I recently graduated as a Registered Dietitian from Western University. Throughout my academic career and internship, I have had a wide variety of experiences that have shaped the way that I view nutrition, the body and the relationship between the two.
Here are a few fun facts about me:
Growing up in an Italian household my love for food was sparked- how could it not be? Some of you might be thinking; yup, pizza, pasta, bread and all the other carbs in the world and while that is true, it misses the bigger picture that took me a lot longer to appreciate. The family-oriented meals, the traditional food skills (canning, preserving, curing) and the made-from-scratch focus are a huge part of it that I didn’t learn to appreciate until University. Now I respect the vital importance of cultural food-ways, and traditional foods and hope to integrate this knowledge with my clients and their background.
Ironically, while I was in school for nutrition, I was the least healthy I’ve ever been! I struggled with adult acne, digestive issues, and more. Meanwhile I was juggling schoolwork, being on my own for the first time, cooking, commuting times, and a social life; it wasn’t easy. I also found myself falling into fad diets, taking shortcuts and ignoring my body’s cues. Looking back today, my body was trying SO hard to tell me what was going on, here are a few examples of symptoms I experienced:
PLUS, I was ignoring the objective FACTS that I had on hand;
Putting all of these pieces together once I began my Master’s program is when things finally started to change for the better. At this time, I was working at a natural health foods and supplements store along with a private practice Dietitian and began taking more holistic and functional look at what was going on with my body. Through learning how to do research I started to dig deeper into the body’s built-in systems, human biology, nutrient-disease interactions and finally started to get a handle on my health and nutrition and yes- digestion. Integrating my science background with a holistic mindset allowed me to dig deeper and get to where I am today. I was not only able to heal my gut health, support my thyroid and rid my adult acne, I was able to address the root cause concerns and transform my health through food. My goal is to help guide you to do the same!
Throughout my journey I have had many experiences that have helped to shape me and that I hope to bring to the table while counselling my clients with their own concerns. Here are some examples of what I can assist you with;
Nutrition is an ever-evolving field and now more than ever, it can be complicated and inflated with so many conflicting resources online. Nutrition is highly individual as it depends on your individual circumstances and needs. My goal is to learn more about what your goals are and how we can work together to achieve them.
Through combination of my personal experiences, education, research and my honest curiosity and care for others, I hope to assist and uplift my clients through proper nourishment and leave them with lasting, practical everyday skills so they can thrive.