Like many of my colleagues here at Painless, it was a personal experience with pain that sparked my interest in health and wellness. Having lived with pain and chronic illness since my teens, I understand, all too well, the limitations poor health can place on an individual. But, even as a teen, I held a strong ‘never-give-up’ attitude. I decided, rather than fearing the worst, or giving up completely, I’d instead focus on the things I could control. This led me down the rabbit hole of healthy living, active self-management strategies and, my primary passion, nutrition.
Upon completing high school, I combined my passion for nutrition with my interest in teaching. I completed university studies in education with a strong focus on food, nutrition and psychology. Since then, I’ve delivered nutritional education in a range of environments, including high schools, one-on-one coaching and published written content.
Having experienced firsthand the impact of quality nutrition for pain management, it felt like a natural progression to begin one-on-one nutrition coaching at Painless. I find it deeply rewarding to empower my clients with the information they need to take control and change the course of their illness. I also enjoy the challenge of adapting to the needs of any given client. Be it specific nutritional requirements, financial limitations, poor access to fresh produce or any other obstacle they may be facing.
I take a very holistic approach to nutrition. Yes, proper nutrition is essential for health. It’s the foundation from which wellbeing is achieved. But it’s also a central part of culture, social connection and a small pleasure from which to derive enjoyment.
These two sides of food – optimal nutrition and enjoyment – can be challenging to balance. And yet both are so valuable to those living with difficult, painful health conditions. I enjoy supporting my clients to find the balance that’s just right for them while ensuring they still meet all of their nutritional requirements.