Fresh Start Family Wellness

Fresh Start Family Wellness is a safe haven for parents who seek to gain control of their family’s health, and aren’t afraid to question the status quo.

I offer nutrition and natural wellness coaching packages for parents who are ready to trade in their confusion and frustration, for confidence and knowledge.  I shorten the learning curve through plenty of hands-on support and guidance, enabling parents to take charge of their family’s health, once and for all.

I BELIEVE…

I believe that health doesn’t come in a bottle, and that prevention is key.

I believe that optimal wellness is achieved through awareness, dedication, and action – adopting a lifestyle for your family that incorporates natural foods, avoids chemicals, and nourishes the soul.

I believe that living a healthy lifestyle shouldn’t be stressful.  It should be invigorating, empowering, and fun.

Most importantly, I believe that we owe it to ourselves, our children, and our planet, to prioritize natural, holistic wellness as a way of life for a sustainable future for all.

HOW I GOT STARTED ON THIS PATH….

Ten years ago, I was entrenched in a career in the Pharmaceutical Industry.  As time went on, I started to feel more and more uncomfortable with the goings-on in the industry, but was not yet brave enough to say goodbye to the cushy salary and benefits package that I had become so accustomed to.  Not only was I struggling with anxiety and infertility, but also with side effects from the medications that I was led to believe were my only options for helping these ‘conditions’.  I started to become frustrated with the ‘diagnose and treat’ model and knew there had to be another way…a more proactive approach, that worked with my body instead against it.

But I didn’t know where to turn for guidance.

Finally, I was blessed with a successful pregnancy that motivated me to explore more options.  As I began to research everything baby-related, the stark truth hit me: there was so much more at stake now.  I was responsible for the life of another human being, and could no longer ignore the nudging to adopt a more proactive, natural lifestyle. I wanted to be sure that I wasn’t knowingly putting any harsh chemicals in, or on, his little body.  I intuitively sensed that the foods I fed him should be clean and nourishing.  And I wanted to do everything in my power to build up his immune system.

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And so began my journey to holistic wellness.

 

 

 

Five years later, my wellness journey took another turn, when my younger son joined the family.  Within just moments of his birth, the midwife concluded that he was ‘feisty’.  And her assessment was quite valid!  He is a very vibrant, strong-willed little dude with big emotions, and a big heart.

Anne-1060When Little B was just a few weeks old, I began to notice that his little body wasn’t functioning as optimally as his older brother’s had in infancy.  Tummy troubles were the first sign.  Then came eczema, restless sleep, picky eating, vitiligo, intense meltdowns, and moods that seemed to get ‘stuck’.  My nutrition knowledge was put to the real-life test as we used elimination diets to pinpoint food sensitivities, focused on nourishing foods to heal his gut, and tackled the picky eating.   We complemented the nutritional changes with key supplements and other healing modalities (homeopathy, energy medicine, Osteopathy, essential oils).

And the result?  Little B is still a vibrant, loving little guy, who loves ‘hard’.   But he flows through his emotions rather than getting stuck.  He’s adding new, nourishing foods to his repertoire weekly.  His energy is more balanced, and his skin is clearer.

In both stages of my journey, the changes didn’t happen overnight.   It was a gradual process, and along the way, I often got confused, overwhelmed, and discouraged.  Tackling these changes on my own was lonely, and intimidating.  It didn’t take me long to realize that I didn’t want other parents to be faced with the same overwhelming journey…I wanted to be there to guide and support them.

And that’s how Fresh Start Family Wellness was born!0K0A8035-Exposure

 

MY “SHADY” PAST

Graduating university with a BSc in Biomedical Sciences, I entered the workforce with rose-coloured glasses.  I wanted to work hand-in-hand with Big Pharma and Health Canada, saving the world, one medication at a time.  For 7 years, I fought to stay optimistic and focused, but my conscience grew heavy and my heart began to pull me in the opposite direction.

My heart won the tug of war.

When my first maternity leave ended, I opted not to return to my career.  Instead, I began extensive training in Holistic Nutrition, Homeopathy, Flower Essences, and Energy Healing (Reiki).

I complemented my studies with part-time jobs at a large supplement store and a Wellness Clinic/Dispensary where I immersed myself in the alternative health industry – exploring both the art and science of healing.

These days, I am more about using food as medicine than pushing medication or supplements.  I enjoy spending time at home in my kitchen, concocting food remedies and creating nutritious meals – to bring happiness and health to the lives of my two beautiful young boys!

BUT ENOUGH ABOUT ME

I am excited to meet *you*, and learn where you are on *your* wellness journey.

Are you motivated, but at the same time feel a little lost and confused?  Let’s chat.  Let me know how I can support your family’s quest for optimal wellness.  I know you can do it, and I’m here to help.

Not ready to chat yet, but want to keep in touch?  Simply enter your name in the opt-in box at the top right hand side of this page, to get my ‘welcome-to-the-family’ gift.

You’ll also receive the Fresh Start family Newsletter, where I will connect with you about new articles, and information about upcoming events and offers.