LISA 


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STORY

I still see myself as the shy little girl from my childhood, yet the decade long healing adventure that I’ve been on has allowed me to blossom into the woman, and healing practitioner that I am today. After experiencing and enduring one of the most controversial, and misdiagnosed illnesses on this planet, Lyme Disease, I’ve been able to do what I do today, and build my holistic healing and nutrition practice from my voyage through chronic illness. This not only happened through studying nutrition formally, but through living, breathing, and experiencing first hand what it feels like to fully lose one’s health, hit rock bottom, and heal the body naturally and holistically from the inside out. It’s given me the ability to truly understand what my clients are going through every step of the way, as I’ve been there, and it’s not fun. This passion fuels me to heal others, and it’s the reason I do everything that I do today, and forever more.

My journey took me from Canada to South Africa, to New York City, and back to Canada where I reside today.  I practice out of my Glow Loft in downtown Toronto, virtually through Skype + Phone, and offer workshops throughout Toronto.

It’s my goal and mission to heal one person at a time. After being so ill, I don’t want any soul to experience less than vibrant health, as I truly believe we all deserve to live our healthiest, happiest and most glow filled life.

 

MY PHILOSOPHY

My food philosophy is all about enlivening the healthiest, happiest and glowiest you. It’s about getting back to basics, demystifying, and simplifying what it means to live a radiant lifestyle.  Because who doesn’t want to vibrate true health, and beauty from the inside out?

Food is amazing as it informs our cells exactly what to do. Our cells need it to function optimally, which dictates, how we think, move, feel, act and look. It’s literally everything.

It’s also not just about the food. Food is a large part of the puzzle, but I believe holistic health comes from satisfying all the pieces of your own unique, and beautiful puzzle, which include body, mind and soul. I believe all three of these components to be integral in not only living vibrantly, but for any sort of healing to take place. Which is what I want for all of you.


HOW I WORK

I love combining my knowledge, fascination and passion of the human body, with a more holistic view on health; one that encompasses not only the body, and food as fuel, but how both the mind and soul are being fed and nourished. I don’t believe in isolation, one size fits all, quick fixes, fads or diets. My work is never surface level, as I dig deep to truly understand you as a whole.

No two sessions are alike, as I believe no two people are alike. Your unique beauty should and is celebrated.  

I stand strong when it comes to cultivating health and beauty from the inside out. I strive to build a healthy, and lifelong foundation for you, not something that will be forgotten in a few months time.

For those of you in need of deeper guidance, support and love during the beautiful, exciting and often difficult journey when it comes to our own unique bodies, health and lifestyles, I look forward to connecting over a session. 


MY LYME DISEASE

I learned first hand just how powerful food is when it comes to healing the body.

It was while enduring over nine years of illness, seeing countless medical specialists, and undergoing tests with no answers or diagnosis that my thirst for nutrition, healing, and health ignited a flame within me that hasn’t and will never stop burning.

Over five years ago I came to my own diagnosis of Lyme Disease, after medical tests confirmed an extremely chronic case. I had been living in a complete state of dis-ease for over six years with absolutely no answers to why my body was practically falling apart.

I then started to heal myself naturally through a variety of foods, nutrition practices, and using the mind/body connection, and ultimately everything that I now use in my practice to help heal others. My symptoms started to stabilize and disappear, my hair started to regrow (I lost over half of it during my journey), my cystic acne faded (my skin was awful), my energy grew, my taste buds transformed and enlivened, my hormones started to balance again, I lost close to twenty five pounds that I had gained in a span of a few months, my skin started to glow, but most importantly I was winning my battle with Lyme Disease, and I was reclaiming my body and health back. I was in control, and that feeling. Oh that feeling. Nothing is more priceless than your health.

Health is wealth, for without it we wouldn’t be about to do anything.

This is both humbling, and exciting...as I have the honour and pleasure of helping others achieve, live and breathe their optimal state of health, wellbeing and happiness.

Even though my Lyme Disease ‘took’ a lot out of me, I wouldn’t take any of it back, as it grew me into the woman and Practitioner that I am today. It’s made me stronger, and through it all I found my purpose and passion.

You.

 

COMMUNITY

I’ve now dedicated my life to the pursuit of the wellness of each and every one of you.

What started as my own personal journey through Lyme Disease, has exponentially evolved to a mission and purpose to support, guide, love and educate and share with the world my experience, in the hopes of helping you on your own pathway to health, happiness and an unwavering glow.

Nothing lights me up more than seeing someone discover his or her true self, and worth. Stepping inside a life of endless opportunities, and realizing that optimal health and healing is 100% achievable.

 

EDUCATion

I received my diploma in Social Work from the University of South Africa, which was an experience and country I will never ever forget.

I then moved to NYC, when I was my sickest, to pursue a dream that had always been within me, and was one of the reasons I moved away from South Africa to begin with. The city called me to its energetic, wildly unique, and utterly chaotic concrete jungle nature, which was ultimately difficult to navigate, as I was quite ill at the time. I graduated summa cum laude with a Fashion and Business Marketing diploma from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

Through my own wild health ride, I discovered my purpose. I graduated as an Certified Integrated Holistic Health Counselor + Coach, through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and am certified under the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, AADP where I’m a board certified Holistic Practitioner and now a practicing Holistic Nutritionist through further education.


BELIEVE...

I believe that we ultimately have all we need to heal the  body...but asking for help, looking to others for support, guidance, healing  is  needed as when things aren’t right, we lose that connection to our  innate self. We need help not only picking up the pieces, but putting them together.

I believe in healing the body through body, mind and spirit. Nothing is in isolation, and I don’t believe full and optimal healing happens without addressing this trifecta, as all three live within us.

I believe in putting myself in all of my clients shoes. Empathy is one of life’s greatest gifts.

I believe that nature holds all the answers. Thereby, all the healing I do is through using food as medicine, herbs, supplements, mind/body healing, and your own unique healing tool kit.

I believe kindness can move mountains.

I believe in using zero labels when it comes to diets, food, fads, labels, styles of eating - Whole and natural food always wins. And we all need different things - period.

I believe in never judging a soul for wherever they are on their healing journey.

I believe you were meant for greatness, and that we all go through valleys. Those valleys, and this health journey you’re on will only make you greater.

I believe in the healing power of love, and infuse it into every e-mail, word spoken and every minute spent with you.