I became aware of the power of food and nutrition 10 years ago, after years of unsuccessful allopathic treatment for my ulcerative colitis (an inflammatory bowel disease with roots in autoimmunity) led me to seek out alternative approaches. Research, self-experimentation and support from alternative health care providers (pretty much all of them - naturopaths, acupuncturists, RMTs, osteopaths etc) led to recovery and remission from years of debilitating symptoms. During that time I learned more about the link between the gut and the mind, and how healing is not about one thing but rather about looking at all aspects of your life, whether you like it or not.  

My toolbox is constantly growing and the learning is never done. But over the years I have been better able to understand myself and my body, address stress levels and stay off prescription drugs . This process isn't static and I'm constantly learning from other practitioners, colleagues and most importantly clients.  

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My goal as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist is to help you better understand your mind and body and the connection between the two in contributing to overall health and wellness. The holistic nutrition approach is not only about what we eat, but also how we eat and the state of the terrain (our body/mind) we put food into.  You can have the “cleanest” diet in the world, but if you are riddled with stress and are mostly sedentary, you are only part way there.

As a avid trail runner, mountain biker and yoga and meditation enthusiast, I love exploring body movement and mental training with clients for overall health and to help you achieve your goals.  I’ve recently built up my sports coaching skills through a Level 1 certification with Precision Nutrition and am pretty excited to help people achieve their weekend warrior goals whether it be your first 5km or your 10th 100km ultra.

Lately, I've been delving into the worlds of local sustainable farming and plant foraging and herbal medicine, both of which fit well in an overall holistic approach to nutrition. I wild foraged all the herbs in the picture to the left (clockwise from top left: wild rose petals, stinging nettle seed, fireweed, pineapple weed) and am hoping to begin a small batch local tea side business. Watch this space!  

If you have any questions about nutrition, herbs, gut health, or anything else please drop me a line! Hope to hear from you!

melissa

 

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DEGREES, DIPLOMAS AND CERTIFICATIONS
Pn1. Precision Nutrition Level 1 Sport Nutrition Certified Coach. Precision Nutrition Sports and Exercise Nutrition Coaching, September 2018.
R.H.N. (Honours), Registered Holistic Nutritionist Diploma, Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, Vancouver, Canada. March 2017.
D.Env., Doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering. School of Public Health. University of California at Los Angeles, USA. February 2009.
M.Sc., Biological Sciences. University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, December 2000.
B.Sc. (Hons.), Marine Biology. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. April 1997.

WORKSHOPS AND SHORT COURSES
2018

Herbal Tincture Making Intensive with Krista Dawn Poulton, medical herbalist.
2017
Herbal Medicine for Healthy Hormones with Dr Marisa Marciano, ND.
Adaptogens, Everyday with Dr Marisa Marciano, ND.

RACE ROSTER
2017
Coast Mountain Trail Series - Whistler Alpine Meadows 25 km, Whistler, BC - 5:16:26
Scotiabank Half marathon, Vancouver, BC - 1:55:16
Survival of the Fittest, Squamish, BC - 18 km - 2:42:11
2016
Frosty 27 km, Manning Park, BC - 4:17:39
Fat Dog 40 miles, Manning Park, BC - 11:22:45
2015
Sky Pilot, Squamish, BC - 2:54:25
Squamish 50 km, Squamish, BC - 8:44:31
Iron Knee 25 km, North Vancouver, BC - 3:23:16
Dirty Duo 25 km, North Vancouver, BC - 3:32:56
First Half Marathon, Vancouver, BC - 2:07:53
2014
Baker Lake 50k, Bakre Lake, USA - 6:46:27
Squamish 23km, Squamish, BC - 3:05:11
Comfortably Numb 25km, Whistler, BC - 3:13:16