceted and could appear within a few hours or even days after the consumption of the food. This makes it difficult for the healthcare practitioner and the patient to identify the food or foods responsible for the symptoms. This quick diagnostic tool that can identify foods causing the adverse reaction and aid the healthcare practitioner to consider therapeutic options (e.g. a 1- or 2-month elimination diet) to alleviate the patient’s symptoms.

Features

  • Tests IgG4 rather than total IgG which makes it a more accurate test for food intolerances 
  • Healthcare practitioners, dietitians and nutritionists can test their patients during consultation (one drop of finger pick blood) quickly (30 minutes)- no waiting for laboratory test results
  • The world’s first 30-minute rapid test for Food Intolerance
  • Tests 57 of the most common foods 
  • Covers 90% of the common foods consumed all around the world and Arab countries
  • DST Company is certified by the TÜV Rheinland according to ISO 9001 and EN ISO 13485

Tested Food Panel

  • Grains: Wheat, Rye, Barley, Oat, Grain mix A (Buckwheat, Amaranth, Goosefoot), Grain mix B (Corn, Rice), Gluten
  • Nuts: Peanut, Hazelnut, Almond
  • Fruits: Banana, Fruit mix A (Lemon, Orange), Fruit mix B (Strawberry, Grape, Peach), Apple, Pineapple, Kiwi fruit
  • Egg: Egg white, Egg yolk, Casein
  • Milk: Cow’s milk, Goat’s milk, Sheep’s milk
  • Seafood: Cod, Fish mix (Salmon, Trout), Tuna, Seafood mix (Shrimp, Squid, Octopus)
  • Vegetables and legumes: Tomato, Legume mix (Pea, Green bean), Vegetable mix A (Carrot, Celery), Vegetable mix B (Cabbage, Broccoli), Leek/Onion mix (Garlic, Onion, Leek)
  • Meat: Lamb/Mutton, Meat mix A (Pork, Beef), Meat mix B (Chicken, Turkey)
  • Others: Potato, Soy, Yeast Mix (Baker’s yeast, Brewer’s yeast), Cacao, Coffee, Mustard

Food Intolerance Test - NUTRIPANEL

Item Specifications:

  • To test for food intolerances in Lebanon and the Middle East, the Elisa Lab Food Intolerance Panels have been developed with 2 different IgG4 panels covering 88 foods each
  • If you suffer from bloating, headache, fatigue, diarrhea, irritable bowel and other gastroenterology and dermatology related conditions, it may be difficult to identify the food or foods responsible for the symptom
  • For this reason, this diagnostic tool that can identify foods causing the adverse reaction and aid the healthcare practitioner to consider therapeutic options to alleviate the patient’s symptoms

 Features:

  • Tests 88 of the most common Lebanese and Middle Eastern foods
  • Results from the lab in 5-7 working days
  • Report generated in Arabic/English in 2 formats (per food group and per level of IgG4 - Risk of Food Intolerance) and certified by an accredited Lebanese lab
  • DST Company is certified by the TÜV Rheinland according to ISO 9001 and EN ISO 13485

Tested Food Panel A:

  • Grains/Starch: Barley, Buckwheat, Chestnut (sweet), Millet, Oat
  • Meats: Beef boiled, Boar (wild), Grapevine snail
  • Beans & legumes: Bean (white), Black-eyed pea, Pea, Red kidney bean
  • Seafood: Anchovy, Blue mussel, Carp, Oyster, Pacific squid, Sardine, Shrimp
  • Poultry: Chicken, Hen egg white, Hen egg yolk, Pigeon
  • Vegetables: Artichoke, Beet root, Bell pepper, Brussels sprouts, Capers, Carob, Cauliflower (raw), Chives, Cucumber, Endive, Ginger, Green bean (french), Hot pepper, Kale, Lemon, Letuce (type Lollo), Okra, Onion, Peppermint, Small radish, Swede (Turnip), Taro, Tomato, Water cress
  • Fruits: Cane sugar, Cherry, Fig (fresh), Grape, Kumquat, Mandarine, Mango, Peach, Pineapple, Plum, Pomegranates, Raisins, Raspberry, Persimmon (Sharon, Kaki), Watermelon
  • Milk and cheeses: Blue cheese, Cheddar cheese, Cow whey, Gruyère cheese, Milk protein, Milk (boiled), Soy milk
  • Fats and oils: Avocado pear, Coconut, Cream, Olive (green)
  • Nuts & seeds: Flaxseed, Hazel nut, Macademia nut, Peanut, Sesame, Sunflower seeds, Walnut
  • Miscellaneous: Anise, Baker yeast, Bay leaf, Gelatin (porcine), Gluten, Tea black, Tea Camomile, Vanilla

 

