"Food is at the foundation – but it’s really about life." ~ Will Allen
Food as Reconnection
Food for me was a return to myself - a reconnection. At a time when I was experiencing high stress and anxiety, mood swings, fatigue and bad skin, I didn't know where to turn. It wasn't until I got back to the foundations and back to food that I that I found what I was really missing - mindful, loving choices. It is so simple, yet so profound. Starting at the root, the core, the foundation of what sustains our lives I was able to make simple, mindful decisions that brought me back to health with a renewed passion for life, love and the world around me.
We live in a culture where food is in abundance and therefore have largely lost our connection to it's powerful impact on our beings. We tend to focus on 'higher level' therapies or disciplines without considering that when the foundation is considered it will impact the rest. This is exactly what I found. Not only did I have a renewed sense of physical health, but when I changed my diet, I started thinking clearer, became more compassionate, experienced more joy and connection, it quite literally changed my life.
I am now convinced that sometimes moving backwards - back to the foundations of our basic needs - is the best way to move forward. Returning to food brings not only more vibrant health physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually but enables creativity, art, community and environmental stewardship. The renewed sense of wonder I feel has inspired my passion for food and nutrition. My goal is to inspire others on their journey to simple more mindful living.
What is Holistic Nutrition?
Holistic Nutritional Practitioners acknowledge the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and environmental aspects of each individual. A Holistic Nutritionist is a health care practitioner who considers how these aspects interrelate within individuals. They are skilled at harnessing the power of food to heal and prevent disease and reversing nutritional deficiencies for optimal health. A Holistic Nutritionist helps to uncover the root cause of a health concern and creates an individual approach to healing.
Holistic Nutritionists can help with a plethora of health concerns. They aim to empower their clients to get back into the kitchen and discover food as medicine. Holistic Nutritionists inspire, educate and empower clients to reach their greatest potential.
Nutrition Consultation Services
Complimentary Introductory Consultation (15 min)
This is a great opportunity for us to get to know each other, gauge your health needs and goals and assess whether we are a good fit for each other on your journey to greater health.
Initial Consultation - Includes two 1 hour sessions ($180)
Our initial visit will be spent getting up close and personal with your medical history, health concerns and goals, current diet and lifestyle habits. This first session will serve as a launching point for your personalized wellness plan and will be primarily information gathering. A few personalized tips will be given as a starting point this first session. After your first session, time will be spent outside your appointment to create a personalized wellness plan tailored to meet your health goals and needs.
The second session will take place over an hour where I will present your personalized nutrition & wellness plan including:
-customized diet and lifestyle recommendations
-nutritional supplementation recommendations and herbal supports
-tools necessary to make realistic changes
-pertinent information suited to your unique needs and goals
-3-5 customized recipes
Follow-up Consultation - 30-45min ($65)
Follow-up sessions serve as a check in as to the success of your personalized wellness plan. In this session, we will track your progress, revisit your goals, make revisions, provide new recommendations and/or address new health goals. Each session will build on the last and provide you with sustained support and inspiration on your journey to greater health.
Light Consult - 30-45min ($55)
For those interested in holistic health services but who are not able to commit to a full consultation, a 'light' consultation is available. These shorter sessions are great for any personal health, diet, lifestyle questions you may have, without a full assessment. Your Intake From and Food Log will be reviewed prior to the session. After the session, a short summary of our meeting including a 'light' wellness plan with recommendations will be sent to you. This is a great option for those wanting to make small changes over time.
Weekly food log review - 4 weeks ($250)
For those following a wellness plan from any package, weekly food log reviews are available. Once a week for four weeks, your emailed food log will be reviewed and email feedback provided.
“Stephanie has a calm and assuring presence, sharing my struggles and goals with her was effortless. The questions she asked helped me to become more aware of the things I was just accepting as part of life when they were really signs from my body that something was wrong. The knowledge I gleaned has empowered me to be more connected to my body and to give it what it needs to function and thrive.”
“Stephanie is knowledgeable and wise in her practice. She helped me to get my body back to homeostasis. She was practical about reshaping my diet and also non-judgmental. She gave me grace where needed and knowledge abundantly.” ~ Melanie
“I've never cared so much about food until I met Stephanie. As someone who hated to cook, ate the same thing every day, I am surprised at the person I am today. Because of the many conversations with Stephanie about food, I've become someone who deeply cares about what I eat, where it comes from and how it affects not only myself, but others.” ~ Deanna
Holistic Nutrition services are currently not covered under provincial health care plans. They may, however, be covered under some extended health or wellness policies. Below are a number of insurance companies that offer coverage for Holistic Nutrition services.
Sunlife - Extended Benefits Policy
Co-operators Insurance - Large Group Polices
Great West Life
Johnson and Johnson
RWAM Insurance Administrators Inc.
TD Canada - Flex Benefit
Please check the terms and conditions of your extended health benefits to see if your plan covers Holistic Nutrition services.