May Update

I find this time of year to be so interesting. It’s spring. It’s supposed to be a time of cleansing, releasing, growing, and change. A time to bloom.

But I never feel like I’m blooming this time of year… I feel like I’m… flailing. Falling? Like I’m floating through space trying to grab a hold of something, but the Universe is sucking me through too fast.

I know, I know, it’s a student thing. And soon I’ll feel the sweet release of it being over. Exams will be completed. Assignments finished. I’ll move on with my life. I’ll land, somewhere, soon.

The thing about pursuing something that you really care about is that you completely invest yourself. And when you completely invest yourself, the stakes are high. And when the stakes are high, your nerves are a wreck.

What I’m trying to say is that I guess that these feelings that I have are normal.

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So moving forward, I choose to embrace it. The highs, the lows, the good, the bad, everything.

If you’ve been following for a bit now, you know that I am only about a month away from my last day of classes as I pursue my education to become Certified in Holistic Nutrition. I’m so close… I can feel it!

In terms of my lifestyle, I truly can’t complain. I’ve been working extra hard to fit in my workouts, even going now often in the morning before classes. But I find it gives me more energy throughout the day, so it’s been a welcome change. I’ve been nourishing my body with lots of whole foods, but lately I’ve been obsessed with organic tofu and romaine lettuce – sometimes I feel like I’m mostly living off that – but don’t worry I fit in lots of other yummy stuff too!

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I wish that taking care of yourself automatically equaled self love, but like most other things in life I find that loving myself is more of a working practice than anything. It’s not something I have, but rather something I do. I think that’s the way it is for most people. After all, lets boil it down: we live in a society where loving ourselves is so hard. We are bombarded by media constantly telling us why and how we aren’t good enough. Thanks to social media, we can now compare every inch of ourselves to another. It’s so easy to spiral out of control – to feel like we aren’t good enough.

I’m committed to loving myself this summer no matter how my bikini fits. And I know it sounds cliche and simple… but is it? I know I haven’t struggled with self love and body image to the degree that many have, but I can still appreciate the hardships of it.

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I don’t always summarize my monthly updates but since my thoughts are all over the place today, I want to leave you with this:

My focus right now is to overcome everything with love. Overcome stress. Overcome perfectionism. Overcome thoughts of unworthiness and worry. Overcome comparison. Overcome each and every single negative thing by burying it in a mountain-sized pile of absolute unconditional love.

I know it’s in me to give! I know my currency is love and kindness.

I love you all for sticking with me through all the humps and bumps over the years – may I be blessed with many more highs and lows to come!

What are you guys looking forward to right now?

Professional Designations in the Nutrition World 

This is something I haven’t thought of much, but now I am brought to ponder it, due to some recent events regarding my soon-to-be professional designation. 

I am a student at the Calgary School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN). The views I am sharing in this post are mine and mine alone, based on my individual personal experiences. Also, these amendments effect Alberta only, as far as my own knowledge goes. 

The Health Practicioners Act recently made several amendments, one of which affects my fellow students and other CSNN graduates. 

Previous graduates have been using the professional designation of “Certified Holistic Nutritionist”. Now, because of the amendments, the word “nutritionist” is now protected in Alberta. 

I understand that this stems from a lot of supposed confusion in the general population about what it is that CSNN graduates actually do, so I want to share a bit of that today. I cannot make much comparison to other professions, for example a Registered Dietician. Not only am I not one, but I am also not educated on that particular profession, so it simply wouldn’t be my place. 

So I’m here to talk about my community of Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultants and the magic that they do. 

First and foremost, people gravitate to this program from all different directions. I’ve met Social Workers, Personal Trainers, Stay at home moms, and everything else under the sun. We all have two things in common: the desire to help others, and the understanding that the idea of health is highly interconnected. 

Holistic is the key word. The food that we eat plays a huge role in our health, but holistic acknowledges that it is not the only component to optimal wellness. 

Wellness. It’s about lifestyle. It’s about mindset. It’s about self-love, self-care, and kindness. It’s biochemical individuality. It’s a journey. 

I chose this road to helping others because of its values and ideas, and no wording on a title can change that for me. 

Whatever professional designation I use when I graduate, my purpose remains the same : to help people be the best they can be mind, body, and soul. To care for others and to help them learn how to care for themselves. 

Thank you readers for being here and sticking with me through all of the changes over the coming year!