In honour of the launch of our Holistic Nutrition Program, we sat down with Yoga Mamas' Holistic Nutritionist, Michelle Tirmandi to discuss her health philosophies, life as a Mama and what she loves about her work.
Why did you become a Holistic Nutritionist?
My relationship to food was tumultuous for several years, however when I really began educating myself about holistic nutrition and when I healed my own relationship to food, my entire life changed for the better! I was so passionate about sharing what I learned with other women that I knew I needed to follow my heart and make a career change. At the time I had already completed my teaching degree as well as my psychology degree so it seemed like the perfect fit. Also, after the birth of my daughter Isla in 2016 and reflecting on the role nutrition played in my pre and post natal experience, I decided that I really wanted to focus on helping other mamas with their nutrition.
What do you love most about your job?
Every single day I feel so grateful that I get to work in my passion! I really love connecting to women and creating a plan with them so they can feel good about their nutrition. I also love that I get to be a creative entrepreneur, which is funny because I never thought of myself as a creative person, yet when I’m in the kitchen I feel like I can *make magic happen!*
What do you hope your clients will take away from their time with you?
My mission is to break down the barriers around nutrition. For so many women nutrition feels hard, overwhelming or like it needs to sacrifice, but I really want to show that it doesn’t need to be super complicated or that you need not take an all-or-nothing approach. I want women to feel empowered to make decisions that actually make them feel good, and I want for them to get to a place where they can trust their own bodies.
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Jamie Kalynuik and Holistic Nutritionist, Michelle Tirmandi
What's your personal health philosophy?
I believe that every woman is unique and that there isn’t a one size all approach when it comes to nutrition.
I believe we all have a unique story when it comes to our relationship to food and that when we have a healthy relationship to food we can learn to use food as nourishment.
I believe in not being perfect (at all!) and that food is meant to be enjoyed.
I also believe that health goes far beyond our personal health to also include our emotional and spiritual wellness (ie. your thoughts are equally as important to your health as your green smoothie, if not more important!).
How has being a Mama changed your outlook on nutrition?
Now that I have Isla, my perspective on nutrition has shifted in some unexpected ways. I am more conscious of my own relationship to food and I think often about how I can help set the groundwork for her to have a positive body image and relationship to food.
On a more practical level, my perspective on nutrition has changed to be all about simplicity and ease. I now realize how much time children take up! Although I do love spending time in my kitchen, my time is much more limited than it used to be. My hope is to be able to support other busy mamas with simple ideas and inspiration on how they can nourish themselves in a way that provides abundant energy and nutrition.
What are you most excited about working at Yoga Mamas?
I am so excited to be a part of the community and to get to know all of the mamas on a personal level :)