We all have our own life story of where we have been.
This life story has influenced our health, wellness, and what has landed us to where we are today. In our 20s and 30s, we were focused on our careers, our relationships, our families and building our lives. Our health may have been taken for granted. And then, the carefree lifestyle of our 20s and 30s catches up with us.
Now in our 40s and beyond, we are faced with the reality that we have hit…middle-age.
Our bodies don’t work as well as they used to. From vague annoyances (heartburn, poor sleep, muscle soreness) to more significant disappointments (weight gain, fatigue, diabetes, chronic illness), we can no longer get away with our chaotic nutrition and lifestyle. We are aware of our personal health and wellness. Yet, we are juggling our lifestyle while managing the other demands on our time…juggling our kids, aging parents, struggling relationships, a growing career, money management and our relationship with food. I know this because I am right there juggling with you.
Why Energize Nutrition?
Nutrition is one of the most powerful, yet under-used therapies for our health and wellness. The foods we choose (and don’t choose) have the potential to contribute (or take away from) our body’s functioning right down to our individual cells. The foods we eat and the supplements we use give our body the nutrients and superpowers it needs to be vibrant and well. How we use foods to nourish our stress and emotions, and how we eat impacts our relationship with food, and whether we are able to sustain our eating patterns on our journey toward health and vitality.
Nutrition can be used as a therapy to help with a broad range of health challenges: a lack of energy, unwanted weight gain, digestive problems like heartburn, constipation and bloating, headaches, poor sleep, mental health, emotional eating, arthritis, inflammation, peri-menopause, and of course, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, metabolic syndrome – and more! Our relationship with food will determine whether we are able to sustain our lifestyle.
Energizing your nutrition will help you feel better with food, not diets. Nourishing your body and mind will help you feel more focused, less foggy, and help you feel like your old self again! Once you are 40, you don’t need to diet - but you do need to change how you eat.
Energize Nutrition helps men and women in midlife become a healthier version of themselves through nutrition coaching and cooking classes. We provide energy, education and a shame-free space to talk about your food and nutrition struggles.
These are our business values:
We strive for excellence and care intensely about our work
We review the latest research to provide evidence-based recommendations. We scan media headlines staying up to date with the latest and greatest in nutrition and wellness.
Whether it is a cooking class, individual coaching or consulting work, we want to leave our clients feeling completely wow’ed and satisfied with the high-quality services they have received.
We remain curious and open-minded to emerging approaches to holistic nutrition and wellness – but not so open-minded that our brain falls out!
There are several approaches for nutrition and wellness. Some approaches work better for some people, while different approaches work better for others. We customize our approach to best fit the needs of our clients.
A one-size fits all never works for anyone. But there are basic nutritional foundations that are valuable for most people.
With the great interest in “alterative” treatments, we value learning about these various approaches and how they might be of value to the people we work with. We remain open – but not so naively open that we base our approaches on pseudoscientific, wishful, magical thinking. We are skilled in separating fact from fiction.
We have an insatiable appetite for learning and improvement
We understand the broad foundations of nutritional science, and can help connect the dots between seemingly unrelated parts of our clients' health and wellness.
We keep our fingers on the pulse of our industry through literature and research reviews, conferences and professional networks.
We are energized through our continual learning, helping us to spread passion in all that we do.
We live it to lead it.
As a busy professional with a partner and 2 active kids, my life and our family’s life is full. We keep nutrition, food preparation, exercise and healthy lifestyles as a core, energy-giving, and mostly non-negotiable in our lives, allowing it to fuel our overly-full lifestyle. Fitting nutrition and wellness in our lives is not always easy! I am not perfect and don’t pretend to be.
We work hard and play harder. Life is about creating amazing memories with special people. I want to add life to my years (and not years to my life!). Keeping ourselves well allows us to experience what this incredible world has to offer us.
Kristyn is a high-energy Nutritionist, mindfulness-based Dietitian and Coach. She’ll infect you with her passion and enthusiasm for good quality food and sound nutrition. Kristyn has worked with hundreds of women and men over the age of 40 years, creating a shame-free space to talk about food and nutrition struggles and inspiring clients to enjoy and embrace good-tasting food as fuel for their health and vitality, one bite at a time.
Kristyn is the CEO (Chief Energizing Officer & Chief Eating Officer) with Energize Nutrition.
Kristyn was named as one of the Top 10 Dietitians in Calgary, 2017 & 2016. She was also named a Centennial Alumni of Influence by the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan in June 2014. Kristyn is an active contributor to Dietitians of Canada, receiving two Volunteer Recognition Awards from this national professional association.
Kristyn has a Master’s of Science in Nutrition from the University of Saskatchewan and is in her 20th year of practice as a nutritionist and dietitian. Over her career, Kristyn has worked in community nutrition and public health, helping people across the life span – pregnant women, children, youth, men, women, and parents. Her degrees in nutrition and psychology, her certificate in Culinary Arts, along with training in motivational interviewing and health and lifestyle coaching, have helped Kristyn coach people about food and nutrition to help them feel better.Kristyn recently completed her Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT), Well Nourished Coaching Training, Wellcoaches Certified Health & Wellness Coach training and certification, and the Coaches Training Institute's Co-Active Coaching Core Program. She also has a Lifestyle Medicine Coach Certificate.
Kristyn is an experienced writer, publishing evidence analyses in the internationally recognized Practise-based Evidence in Nutrition database (Dietitians of Canada) on diverse topics including toddler and preschooler nutrition, pediatric obesity intervention, safety of soy across the lifespan, and lactose intolerance. She was the Editor of PEN eNews, an internationally read newsletter about evidence-based dietetic practice.
Kristyn takes a weight-neutral, mindfulness-based approach with her clients. Kristyn believes that all bodies are good bodies, and welcomes all bodies exactly as they are.
Kristyn “lives it to lead it”, eating (mostly) nourishing food to fuel an active lifestyle, while saving room for joy foods! She is a busy mother of two very active boys.