“Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.” ~B.K.S.
My name is Martine and I’ve always been passionate about food from a very young age since my family moved from Jamaica to Asia. Having grown up in Hong Kong and Taiwan, and later settling in British Columbia, Canada, I truly appreciate my unique experience in the cultural and culinary diversity of the East and West!
My area of expertise is digestive health and wellness as I am truly passionate about food and healthy digestion. As your holistic health coach and wellness cheer leader, I am here to help you achieve your health goals, whether it being weight loss, weight gain, eating for energy, kicking the sugar habit, or just ditching that diet mentality.
My Journey to Wellness …
It’s been a while now but back in the day as a busy mom of three young energetic kiddies, and then some, I remember always focusing on immaculate housekeeping, the kiddies, and the man in my life – my wonderful family. Without realizing it, I had put everything and everyone else in my life first – that’s just how it was. Spending “me” time was absolutely NOT something that ever crossed my mind, plus I never had the time for that anyways.
Consequently, over time, my body, digestion, and energy levels became a distant second. It got to the point where I felt burnt out all the time, had full-blown adrenal fatigue, had trouble getting through the afternoon due to poor energy levels, and found it more challenging to keep weight off. I remember how I really wanted to feel better!
Shortly before the birth of my youngest child, I was faced with symptoms of food sensitivities and anxiety attacks which seemed to have slowly but surely manifested themselves over time. I knew that my body was under distress and it was finding a way to get my attention to address the underlying problems, but finding relief from conventional treatment was merely impossible. During that time, my own on-going personal battle with caring for my young son’s eczema and severe food allergies (since infanthood) also led me into researching natural and alternative treatments.
I have always been grateful for the many blessings in my life, and being able to go back to school at a later stage in life was one of them, where I gained a wealth of knowledge and invaluable experience in the world of applied holistic nutrition. In particular, I quickly learned how unwanted food allergies and inflammation all relate and stem from within our gut, and how important it is to keep the inner ecology of our bodies in balance.
My Goal …
My goal is to help you manage your digestive health so that you too can feel renewed, alive, and vibrant, and ultimately feeling your BEST!
Through my blog on nutritional wellness topics, I hope to at least inspire YOU to take control of your own health. Besides digestive challenges, food allergies and sensitivities, I am also interested in homeopathy and continue to update my knowledge and education in these areas.
I truly believe in looking at the person as a whole – body, mind, spirit and environment. I believe in finding the root cause of symptoms and in alleviating illnesses through natural and dietary means. Through my knowledge and expertise, I encourage healing from within while strengthening the body.
“It is far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has.” ~ Hippocrates
Martine graduated with first class honors from The Institute of Holistic Nutrition (IHN) in Toronto, Ontario, and holds the exclusive designation of Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP) with the Certified Nutritional Practitioners Council of Canada (CNPCC).