I want to help you emerge from burnout and take control of your health so you can have more energy and fulfillment in your life.
As a certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant, I take the time to gather information, do the research and find what food and supplements work to nourish each client individually. I then create a custom lifestyle and nutrition profile that specifically suits your individual needs for lasting, sustainable change.
Nutrition was always an interest of mine, and I even considered it as a career after high school, but instead I did what I thought was “right” and started my path in adult education. I’ve always been an introvert and a people-pleaser. I had been conditioned enough to know that an academic career in education was the “right” thing to do, rather than some “silly nutrition thing”.
Despite that, I became a University student who read the food section of the newspaper, and I constantly experimented with food to try and find what made me feel best.
I may not have fully realized it at the time, but I was really stoking a passion that I was still down-playing as just a “side interest”.
I am a PhD and a mother of 3. After my younger twins were born, I felt the pull more than ever to pursue my passion for food and nutrition as a career. By then I had so many experiences both with my own health and the health of my children that it was affirmed this wasn’t just a side interest. It was my purpose.
I enrolled in the Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant™ program at Canadian School of Natural Nutrition while still maintaining my adult education career and raising three small children.
By the end of the program, I was hooked. But I also realized that I was only starting to learn. To this day I continue to take training, read prolifically, do my own research and expand my understanding of how food affects our health.
I bet that story sounds rather quick and easy. But in truth, there was a lot more going on for me than just work-school-family. I was suffering. And what’s worse is, I was downplaying that suffering and ignoring all the signals my mind and body were giving me that something wasn’t right.
It all came to a head 4 years ago as I sat on a plane, ready to depart to a conference that would help me launch this business.
As I was listening to the safety announcements while the plane rolled down the tarmac, my heart started beating faster. I could feel my legs and arms start shaking. My stomach started churning. All I could think about was getting out of there. My vision narrowed until all I could see was the flight attendant blocking my way out. There was a voice screaming inside my head, “GET OFF THE PLANE NOW!”
I felt ashamed and embarrassed. People were looking at me. I was inconveniencing everyone because I couldn’t get it together. But I learned through that experience that asking for help was powerful because when I did, they turned the plane around and took me back to the gate. That was my first major panic attack.
In the days after, I continued to wonder what was going on with me. I was a busy mom of three. I was balancing work and going to school to pursue my passion for nutrition. I had survived grad school and having twins. I was used to being in control. I thrived on schedules and structure. I worked hard to keep all the balls in the air, so I didn’t let anyone down. My response to the panic attack was to try and get back to my normal life.
But the panic attacks continued. They got worse and worse until they were happening every day. I tried to push through, doing what I had to look after my kids and do my job. I thought if I could just get through the next day, or week, or month, things would get better.
“After a while, things got so bleak that I stopped leaving my bedroom.”
Even my logical, academic mind realized that I had to start listening to my body. No amount of structure was going to help me. I had to pay attention to the message my body was giving me. I had to stop, rest and care for myself. And I needed support.
By reaching out for help, I was able to connect with professionals who knew how to help me. They showed me the next steps and could anticipate what I needed. They provided me with the tools to get better. I didn’t need to do it alone. Getting support from professionals who knew what I was going through and what to do next helped. I listened to their advice, but more importantly, I also began listening to myself to heal.
There’s a saying that goes, “We teach best what we most need to learn.”
It’s my purpose now to teach you what I needed to most learn myself. I want to share what I’ve learned, and I want you to share what you learn with other women so that we can all learn together and teach our daughters the wisdom of self-care.
Here’s what I want for every woman who struggles to feel good:
💛 I want you to have the energy and time to play with your children, to laugh with them and to celebrate as they grow.
💛 I want you to enjoy the love of your partner and your family, or whoever you share your life with.
💛 I want you to be able to share your skills and knowledge through your work, volunteering or community involvement.
💛 I want you to enjoy your hobbies, laugh with your friends, and follow your dreams.
💛 I want you to learn how to nourish your whole-self, so you can have balance in all areas of your life.
💛 I want you to listen to the inner voice that is there to guide you to make the choices to have the wonderful life you dream of and deserve.
I’m a wife and a mother of three special needs kiddos.
We have an alphabet soup of challenges. I’m a natural cook and baker. I find being in the kitchen relaxing, but messy. I’ll plan to make dinner…and bake something…and make soup for tomorrow…and prep veggies for another meal. The result is a disaster in the kitchen! Fortunately, my husband will do dishes if I cook and my kids are now old enough to empty and fill the dishwasher.
I dabble in long-distance running, but alas I’m a fair-weather athlete, which doesn’t convert well in Edmonton’s cold climate!
I am an introvert who loves the quiet life of reading and simplicity. I’m always looking for ways to simplify this busy life and take care of what matters most – mine and my family’s health and wellness. I’d love to be a part of helping you take care of yours.