You are likely busy, trying to balance your family, work, social life, and well, just the simple things like making it to the gym a few days a week.
Your health sometimes gets put on the back-burner, and even if you have the sporadic health kick (or diet or juice cleanse), it’s easy to fall back off the bandwagon right after.
What’s more, is you might not even realize just how bad you feel.
I get it. Prior to entering the world of nutrition, I used to think that being tired was just how we live, something that everyone experienced. I also never thought twice about certain foods leading to bloating, indigestion and frequent trips to the washroom. I had never really reflected on how I felt. I also had no idea just how bad stress could be on my body.
Perhaps you now realize a bit more about how much food matters, but you need the accountability and support to get there. That’s what I’m here for.
While working a fast-paced corporate job at a Fortune 500 company, I spent three years battling with extreme exhaustion, severely upset stomachs (diagnosed by the doctor as ‘just IBS’), overall weakness and even depression. I was too tired to keep up with the little things in life, let alone make it to the gym or have the energy to have much of a social life.
I was told by my doctor “It’s just something you’re going to have to live with.” Eventually, I took a different approach to my health and looked at it from a holistic side.
When you start to make little tweaks to what you’re eating and daily habits you have, you start to notice big changes. Your energy improves, your stomach flattens, and your skin glows — not to mention the weight falls right off!
It’s my mission to make healthy eating easy and enjoyable so that you truly stick with it, make it a lifestyle and most importantly, get results!
During my time in the corporate world, I started to make little shifts in what I was eating and how I was taking care of myself. I noticed that all of a sudden I wasn’t experiencing that afternoon slump; I could concentrate better, was happier to come to work and was a more engaged employee!
I knew this was something I had to share! Given my seven years experience in the corporate world, I understand the pressure, pace and stress and real environments people work in and that a company’s employees are its biggest asset.
I’ve created corporate wellness programs for some of Canada’s top companies, including Google, Facebook, PwC and Odlum Brown. To learn more about HEAL’s corporate wellness programs, click here.
Natalia is a Toronto-based Registered Holistic Nutritionist and the Operations & Engagement Manager at HEAL. When she's not working behind the scenes on our corporate programs, she works 1:1 with clients and leads corporate lunch and learns in Toronto offices.
Natalia has hosted wellness seminars for some of Canada’s top companies, including Salesforce, McKinsey & Company and Klick Health on a number of topics, including boosting energy, stress management and burnout recovery, digestive health, the immune system, and hormone health. She regularly hosts educational online seminars for HEAL, Goodness Me Natural Food Market, and has hosted in-person events for major brands including Jamieson Vitamins. She is also a regular contributor of content and recipes to the HEAL blog.
Learning to find balance in her own diet by emphasizing real, quality food, and prioritizing her mental health, helped her to overcome years of digestive issues, low energy and hormonal imbalances. Natalia is passionate about using a holistic approach to help others find the diet and lifestyle that works for them.
Dr. Sanjay Mohan Ram was born and raised in Singapore, graduated in 1997 from UBC with a B.Sc. (Hon.) in Human Physiology. He then went on to be in the first Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine graduating class in May 2004. Currently, Dr. Mohan Ram has 3 positions. He works at the Qi Integrated Health and Cross Roads Naturopathic Clinic as an Associate ND; as well as teaching for the 1st and 2nd year Naturopathic Medical courses. Dr. Mohan Ram’s areas of interest in Naturopathic Medicine are varied, but it includes Clinical Nutrition & Diet Therapy, Intravenous Vitamin Therapy, Hormone testing and treatment, as well as Acupuncture.
Dr. Sanjay is available for lunch and learns in Vancouver and webinars online on the following topics:
"Dr. Sanjay Mohan Ram is one of the best naturopathic doctors I have ever seen. He is funny, and I have never seen someone with so much knowledge. He really is the best at what he does, including being the most amazing instructor (and favourite of every student) in Vancouver!" - Student
Sidney Shindle is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner and former national level synchronized swimming coach. She runs a private practice in New Westminster, BC. She is also a lead faculty member at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition and co-founder of Fiore Health, a continuing education platform for health and wellness practitioners.
