Holistic Nutrition is an evidence-based model of practising nutritional therapy where all aspects of the individual is considered – mind, body, and spirit – and is incorporated into a deeper understanding of balance and human optimization. In my practise, I prioritize real food nutrition. I emphasize the importance of building a dietary foundation of whole foods in their natural form, eating seasonally and locally grown foods, and incorporating a variety of ancestral foods, including wild foraged foods, fermented foods, and traditionally prepared foods. In addition to dietary specifics, I also focus on activating the body’s innate healing processes by engaging the parasympathetic nervous system, using a variety of lifestyle practises.
My approach is free of dogma, and is tailored to the individual based on their ancestry and current geographical location, health history and current health state, and values and spiritual beliefs. I strive to help you celebrate food, with a belief that food can nurture your creativity, align the body with the seasons and cycles of nature, and recognize the importance of gratitude and reverence for the earth and the abundance it provides.
In addition to general nutrition optimization, more therapeutic dietary interventions are available to those with acute or chronic conditions. I am happy to work alongside your primary medical care provider (including both general practitioners and specialists), considering biomarkers from blood, stool testing, and other comprehensive medical tests to formulate an individualized nutrition plan for your needs.
As alluded to, food is only one pillar of my practise. Herbal medicine and lifestyle practises are incorporated into my integrative approach. Lifestyle factors include movement, mindfulness, emotional health and stress management (breath work, nervous system training, mindfulness) and sleep optimization.
Sessions vary and are created based on the needs of each individual. A few variations are available as follows:
Meet & Greet (Free) – Join me for a casual meeting to get to know me, learn more about my offerings, and see if we are a suitable fit to work together. Here we can establish your starting point and goals going forward, and discuss options for sessions and packages. This offering is available in person or via phone.
Initial Consultation – This 60 – 90 minute session includes an intake interview, and deep dive into your health history and goals. Here we will formulate an individualized plan and start implementing changes and new practises.
Follow-up Consultations – These sessions typically run from 30-45 minutes, and serve to review progress, provide accountability, tweak existing protocols, and layer on additional changes and practises as previous protocols integrate and become more concrete. We may also choose to have intermittent phone follow ups, or follow ups via email if meeting in person is inaccessible at our preferred frequency.
Fertility, pregnancy and postpartum care – Here I guide you through nourishing your mind, body, and spirit as you prepare for conception. Address underlying hormonal issues (prolactinoma, PCOS, endometriosis, generalized hormonal imbalance), menstrual irregularities (dysmenorrhea, anovulation, amenorrhea) or fertility challenges and learn how to tune into and care for your body in a way that promotes fertility. Learn how to nourish your body and baby throughout pregnancy using traditional and sacred foods, and how to prepare for labour using herbal medicine and dietary therapy. Next we explore healing foods and practises for the essential initial postpartum phase (the “fourth trimester”) and throughout breastfeeding. Finally, learn how to successfully nourish your baby using ancient (and scientifically validated) best first foods to offer, ensuring you lay a foundation of good nutrition to promote a lifetime of good health for your child.
Q&A Session – This is an opportunity to pick my brain on any and all topics you have interest in related to nutrition, ancestral health, and wild food and medicine foraging. Here, you lead the session, as you gain insight to explore your own specific areas of interest, deepen your knowledge and refine your own protocols. Some examples may include discussing research, books, or dietary protocols for therapeutic purposes; learning about nutritionally appropriate substitutions for allergens; refining your supplement stack or learning medicine making; or optimizing a specific diet that you’ve chosen based on your own values or healthcare practitioner’s recommendation. This session can be either 30 or 60 minutes in length depending on the needs of the individual.
If any of these offerings speak to you, you want to inquire about services not listed here, or are interested in collaboration opportunities, please send me an email using the form on my Contact page. I love hearing from you!