Valley Metabolic Program

Utilizing carbohydrate restriction to improve metabolic health.

 Welcome to the Valley METABOLIC Program



The Valley Metabolic Program (VMP) is designed to support patients using a diet first approach to treat complications of obesity including type 2 diabetes. We focus on reducing medications when possible, while optimizing other medications to lower risk of diabetes or other metabolic complications. We use a low carbohydrate high fat (LCHF) way of eating. While there are various healthy patterns of eating such as whole foods plant based diets and mediterranean diets, the VMP currently focuses on LCHF based on the evidence of its usefulness as well as needs of our local community. There is a wide range of low carbohydrate diets and we will help individualize this for you based on your medical history and preferences.  In preparation for your visit with the Metabolic Clinic please review the below information that introduces you to low carbohydrate diets and the Valley Metabolic Program. 

Valley Metabolic Program Guide

  Utilizing carbohydrate restriction as a form of therapeutic nutrition to improve management of type 2 diabetes, PCOS, fatty liver, and other complications of excess weight.


Valley Metabolic Program Facebook

This community forum is open to patients who have seen a clinician familiar with the Valley Metabolic Program and have experience guiding people in LCHF and therapeutic nutrition. 


To be eligible you will need to see Dr. Mindrum in consultation in the Valley Metabolic Clinic (referral needed).

If I decide to enrol, what is the cost associated with the VMP?

The cost is $225 for the three month group program and $400 for the 1:1 professional dietitian support for a total of $625.

If you have private insurance you can be reimbursed for the 1:1 dietitian support according to your plan policty.




Eliana Witchell, MSc, RD works together with her clients to find the most sustainable lifestyle and way of eating (not a short term diet) for them to reach their health goals. She accomplishes this by using a variety of emerging, evidence-based, food-first approaches that have been found the help reverse or put chronic disease into remission. These dietary approaches are used only where appropriate and implemented safely within the context of an interdisciplinary team; they include (but are not limited to) carbohydrate reduced diets (such as paleo, low carb, and ketogenic diets), time restricted eating, intermittent fasting, and very low energy diets. 

As there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to health, each patient is individually assessed based on their past medical history, medications, lifestyle habits, and health goals to find their best path forward.

In Ontario, she is the founder and Chief Eating Officer (CEO) of Eat ;Different RD, her virtual private practice. She partners with medical teams (physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and other clinicians) to help their patients improve health. 

 To support other health professionals, Eliana has partnered with a number of organizations to help lead the development of evidence-based resources and webinars for RDs and other health professionals to safely offer food-first approaches designed to reverse or put chronic disease into remission.

 She is also the co-founder of Provenance Farms Ltd, an ESG-first farm (Environmental, Social, Governance). Animals are transparently pasture-raised with intensive grazing practices to regenerate the soil. 10% of all product goes directly to food banks. Provenance Farms Ltd is located just outside Toronto, Ontario. 



What is included in the Valley Metabolic Program?

1. Physician consultation (no out of pocket expense).

2.  In depth 1:1 session with our lead dietitian, Eliana Witchell and a comprehensive follow up session at week 6.

3. Five educational sessions online in a group setting with a blend of didactics on peer support taking place at 3 months.

3. Valley Metabolic Program Guide Book

4. VMP Facebook Page access.

5.  Ongoing medical supervision with the providers at the Valley Metabolic Clinic for one year.

What are the terms of Use for the VMP Guide and Web-Based Resources?

The Valley Metabolic Program Guide is intended for use by patients who are under the care of a clinician with competency in utilizing low carbohydrate diets for the purposes of therapeutic nutrition. The Valley Metabolic Program Guide is intended for use following an informed discussion of the risks and benefits of a low carbohydrate dietary intervention and within the context of ongoing professional medical support. Patients using this guide should receive individualized advice from their treating clinician regarding the appropriateness of following a low carbohydrate dietary approach for their specific medical condition(s). This Valley Metabolic Program Guide document is not a substitute for consultation with a healthcare prof

If I decide to enrol, what is the cost associated with the VMP?

 The cost is $225 for the three month group program.

The cost is $400 for the 1:1 professional dietitian support including a 90 minute comprehensive assessment towards the beginning of the program to help individualize your care and a 60 minute follow up.

If you have private insurance you can be reimbursed for the 1:1 dietitian support according to your plan policty.

Is there a charge for seeing Dr. Mindrum or VMH physician in consultation or for follow up visits?

No, there is no out of pocket expense for seeing Dr. Mindrum in consultation or for follow up visits. Dr. Mindrum is paid by MSI for these services

Can I meet with a psychologist privately?

If desired, you may meet with a psychologist privately. This is particularly recommended if you have ongoing issues around impulsive eating, emotional eating, or having issues around depression, anxiety, or poor sleep. Please check with your insurance company to see if you have coverage for a private psychologist or inquire with us if interested in paying out of pocket.


Whether you would like to get a jump start on building a stronger knowledge base or if you are seeking to better understand LCHF and ketogenic diets before considering joining the VMP, please take time to review a few introductory videos that offer a nice background on using this strategy.


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OFFICE PHONE: (902) 915-4435

OFFICE FAX: 1(855) 962-2375


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