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Hi, my name is Michal.

I am a wellness consultant and digestive health expert - but really, I am a woman on a mission to support, teach, mentor and ultimately empower other smart, soulful women to release the food fight and the body bashing.

In doing so, they have more energy for creating a life that they love, they learn how to listen to their bodies, feel amazing and make a difference in the process.

 

I am truly blessed and grateful to have this opportunity.

I feel free in my relationship with food. I eat intuitively and understand what will leave me feeling my best (or not so much). It comes down to a combination of fuel, flavour and fun. I love how food nourishes me, brings pleasure to my life, and allows me to connect with people.

I feel confident in my body. I appreciate how my unique body moves, digests, and keeps me alive. I love the look of my body, including the all the scars, marks, dimples and imperfections. I move my body because it feels good, not because I ‘must,’ ‘should,’ or I did something wrong.

I love my life. I have energy for the things that matter to me, like self-care, nurturing relationships, and sharing my gifts and passions with the world.

Sadly, this was not always the case.

For many years I had an unhealthy and unhappy relationship with food, my body, and my life (it was probably my best and longest hidden secret). I would read every diet or food book I could get my hands on and eat in a very rigid way. I treated my body poorly and abused it in pursuit of the ‘perfect’ body and strive to be the woman everyone (media and society included) felt I should be. I was a chronic over-achiever, a people pleaser, a self-saboteur and the queen of everything-or-nothing. I never felt good enough and I was never, ever satisfied, exactly as I was.

This was exhausting and kept me tired, sick and feeling stuck.

A huge life event left me at the hands of the Western medical system whose only solution for me was a handful of pills and the idea that this was my lot in life, what I would have to live with forever. This was not good enough for me and I knew things had to change, right then, right away. I began researching and studying, learning about the science of food and nutrition, learning how to critically think about whether or not to believe bits of information presented in the media, on popular bookshelves, or in research itself. Learning how food affected me on all levels, in all ways and always. I learned how to trust me body, trust myself and ultimately heal.

Now I find myself in the fortunate position of helping others do the same.

I have supported countless individuals transform their lives through finding freedom in their relationship with food and listening to and loving their bodies. I’ve spent hours upon hours studying nutrition, mindfulness, intuitive eating, behaviour change, positive psychology, business, communications, and leadership; and the best part is that the more I learn, the more I find to learn. When I am not studying, I am practicing my own learnings and teachings.

If you’ve made it this far – thank you. If my words resonate with you, I invite you to connect with me and let’s talk a little more about you and how we, together, can create your ideal wellness. You are also invited to connect with me on Facebook for added support and inspiration.


I can’t wait to meet you!

 
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Please bear in mind:

Diet and nutrition covers a vast array of topics.  Is there an area of nutrition that interests you and or something you would like to explore further or require more information about?  Consider an education session on one of these topics below.  This is not an exclusive or an exhaustive list.  You could use your 20 minute complimentary discovery consultation to explore a topic or issue that’s on your mind.

- The importance of gut health and what exactly is ‘leaky gut’
- Healing leaky gut syndrome (intestinal permeability)
- Food intolerance/sensitivity testing (elimination diet program)
- Performance nutrition
- Women’s health (pre/post natal, menopause)
- Family nutrition (kids, teens)
- Weight management
- Disease management (cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease)
- Managing autoimmune disorders with nutrition and lifestyle modifications

 

Background

 

Training and Education

The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, New York City, NY, USA | Professional Training and Certification Program

Certified Coaches Federation | Life Coach Certification Program

Institute for Functional Medicine | Reversing the Epidemic of Chronic Disease Certification; Introduction to Functional Nutrition: Clinical Solutions for Addressing the Underlying Causes of Disease - Continued Education Lectures and Courses

University of Stanford | Gut microbiome certification; Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

21 Day Sugar Detox, New Jersey, NJ, USA | Certified coach and program moderator

University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa | Bachelor of Science with Honours (Life Sciences - Optometry) – Graduated with Distinction

Consistently attend various conferences, courses, workshops and seminars pertaining to holistic nutrition, whole foods and functional medicine.


Experience

BETTER - A Medical Centre For Complete Living | Calgary, AB |Resident Nutrition Consultant; Patient, Private and Group Coaching & Consulting

Workshop Presenter | Calgary, AB | Corporate and Company Workshop and Education Seminar presenter, Corporate and Company Wellness Advisor

Group and Individual Lifestyle and Wellness Coach

Metabolic Dietary Solutions | Founder, facilitator and content creator

Achieve True Health | Calgary, AB | Partner, Content Creator, Program Advisor

Yoga Passage, Calgary, AB | Resident Wellness Coach; Private Coaching and Consulting

 

Along with private and group consulting, Michal is also a sought after speaker, online summit and podcast feature guest.


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Where to find more

Michal's Publications


Program and Content for Achieve True Health, 21 Day Challenge

Featured Expert for The Personal Training Collective

Featured Expert for JD Fitness Little Black Dress Challenge

Recipe and Meal Plan Development

Foods to Achieve True Health Cookbook

Reviews

Along with private and group consulting, Michal is also a sought after speaker, online summit and podcast feature guest. See what people are saying about Michal's expertise.

