While mastering the rigorous theatre arts program at George Brown Theatre College, I found I was reading more about nutrition than Shakespeare, and had developed an insatiable appetite for figuring out how and why food affects our health. I decided to pursue a new direction, attending Canadian School of Natural Nutrition to become a registered nutritionist, before going on to become co-op owner & Chief In-Store Nutritionist, at one of Canada’s largest health food stores, The Big Carrot in Toronto, Ontario.
Serving on the board of the Canadian Health Food Association in 2000 & 2009, exploring Culinary Arts at George Brown College and studying Herbalism at Emerson Herbal College, allowed me to bring together many distinct talents to author my #1 best-selling, and 2012 Gourmand World Cookbook Award-winning book, Meals That Heal Inflammation (Random House Canada, Hay House Publishers USA/UK/AUZ). Through Meals That Heal Inflammation, I have helped thousands of people enjoy great-tasting, allergy-free foods while boosting their bodies’ healing process, alongside becoming co-host of the Oprah Winfrey Network’s Healthy Gourmet, a cooking show that navigates the marriage between gourmet taste and healing nutrition. Television viewers may also recognize me from my Busted segments on The Right Fit (OWN) where, as a nutritional encyclopedia, I examine the food we need to be healthy, or as a regular contributor to CTV’s Marilyn Denis Show and CTV News.
I’ve been blessed through my work helping to heal and my journey has brought me many joys : receiving the 2012 Canadian Health Food Association’s Organic Achievement Award, speaking to the Canadian Federal Government in Parliament about the health risks of genetically modified food, producing Bio-Diversity with David Suzuki and FoodShare's Field to Table Festival, and cooking on Greenpeace's tall sailing ship, The Rainbow Warrior, during its GE-free New Zealand tour.
To get to know me, and Meals That Heal Inflammation, better, stroll through my media page and peruse my contributions to publications like Chatelaine Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Vitality, Alive, Canadian Living and House & Home, or sit back with a refreshing glass of water and enjoy any of my more than 600 health featurettes on CTV’s Marilyn Denis Show, CTV News, Dr. Oz, CTV's Canada AM, CityTV's Breakfast Television, CBC's Radio One, Global's Morning Show & more.