Do you eat to live or do you live to eat?
We believe you can do both.
At dining services, food is more than just substance. We strive to make every meal a memorable dining experience. We believe in good food – not just food that tastes good, but food that is good for the body, our communities, and our planet. A big challenge to making healthy lifestyle choices is eating outside of your home. It can be confusing, intimidating, and often frustrating. How do you know if you’re making the right choice? We are here to make this easy for you. Health and flavour don’t need to be mutually exclusive!
Our Registered Dietitian
Ruba El Mokahal, RD
Ruba was born and raised in the United Arab Emirates and eventually moved to Montreal to pursue a degree in Dietetics at McGill University. She is passionate about helping people improve their relationship with food and has experience counseling a diverse range of clients in many different settings across the community.
As Carleton Dining Services’ Registered Dietitian, Ruba is responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining nutrition programming for students and faculty on campus. She cares about the wellness of the Carleton community and provides personalized nutrition counselling to any student living in residence.
Book an appointment if you have questions about:
- Following a balanced diet while eating at the caf
- The effect of food on energy levels, mood, and studying
- Improving your relationship with food and your body
- Food allergies & intolerances
- Medical conditions requiring special diets
- Cultural food and traditions as part of a healthy lifestyle
- Nutrition and university life
- Residence dining menu questions
Looking to book an appointment with our Registered Dietitian?
Dietary Labeling Program
Following a vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free diet? Do you only eat Halal foods? We've got you covered. Our menu labelling program makes it easy to find food that fits your needs.
We make every effort to provide the necessary information to help students properly manage their food allergies within our dining locations so they can transition safely into university!
Get the Good Stuff
We are working hard to make it easier for you to find healthier, more sustainable food. Our Get the Good Stuff logo is a simple system that will help guide you towards these options.
Ask a Dietitian
Many students living away from home follow specific diets due to food intolerance, allergies, chronic illnesses, as well as personal and cultural preferences; often lacking the support needed to follow these diets. Here, you can ask our Registered Dietitian nutrition-related questions and receive the nutrition support you are seeking.
Will All Questions be Answered?
Within 3 business days, you will receive an e-mail with the answer to your question. Answers could also be posted on this website, though your personal information will never be associated with an answer anywhere on the website. If you wish for your question not to be posted please let us know
Go Ahead, Ask Our Dietitian a Question
You may ask us questions through this form or email us at AskaDietitian@carleton.ca
If you require medical services, Click here for a list of services available for you in the area
‘Ask a Dietitian’ is intended for informational and educational purposes only and is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical care or to apply to individuals with special medical needs. ‘Ask a Dietitian’ does not provide any medical diagnoses, individualized assessments, health counselling, or medical opinions. Please do not send personal health information of any kind as it will be deleted immediately. Please note that we are required to make mandatory reports to the proper authority when certain events occur, such as abuse. We also have the professional obligation to notify appropriate third parties and/or authorities when a clear threat of harm is made by a client to another identifiable individual or group or to themselves.
Are you completing your training to become a Registered Dietitian and looking for a dietetic placement that can fulfill your Food Service/Food Provision, Leadership/Management, or Population Health Promotion competencies? If so, look no further! We offer internship opportunities to students training to be Registered Dietitians.
Inquire about this opportunity by sending our Registered Dietitian an e-mail.
Do you enjoy engaging with other students and explaining nutrition science in creative ways? Would you like to make an impact on the health and well-being of students in a university setting? We provide paid opportunities to Carleton students! Make sure to stay tuned in to our social media to receive the latest updates on these opportunities.