With a decade of coaching experience in the sports realm, she applies similar approaches to her corporate wellness seminars and to her individual client work. She believes that by providing the right knowledge and tools, individuals are able to develop and sustain their own foundation of good health.
Ayah Norris is a Yoga and Meditation Teacher and Holistic Healer, based in Toronto. She shares yoga, meditation, breath-work, energy healing, mindfulness tools and intuitive guidance to help clients rebalance, restore, and reconnect – to the body, mind, heart and soul.
Ayah first turned to yoga, meditation and holistic therapies to help manage a demanding career in sales and marketing across startup, corporate, and creative environments. After a decade of practice, she made the leap out of her corporate path, and followed her heart to deepen her studies in India where she completed her Reiki Master, Holistic Healing and Hatha Yoga Teacher Training certifications. She now shares the wisdom she gleaned from her studies with healers and teachers across the globe through her healings, meditation and yoga classes, and workshops.
Ayah is available to lead corporate meditation and mindfulness workshops in the Greater Toronto Area.
Dr. Courtney Ranieri is a Naturopathic Doctor who practices in the Toronto area and is passionate about improving and optimizing the health of her patients. She believes in treating patients with long-term health in mind, so that feeling great is achievable and sustainable. Her goal is to is dig deeper to treat the root cause of your concerns rather than the symptoms. She is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and obtained her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. Dr. Ranieri is available for corporate lunch & learns in the Toronto area.
Jennifer Shields is a psychotherapist who specializes in understanding how the body stores trauma, anxiety, and stress, and how earliest attachment relationships impact adult mental health. Jennifer's approach applies principles from a broad range of therapeutic approaches, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Yoga. Jennifer is passionate about sharing practical tools from body-based interventions to bolster wellbeing. She facilitates a variety of corporate and organizational wellness workshops to reduce stigma around mental health challenges and encourage employees to seek support.
Anna is a yoga teacher and movement specialist based out of Kitchener-Waterloo that focuses primarily on workplace wellness, bringing various self-care practices to people at work. Striving to keep stress levels and career demands balanced, she found yoga was her most powerful tool. That brought her to her first 200 hour teacher training in 2007 at Octopus Garden Yoga Center in Toronto, and is now a forever student of yoga, biomechanics, various movement modalities, mindfulness and breath work. In 2016 she completed the Yoga Tune Up® and The Role Model® certification and in 2017 completed a year long program in Applied Functional Science® with the Gray Institute in Adrian Michigan. Both have been pivotal in her own movement, self-care and offerings to the community and in the past year while pivoting online during these unprecedented times.
Dawn Slykhuis, Registered Social Worker, brings 15+ years of experience as a social worker specializing in mental health and substance use, including working as an instructor at the post secondary level and 10+ years of clinical experience helping working professionals with their mental health. In addition to talk therapy, Dawn may integrate pranayama (breathwork) or somatic movement based therapy to recognize and connect with our body’s natural cues and learn to identify and manage our natural to return to balance. Dawn’s particular specializations include:
I’m down 5lbs after two weeks!!!! All from meal plan + 20 minutes (sometimes more) of treadmill walking per day. I feel great [...] and I know I can keep it going. Oh - and my boyfriend is in for his second week of meals, he loved it! Also, I finally have the energy levels I expected to have after my Celiac diagnosis.
We worked with Mandy to hold a professional development workshop that would educate our staff on the impact of enhanced wellness on personal and professional performance; it was one of the most engaging sessions I've ever participated in. She leaves you feeling empowered to make adjustments in your routine for tangible results.
Just wanted to say how much I've appreciated your continual wealth of info on the foods we've been eating, nutrition in general. You present a lifestyle that I found in no way too intimidating to attempt, and I believe that's so important for anyone looking to make a complete overhaul in something that's such a huge part of day to day life.