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What do you do?
Is it strange that I always struggle with this question? I am a holistic nutritionist, but also an entrepreneur at heart with lots of fun side hustles!
How long have you been in this field for?
I’ve been in the field of holistic nutrition for about 11 years now.
What inspired you to pursue this career?
Originally, I began working part-time at my in-laws’ health food store. My father-in-law was very ill, and was taking some time away from work, so they needed an extra set of hands at their store. At the time, I had recently dropped out of my first year studying architecture in post-secondary school due to my own health challenges. So, I thought the job would be a great way to earn some extra money while also learning to address my own health in a new way – because truly, I was fed up with the allopathic medical system. In short, my inspiration for pursuing holistic nutrition was simply to recover my own health.
What was the biggest hurdle in attaining your career goals?
My biggest hurdle in attaining my career goals has been re-establishing a new “normal” after a devastating brain injury about 4 years ago. In my early career I was go-go-go. There were no limits on what I would commit to. I just pushed through and got things done. As a result of this strategy, I accomplished a lot and succeeded in many things. However, life post-brain-injury is VERY different. I have to fiercely prioritize my sleep, and respect the boundaries of my body and mind. My brain injury forces me to have a more balanced life. There really are silver linings in all challenges.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I love supporting people, and seeing them succeed – whether that’s clients in one-on-one practice, participants in group programming, or my team of talented staff.
What do you find most challenging about your work?
These days I find it most challenging to pick just one project to focus on. In my younger years, I would follow-through all the awesome ideas I had. Now, with a family, and a brain injury to manage, I am compelled to be more selective in what projects I see through to completion.
If you weren’t a holistic nutritionist, what would you be?
If I wasn’t a nutritionist, I would be an architect, or a city planner of some sort. One day I hope to combine my passions by developing communities that promote sustainability and health over profits and status quo.
Name one hobby you have that’s not related to your work.
I LOVE spending time with my daughter. Does that count as a hobby? I may be biased, but I have the best six-year-old daughter there ever was. I know it’s a little cliché, but I do my best to be fully present with her and soak up every moment I can because I cannot believe how quickly she is growing up.
What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
Nearly every day starts with a cuddle with my daughter, then nudging my husband awake. After that, usually a glass of lemon water.
And last thing you do at night?
Nearly every day ends with a cuddle with my daughter, and saying goodnight to my husband. Then, typically some deep breathing and mantras (in my head) before I fall asleep.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you enjoy your work.