Health is your first form of wealth

it's an investment

not an expense

Hey there, I am Emily - a lover of life and a human that loves to laugh. Cliché I know, but hey, it's true! :) I appreciate a good cup of coffee, getting creative in the kitchen, traveling to new places and getting caught up in a good book.  Questions surrounding food and nutrition have always been at the forefront of my mind. Naturally I am a seeker, I love understanding why we do what we do. I have always had a passion for food and how it works in the body.
Ever since I was little, I noticed how much of a factor what we consume has an affect on our health and the environment. Food is so powerful, it sustains us, brings us pleasure and/or pain, affects how we live on a day to day basis and is the huge, and I mean HUGE difference between happy and hangry! I became aware of this not just personally, specifically dealing with skin issues, weight and hormonal balance, however for those around me as well. I became vegetarian in elementary school and eventually transitioned into a fully plant-based eater - don't worry, I work with omnivores and herbivores alike! This way of eating has always aligned with my values and made me feel my best. I have a Geography degree (Bachelor of Arts) from the University of Ottawa. I followed my granola crunching ways, love of nature and all things green, into the classroom to study my intrigue about human-environment interaction. This led me oddly enough, into the Real Estate industry where I worked for 12 years before starting Plant Forward Nutrition. 
I decided to pursue these questions and my passion at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition where I obtained my diploma in Natural Nutrition. Becoming a  Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N), which had been a dream of mine for many years. The holistic philosophy is one that sits well with me. Taking into account a human as a whole; the physical, mental, emotional and environmental aspects while looking at nutrition, gives a clearer picture of different factors that can be leading to imbalances within the body. This also lead me to become a Certified Yoga Teacher and a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor.
I am a firm believer in the incredible nourishing abilities of fruits, vegetables, live, whole foods that come right from the earth. Plant Forward Nutrition was born out of the idea that my goal is for everyone to “plant forward” a little more everyday towards the healthy vibrant life they imagine for themselves. Whether it's drinking more water, eating more greens, finding "me" time in each day, taking deeper breaths or seeking out professional guidance.
My nutrition counselling services are covered by: Manulife, iA Financial Group, GreenShield Canada, ClaimSecure Inc, Blue Cross Alberta coverage, as well as Sunlife.
Want to work with me? AMAZING. Want to hang out, read what I have to say and hopefully learn a little somethin’ along the way? AMAZING. I am here to educate and inspire, so please be my guest and enjoy!  :)

Emily Manuel, B.A, RHN, CYT

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