Meet Alyssa

I am passionate about life and living it to the fullest. A cliche, I know. But we only have this life to live.

So shouldn’t we make it the best it can be? And that means something different to everyone. For me it’s about being fueled by my passion and having the energy to do it all. Because I believe the modern woman can have it all.

Here’s what I know for sure about healthy living:

It is about feeling alive, grounded and excited everyday so I am receptive to life. I don’t want it to just pass by because I am tired, cranky or sluggish and don’t have the energy to appreciate the moments. So for starters, I eat healthy—loads of fresh fruit and vegetables and whole grains. Eating well isn’t just about eating for nutrition’s sake.

It’s about fuelling your life, your passions and what’s important to you.

And we won’t be able to do it all by eating the Standard American Diet of artificial, chemical-laden, low-quality junk.

Fresh FoodIf we are going to eat like everyone else, we are also going to suffer from the common ailments—fatigue, depressions, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, etc.—like everyone else.

Feeling healthy is about being intuitive, knowing.

We all have a tremendous power when we tap into our deepest intuition. Yet we can not “hear” this inner wisdom when we are experiencing energy ups and downs from a pint of Ben and Jerry’s or a Venti Mocha; or numbing our hearts and minds with another round of drinks. It’s not our fault. We are surrounded by it, but this normalized behavior doesn’t mean it is right or even good for us. Far from it. Trying one crazy, media-driven diet after another confuses us. We deserve much more.

Feeling healthy is about moving your body and getting enough sleep.

Movement heals. Have you ever noticed when you are tight, sore or in pain, if you give yourself the chance to get up and move, you start to feel better. Exercise does so much for us—it cleanses on a cellular level and boosts your mood. When we get enough sleep, we feel good and look great. And nothing feels better than waking up energized to start the day. When we have adequate sleep and exercise, we have the power and courage to handle and overcome any obstacle—mental, physical or emotional.

Physical Activity Feeling healthy is about feeling balanced in all areas of your life. There are thousands of different proven methods on how to live and eat healthfully. It is confusing. Yet in each school of thought, there lies basic truths to rely on. All the proper nutrition in the world won’t make you feel good and look great, if you suffer from a loveless personal life or unfulfilling work. It’s important to address all issues to feel truly healthy.

Feeling healthy is about being deeply nourished by the foods we eat … and the life we live. Simply put, you have to discover what’s right for YOU. And that’s exactly what I help you do.

This is holistic nutrition. This is healthy living. This is my approach.

I am a graduate of Boston University where I did my undergrad in Philosophy and Journalism. I received my training to practice Health Counseling at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, which is the only nutrition school integrating all the different dietary theories—combining the knowledge of traditional philosophies with modern concepts like the USDA food pyramid, the glycemic index, the Zone and raw foods. I studied with ground-breaking pioneers in the field of nutrition at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition which is accredited by Columbia University’s Teacher’s College and by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. The school’s mission is to play a crucial role in improving health and happiness in America, and through that process, create a ripple effect that transforms the world. For more information about my health education, please go to www.integrativenutrition.com.

I am originally from NY where I was entrenched in food, fashion and culture. I was an editor/writer for a high-end glossy magazine. I was out every night sipping and supping at Manhattan’s latest restaurants and bars (home to where I met my husband.) If not there, then I was at the city’s next art opening, museum installment, Broadway show or cultural event. Out all night, late to bed, early to rise to do it all over again the next day. I was living the high life so I thought at the time. It worked in my early 20s. I didn’t give my health a thought.

Fast forward five years, I followed my intuition and moved to Vancouver, BC for love. No longer did I need to be seen at the most fashionable places. My priorities shifted. I am more interested in feeling good, vibrant, alive and excited than I am about where I am going. I am running the seawall, practicing yoga daily and eating healthy. I am well rested and love waking up energized and excited to start my day. My fascination with wellness blossomed in this beautiful city and I became obsessed with the health of the human body. Now as a freelance lifestyle writer, I still write about what is hip and happening, and focus on fitness, food, beauty and spa trends. I am inspired to write about wellness and living a healthy lifestyle. My work has appeared in NY, FITNESS, Pregnancy, InStyle, Food and Wine, Coastal Living, Spa, Seattle, Nuvo and Montecristo magazines.

I am growing a family and holistically nourishing it. I have a thriving career, a soul mate as a husband, three small, cherished children and healthy relationships. I balance it all.

I believe the modern woman can do and have it all … and you can too.

I want to show you how. CLICK HERE to contact me