This page explains how working with me, well, works! You'll learn about how to hire my services, how we will communicate – and why you would want to in the first place.
For my 1-on-1 packages, I work with local clients in person, online, and through old fashioned phone calls. We can work together effectively without you ever having to leave your home if that’s what works best for you (this is also very helpful for those who are in a hospital).
Corporate programs are offered to local businesses in the Victoria area, but can also be booked by request to other areas of Vancouver Island. These programs are arranged by the employer and, depending on the program, typically happen right at the workplace. Please refer to the individual programs for more details.
Some of the corporate clients I have worked with:
With group classes, you’re responsible for providing and arranging a venue and participants. I will lead the class, focusing on using whole foods to support a specific health topic.
Individuals can book classes for a private group (for example for a birthday party or a stagette), and companies can book classes for their employees.
Please note: these public classes are informational programs, not cooking classes. However, I do offer cooking classes for groups who have a venue with a kitchen. For details on group cooking classes, please get in touch.
I’ve developed the Best Practices Mentor Program program specifically to mentor and support nutrition practitioners. I can help you establish your service niche and learn the actual nuts and bolts of setting up or growing your business. Check it out!
Please note that all of my services can be further customized for clients who have had prior or current diagnosed eating disorders.
If you live on Vancouver Island in the Victoria area you are considered a local client (or a local business). This means that in-person visits are an option, and recommended for at least our initial consultation.
Local clients include those in…
I am also available for corporate clients throughout Vancouver Island, but fuel/travel costs will apply (contact me for details).
Ready to get started? Here’s what the process typically looks like:
Payment for services is due in full at the time of consultation. I accept payment by cash or in advance by Interac e-Transfer.
In my happy place, playing in the garden.
Whether you are on the road to recovery from an illness or you’re about to travel around the world, everyone has their own personal reasons for making a lifestyle change. But people want to know, “what’s in this for me?”
Here’s a little list of why I think you should hire a nutritionist.
I have often heard clients say that they have worked with dieticians and nutritionists in the past, but the experience was not helpful. They were being told to eat in grams and ounces, but that’s not the way most people approach a meal!
That’s not how it works when you hire me. Instead, I will give you simple methods to figure out protein, carbohydrate, and fat (and explain what these are and what they do for you!).
I will use my experience, training, and knowledge to support you towards achieving better health — and we can still have fun doing it.
Not convinced? Call or email me for a brief consultation to see how I can help you!
Certified Nutritional Practitioners (or CNPs) have a diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition, granted after an extensive practical and disciplinary program from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition.
CNPs can develop a customized nutrition program that is unique to you, based on your food preferences, intolerances or sensitivities, lifestyle and desired results. They have an awareness of the interrelationship of mind, body and spirit and the importance of addressing these as factors in health through the promotion of whole, locally grown and organic foods; sustainable farming practices; and the necessity of living in a non-toxic environment.
CNPs are recognized and approved by the Certified Nutritional Practitioners Council of Canada (CNPCC), and the International Organization of Nutritional Consultants (IONC).
An RNCP is a registered member of the IONC, the International Organization of Nutritional Consultants. The IONC was established in 1983 to ensure the public that practitioners are meeting high educational standards.
Some of the areas of study include:
Preparing to make changes is a significant key to your success — this is particularly true for families. Here are some of my tips and recommendations for families to help get you started.
Although implementing changes to your diet may seem daunting, even painful, it can be enjoyable! Especially when you start to feel better and have more energy!
Food preparation does not need to be complex and some of the tastiest meals can actually be very simple. The recipes in the meal plans I prepare for my clients are easy to follow and use familiar ingredients. They are a great resource for structure but offer flexibility for your palate.
Engage your friends and family for support but also as your cooking and meal prep partners. Imagine if you got together with loved ones and made meals together with love and then shared the bounty? You would be set up with a variety of meals for a few days at least. It’s also a great learning opportunity for children and teens. They need to know how to cook and understand food – this will set the foundation for a future healthy lifestyle.
OK so your partner and children may not be on board with the changes you would like to make to achieve your health goals. It’s completely understandable but it’s also not always realistic to make two separate meals. I recommend using your meals as a base, and then preparing a couple of side dishes or additional “toppings” that will appeal to your brood.
Eat my vegetables?! The horror!
Having said that I often take the “don’t ask – don’t tell” approach with meals. If I don’t tell them when it’s spinach, tofu, kale, etc. they honestly don’t realize and the meal is consumed with gusto! If I advertise the tofu or kale content the meal is prejudged… “oh this is gonna be weird”.
Among the many things I can help you with is teaching you how to hide vegetables in meals for those who are veggie averse.
I hear this one a lot: “But my children are so picky!”
This is a common obstacle but it’s also an opportunity to lead children to the idea that healthy eating can be yummy. Children are usually sensitive to sugars and they are so susceptible to the sugar-focused tendencies of food marketing companies.
Starting early to get children to reduce sugar intake will serve them well for the rest of their lives. I provide my clients with recipes for fabulous desserts and snacks with healthy carbohydrates that will make transition more palatable.
“Loving the recipes and the chance to try some new foods. Thanks for keeping it simple!”
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