Meet Tessa

IMG_0133I’m Tessa Nicholson, Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Metabolic® Balance Coach and foodie!  I believe in the power of food and it’s role in maintaining vibrant health, also in reclaiming one’s health.

I have always been an enthusiastic eater!  Growing up in the Greek Cypriot  culture, it’s pretty much mandatory to eat with passion. Meal times were an event.

I grew up on what is now known as the Mediterranean diet. I am very grateful for that experience because I was headed down a very strange path when it came to my ideas about food and health.

There was a period in my life when my eating habits were influenced by the fast food culture.  I had no idea what was happening to me.  I had become so far removed from my body’s natural rhythms that I lost touch with my natural inclinations when it came to hunger and satiety.  You can read more about my story here.

I returned to my cultural roots and this helped me reconnect with real food and my intuitive responses when it came to food and my health.

Today, I continue to delight in the food experience and in particular when I see the positive impact it has on the people in my life.  

So what does this mean to you?  Particularly in an era where there is an abundance of information circulating on health and nutrition. 

Search the web on any health problem you are trying to solve and in a few clicks the answers are at your finger tips. Literally!  Unfortunately there is a huge amount of misinformation circulating about many health products that are out there.  There is also plenty of misinformation about foods to eat and those to avoid that seemingly solve any health problem whether it’s weight gain, bloating, fatigue, insomnia, hot flashes, depression, anxiety the list goes on. 

The information can be incredibly confusing, complicated, contradictory and more often than not, plain wrong. I can assure you that it doesn’t have to be that way and that’s where I come in.

 I help you understand the relationship between the food you eat and your body’s reactions. This is important because each person responds in a unique way, as unique as a fingerprint. 

I provide on-going support, expert knowledge and insights that help you solve your most vexing health challenges including losing weight and keeping it off, manage food cravings, how to get a good nights sleep, digestive upsets, achieving hormonal balance for increased energy.

I will help you optimize your physical and mental well-being with the foods that are right for your specific situation. It’s true, our food choices matter to our health and have an impact on our long term well being and vitality!

I have presented on numerous health and nutrition topics to small and medium sized groups. Comments from private clients and group participants can be found here

My decision to pursue the study of Holistic Nutrition was born out of my love of food. Why did some foods make me feel fantastic and others not so much?  I deeply wanted to understand how our daily food choices interacted with our health. How foods and nutrients work in the body to promote health and wellness. I wanted to understand the mechanisms at work.

The answers are much simpler than most of us have been led to believe.

I am now very fortunate to live in a part of Canada where fresh, local foods are abundant. I enjoy this abundance with great enthusiasm, I eat all types of whole food, simply prepared to allow the full value of the food’s nutrition to work its magic, to sustain and nourish me.

Nutrition Education

Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN)

Registered Holistic Nutrition Diploma

Advanced Natural Nutrition Diploma

Metabolic Balance® Coach

FOODSAFE Level 1

Holistic Nutrition gives the body the food and energy it needs to achieve and maintain optimum health. Each person is unique, and each person has the ability to achieve their  optimum health and vitality with a personalized whole foods plan.