If I could sum up my beliefs in just a few words, I’d say that I believe most strongly in nurturing our health, living simply, honouring intuition, and having a balanced approach to wellness.
Where it all started
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. It wasn’t until after several life changes (and epiphanies) at the age of 18 that I found myself on an unexpected path of simple, natural living.
One of my earliest epiphanies involved recognizing that I didn’t need so much “stuff” around me. This prompted my desire to simplify and was the beginning of what blossomed into my drive to live simply.
Among my newfound passions, I decided to pursue nutrition and became a Certified Holistic Nutritionist in 2012. I knew early on as my interests in health began to grow that I wanted to leverage the online space to inspire others and share what I’d become so passionate about. I found joy in writing and 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). This later developed into the blog and other creative social platforms you can find me on today.
My biggest struggle early on as a nutritionist was navigating the world of operating a business (and creating my brand) while simultaneously trying to figure out who I was. I had so many interests that zeroing in on one niche was difficult—it still is! But it wasn’t until I spent years exploring my interests that everything fell into place.
Through all the topics I’ve covered as a content creator over the years, my fundamental beliefs have always revolved around being keenly attuned to what feels right, in life and in health. I live with my intuition and my values as my compass, and inspiration for doing the same is what you’ll find here on my blog and YouTube channel. Helping you find a fulfilling way of eating and living that’s true to you is what I’m all about.
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). My experiences with IBS 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. But my experiences also shaped how and what I’ve eaten over the years and deeply affected my relationship with food. I know first-hand what disordered eating behaviours look and feel like, and it’s one of the reasons why today I value a balanced, non-restrictive approach to eating.
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 do my best to eat what makes me feel great most of the time and make adjustments when needed. Every day is different when it comes to the foods I eat! I value lots of colourful plants (vegetables, fruits, herbs, and leafy greens with my meals), healthy fats, plenty of water, and also animal products like meats and some dairy (organic, locally sourced, or grass-fed when possible). But most importantly, I believe in not being perfect or restrictive. Making space for enjoying food for reasons other than strictly nutrition, like social connection, pleasure, and creativity are important to me. It’s not uncommon for me to be enjoying a glass of wine, a piece of chocolate cake, or some French fries! Good nutrition is an important part of life, but so is not overthinking it.