Do you eat to live or do you live to eat?

We believe you can do both.

For us at dining services, food is about 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 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 flavor don’t need to be mutually exclusive!

Our Dietitian

Hi there! I’m Jackeline Samaniego, your Registered Dietitian. I grew up in Ecuador but lived most of my life in Toronto, where I studied at the University of Toronto, worked in nutrition research before going back to school to Ryerson University, and then completed my dietetic training with Western University. It was a long unusual path to becoming an RD and now working in Ottawa at Carleton University Dining Services, but it’s been an incredible one!

Experiencing different university settings together with my nutrition knowledge have created a desire to advocate and promote healthier, delicious, and more sustainable food for university students. Here, I hope to meet as many of you as possible, and together contribute to a more nutritious and delicious campus!

I offer free nutrition consultations to all Carleton students. To book an appointment with me, visit

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 will also be posted on the 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

You can find answers to past questions here

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‘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.