The Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ and Self-Proclaimed Food Enthusiast behind Chia’s Eats.
I absolutely love food and everything that it encompasses -
from the production, the preparation and the nutrition to the culture and the community it brings. Honestly if I could do anything for the rest of my life one of the top things I would do is just travel, eat and share my adventures.
my love for food all started for as long as i can remember.
Growing up my parents introduced my siblings and I to a variety of foods and flavours especially in Filipino cuisine. When we officially moved to Canada years and years ago, my palette expanded as I remember being aware of more cultural foods and flavours from Indian, Japanese, Korean, Mediterranean and Western cuisines. At a young age, they taught us to be appreciative of the foods around us and to always be open to trying new things.
Then the Fall/Winter of 2011 happened…
… and I got really sick - as in I-lost-14-lbs-within-five-days type of really sick. To back track a few weeks prior to losing all that weight, I experienced my first burnout ever. It was so bad that I was hospitalized because of it and was on strict bed rest for a week. No going to class, no doing work, no technology - no anything but rest. And if you know me on a personal (and professional) level, I’m a pretty ambitious person so the idea of s l o w i n g things down was quite the challenge. At the time I was taking full credit courses in university (around 18 credits per semester) and was going through some pretty deep personal things. Because of everything that was going on, my body gave up and let me tell you - it was really scary.
No matter what I did - going to specialist and doctors appointments, allergy testings, ultrasounds, doing multiple poop tests, and even changing my diet to going gluten-free and dairy-free/eliminating all the inflammatory causing foods - nothing seemed to work for me. It got to the point where the doctors seemed to not know either and said that I had IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and wanted to prescribe me with more medication and probiotics to supplement. At that point I knew something had to change because I didn’t want my body to rely on medication for the rest of my life to feel better. It was at that point where I decided to actually take a gigantic step back, acknowledge that I needed help, not be afraid to ask for it, and truly listen to what my body and overall being was telling me to do.
Because of having both the mindset and lifestyle shifts, things started to get better. With what my body faced all those years and because of my resistance to going on lifelong medication, I turned to what I knew best to help me recover - food.
It took a while for me to slow down - and let me tell you, it still is a bit challenging to this day - however I’ve learned to be in better alignment with my body and in all the things that I do. After a four month internship in London, UK I went back home and decided to learn more about holistic nutrition through the Canadian School of Nutrition part-time. Fast forward a few years and I can officially say that I’m a Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ (R.H.N.).
My food philosophy
Our relationship to food plays a huge role in our lives whether that be physically, emotionally, spiritually and socially. I believe in intuitive and mindful eating where we listen to our body’s signals and respecting it by paying attention to what we eat and where it comes from.
MY HOPE FOR CHIA’S EATS -
is for this online community space to become a resource for you to learn more about food and nutrition, and everything in between. This will be opportunity for us to journey together as we navigate our own health purposefully so that we can become the people we are created to be.
When I’m not thinking about food and nutrition, I’m a Certified Wedding Coordinator and Consultant over at Chiantelle Nicole Events and Weddings.
I enjoy exploring my home province of British Columbia and travelling to a variety of places. If I could honestly do anything for the rest of my life, it would be to travel and eat. Being in community is also something that I value deeply and do as much as I can to give back.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by Chia’s Eats! I look forward to sharing this journey and in building this community with you :)
Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ via Canadian School of Natural Nutrition