I think this is the part of my website where I’m supposed to show you some before-and-after photos, or tell you about how nutrition saved my life, or at the very least, tell you that I drink green smoothies and eat quinoa and kale every day, but don’t worry, I still make room for wine and chocolate! 😉
I know I’m damn lucky.
I’ve always had a fairly good relationship with food and with my body. I would say I was someone who “ate to live” growing up – my love affair with food didn’t really begin until I started my nutrition degree at McGill University and was forced to shop and cook for myself. I kept a food blog for over seven years, and am still actively posting my food photos on Instagram. (Yep, I’m one of those people.)
I’ve never been on a detox or a cleanse, though I stopped eating bacon for a few years because I was convinced the saturated fat + sodium + nitrate combo was just really bad… Glad I got over that phase!
I’ve never lost or gained a significant amount of weight.
I’ve never had to heal myself with food.
When people ask me what sort of diet I’m on, I say the “everything diet”. I eat way more tofu and brown rice than I do kale and quinoa (I’m Chinese, OK?) And my “secret” to only have one square of chocolate at a time is that I really just prefer salty, crunchy snacks like popcorn and chips.
So, what makes me qualified to guide you on your nutrition journey?
I hear ya. My own personal journey has been pretty uneventful. I’m not juggling two jobs, three kids, four conditions and five dietary restrictions. I haven’t lived in your shoes. No one has.
If there’s one thing that I’ve learned in the past 7+ years I’ve spent working as a dietitian, it’s that most people know what healthy eating looks like already. The problem is, every day we’re bombarded with information that challenges our confidence in our inner wisdom. There’s no shortage of advice from our friends, family, personal trainers, doctors, social media, blogs, you name it! Even if you survive the information overload, who has time to actually make healthy eating happen?
I’m not here to add to the noise. I won’t tell you what to eat. My work is all about helping people pause and listen to their own needs (while occasionally massaging it with some updated evidence), so that they can discover their own way of eating that fuels their body, nourishes their mind and dazzles their tastebuds. Because what’s more important than feeling good?