I have a hard time seeing people suffer, and I thrive on bringing lightness and humour in times of sadness and pain.
I love to create community, to cook and share recipes, and like many in the holistic health field, I was called to support others from an early age.
LIKE MANY, I SUFFERED FROM THE PUT-EVERYONE-AND-EVERYTHING-ELSE-FIRST SYNDROME.
It caught up with me and bit me hard, both mentally and physically. So much so I lived on the couch for 2 months because I, literally, had no energy to move.
That scared me. I had to quickly re-evaluate my lifestyle choices, work habits and how I was eating. My adrenals were depleted, but that is not a recognized diagnosis. My cortisol levels were through the roof, I was filled with stress, anxiety and inflammation.
Putting the demands of my corporate job ahead of my own health needs was my norm and I did this for many, many years. I expected my body to keep up. I wasn’t fuelling it properly. I wasn’t letting rest and a healthy routine be part of my day.
I ignored the signs of my body crying out for help…a growing belly from stress, intense cravings for simple carbs (pasta and chocolate!) to keep me fuelled. I was making myself sick and it was up to me to change it. The biggest realization was that at my core, I wasn’t living my calling, I was living someone else’s.
Nutrition, in combination with other health and wellness initiatives has helped me to not only heal, but has also helped me to live more fully, be more open and to live more authentically.
It took several years to rejuvenate my body and strengthen my resolve to build my health again. I had all the tools and I needed to live my truth. Meditation, yoga, lots of rest, therapeutic massage and nutrients from homemade smoothies, juices and a whole-foods approach to eating were the base for my success. Exactly what I had learned.
I continue to work with naturopaths, other nutritionists and a mentor. I meditate, walk and do yoga because attaining health is not an end point. It is a constant, continuous focus that forms the basis so that we can clearly express who we are and be present to our friends, families and colleagues.
My nutrition programs are a great fit for women and men who have high stress, are burnt out and are ready to make small incremental changes to their health so that they can show up stronger for themselves, families and communities.
I’ve especially built my programs for caregivers who have lost their loved one and are looking to rebuild their personal health and want connection.
I am a graduate of the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN) and a practising Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant and also hold a Bachelor of Science in Applied Human Nutrition from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, NS. I am Certified Coach Practitioner with the Canadian Coaches Federation.
I hold a firm belief that food provides nourishment and can hold the key to personal transformation. My client coaching sessions are a mix of guidance, motivation and accountability that is focused on the individuals’ main health goals. I instil the importance of choosing whole, nutrient-dense foods, menu plans, natural source supplements and lifestyle modifications to build health.