Q: How did you get into your current career/what made you decide to peruse this career?
A: I find myself in my current career as a Holistic Nutritionist, after I decided to follow my long-time passion for nutrition and natural healthcare. I became more aware of my own health in my late 20’s and realized through changes in my diet I began to feel better and remedy many digestive issues that I battled with for years in my late teens and early 20s. By empowering myself with knowledge of how nutrition was able to benefit my health, I continued to learn more and make changes for myself and for my family. After having children, I became more passionate about learning about the hidden dangers of certain foods and products that we use in our daily lives and how to protect against toxins. Another big reason I decided to learn more about holistic living, was for prevention of disease. Both my parents were diabetics and not in the best of health. I was determined to stay away from pharmaceutical drugs, as I realized these are just band-aids to health problems, not solutions to reverse. I slowly shifted away from my work as a teacher and later as an educational recruiter, to focus on learning more about holistic healthcare and nutrition. I finally decided to go back to school to become a holistic nutritionist, so that I could use this knowledge and share it with as many people that are willing to listen!
Q: Do you have a special focus/specialization in your practice? Is there a reason why you have this focus in your practice?
A: I work with many different types of clients and those of all ages, however my focus is on children and teens. Due to my educational background as a primary school teacher and previous to that as a behavioural therapist with Autistic children, I have observed how nutrition affects behaviour and learning in children. There is a direct link to many toxic triggers and how children can be affected both emotionally and physically by them. I believe children hugely benefit from eating the right foods that allow them to thrive in all aspects of their lives. The proper nutrition can improve their focus, behaviour, mood, manage weight and allow them to excel in athletics. Many children show great shifts in their overall health by improving their nutrients and by removing toxins.
Q: What is your #1 health tip?
A: There are so many health tips that I could suggest, however, if I have to pick one – I would definitely say it is to drink more WATER! Most people do not drink enough water and it definitely leads to a lot of health issues. How much is enough water for you to drink? I usually recommend an adult drink at least 2 to 3 litres of filtered water per day. Another way to measure the amount of water you should have is by taking your weight in pounds and dividing it in half – that is the amount of water in ounzes, per day that you should be drinking. Drinking sufficient amounts of water provides your body with energy and helps with digestive issues. Water is required to transport nutrients to your cells and eliminates toxins from the body. If you have a headache or feel sluggish, try drinking water before popping an Advil or drinking a coffee. Water is a must for good health!
Q: What is your favourite thing about your practice?
A: My favourite part of my practice is that I am helping people feel better. Each client is different and have their own unique concerns and goals. Helping them make choices that will allow them to achieve their optimal health is a very rewarding experience.
Q: What do you like to do for fun (any hobbies, activities etc)? Why do you enjoy these things?
A: A few of my hobbies that I really enjoy are going for walks in the forest, baking healthy treats (and eating them!), and yoga. I love to walk in the trails because I find this practice to be very stress-relieving and calming. Baking is something that I have always enjoyed doing since I was a young child. Now I just make sure all my treats are made with healthier ingredients and I have learned to swap out the more refined products for more health promoting ones. I love doing hot yoga as this practice brings balance to my mind, body and soul. If you haven’t tried hot yoga, I strongly encourage you to try it!
Q: What do you value most in your life? Why?
A: I value my children most in my life. Most of all I value their health. I feel blessed that my children are healthy and happy. Second, I value my own health. Over the years, I have realized how important it is to have a healthy mind and body.
Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?
A: I truly love where I live now, however, if I could change one thing that would be to live in a climate that is warmer and sunnier all year round. I notice my mood and energy increases naturally when the weather is warm and the sun is bright. I love being outdoors but not in the colder days. So maybe a winter home in the Cayman Islands?!