HOW I GOT HERE
Hi and welcome to my website. This is the part where you get to know me a little bit.....
I'm Crystal. The Nutritionist behind urban fuel nutrition. My life hasn't always been about healthy habits. I was a very picky eater as a kid and my diet was full of refined sugars, processed foods and void of nourishing foods. I ate chocolate chip muffins for breakfast, kraft dinner for lunch and chicken fingers and french fries for dinner. My parents tried, but I would go without before I would eat anything healthy. This diet continued for me until I was 25 and battling every issue under the sun.
My journey to health started 12 years ago after becoming a Registered Massage Therapist in 2005. I was having a number of digestive issues, fighting major exhaustion, lack of motivation, irritability, brain fog, migraines, acne, insomnia and stabbing stomach pains. I had no drive to accomplish anything big or small....all at the age of 25!
After countless doctors appointments, scans and procedures I was diagnosed with IBS [Irritable Bowel Syndrome], Chronic Fatigue and Depression. I did not stop there to just 'accept' these conditions - I continued to find an answer to WHY I had these symptoms and problems rather then just accepting and living my life with them.
So my researching began: I went in for food sensitivity testing and tested positive for a number of foods with the short list including peanuts, celiac's disease [wheat & gluten] dairy, corn, eggs and sulphites. I was feeling defeated and had no idea what to eat. I focused on all the food I could not eat rather then the food I COULD eat. I changed my eating and my lifestyle habits to focus on getting better.
Over the next couple years, it was a battle when I went out to dinner or weddings because I couldn't take one little bite of that mouth-watering blueberry cheescake that surrounded me on all sides of the room. I would excuse myself until the room was cleared of dessert plates that were probably all licked clean. This experience opened my eyes to the challenge that not only I had to face but also for families that had this similar problem. I also wanted to omit the amount of refined sugars, preservatives and artificial colouring that are put in our foods. I decided that it was time to create gluten-free and guilt-free baking for people that not only have the same restrictions, but also for the ones who want to enjoy a more healthy dessert.
So the planning began! My goal was to create gluten-free, guilt-free, egg-free and dairy-free cupcakes that everyone would love....restricted diet or not. gf squared [gluten free - gulit free] cupcakes started and was a huge success. Now, I have accepted being gluten, egg and dairy-free. I do not have to battle fatigue, migraines, insomnia, excruciating stomach pains or bloating. I no longer excuse myself from the table but grab my own dessert from my purse and enjoy the company around me....because why should anyone go without!?
Fast forward to 2 years later I registered for the nutrition program at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. I stopped baking cupcakes and focused on learning how to live a happy, healthy, balanced lifestyle. [I want to continue to share my cupcakes, so my gf squared ebook will be available soon! Make sure to sign up for updates to know when it will be available].
FUEL YOUR HEALTH, HAPPINESS AND ENERGY TO THE NEXT LEVEL
URBAN FUEL NUTRTION
I know what it’s like to feel the low of lows but that’s why I’m here! That’s why I do what I do. I am here to motivate you to succeed and reach your goals. I want you to have plenty of energy because let’s face it - we do not live a vibrant happy life when we battle low energy and health problems.
How we treat our bodies - including what we fuel it with - significantly impacts how we feel and function and I want to share what has made me live a completely different life!
I am the Registered Holistic Nutritionist behind Urban Fuel Nutrition based out of Ottawa, ON but my education on living a vibrant life is not limited to the Ottawa area thanks to the access of modern technology.
Consultations can be done in person, by email, skype or facetime.
I am also still an active Registered Massage Therapist treating humans and horses.
In addition to my private practice, I am currently working on nutrition and fitness workshops.
Thanks for stopping by,