nutrition    nu·tri·tion // n(y)o͞oˈtriSH(ə)n/
: the science that interprets the interaction of nutrients & other substances in food in relation to maintenance, growth, reproduction, health & disease of an organism; it includes food intake, absorption, assimilation, biosynthesis, catabolism and&excretion.
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I founded Wholistic Health YYC after completing undergraduate, master’s & post-graduate certifications in nutrition-psychology & mindful eating. As a competitive athlete, business owner & mom with 2 toddlers, I respect you want to make the best food choices but struggle to digest the plethora of material out there on “healthy eating”, “nutrition”, fad diets, & such. Together with a Pharmacologist who has recently joined the WHyyc family, we’re here to educate you on the benefits of maintaining a diet rich in whole foods — benefits that extend to body & mind. Together, we have science & mind-body practices to support we provide you!

Social media bombards society with the countless celebrity endorsed diets (tricks to shed those last 10lbs before summer… sound familiar?), images of the ‘perfect’ body, & food fads that tells you to eliminate certain foods because of their perceived harmfulness or incorporating foods because of their ‘newly discovered’ health benefits. But just how sustainable are these trends? Not to mention the cost associated with them. Even though there’s endless information at our fingertips, its a tricky job sifting through it all & try to make sense of it (that’s what I’m here for).

We strive to collaborate with clients over eating behaviours, physical & mental health, & biological processes to create a sustainable relationship with food for clients, from the WHY to the HOW to the WHAT you choose to fuel your body & mind.

WHOLE FOODS services //

NUTRITIONAL PSYCHOLOGY + MINDFUL EATING PROGRAMMING

When talking about the body it’s hard to have a conversation that doesn’t touch on how we fuel the body! The focus of both mood + food therapy & mindful eating programs together involve education & practice with regard both HOW & WHAT you eat!

Nutrition Psychology is the psychological study of how cognitive choices, such as meal decisions, influence nutrition, psychological health, and overall health. Nutrition psychology seeks to understand the relationship between nutritional behavior and mental health/well-being. An assessment includes a 3-Day Food Journal for Mood (3-DFJM), which is a tool that allows simple assessment of the impact daily dietary intake is likely having on mood. Based on the results of the 3-DFJM, a method of nutritional remediation called Macronutrient Mood Therapy (MMT) can be applied.

Mindful Eating practices can be added to or explored separately in individual therapy, online group, in home meal prep format, or in person group format.

MINDFUL EATING ONLINE GROUPS

I’m honoured to be trained in the EAT RIGHT NOW app & community, & am facilitating weekly groups. Enrollment is ongoing (you can join anytime), & payment is offered monthly so you can get a taste for the app & group! Learn more or book your spot here today!

MARKET SHOPPING TOUR +MINDFUL  MEAL PREP SESSION

Before your mindful meal prep session, I’ll guide you through local farmer’s markets, we’ll tap into our senses, discuss making a mindful eating shopping list to support your mood, & build our gratitude practice by as we meet the maker’s behind the bounty of food we have!

Learn how to mindfully prepare a meal in the comfort of your own home, & get introduced to mindful eating practices & meditations. Price of groceries, based on *number of people *chosen number of daily meals/snacks requested *days for meal prep *mindful eating + nutrition psychology goal setting *in-home meal prep demo for mood-supporting meals.

PHARMACOLOGICAL CONSULTATION

There is a myriad of information surrounding what to eat, how to eat & when to eat. It’s not surprising that the majority of people feel overwhelmed and helpless when wanting to make the best food choices! Stephana is here to guide you on a sustainable & individual relationship with nutrition – learn why a wholistic approach to nutrition makes us feel so good!

A pharmacological consultation provides the groundwork from which we grow together on your health journey. The topics that we cover & the resources provided are completely dependent on YOUR unique story, body & goals. My wholistic assessment will include gathering information about your health history, sleeping habits, digestion, energy, current food intake & any other relevant information. We will also review any recent lab work, medications & current supplementation. Every nuance & detail to be important in the illustration of optimal health. Our assessment will drive a custom-tailored action plan that can either be followed independently or together, should you wish to work with me beyond the initial consult. Specialized packages/services include:

  • -General Consultation
  • -Prenatal Consultation Package
  • -Postnatal Consultation Package
  • -Prenatal & Postnatal Consultation Package
  • -Sports consultation
  • -Community Lectures, Workshops & More

IN-HOME PRIVATE COOKING CLASS & MINDFUL DINING LESSON

Class options include food+mood therapy supported recipes & mindful eating experiences (inquire about custom lessons!):

  • -Comfort Foods
  • -Baked Goods (vegan & GF version available)
  • -Ladies night appies & bevvies cooking party
  • -Mindful eating + meal prep for kids + families
  • -Mini mindful foodies (for toddlers + children)

Who pays for services?  //

Private psychological services are not covered by Alberta Health Services. However, for many people the cost of accessing psychological services can be offset through employee benefits or additional insurance coverage. The Psychologists’ Association of Alberta 2017 recommended fee schedule is $190 per hour  for individual, couples, family counselling & assessments, as well as $60 per hour for group sessions. The treatment “hour” is usually 50 minutes allowing 10 minutes from each hour for after-session notes & other services. Payment can be made by cash, cheque, etransfer or credit card. At the end of each session, clients are issued a receipt for psychological counselling services that may be used to obtain reimbursement from employee benefits or insurance company.

Private pharmacology consultation services are not covered by Alberta Health Services. However, for many people the cost of accessing pharmacology consultation services can be offset through employee benefits or additional insurance coverage. The treatment “hour” is usually 50 minutes allowing 10 minutes from each hour for after-session notes & other services. Payment can be made by cash, cheque, etransfer or credit card. At the end of each session, clients are issued a receipt for pharmacology consultation services that may be used to obtain reimbursement from employee benefits or insurance company.

How many sessions will I need?  //

How many sessions you’ll need depends on the presenting concern, complexity, severity & duration, as well as your personal motivation for dealing with presenting concerns. For some issues people can experience significant improvement in only a few sessions. Together, we can work together to estimate how many sessions you’ll require. However, ultimately, it’s your decision as to how many sessions you need, & clients are free to withdraw from services at any point.