I became fascinated with the power of food and nutrition 10 years ago after a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis (an inflammatory bowel disease with roots in autoimmunity) and several years of allopathic treatment led me to seek out alternative approaches. Research, self-experimentation and support from alternative health care practitioners (pretty much all of them - naturopaths, acupuncturists, RMTs, osteopaths etc) led to recovery and (mostly) remission from years of debilitating symptoms. During that time I learned 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. 

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After many years, I developed a toolbox of approaches that not only made sense to me, but worked for me.  These tools helped me begin to get to know myself better, recover from IBD and stay off prescription medications. But this process isn't static and I'm constantly learning from other practitioners, colleagues and most importantly clients.  

My goal as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist is to help people better understand their mind and their 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) we put food into. 

As a super fan of trail running, mountain biking, yoga and meditation, I also love exploring body movement and mental training with clients as key components to maintaining overall health.  No matter what age and circumstance, I welcome the complex experiences and lives we all have and hope to support you in preparing your body  and mind for performance and/or recovery no matter the challenge.

Lately, I've been dwelving into the worlds of 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 on the left (clockwise from top left: wild rose petals, stinging nettle seed, fireweed, pineapple weed). We are so lucky to have so much to forage for free!  

Hope to hear from you!

melissa

 

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DEGREES, DIPLOMAS AND CERTIFICATIONS
Pn1. Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification, Precision 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
2017
Herbal Medicine for Healthy Hormones with Dr Marisa Marciano
Adaptogens, Everyday with Dr Marisa Marciano

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