I’ve always been one to follow opportunities that present themselves. So when I was introduced to holistic nutrition through family illness, it was inevitable it would become my lifestyle and career.
My dad was diagnosed with colorectal cancer when he was 47, with a recurrence six years later. It was a very helpless and hopeless time for our family. Then, a family friend brought over a juicer and 10 pounds of carrots. Before this intervention, we were a typical rural Ontario family on the typical Standard American Diet of Zoodles and Cheez Whiz. This was the first inkling we had that diet had anything to do with health and healing. At this point, there was no turning back for me.
With a prevalence of cancer on both sides of my family, I knew I did not have to sit back and wait for it to strike me. There were so many things I had control over that could contribute to or deplete my health. I changed my diet, lifestyle, outlook, and went back to school at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition to become a Certified Nutritional Practitioner.
That was in 2003. Since then, I have run a private practice in Owen Sound, ON for two years, and in Kelowna, BC for five. I then moved to Vancouver to spend five years as the Lead Nutritionist at InspireHealth Supportive Cancer Care. There, we recommended a personal plan for each client, with their individual needs and health in mind. Through personal and family consultations, cooking classes, and workshops, I was able to help them feel a little (or a lot!) more hope and empowerment in regards to their healing.
Also while in Vancouver, I taught at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition, training new students the subtle art of reading a client's signs and symptoms, while incorporating the science of bringing them back to homeostasis. I also worked with Nature's Fare Markets in the Lower Mainland, providing complimentary consultations to their customers, getting them moving forward in the right direction.
Currently, I am back in Kelowna, resuming private practice and consulting with Nature's Fare Markets in Penticton and West Kelowna.
I’ve also been working through my own health challenges through the years - we all have hurdles that come our way and have room for improvement! Through my own experience, growth, and healing, I’ve been able to increase my expertise in adrenal health and stress management, digestive health and microflora rebalancing, metals toxicity, and female and male fertility issues.
If you are looking for an individualized approach to getting your dietary and lifestyle choices working for you, your goals, and your dreams, you’ve come to the right place. This is doable. You can be healthy and happy. Contact me today!
Qualifications and Experience
Honours Bachelor of Science (Environmental; Chemistry and Biology minors) - University of Waterloo, 2000
Applied Holistic Nutrition diploma, Institute of Holistic Nutrition, Toronto Campus, 2005
Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP) designation, 2005
Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner (RNCP) and Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner (ROHP); International Organization of Nutritional Consultants (IONC); member in good standing 2005 - present
Align Holistic Health and Nutritional Services; private practice, 2005 - present
Lead Nutritionist, InspireHealth Supportive Cancer Care, 2012 – 2017
Contributor, ‘Inspired Cooking’, fundraising cookbook featuring 21 of Canada’s top celebrity chefs - 2016
Nutritionist, Nature’s Fare Markets, White Rock and Langley, 2017 - 2018; West Kelowna and Penticton, 2018 - present
Faculty, Institute of Holistic Nutrition – Vancouver Campus, 2017 - 2018
About Holistic Nutrition
Holistic nutrition is just that – taking into account the whole. Instead of just focusing on numbers - calories, grams, weight, blood pressure, etc., in holistic nutrition we’re taking everything about you into account.
Your sleep, stress levels, digestion, childhood exposures, cravings, symptoms, attitudes, support, hurdles, goals – these pieces all play important roles in how the world works for you.
There’s no one ideal diet for everyone, and there isn’t even an ideal diet for you for your entire life. Circumstances change, your stage of life changes, your stress load changes. All this can require a change to a diet and lifestyle that may have worked well (or well enough) for you in the past.
The role of holistic nutrition is to find the diet and lifestyle that will work great for you right now, and get you to where you want to be.
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