Let’s get real… there is a lot of information online about diets and anti-diets and conflicting information about what people should eat and not eat, and then there’s when to eat and how much to eat. I get, it gets confusing!
Which, is one of the reasons I got Certified in Holistic Nutrition. I’m a scientist and I do my own research. I think that’s important. I also know how to read actual scientific literature and can tell you if it’s a good study or not. Because there’s a lot to consider – who funded the research and is it biased, was the sample size large enough, what methods did they use, and what were they’re findings. This is why I have a greater understanding of the effects our diets have on our bodies not only physically but mentally and emotionally. And I whole-hearted believe that if I told clients “they could have their cake and eat it too” I would be doing them a great disservice.
From an early age, I knew I was here to make a difference, but it took me years to figure out what that meant and looked like from a practical standpoint. All I knew was that I wanted to actually help people make a positive impact on their lives.
Nutrition is something I hold very close to my heart. It’s what lights me up when I talk about it, it’s what I read about in my spare time, it’s what I do on a daily basis. Nutrition isn’t just my career choice, it’s my life. But my passion for nutrition began long before I enrolled in nutrition school.
Nutrition literally changed my life. In my late twenties as a university graduate, it wasn’t that I didn’t understand that bingeing on junk food and overeating “healthy” meals wasn’t in my best interest. It was the practical application that I struggled with the most. How does one “diet” and lose weight but not starve themselves and constantly feel restricted.
When I realized I was approaching the diet thing from the wrong mindset everything shifted. I’ll be honest, during my 130-pound weight loss I was extremely restrictive. But what I did right was focus on whole foods and learned which foods made me feel really good and which foods left me feeling lethargic, bloated or physically ill. What I could see clearly after removing so many processed foods was that many of my "symptoms" (that I just thought were normal) could be improved with a few simple dietary changes, was the beginning of my career.
When I started focusing on whole foods and less on calorie counting my body changed. Not only did I lose weight, but I also had more energy, I slept better, and my depression improved. I didn’t reinvent the wheel I simply learned to listen to my body. When family, friends and coworkers began to notice and ask me for help on their diet I knew that nutrition was my calling.
Over a year into my practice, I was alone on a mountain top hiking through Kootenay National Park in Canada and I was praying. I’d already determined nutrition was my calling, but I was struggling with how I could help people the most with all of my education and experience. So, I prayed. I prayed for guidance on how I could best serve humanity. And it came almost immediately. Heal relationships with food, as you have your own.
From an early age I believed that food equalled comfort so when I struggled through the darkest hours of my depression, I ate, and I ate. But my experience taught me that even if I hadn’t fully healed the emotional and mental demons I was struggling with, I could drastically change my emotional eating habits by changing what I ate.
I am passionate about not only helping other people change their lives with food but changing how they view food. Because if it was truly just about the food, there would be no issue in making a change…
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