LIVING LIFE IN FULL COLOUR
Welcome and thank you for taking some time to get to know me.
My dream job, once upon a time, was to be a fashion designer. Upon graduating with a fashion degree in 2003, I packed my bags and headed to Africa (and no, you’re not missing anything. A fashion degree and a desire to backpack through Africa pretty much have nothing to do with each other).
How did you go from a career in advertising to nutrition?
After experiencing some concerning digestive issues while travelling, I returned home and began a tour of doctors, while building a career in advertising. Three years and 19 doctors later, in 2006, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. I was told the disease was incurable- and committed right then to break the rules and live on my own terms- defying what convention was telling me. I decided it was time to question what it meant to be “healthy”.
Taking my health into my own hands, within one month I was symptom free and remain symptom free from a disease believed to be incurable. UnDieting is how I live and what I teach.
The way we live, think, and respond to the world impacts our personal health as much as how we feed ourselves.
My healing journey that began in 2006 was an education in life. I worked to get myself well, then went on to earn my certification as a holistic nutritionist. I took it beyond my formal studies, cultivating an understanding of the food we eat and the affect it has on our physical and emotional health. Specifically, I explored the impact of happiness on our health and how our connection to food influences our connection to ourselves, each other and the planet.
And then you began working as a nutritionist?
I did! I began my current career as a nutritionist by offering intimate cooking classes in my sweet Parkdale loft, which now serve as the Meghan Telpner Inc. and Academy of Culinary Nutrition headquarters. As demand for my classes grew, I began offering them online through video based courses. In September of 2013, we launched the world’s first Culinary Nutrition Expert Certification (CNE) program online. In the Spring of 2014, I built a brand new school- The Academy of Culinary Nutrition, home to the CNE program and a hub for learning about culinary nutrition, wellbeing, and business for health professionals. As of December, 2015 we have graduated nearly 1,000 students in 32 countries.
I have been blessed with the honour of now teaching the teachers- helping to cultivate health leaders in their own communities.
What are your books about?
All of this cooking, writing, teaching and cheerleading led me to write my first book UnDiet: Eat Your Way To Vibrant Health which is a lifestyle guide for defining how you want to live in order to achieve optimal health. UnDiet teaches readers how to break the rules of convention, ditch the media hysteria around diet trends and tune in to their own unique needs. UnDiet hit #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list, #2 in the Globe and Mail and was named 2013 Best Health and Nutrition Book by Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
My follow up book, The UnDiet Cookbook is the recipe collection that goes along with UnDiet. It contains 130 gluten and dairy-free recipes, and includes an entire chapter on beauty care. It was also a #1 bestseller on Amazon and in the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star.
What about the work you do helping others with their businesses?
My passion for business is an extension of my work as a cheerleader for your awesome life. If we can find work that we are passionate about and that can afford us to live the life of our dreams- then we’re set! I read as much as I do on nutrition as I do on business and beginning in 2015 have been presenting across the continent on community engagement, conscious business, giving back, and branding.
In 2016 I was featured in Forbes and ranked at #75 in PROFIT magazine as one of the top 100 female entrepreneurs in Canada.