I’m Rebecca, a Holistic Health Coach, Culinary Nutrition Expert, Recipe Developer and lover of food.
I support busy women like you to nourish themselves and become confident in the kitchen by teaching cooking classes, providing a bespoke menu planning service and sharing lots of delicious, easy recipes for you to enjoy.
If you are confused about where to even start when it comes to eating more healthfully and find it all a bit overwhelming then you have come to the right place. There are no fad or gimmicks here, only nourishing foods to be enjoyed. If you’re worried that you don’t have time to create nourishing meals or snacks or don’t know where to start, I will help you on your journey, lessen the overwhelm and be your biggest cheerleader on your healthy journey!
My journey to health…
I have enjoyed cooking for as long as I can remember, although it wasn’t until I was diagnosed with gluten and dairy intolerances and had to overhaul my diet that I became more aware of how certain foods can be incredibly beneficial.
Changing my diet has not only helped me to manage my irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) (which was diagnosed when I was 10 years old) to a point where I am no longer consumed with thoughts of it or have frequent flare ups. It has given me so much more energy and generally made me feel a whole lot better.
Being diagnosed with IBS at a young age, diet was never mentioned. I was given medication to help but otherwise sent on my way. Through my teenage years and my twenties my IBS flare ups were frequent - I missed lots of school - and I would go back and forth to the doctor for more medication.
I never thought about my diet and to be honest I just wanted to go out and have fun with friends and not be concerned about if I could or couldn’t eat anything. I was more concerned about the toilet situation when I was out and if I would be close to one should my IBS be triggered. Looking back it’s so easy to see that if I had helped myself with my diet then the worry about toilets wouldn’t have been so consuming and the cause of so much such stress and anxiety before heading out to try and enjoy myself.
It wasn’t until my early thirties around the time that I found out I was gluten and dairy intolerant that I decided to take a serious look at my diet. At first it was so overwhelming, so many foods I couldn’t eat! How expensive and time consuming it was going to be making everything from scratch or having to buy gluten-free products. Yet, I knew I needed to make a change. Not only physically was my body not in great shape - bloating, cystic acne, swelling, weight that wouldn’t shift but mentally I wasn’t great either and was diagnosed with anxiety and depression.
After talking with my doctor I started making some changes and started to focus on what I could eat versus what I couldn’t. I started to experiment with different foods that I hadn’t cooked with before and a whole new world started to open and I found my passion!
Back to School…
As I had experienced the power of how foods can make me feel, both the good and the bad in terms of my health, I was eager to learn more. This led me to the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York to train as a Holistic Health Coach. I then enrolled at the Academy of Culinary Nutrition in Toronto to become a Culinary Nutrition Expert. Using the knowledge and skills I gained helps me immensely in the kitchen when creating recipes for the website, clients and myself.
I’m passionate about eating healthfully and want to show that ‘healthy’ food doesn’t have to bland, expensive or difficult to cook. I want you to feel nourished and enjoy the foods you eat. You’ll find lots of recipes on my website that use everyday ingredients that are nutrient-dense and health supportive. I will never tell you not to eat something, my role is to highlight health benefits of a number of ingredients.
I hope you get as much enjoyment out of making my recipes as I do creating them and please do share any recipes of mine you make by tagging me #nourishbyrebecca
5 Things About Me
I am an avid reader. I read every night before going to sleep. I love pretty much anything, fiction (though no science fiction or horrors) autobiographies, self-help. I absolutely adored Roald Dahl books when I was a child and I believe his books planted my love for reading.
I never seem to be not thinking about food. If I’m not thinking about my next meal then I’m thinking about recipes to develop or flavor combinations.
On that same note, I love nothing more than visiting new grocery stores or markets and discovering new foods and ingredients.
I’ve recently discovered running and I love it! I found it has been so good for my mental health and I now alternate between running and yoga as my form of exercise and depending on how I feel.
I dont like scary movie at all - what is the point in scaring myself so much I cant sleep?! Give me a rom-com any day.
Health & happiness