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WHO AM I? 

Hey, I’m Emily (she/her), a human who loves to laugh, learn and unlearn. 

I am often sipping a cup of coffee, thinking about a new recipe, dreaming about far away places, writing articles and creating content. You can also find me reading books on diet culture, food equity, non-human animal oppression and the likes. I am an intersectional vegan and I have been a plant-based eater for over 22 years. I am an environmentalist and animal-rights advocate at heart.  

I am an ethical human, constantly questioning ideas and ideals surrounding food, nutrition, and diet culture. Naturally, I am a seeker - I love understanding the motivations and “why's” behind what we do, both individually and collectively.  

WHAT I DO AT PLANT FORWARD NUTRITION

I am a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Intuitive Eating Counsellor, and trauma-informed Yoga Teacher. At Plant Forward Nutrition, I provide one-on-one nutrition counselling via one-on-one programs I focus on developing personalized lifestyles that encourage a healthy relationship with food and body through Intuitive Eating.  I also offer recipe and meal guides, yoga sessions and workshops covering subjects such as nutrition, plant-based eating, and mindful movement. 

 

My work also includes teaching weekly trauma-informed yoga classes to women who have been criminalized due to mental health, poverty, addiction and/or domestic abuse (in partnership with Warrior Yoga), curating recipes and nutrition articles for different health and food-focused organizations (I am regularly featured in EcoParent and Tone Magazine), and developing educational content for my blog and social media, which you are on right now! :). 

WHY I PROMOTE INTUITIVE EATING 

When I first became a Nutritionist in 2018, I was so excited to get out into the world and spread information about good health! I had it all planned out: I would educate everyone on whole foods and how to eat for their specific body - and I did! I worked with many incredible clients, helping them find balance with food, creating healthier habits, and encouraging them with meal plans and guidance.  

 

However, something didn’t feel quite right. There was a constant narrative that kept coming up, client after client, no matter what their body looked like or how well they ate. The narrative was that they never felt enough, and never felt worthy in their body. 

 

One day I realized that this notion was being mirrored to me - here I was a vegan nutritionist, in the pursuit of optimal health. 

 

I took a step back and started to analyze my own patterns, narratives, and teachings, realizing that I was diet culture in action. I had spent most of my teens and twenties chasing the ideal body and the “healthiest” way to eat, constantly avoiding certain foods that I labelled bad - I would feel guilty when I ate oil, and I’d deprive myself of chips. I was upholding the narratives of healthism within veganism, trapped in a harmful standard of health. I realized something had to change. Here I was, a disordered eater, teaching disordered eating habits masked as wellness and health.  

 

I began reading and researching, diving into the psychology of eating, learning about the roots of diet culture. Luckily, I stumbled upon Intuitive Eating, and the philosophy really resonated with me. I learned more about the positive framework we can use to honour our bodies and build an authentic, healthy relationship with food.  

 

I eventually became a Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor under the training and supervision of the two dieticians and founders of the IE framework. Intuitive Eating is now a big part of my personal work with food and my nutrition practice. 

WHY THIS IS THE RIGHT FIT FOR YOU 

My journey with food and body has been a long winding road, and it will continue to be. Just like you, I am continually learning. I teach my clients how to eat intuitively, using the principles of Intuitive Eating along with gentle nutrition and mindful movement from a holistic perspective, as well as from an environmentally sustainable lens. You will not find me prescribing diets, demonizing foods, or upholding disordered eating narratives. I will be the one encouraging you to eat the foods you fear, tune into your body to dig deep, uncover the hurt, find peace with food and body. I'll be there supporting you every step of the way, meeting you where you are, offering a non-judgmental space.

EDUCATION

  • B.A., Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Ottawa

  • Natural Nutrition Diploma, Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (licensed and insured, RHN) 

  • Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor, Trained and supervised by the founders of Intuitive Eating  

  • 200hr YTT, Yoga Teacher  

  • 20hr Yoga Trauma-Training, Warrior Yoga

  • Currently pursuing M.A., in Food Equity and Social Justice 

WHEN I'M NOT WORKING, YOU CAN FIND ME

  • Cuddling Isla, my beautiful 5-year-old black cat  

  • Practicing yoga or sequencing for my next class  

  • Creating something fun and delicious (and at times disastrous) in the kitchen  

  • Reading or participating in a monthly vegan book club  

  • Listening to music (always!), and I am a huge fan of folk, indie, and rock  

  • Heading out for a walk or camping

A FEW THINGS ABOUT ME THAT MAY SURPRISE YOU

  • I have a back belt in Shotokan karate  

  • I am half first-generation Ukrainian (find some varenyky and holubtsi recipes here)  

  • I have seen Matthew Good in concert over 20 times!  

FAQ's about insurance coverage, my practice, and any other questions can be found here

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