Why did you choose HPN?
Being Canadian, a triathlete, and an avid traveler, after befriending a Kiwi exchange student in uni who highly praised HPN, I looked deeper into the progressive and organic knowledge base that stemmed from the curriculum and was drawn to it deeply. The feedback was straight up; the foundation upon which teachings stemmed were simple and interesting, and I felt like it was a calling for me to learn more so that I can help others with their health awareness for living the best life.
Would you recommend the HPN course to others? Why/ Why not?
Absolutely: efficient learning, incredibly supportive (I met initially with Cliff prior to taking the course, who encouraged any and every form of involvement, allowing an internship while I study with HPN, and I continued while traveling, and finished online in Canada - feeling like I was part of the community all the while!), well-designed curriculum, stress-free learning style accommodating all styles of learning via different media platforms, and also straight-up FUN!
Describe your ultimate day off
Waking up early (love the morning hours), nourishing my body with a good light meal, going for a sunrise run along some water and rugged trail, alone or with some buds. A nice water-hop afterwards (this is my favourite thing ever...intheskinny!), some stretching, wholesome food; a BBQ-pot luck, journaling, meditating, yoga, laughter, wine, bonfire, good people, soul music and dancing.
What's next for you in the nutrition and health field?
I want to learn about doing less: to go back to the roots of nourishment through simplicity and how to cultivate the inner voice of intuition for fuelling all aspect of the human being; mind-body-soul. The new nutrition research is fascinating, but I feel like the over-complication of info is a trend and although it tickles my interest, I want to help people with finding their inner knowledge to guide them towards finding a healthy, individually-suited diet & lifestyle. Mindfulness and eating is my direction of interest.
What is your favourite way to nourish your body and what is your biggest food weakness?
Honestly, real food, and the acceptance of my body's voice in cravings which are never constant; sometimes smoothies, sometimes chewing on chia, sometimes a steak, and sometimes tempeh (nonGMO...). My biggest weakness is in silencing my inner voice, my biggest strengths lay in times when I can hear it.
What does your weekly fitness routine consist of?
I am cutting back at them moment from my training as a Triathlete, and am healing from Hypothalamic Amenorrhea (which I hope to help others with in the future), and so my Triathlon training has me doing 5 road cycling rides a week, and 2 moderate cardio days paired with weight training days. I do abdominal core strength daily, and stretch. Yoga is integrated in everyday, be it through asanas or breathwork. As I recover, I am getting stronger, with direction towards trail and road running races, I like the 10-15km distance.
Favourite piece of nutritional advice?
Eat real food, not too much, mostly plants.
Do you have a website we can share?
Research and popular science articles by the members and faculty of the Holistic Performance Institute.