If I could sum up my beliefs in just a few words, I’d say that I believe in living simply: eating foods from the earth, making thoughtful choices, slowing down, and doing what makes you really happy.
My mission in life has always been to do what I love as much as possible. When I was younger I remember trying to decide between pursuing graphic design, culinary arts, and nutrition. I’ve always loved art and design and I grew up with an innate interest in health and the human body, but after several life changes (and epiphanies) at the age of 18, I found myself on an unexpected path of simple, natural living. These passions led me to become a Certified Holistic Nutritionist in 2012.
I first entered the world of blogging back in 2010 with a poetry blog, which quickly became one of my favourite places to express myself creatively (even to this day). I knew early on as my interests in natural health began to grow that I wanted to leverage the online space to inspire others and share what I’d become so passionate about.
What I grappled with the most though when I first became a nutritionist was what “kind” of nutritionist I “should” be. I spent the first couple years of my career trying to navigate the world of operating a business while simultaneously trying to figure out who I was. I had so many interests that zeroing in on one niche didn’t feel right. It wasn’t until I decided to let my brand reflect who I was that everything fell into place. I wanted to keep things simple: inspiration for living healthy, simple, and well. Getting back to basics. Real food, practical lifestyle tips, rekindling our relationship with nature, intuitive eating (and living), and a little bit of minimalism sprinkled in there, too, is what you’ll find here on my blog and YouTube channel.
My Health Journey
My health has not been without complications. In my early twenties I found myself dealing with troubling digestive symptoms after a bacterial infection in my gut (C. difficile gastroenteritis) which led to the diagnosis of post-infectious Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and my subsequent focus as a nutritionist in the area of digestive wellness. My experiences with IBS have certainly shaped how and what I eat over the years, but it also fuelled a passion for learning about the digestive system and the fascinating world of the microbiome. I also developed a much greater appreciation for my body and our innate resilience.
I’m also all-too-familiar with the world of anxiety and depression, which took a turn for the worse after I suffered a concussion 2011. This experience ultimately taught me how important it is for us to bring greater awareness to mental health and how necessary it is for us to prioritize it, just as we would our physical health. This is one of the many reasons why in my life today I deeply value the art of slowing down and managing stress.
My Food Philosophy
I’m a firm believer in the importance of listening to our bodies. There is no one-size-fits-all diet or lifestyle, and it’s part of my mission to help educate others on how they can find their own balance through tuning in to their unique wants and needs.
I know how complicated—and sometimes even controversial—the world of nutrition can be. But what I’ve concluded is that most of the time, things are not black or white; there are simply different pieces of information on a spectrum. This means that some things may be true in some situations, but not in others. This is why I strive to remain unbiased, open-minded, and always willing to learn.
I feel best following an intuitive way of eating and living. This means I eat what makes me feel great, and I limit what doesn’t. I value lots of colourful plants (vegetables, fruits, herbs, and leafy greens with my meals), healthy fats, plenty of water, and also organic, locally sourced, and grass-fed (for meat) as much as possible.
Finally, I believe in not being perfect, but making space for enjoying food for reasons other than strictly nutrition. Social connection, pleasure, creativity. Good nutrition is an important part of life, but so is not overthinking it.