 

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Michal has helped me in more ways than I can describe. She has supported me in making some of the biggest lifestyle changes possible. She is constantly available via texts and in person whenever needed. I know I can always count on her regardless of what I need. I would recommend seeing Michal for any lifestyle changes that you are thinking of making. She is so knowledgeable and seems to always have a solution to every problem. She is kind, compassionate and truly wanting to make a difference in her client’s lives. I can’t believe how much my life has changed since I started working with Michal. She has helped me develop a healthy relationship with food, make better eating choices and have a natural awareness of my body.
— Andrea L.
Recovering from an eating disorder is never easy. Through the guidance and support of the ‘Devil on Your Plate’ program I have learned to love my body, from the inside out. The gentle, nurturing approach, constant support and words of wisdom leave me feeling strong, powerful, encouraged and powerful.

Michal’s message of healing your digestion to begin healing your life was just what I needed to continue moving forward. When my doctors and therapists no longer had the answers, Michal taught me how to find my own balance and my own way. Thank you for showing me how I too can be awesome!
— Tammy P.
 
 
I met Michal at a time in my life when I had just been prescribed medication for common age related issues, something I had always sworn I wouldn’t take. She began by informing me that diet may well be the answer and that I would once again enjoy my food.

I am now off my medication, my informed choice. I have dropped the excess weight I had been carrying around for years and I now love my food. It has been a very long time since I’ve felt this good!!

Michal answered all my questions and suggested well known resources when I needed to do the research for myself. The information was up to date and opened my eyes to what I had long suspected. Pharmaceuticals are not always the answer.

Michal listened to me and supported me when I needed it the most. I felt that she was targeting my issues only and never let me waver from my own personal health goals. I count her as a good friend and someone who is always available to answer any questions that might come along. Thank you, Michal. You were just what I was looking for!
— Pam L.
 
 
My approach to nutrition in the past was simply blindly troubleshooting approaches that had worked for others with no regard towards my specific needs; this led to a bleak relationship with food, and a digestive system in turmoil. Working with Michal one-on-one and through her program was intense but approachable, especially with the keen focus on making sure that you are equipped mentally, physically, and emotionally. It takes a very special approach to get one excited about eliminating all the “good stuff” from your diet, but the support I received from Michal not only got me through the ‘getting the devils off my plate’ period, it made me thrive, and the changes I made, I intend to carry forward. I feel in tune with my body, light, and strong.
— Ariffa L.
I come from a body building background, where nutrition is the main focus. I thought I knew how to feed my body but honestly reflecting on my eating habits I realized my meal plans didn’t work for my body. Not only did I struggle to maintain this diet plan, I was spending a lot of time and money fulfilling these eating habits. I was mainly interested in nutrition advice. I believe in holistic healing but I have never had the guidance in order to heal my ailments. My main concern was dealing with my many allergies and food intolerances. In this journey I found the foods and eating habits that allow my body to function to the best of its ability, while managing my stomach problems.

A few of the outcomes from going through Michal’s program included learning how to calm my stomach issues, finding foods that suited my goals and physical activity and learning to love big meals, including calories. I am leaner, stronger and happier than I have ever been before but still enjoy food, and a glass of wine.

Everyone is different from their goals to their bodies; from their hearts to their souls. Michal honours this diversity on every individual’s path of success.
— Amy H.

Find out more about how to deal with the Devil On Your Plate here.

 
As an avid motorcycle racer, I pursued the services of ATH in order to lose weight as I was awarded the wildcard spot in the World Supersport Championship. The word ‘diet’ had always been my four letter word, and competing had left me with a poor relationship with food. I was either on a diet, or not, both in an extreme way.

Initially, Michal diverted my attention to the eliminating the ‘devil on my plate’ eating whole foods, cleaning out my system and resetting my body. The weight fell off, so much so that I needed to buy a new race suit. This original goal ended up being the least important achievement of her program.

Whilst following a whole foods protocol, my energy levels soared, my body composition shifted drastically (my body fat went down significantly), my strength increased, my sleep improved, I stopped snoring, my allergies disappeared and any digestive discomfort that I had previously experienced, no longer existed. Previous injuries had left me with severe wrist, knee and hip pain. My wrists were so inflamed that I was unable to sleep without wrist braces and was scheduled for surgery, which would have prevented me from racing. The best results from my program are that I am no longer bothered by pain; no longer do I wear wrist guards, and best of all, do not need to undergo any surgical procedure.

I have come to realize the importance of how we fuel our bodies and the effects it has on our physical and mental being. This is especially apparent when I choose to consume food-like products and have to deal with the brain-fog and inflammation that follows. Hangovers are nothing in comparison. My relationship with food has improved too. I no longer feel the need to over-indulge or deprive myself. I enjoy my food, can eat what I love and love how I look and feel.

Through the program my setbacks and mental blocks were dealt with in a manner that inspired me to continue and improve. I now enjoy checking in to keep me on track, and continue learning how important it is to hear what your body is telling you.
— Ryan T.