I was always interested in being as healthy as I could possibly be, thanks to the influence of my home economist Mom, and my very athletic and health-conscious Dad. My sister was also a registered dietitian, so it seemed to be in the genes for me to choose this career path. While working as a registered dietitian in Calgary in the mid-90’s, I discovered the benefits of yoga and was hooked. I was heavily into distance running, preparing for my first full length marathon, and yoga was the perfect antidote for unwinding and releasing overworked joints and muscles. Several years (and 3 children) later, I became a Hatha vinyasa yoga instructor (200hr) in 2008, through Therapeutic Approach Yoga Studio in Halifax. I have continued to increase my yoga knowledge through several teachers and disciplines, as well as from my students. My learning path continues as I pursue a 500-hour teacher training certification.
Back in 2006, I completed a course in mindfulness called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. It was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, a renowned author and mindfulness expert. This took the mindfulness learned during years of yoga to a deeper level, and I had a 'light-bulb moment' during the course . . . . the benefits of mindfulness for stress reduction had to be beneficial for people struggling to achieve healthy eating habits!
This led me to the Center for Mindful Eating (thecenterformindfuleating.org), where, in 2011, I discovered a program that had been developed by psychologist, Dr. Jean Kristeller, called Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training, or MB-EAT. This program, developed originally for people living with Binge-Eating Disorder, was based on Zinn's MBSR program. Mindfulness-based (MB) eating brings us back to the healthy eating behaviours we have had from birth, by cultivating our awareness of the present moment, hunger and fullness cues, as well as triggers for mindless eating. Click here for links to peer-reviewed scientific publications supporting mindfulness and MB-eating.
With mindful eating and yoga expertise, along with years of experience as a registered dietitian promoting evidence-based health habits, I can help you achieve your health goals using a whole foods, evidence-based and mindful approach.
Registered with Nova Scotia Dietetic Association, #835
Registered Blue Cross provider #8350
Member, Dietitians of Canada(DC)
Secretary, Dietitians Network of Nova Scotia (DNNS)
Member, DC Private Practice RD Network
Member, DC Diabetes, Obesity & Cardiovascular RD Network
Member, The Center for Mindful Eating (tcme)
Member, Canadian Obesity Network
Member, Yoga Atlantic