Hi I’m Anastasia
Iím a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant†and mom who believes in eating real food and keeping things simple.
I love working with health conscious moms like you who want to feed their families healthy food but are overwhelmed with all the conflicting nutrition advice available and donít want to spend all day in the kitchen.
You are so busy keeping your family healthy that you often neglect yourself.
You know your family needs a healthy and happy mama. You are the glue thatís keep your family together and running smoothly.
I mentor moms on how to ditch the food guilt and nourish themselves with real food so that they can have the energy to take care of their family.
Moms I work with feel confident in the grocery store, kitchen and at meal time.
Together we create a simple plan that will work for you and your family.
You can be a great mom without sacrificing your own health.
Iíve always loved food and eventually developed a passion for nutrition. As a teenager I started experimenting in the kitchen in hopes of discovering a fat-free brownie that tasted as good as the original. This was back in the day when low-fat diets were all the rage.
My interpretation of healthy has changed drastically over the years. I finally gave up calorie counting and deprivation diets. I got to a place where I was able to respect my body and focus on what it could achieve instead of what size of jeans I wore. It took a lot of self-help books and research for me to realize that diet-cola, fat-free jello and rice cakes left me feeling empty, moody and tired.
After I survived my fat-free and vegetarian days, I discovered whole foods nutrition. I went back to school to become a Holistic Nutritionist and turn my passion for food into a career.
While in school, I continued to experiment with different types of diets. I wanted to have a better understanding of how they worked and find the one that worked best for me. This is how I came to follow a vegan diet for over a year.
I have to admit that at first I felt fantastic and the food was delicious and healthy. I thought that I had found the perfect diet and started diving into the vegan lifestyle. Unfortunately, I noticed that I was constantly hungry and needed to snack a lot. Eventually my energy started to dip and I experienced bloating and a slow weight gain. Back to the drawing board.
I didnít miss eating meat but I did feel like something was missing from my diet. I decided to trade in my beans, legumes, soy and grains for meat, seafood and eggs. This was essentially the template for the Paleo or Ancestral Health Diet. The transition was easy since the two diets emphasized nutrient dense whole foods that are seasonal and as local as possible. My energy increased, my bloating disappeared and my weight stabilized. I found the food delicious and easy to prepare. I started my Paleo journey back in 2010. Since then I had an easy pregnancy that produced a healthy son.
My son is now a toddler and our family is continuing on the path of high quality nutrient dense food. Typical meals for us contain vegetables, meat, healthy fat and snacks are usually fruit, nuts or a paleo muffin. We avoid eating gluten, refined sugar, dairy, soy and most grains. This doesnít mean we never eat these things we just donít eat them daily and feel better for it. Our goal isnít to be perfect and we definitely donít get stressed when eating out. We continue to experiment and try new foods and recipes to keep things interesting and fun. Itís been a wonderful adventure with many rewards such as excellent health for our whole family. I feel very fortunate to have found the world of holistic nutrition and the paleo lifestyle.
I started A Healthy Journey in 2009 and have been helping women and families with their nutrition goals.† Because of my personal journey I am dedicated to helping moms who are overwhelmed with the nutrition information available and just want to ditch the food guilt and feed their families simple, delicious and healthy food without spending all day in the kitchen.†
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