Hi, I'm Nat, a Certified Holistic Nutritionist who is a Little Bit Obsessed With Digestion
I hate to think of how lonely it can feel when you're dealing with digestive issues. The experiences feel so personal, awkward and embarrassing, that opening up to people close to you just doesn't feel right. I lived it myself, and I saw it every day in my practice, and let me tell you, everyone feels that way.
So I'm on a mission to create an online experience where you learn to take charge of your digestive health with simple guidance, a realistic action plan, and most of all, someone to connect with who understands.
If you're anything like me, you know that every body is unique.
You don't want a "one size fits all" approach.
You want to dig a little deeper and find out what food your own body needs to feel great and be healthy.
What Holistic Nutrition Means to Me
I was drawn to the Holistic approach because it's hands-on, empowering, well rounded and sensible.
It's based on scientific research yet also values traditional wisdom.
Holistic Nutritionists do of course focus on food, herbs and supplements, while understanding that other factors also impact your wellbeing.
Your physical environment, emotions, sensitivities, intuition and sense of connection all play a part in your health.
Why Digestive Health?
I've worked in Digestive Health since 2008, as a Holistic Nutrition consultant, Colon Hydrotherapist, Supplement Developer, Writer and Marketer.
And in all those roles, I've witnessed people struggling, feeling uncomfortable day-in day-out, and looking in all the wrong places while trying up-level their wellness.
To be honest, I WAS one of them.
It was my own struggles, epic failures, and eventually the success and clarity I found when I finally started focusing on my digestive health, that sent me literally running to become a Certified Holistic Nutritionist.
How Things Used To Be
You know those times you get so bloated you look 6 months pregnant?
That was me, all through my 20's.
Don't get me wrong, I had fun.
But in between the good days were week long bouts of depression, bloating, constipation and exhaustion.
Not to mention a fabulous decade-long fight with Rosacea (aka terrible skin)
Worst of all I started to become anti-social... and that made me feel guilty for feeling so awful.
things THAT WERE guaranteed to hit the "bloat" button
Then This Happened
Things came to a head, and I looked for help. First from my Dr, who kindly told me that pooping once a week was "normal for me".
So I turned online.
I researched detoxes and found one that looked amazing. It had Fibre! It had Bentonite Clay! It had Parasite Killing Herbs!
Basically, it had all the ingredients to fully clog up my intestines and throw away the key.
I had never felt so bad. Ever.
And It Changed My Life
The day I caught myself staring into my own bloodshot eyes and asking "who ARE you?"
The day my friend tried to rouse me off the sofa, but I wouldn't go out because (quote) "I despise myself!"
The day I realized that nothing had so much as moved in my gut for more than 8 days.
The day I decided that the only possible solution was something I had heard of called a "Colonic".
That's the day that changed my life.
To keep it short, I'll skip the nasty part about how I got the inside of my butt washed, and go straight to the next morning.
I woke up face down on top of the blankets where I had passed out, exhausted, after coming home from my colonic appointment.
A single ray of sunshine crossed my arm, and I could hear the fresh, spring sound of birds chirping outside.
Every cell in my body was singing with pure joy.
What I Learned
For most people, colonics gently improve things over time.
But for me, because I was so bad going in, it drastically improved how I felt, physically and emotionally.
It became crystal clear what a huge impact my poor digestion had, on everything from my bloated stomach to my sleep, my mood, my skin.... everything.
Food became much more than just something yummy to taste.
I started to understand that everything you eat also has physical properties that interact with the mechanics of your digestive system, and that everything from your stress levels to your body's enzymes, how well you chew, your liver function, your gut's reactivity, your microbiome, your muscle tone, your gut's unique shape, and even your hydration all ties in together.
I had found my path in life. I'm not kidding, that very day I raced around booking tours of Holistic Nutrition schools, and within a week I was signed up for the Institute of Holistic Nutrition AND I had my Colon Therapy apprenticeship lined up.
A Note About Imperfection
This is the part where I want to make sure you're not getting the wrong impression about me.
Newsflash: I am FAR from perfect.
If perfect-life inspiration is what you're looking for, it's time to move on because that's exactly what you won't find here.
Not only have I struggled in the past, I still do.
I live a real life.
It's hectic, I get tired, I'm married to a total meat & potatoes guy, and I have a kid who needs lunches Every. Single. Day.
But dammit, I strive hard to give "healthy for me" a high priority.
And you can too.
Even if your life is hectic and not picture-perfect.
A FRESH Approach
Because life can and does get in the way, I developed a simple and effective strategic plan for getting back on the wagon.
FRESH is a holistic approach to digestive wellness that walks you step by step from "Bunged Up" to "Fresh as a Daisy".
Foundation -> Renewal -> Environment -> Support -> Habits
I was pulled to move to Toronto from the UK 20 years ago.
I had this idea in my head that Canada was a 70's time warp where the people were super friendly, neighbourly and down to earth, and the lakes, trees and wildlife were an inseparable part of daily life.
And guess what? I was right.
So even though I live in a big city, if you're looking for me I might be volunteering at my kid's school, enjoying a windy walk by the lake, setting up a picnic blanket in front of the musicians at our local farmer's market, or grabbing a coffee with my friends.
Ready to take the first step? Book a free 30 minute Mini Bloat Coaching session today!