After a career in sales and management in the advertising, publishing and food industries, I was looking for my next vocation and have found my next mission(s) in life! I have always been health conscious and enjoyed yoga, aerobics, cycling and hiking. I became a certified RYT200 yoga instructor in 2012 - MISSION #1. Since then I have taught yoga year round, including the popular "Yoga on the Beach" outdoors on our beautiful Qualicum Beach and Parksville waterfront areas. Then discovered the field of Holistic Nutrition, and my interest in food, health, and fitness all came together and I found MISSION #2, studying full-time for 2 years to attainmy Diploma as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. My Training as a REGISTERED HOLISTIC NUTRITIONIST: Mainstream medicine does not emphasize the significance of poor nutrition as a major cause of a wide range of health disorders. Holistic nutritionists are trained to guide clients through the maze of information from books, magazines, supplements, and diet. I work with clients to identify and help correct nutritional causes of diseases, and am qualified to design personalized diet and lifestyle programs that optimize health. I value each individual’s unique experiences and preferences when recommending programs and recognize the need to work co-operatively with other disciplines, holistic and mainstream, to best serve my clients. Courses I completed are grounded in scientific evidence and included: Anatomy, Biology, Cellular Biology, Chemistry/ Biochemistry, Physiology, Preventive Nutrition, Geriatric/ Pediatric/Sports Nutrition, Symptomology, Pathology, Allergies, Alternative Diets, and Clinical Research. I was required to complete in-depth Case Studies, pass exams for each module, and write a final proctored exam. Our mandate is to educate groups and individuals about the benefits and health impacts of optimal nutrition. I work one-on-one with clients to develop personalized programs and also enjoy presenting to groups and running workshops.