Monica

Meet Monica

As a graduate of the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and designated Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N.) I am excited to help guide you on your journey to optimal health and healing. I have also completed courses to become an  ACE Certified Personal Trainer to further support my clients with their physical health and wellness. 

I am excited to announce that I have joined the expert team at Refresh Natural Health & Colon Hydrotherapy as their in house nutritionist! Please call or email to book an appointment with me today. 

My health journey:
From a very young age I struggled with chronic ear infections followed by strep throat every year from the ages of 10 to 21. Recurrent rounds of antibiotics likely contributed to the poor health  I experienced  in my early twenties with debilitating digestive problems and a compromised immune system. Extreme stomach pains, gas, bloating, nausea… you name it and I was dealing with it. On top of this I suffered from extreme fatigue, constant headaches and disruptive sleep. The trouble was that I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me? I ate “healthy” and exercised and yet still had all of these symptoms. After several tests my doctor diagnosed me with IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. This diagnosis sparked a fire in me to wake up and discover what was happening within my body since I certainly didn’t want to have constant digestive problems for the rest of my life! As a result, I have been on a learning & healing journey for the past two years and have used the knowledge I have gained as an R.H.N. as well as the help from other amazing practitioners to become my healthiest happiest self. I now understand what my body needs in order to thrive as well as knowing what can harm it. To learn more about my journey to digestive health and tips from personal experience visit our Digestive Support tab.

So let’s make a commitment to each other and work together to discover what is right for your body! While I specialize in supporting digestive health I have also helped clients with healthy aging, arthritis, brain health, hypothyroidism, skin and complexion problems, balancing blood sugar, weight loss and boosting overall energy levels. To read testimonials from these clients please click here

Monica is also a tutor at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, an active volunteer at InspireHealth a supportive cancer clinic, and a Mentor for the YWCA Vancouver Youth Mentorship Program

 

Kari

MEET KARI

As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N.) I am inspired by the vast interconnectedness between our body, mind, and the environment, including the food we eat.  

I enjoy learning about the many levels of food and nutrition, from the personal and biological level to the social, economic and political factors and how these shape the food environment and influence our wellbeing. And just as much as I like to learn, I also like to share information! Knowledge is power.

In my youth, I had a vague understanding about how to eat healthy and use food to enhance my wellbeing, and how my actions and behaviours were truly affecting me. When I began to learn about nutrition it was like a light bulb went off. I started eating fresh foods, exercising more regularly and making the connection between what I ate, how I moved my body and how I felt – I was more energized, happier and extra weight I was carrying with me came off. The change I experienced inspired me to continue to learn about food and nutrition.

While I like my greens, I’m a chocoholic and love getting creative with healthy chocolate recipes! I also enjoy the outdoors and practicing yoga. I’m currently a student working towards a master’s degree in public health.