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Jane Wood

Nutritionist
Mindfulness Practitioner

I love food and everything about it! Creating, cooking, preparing, smelling, savouring and of course eating; so it was only natural I chose a profession based in food. My fascination of food drew me to the study of nutrition, but it is the healing properties that continues to drive my passion. It is so rewarding assisting clients in exploring how simple nutrition can be. Creating plans and discovering the various ways foods react in the body, a unique puzzle for everyone.

Each client experience has a special place in my heart.

Mindfulness
I was introduced to mindfulness as a complementary resource to assist with the management of my depression. This experience had such a powerful impact on my life that I was drawn to share it with others. Incorporating mindfulness techniques into my nutritional practice is an exciting way to familiarize my clients to the power of the mind-body-breath connection.

Each client experience has a special place in my heart especially when a busy mom of two came to see me. She was so ashamed of her body and was literally killing herself following strict fad diets and self sabotage. Hiding behind her children, she hoped to fade into the background. We started by changing some small behaviours and over several months she began stepping out of the shadows, started loving herself and healing her body. Now, she shares with others how nutrition can change their lives too.

Credentials
Bachelor of Science in Applied Human Nutrition - 2002
Certified Mindfulness Practitioner - 2012
Registered Dietitian with Nova Scotia Dietetic Association - 2002-2010

Canadian Armed Forces Veteran
Recipient of the Canadian Declaration Medal and the General Campaign Star

Paula Bashford

Holistic Nutritionist
Chef

Nothing brings people together like good food. My fondest memories growing up are those from my mother’s kitchen. Since childhood I’ve been obsessed with food, so naturally I studied Culinary Management in Toronto.

In consultation with a naturopathic doctor I provided meals designed to improve health and performance for members of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Marlies. Soon I my clients included other elite athletes including Simon Whitfield, Steven Stamkos and Gary Roberts.

As I continued to work directly with more and more athletes, I could see that food had a much greater role to play than to simply taste delicious — although that doesn’t hurt!

Food literally supplies us with life, and depending on what we eat, we choose to either survive or thrive.

My passion lies within the local and organic food systems. I believe we each have a responsibility to develop a healthy and ever-evolving relationship with food that includes understanding where it comes from and how nutrition impacts our well-being.

My personal health journey began when I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes as a child, kick-starting my interest in nutrition at a very young age. Over the years I've come to understand that sustained health is built on a foundation of a strong body, mind and spirit.

This led me to the study of Holistic Nutrition in Ottawa, where I was introduced to the concept of bio-chemical individuality. This means that the nutritional and chemical makeup of each person is unique, and that dietary and other needs must vary from person to person. Thus, my treatment plans differ greatly from one client to the next.

A diagnosis can be a very terrifying time, especially when it involves the word cancer. One of my most significant professional achievements has been to work with a client who was ready to make significant changes to his lifestyle if it meant he would have a better chance at fighting this disease.

Together with his surgeon, we developed a proposed change-of-life plan, and now post-surgery, chemotherapy and testing, my client is back to living life cancer-free. Seeing him smile at my quirky jokes or listening to his hearty laugh is the greatest payment I could ever receive.

Credentials
George Brown College, Chef Training, 2004
George Brown College, Culinary Management Program, 2005
George Brown College, Small Business Entrepreneurship, 2009
Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, Holistic Nutrition, 2017