AND SO THE STORY GOES
KIKAN BLVD. is as much a tribute to my family as it is my philosophy in wellness. It's about honouring where we've come from, and taking care of ourselves on the most basic level in order to better serve others.
My journey in health and wellness began at the age of 14 when I was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks healthy tissue. At the time of my diagnosis, I was experiencing severe joint pain in my hands and feet, inexplicable body rashes, as well as the characteristic malar rash, a specific symptom of lupus. After years of treating my illness through conventional medicine, with minimal effects, I took it upon myself to learn the ways in which I might be able to alleviate my symptoms in a more holistic and natural way. I discontinued use of my medication immediately, and from there, began to make small lifestyle changes. With a healthy diet rich in whole foods, a moderately active lifestyle, and adequate rest, I’m able to manage my lupus and live virtually symptom-free.
Over the years, my curiosity for healing the body with the use of food and alternative methods has only continued to grow. After completing a Bachelor's degree in Theatre (when I first began to experiment with a more holistic approach to health and wellness), I went on to obtain a Master of Communication and Culture, with the thesis entitled, The Importance of Nutritional Literacy and the Significance of Product Packaging in Food Choices. I was invested in learning about the food industry and its unhealthy influences on our day to day choices, but more importantly, I wanted to learn more about how and what we consume directly impacts our well-being. Shortly after completing my Master's degree, I enrolled at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition (IHN) in Toronto, Canada, where I obtained a diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition. While at IHN, I was able to cultivate a deeper understanding about health and nutrition in the classical textbook sense, but I was also able to experiment with and explore new ideas, and form my own educated opinions about these concepts.
I was not born with a green juice in my hand. As is the case for many, it took me becoming very ill to realize that I needed to heal (on such a deep level). Not only heal, but work towards a sustainable lifestyle for achieving my best health. It’s taken a lot of time, tears, and research to get to where I am now. It's an ongoing journey, one that I haven't traversed alone. Over the past several years, I have sought the help of many: allopathic medical doctors, naturopaths, fellow holistic nutritionists, dermatologists, reiki practitioners, Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors, acupuncturists. I continue to seek guidance.
I don't think it's any coincidence that I stumbled into the realm of food, nutrition, and holistic living. There's no doubt that it helped me overcome serious health challenges at a young age, and now it's simply a part of me. To take care of ourselves should be a basic human practice, but not all of us are so lucky to learn these skills as children (or as adults). I'm grateful for my study of holistic living (which will always continue) and my work as holistic nutritionist, as it's given me the opportunity to learn invaluable knowledge and skills that help me to take better care of myself.
By taking care of ourselves we can better serve others. To be better children, parents, friends, partners, humans, a baseline of good health is important, period. In the modern world, it's so easy to get caught up in the fast life and in moving at a such a speed that we neglect to take care of what's most important, our well-being. We choose work days that are long and often demanding, sometimes physically and other times, emotionally. It is important for me, my work, and especially my time spent on this planet, in this lifetime, to take care of my body, my instrument. It's important that I have the energy and stamina, the resilience, the intelligence, and the peace of mind in order to live, grow, and flourish.
I am passionate about the interconnected relationship we have between the food that we consume and our bodies. What we consume literally becomes the molecules that make up our cells. What we consume impacts how we think and behave. I hope that you see the value in taking care of yourself before becoming ill; that you see the value in preventative health and wellness, and for wanting to be your best damn self.
This is how I work with you, my friends and my one on one clients. Encouraging you to seek more, to turn inward. To reflect, to grow and evolve, to heal. You have the tools within, I offer space to help guide you. Health is a journey, and that which must be experienced holistically in order to flourish. I hope my story inspires you to consider a more holistic approach in your life, whatever that may mean to you.
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