Lost your health “juju”?
Me too! At 25 years old, I was a whopping 155 lbs (on a 5 ft 3 inch frame), overwhelmed with chronic infections and in a state of complete hopelessness. My journey showed me that having a healthy body that you love to bits does not have to take over your entire life!
Take a deep breath.
I’m here to tell you that you are not alone. I have been where you are and I can help you. If you are ready to make a change and unapologetically put YOU first, then I am here to be your coach and your BIGGEST cheerleader!
Once Upon a Kimi…
Why trust me? Who am I and what qualifies me to help you on your journey to get your juju back?
I am a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) and Consulting Hypnotist. I graduated with honours from Canada’s largest and oldest nutrition college, The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN). My passion for nutrition is obvious when you read my posts or meet me in person. Thanks to that, I was tapped on the shoulder to become one of the youngest instructors at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN). I have also been the Resident Nutritionist at Riverdale Homeopathy and Mahaya Forest Hill Integrative Clinic in Toronto. I have collaborated with gyms to run weight loss clinics and helped corporations get their wellness programs into shape. Speaking engagements and workshops fire me up! I love being able to reach a larger audience and spreading the gospel of nutrient-dense whole foods to as many people as possible.
After a few years in practice, I started to see a pattern where clients with the best of intentions were unable to follow their nutritional protocols. I saw the connection between mindfulness and eating. People don’t overeat because they are hungry. They overeat because they are suppressing emotions and have subconscious patterns related to eating. My research and curiosity lead me to hypnotherapy and I became a Consulting Hypnotist certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH), the Dave Elman Hypnosis Institute (DEHI) and the National Federation of NeuroLinguistic Programming (NFNLP).
Thanks to hypnotherapy, I can help you break old habits and destructive patterns related not just to food but other areas of your lives as well.
In 2014 I packed my bags and moved to Dubai, UAE to be closer to my family. I now have clients in the UAE, Toronto and Europe (thank goddness for Skype!).
My Health Journey
Before becoming a nutritionista and hypnotist, I was an IT Project Manager for 10 years. I have concurrent degrees in Software Engineering (B. Eng) and Visual Arts (B.A.). You read that right. Those two degrees have nothing to do with one another. I added on the arts education to fulfill my dream of learning about the great masters. I learned how to mold clay, wires and unexpected materials into sculptures and how to sketch and paint with emotion and without inhibition. My right-brain was on fire!
I was on antibiotics for 2 years straight. After graduation, I joined the world of IT consulting. At one point, I was traveling every week from Monday-Friday, eating like crap in hotels and airports, and living out of a suitcase. I gained weight and suffered from chronic infections. I started to get major back issues and felt like an 80-year-old trapped in a 25-year-old’s body.
Conventional medicine had no answers for me. Doctors just kept putting me on stronger antibiotics to fight the infections. The frequency of the infections kept increasing (because the antibiotics were killing the the good bacteria in my gut). I was caught in a vicious cycle and didn’t know how to make it stop!
I was also desperate to lose weight. I had piled on the weight since university and especially due to the hectic travel schedule. I started working out 5-6 times a week at the gym with a personal trainer but was still not losing weight. My diet consisted of low fat and sugar-free foods. Little did I know that the foods I was eating were actually making me crave junk foods and making my body hold on to the excess fat!
Cleaning up my diet saved me. Desperate for a solution, I turned to naturopathic medicine and holistic nutrition. I went on an elimination diet for 2 months (no dairy, gluten, wheat, sugar and other allergens), and in that time I started to lose weight naturally and my infections disappeared.
For the first time in my life, I made the connection between what I was eating and how it was affecting my body! As I continued my exploration in the world of natural medicine, I discovered how much my “low fat”, “low sugar” products were hurting my body. By dumping popular diet foods and focusing on whole, nutrient-dense foods, I lost over 35 lbs and have kept it off for over a decade. Chronic infections are now a distant memory.
My discovery of the power of whole foods and supplements combined with the dissatisfaction of a “corporate job”, lead me to the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. I had been unhappy in the IT world for a decade and knew I wanted to do something that made me wake up each morning oozing with excitement. I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. I had been searching for a new career since I graduated, and it was my health journey that lead me to a career in Holistic Nutrition. The universe had a plan far beyond what I could have imagined!
How can I help you?
My work is as an expression of my passion for delicious and nutritious food! I believe that food that is “good for you” doesn’t have to be boring or tasteless. It can be mouth-watering, exciting and simple to make. I love to inject fun and laughter in all aspects of my life, so don’t expect any boring lectures from me. My passion for nutrition is infectious, so be prepared to be bitten by the nutrition bug! Check out my “healthosophy” to learn about the guiding principles I live by.
Whole foods and supplements have the power to heal our bodies. I have helped clients with ailments ranging from irritable bowel syndrome and ulcers to kidney and liver disease. When we work one-on-one, I look at all of your symptoms, medical / family history and lifestyle factors to create a Health Blueprint. Think of me as the “health detective”. I am not interested in giving my clients a temporary quick fix. We want to get to the root causes and deal with those stubborn buggers. I have done my job when my clients are healthy and happy don’t need to see a nutritionist anymore! That’s how I define success.
Weight loss can be a bitch. Seriously. That’s why I’ve put together a 10-day Body Transformation that is by-far the best way to kick-start your health journey. You will feel like a new person in 10 days AND a little lighter too. For some folks the 10-days is enough to get them back on track, and some need a little more hand-holding. Don’t worry! I have you covered with my weight management solutions that I have worked for me and numerous clients.
Spreading the message has never been this much fun! I adore speaking engagements. I am secretly petrified before I go up and speak in front of an audience larger than 10 people, but I love it to bits! So hit me up if you want me to come and spread the word about badass goji berries and fearless kale! I also have a ton of Corporate Wellness Services that can be custom-tailored to your organization and get your employees pumped up about health and fitness. Send me an enquiry to get a list of possible topics.
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