Meet Sheri

NutritionistWhat prompted you to do a career “180”, to leave a successful career  to become a Holistic Nutritionist?

After more than 15 years of working in the corporate world, I discovered a passion. It finally dawned on me that I could spend hours in the health and well-being section of Chapters, I devour cookbooks, read research papers for fun and immediately flip to the nutrition or recipe section of every magazine I pick up. So 3 years ago I enrolled in the Holistic Nutrition program at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. Then in November 2013, just as I was finishing up the program, I left my career in Human Resources and decided to put this new passion to work.

In what area do you specialize?

I have chosen to focus my practice on what I call “Women in Transition” – females going through puberty, experiencing infertility, carrying a child, caring for a newborn, feeling the first signs of perimenopause (the 10+ years leading up to menopause). Women’s bodies endure massive changes during these periods and nutritional support can help them balance their menstrual cycle, prepare their bodies for a strong pregnancy, ensure they get the nutrients they need for breastfeeding and for battling symptoms of perimenopause.

What makes you different from other natural healthcare specialists?

Well, I have firsthand experience with hormonal imbalance. While I waited months for appointments with doctors for infertility, I wanted to do something. Any woman out there trying for the first time to have a baby understands that sense of urgency. I couldn’t wait any longer to get started! So I contacted natural healthcare practitioners and waited no longer than a week for an appointment. They gave me immediate actions to take, through supplementation, nutrition and acupuncture, and it made a huge difference. Within a few weeks, I started to notice positive changes in my body. I now have first-hand knowledge of what it takes to improve a woman’s health during this transitional period.

Something else that sets me apart is my willingness to work with other practitioners. What I do complements Western Medicine, Eastern Medicine and other natural health practices. I already work with a wonderful team at Two the Core and we successfully service clients from multiple angles. I can do the same for you by working with the protocols other practitioners have already recommended for you.

I also bring a unique background to my job. I have a Masters degree in Business and a B.A. in Psychology. I spent 15 years consulting in the human resources industry. I have a strong business mind, but bring an analytical, inquisitive nature to my job that allows me to get to the root of a health issue and I have an empathetic personality, which is necessary to really understand what my clients are going through.

Who are your clients exactly?

I have serviced a range of clients through my years in formal study and practice.  My clients have experienced issues such as digestive problems, arthritis, cardiac arrhythmias, anxiety and weight gain. Through my own experiences with infertility and with so many friends experiencing hormonal issues, my interests have become much more focused regulating menstrual cycles, improving fertility, ensuring the strongest pregnancy possible, rebalancing post-birth and addressing the earliest symptoms of menopause.

Does nutrition really make a difference?

Yes! It is amazing what our bodies can do and how good they can feel when given the right nutrients and enough of them. You’ll be amazed by how much your body changes with good nutrition and if you are pregnant, your baby will benefit as well.  Making good choices once you’ve had the baby will help you recover more quickly, feel less fatigued and ensure that you have the nutrients you need to support breastfeeding.  Rebalancing your hormonal system early will help you stave off symptoms of perimenopause such as fatigue, headaches, and irritability.

How quickly can I expect results?

Changing your dietary habits and nutritional choices takes time and requires diligence. While most of my clients begin to feel better within the first few weeks, it can sometimes take months to balance the body systems and see more significant improvements. While I am here to advise and provide support, it is ultimately you who decides what choices to make each day. Clients who commit to the process tend to experience more sustainable, long-term health.

What exactly happens during my first consultation?

Before your first consultation, you’ll be asked to complete a Lifestyle Assessment Form and identify your symptoms. These will help me to understand your current lifestyle and diet choices, health background, and your key complaints. Understanding your symptoms helps me to narrow down the most heavily impacted body systems. You will also be asked to track what you eat for five days in a food log. This gives me a good idea of what you like to eat, how much and how often. This makes it easier to identify areas for change and also to create a plan that is customized to your tastes and preferences. We will then meet to clarify your forms, discuss your goals and create a plan to achieve them. You can schedule follow up appointments as often as you like to stay on track, change your plan or re-evaluate your goals.

Sheri, based on what I’ve read and heard about you, I’m ready to become your client. How do I get started?

Congratulations on making one of the best decisions during this transitional time in your life! You are also welcome to schedule a free 15 minute meet and greet call with me to address any last questions you might have.   Want to get started immediately? Schedule your first appointment with me by calling me or emailing me at sheri@walnutsandpears.ca.

I’m not sure I’m ready to get started just yet, what else can I do to help me ensure this is the right solution for me?

If you’re not sure you’re ready to make the commitment to nutritional counselling just yet, sign up for my e-zine. You will receive a bi-weekly email that is filled with information about nutrition and hormonal balance and how you can support your body pre-conception, through pregnancy, after birth and into perimenopause. Standing by the Bay

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