Tested Food Panel B

  • Grains/Starch: Lupine (sweet), Potato, Sweet Potato, Rice, Rice wild, Rye, Wheat
  • Meats: Lamb meat, Pork
  • Beans & legumes: Broad bean (Fava), Chickpea, Lentil, Soybean
  • Seafood: Herring, Lobster, Mackerel, Octopus, Salmon, Sole, Tuna (yellowfin)
  • Poultry: Hen egg, Ovalbumin, Turkey meat
  • Vegetables: Button mushroom, Cabbage, Red cabbage, Carrot, Celery, Chard, Chicory, Coriander seed, Corn/Maize, Cress, Eggplant, Garlic, Green sprouting, Iceberg lettuce, Kohlrabi, Lettuce (Romaine), Parsley, Pepper (green), Pumpkin, Radicchio, Rocket (Arugula), Spinach, Thyme (common), Zucchini (Marrow)
  • Fruits: Apple, Blackberry, Date, Guava, Kiwi fruit, Litchi, Nectarine, Orange, Papaya, Pear, Pomelo, Rose hip, Strawberry, Sugar melon
  • Milk and cheeses: Camembert cheese, Casein, Edam cheese, Emmentaler cheese, Goat milk cheese, Mozzarella, Parmesan cheese, Yoghurt
  • Fats and oils: Cream cheese, Olive black
  • Nuts & seeds: Almond, Brazil nut, Cashew nut, Pecan nut, Pine nut (pignolis), Pistachio nut, Pumpkin seed
  • Miscellaneous: Brewer's yeast, Cayenne pepper, Cacao, Cinnamon, Coffee, Licorice, Maple syrup, Tamarind, Tea green, Tofu

 

NUGENE DNA TEST for WEIGHT, NUTRITION & SPORTS

  • Full DNA test analysis for your genetic components related to weight, micro and macronutrients, sport ability and fitness as well as caffeine and lactose
  • Understand how your genes variations affect your Weight, Sport performance and Nutrition status. Parameters analyzed help understand the relation between the different macronutrients in your diet and other genetic components related to weight loss/regain and their relation to your weight and the micronutrients in your diet and other genetic components related to sport performance, endurance and strength
  • State-of-the-art DNA testing (using genotyping with Sequenom’s MassArray method) and interpretation with the highest results credibility through the combined work of the European company (MyInnergo: UK and Estonia) and 2 labs: the first is a USA lab for cancer genetics founded in1898 and accredited by the FDA, New York, State Department of Health, CLIA, JCAHO, ASHI, FACT, and AABB and the second is an accredited European medical lab (IB Genetics - Estonia)
  • Gene testing, analysis and interpretations are performed by a professional board of advisors and scientists in the Genetic, Nutrition and Health fields
  • Genes mutation tested are highly related to the components analyzed in Gulf and Middle East populations
  • Fast and easy to perform by collecting mucosa cells through saliva swabbing
  • Only 3 to 5 weeks for you to receive the results at your door and to your personal e-mail
  • Results include:
  1. Full DNA Analysis for the different components found below
  2. Personalized Recommendations that will provide you with the following information:
    -How are Your Current Body Measurements in Relation to Your Genetic Risks?  
    -How Much Exercise Should You Be Doing?  
    -How Much Should You Eat?  
    -What is More Important for You - to Eat Less or Move More?  
    -What Kind of Diet Fits You Most?  
    -What Should You Know about Weight Regain?  
    -Sample menu for 3 days  
    -How Can You Avoid Injury?
    -How Can You Improve Your Training Intensity?
    -How Can You Use the Warrior or Worrier in You?
    -How Hard Should You Train and for How Long?
    -Is There an Elite Athlete in You?
    -How Can You Change Your Body?
    -What Sport Fits Your Genes?

 

  • 105 genes for the following 35 genotype components are tested and analyzed:

A. WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

  1. Obesity Risk (5 genes)
  2. Weight Regain (3 genes) 
  3. Waist Circumference (3 genes)
  4. Response to Calorie Restriction (3 genes)
  5. Exercises Effect on Weight (4 genes)

B. METABOLISM AND MACRONUTRIENTS

  1. Response to Carbohydrates (3 genes)
  2. Response to Total Fats (5 genes)
  3. Response to Unsaturated Fats (4 genes)
  4. Response to Proteins (3 genes)
  5. Basal Energy Expenditure (2 genes)

C. CAFEEINE

  1. Caffeine consumption (5 genes)
  2. Effect on sleep (1 gene)
  3. Coffee taste (3 genes)
  4. Metabolism of caffeine (1 gene)
  5. Sensitivity to caffeine (1 gene)

D- LACTOSE (1 gene)

E- SPORT PERFORMANCE

  1. Endurance (8 genes)
  2. VO2 max (5 genes)
  3. Anaerobic Threshold (3 genes)
  4. Power (7 genes)
  5. Lean Body Mass (1 gene)
  6. Hypertrophy Response (1 gene)
  7.  Injury Risk (3 genes)
  8. Recovery (3 genes)
  9. Warrior vs Worrier (1 gene)

F- MICRONUTRIENTS

  1. Vitamin A (2 genes)
  2. Vitamin D (3 genes)
  3. Vitamin B6 (1 gene)
  4. Vitamin B9 - Folate (4 genes)
  5. Vitamin B12 (2 genes)
  6. Bone Mineral Density and Ca Intake (3 genes)
  7. Selenium (2 genes)
  8. Magnesium (2 genes)
  9. Iron (4 genes)
  10. Omega-3 (3 genes)