Hey! I am Emily, a human who loves to laugh, learn and un-learn.
  I am often sipping a cup of coffee, thinking about a new recipe, dreaming about far away places, writing articles and creating content, or 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 individually and collectively. 

 

When I first became a Holistic Nutritionist in 2018, I was so excited to get out into the world and spread health! I had it all planned out, I would educate everyone on whole foods, 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 continual narrative that kept coming up, client after client, no matter what their body looked like or how well they ate, the narrative was never feeling enough, never feeling worthy in their body.

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

I took a step back and started to analyze my patterns, my narratives, my teachings, I realized that I was diet culture in action, I had spent most of my teens and twenties chasing the ideal body, the healthiest way to eat, avoiding certain foods that I labelled “bad”, feeling guilty when I ate oil, depriving myself of chips. I was upholding the narratives of healthism within veganism, upholding a harmful standard of health, I realized something had to change. I was a disordered eater, teaching disordered eating habits masked as wellness and health. I began reading, researching, diving into the psychology of eating, learning about the roots of diet culture, I luckily stumbled upon Intuitive eating (learn more about that here). The philosophy of Intuitive Eating really resonated with me. I eventually became a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor 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.


My journey with food and body has been a long winding road and it will continue to be just like yours, continually learning. I teach my clients how to eat intuitively, using the principles of Intuitive Eating along with gentle nutrition 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 I'll be there supporting you along the way.

My work includes consulting with clients, teaching weekly trauma-informed yoga classes in partnership with Warrior Yoga, curating recipes, meal guides and nutrition articles for different nutrition and food focused organizations (I am regularly featured in EcoParent and Tone Magazine) and creating and developing recipes and educational content for my blog and social media.

I am dedicated to breaking down the oppressive systems of diet culture and animal agriculture.

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 Counselor, Trained and supervised by the founders of Intuitive Eating

  • 200 Hour YTT, Yoga Teacher

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

When I am 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, at times disastrous, in the kitchen

  • Reading or participating in a monthly vegan book club

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

  • Heading out for a walk (especially in the winter! I love snow!)

A few things that may surprise you about me, I have a back belt in Shotokan karate, I have an extra bone in my foot, I am half first generation Ukrainian (find some varenyky and holubtsi recipes here) and I have seen Matthew Good in concert over 20 times! Feel free to reach out and tell me something neat about yourself!

 

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

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Ottawa, Ontario

info@plantforwardnutrition.com
Tel: 613-218-2717

Emily Manuel, B.A, RHN, CYT
 

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