LIVING LIFE IN FULL COLOUR
I am a Toronto-based nutritionist, author and founder of the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. I’ve been told that my humorous, engaging and real approach to living an awesome, healthy life is what draws people in and inspires them to stick around. My school, the Academy of Culinary Nutrition, is growing a global community of vibrant living advocates, and I have two bestselling books, UnDiet: Eat Your Way to Vibrant Health and The UnDiet Cookbook, which are creating a revolution in how people think about their health. I’ve been featured in Forbes, ranked as one of the top 100 female entrepreneurs in Canada, and named Best Holistic Nutritionist in 2017 and 2018 with National Nutrition. I live in Toronto with my husband Josh Gitalis, a functional medicine practitioner, and our son Finley.
This Is My Story
2003: My first dive into the world of nutrition began in 2003 after developing some significant digestive issues leading up to and while travelling in Africa. Upon my return, my symptoms worsened.
2006: I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, an autoimmune, inflammatory bowel disease. Without a solution available through conventional medicine, I took on an integrative approach to healing that included yoga, meditation, acupuncture, herbal remedies and a transition to a real food diet. You can read the full healing story here.
2007: My experience healing inspired me to return to school and study holistic nutrition.
2008: I spent the first few months of the year interning at a health resort in St. Lucia. Upon returning, I began my own business doing consulting, teaching intimate cooking classes in my loft in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood, and began writing my blog, then called “Making Love In The Kitchen”.
2010: I landed my first regular media gig on a national lifestyle show, The Marilyn Denis Show. This was also the year I landed my first book deal for UnDiet. I began running my first retreats and expanded my cooking class offering.
2011: We ran the first in-person round of the Culinary Nutrition Expert Program and began to experiment with online courses.
2012: I got married to the most incredibly wise Josh Gitalis, a clinical nutritionist and functional medicine practitioner.
2013: UnDiet : Eat Your Way To Vibrant Heath was released and became a #1 bestseller! UnDiet: Eat Your Way To Vibrant Health (McClelland & Stewart, 2013) is a lifestyle guide for defining how you want to live in order to achieve optimal health. UnDiet hit #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list, #2 in Globe and Mail and was named 2013 Best Health and Nutrition Book by Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
2014: I launched the Academy of Culinary Nutrition and began writing my second book, The UnDiet Cookbook. The Academy of Culinary Nutrition is a hub of culinary nutrition information, offering the flagship Culinary Nutrition Expert Program. As of December 2018, the Academy of Culinary Nutrition has graduated over 1,800 students in 57 countries. We also have over 200 certified instructors teaching classes in 20 countries.
2015: The UnDiet Cookbook was released and became a #1 bestseller! The UnDiet Cookbook (Appetite by Random House, 2015) 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 and took home Gold at the Taste Canada Awards.
2017: My little boy Finley was born!
2018: With over 1,800 graduates of the Academy of Culinary Nutrition, I launched a new opportunity for our graduates to become instructors of the school. I now celebrate our 200 Academy of Culinary Nutrition Certified Instructors in 20 countries teaching the very same classes that I taught in my kitchen a decade ago.
Today: I continue to create and launch courses with the Academy of Culinary Nutrition and enjoy observing how the health world grows and evolves. After over a decade in this field, I remain incredible inspired, and more passionate than ever to offer the information and resources people are seeking to help themselves live to their fullest potential.