In late 2011 I met a photographer on a work trip who had some “strange” eating habits. On more than one occasion while on this trip I witnessed him ordering a meal that wasn’t on the menu like he was a fucking rockstar. “Steak, with a side order of prawns, no bread, and I’ll get a side salad with avocado and olive oil with balsamic vinegar.” As I ate my bacon cheese burger and fries, I stared enviously at his plate piled high with a juicy steak and mountain of green veg. On the last night of our trip I laid in bed in my hotel room, with my stomach hard as rock, making my pyjama bottoms feel a little too tight for comfort, and decided that tomorrow I would ask him what was up with his diet. That was the first I had heard the words Paleo Diet.
Fast forward a few weeks, and I rang in 2012 with my annual weigh-in. How many pounds do I need to lose this January? Oh man, I was weighing my heaviest ever. I decided to read up about the “Paleo Diet”, and quickly decided to make a 30-day go of it. Fast forward 11 days, I was doing great and eating pretty strict according to the tenets of Paleo. I decided I was doing so well, that I would just see if I was making any progress on the scale. When I stepped on the scale my jaw dropped when the number flashing at me showed I had lost 7 pounds! Fist pump!! Another week went by and my friends started to notice an obvious change in my demeanour too; I was less reactive, more mellow, and had a genuine overall happiness radiating from me. Suddenly 30 days were up, I did my final weigh-in and I had lost 11 pounds, my embarrassing adult acne had magically disappeared, and I was a more pleasant human to be around. All of this was achieved without counting a single calorie, and by eating more delicious food than I ever had before in my adult life.
This 30-day experiment ignited something within me. It was the first time that I had ever noticed food playing a significant role in my well-being. I started connecting the dots of my past traumas to my shitty eating behaviours. I knew that if I could feel this good after 30 days, that I needed to keep going, and I spent the next year and a half rocking my paleo-journey. Then in September 2013 I enrolled at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition with big dreams of becoming a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and converting the world to paleo, one diet at a time. (I had a wakeup call coming to me!)
My year at school was incredibly enlightening, and extraordinarily challenging. I went into the program with a very dogmatic view about Paleo, looking to be validated by my teachers and fellow students, but I came out completely shaken awake to the reality that everyone is different, and we all have our unique dietary needs. There is truly no one-diet-fits-all solution. Working with my case study clients during my program I learned compassion, and how to meet my clients exactly where they were. I became their number one cheerleader, and found purpose in helping them stay accountable and achieve their goals – big and small!
This is why I do this work. It was my own journey that brought me here, and it’s your journey that keeps me here. I care so deeply about you and helping you redefine your personal definition of health. Life is too short to count calories and feel shitty about ourselves. Let this community guide you, and cultivate opportunities for growth and expansion so you can unleash that inner rockstar within you and conquer your life with confidence, purpose and a radical sense of adventure.