I grew up in rural Ontario in Canada. My parents had immigrated from Holland bringing with them their knowledge and passion for growing their own food.
I played at my mother's feet while she worked in the fields, later joining her and my siblings as we cultivated the earth by seeding, planting, growing and picking our harvest. I spent my summers barefoot in the fields, outside under the sun, and on weekends selling what we grew at the local famers' markets. I knew where my food came from and was taught to respect the land. When I left my home town for college, I packed equal parts clothing, furniture and the food I had grown and preserved that last summer I spent at home.
I stumbled across holistic nutrition quite by accident when I went looking for a job to supplement my music career. Because it was an instant fit for me, I decided to pursue nutrition as a career. I loved that I could be of help to others as well. It has proved invaluable to my health and the health of my clients. The health and wellness field can be very confusing. I am proud of the programs I developed. These programs have given me lifelong benefits. It is so gratifying knowing that I do the same for my clients everyday.
In 2014, I stepped out of my old style of counseling to work with a new approach to nutrition through coaching. Embracing my love of cooking, I began to add new foods into my client's diet instead of just cutting foods out. Making my clients a part of their own healing process made much more sense to me. The person I turned to for help with this transition was Meghan Telpner and it was through her Academy of Culinary Nutrition that I owe my new philosophy of better health through the abundance in nature. I believe food does matter. I now write, blog and create new recipes to show that abundance.
My Seven Basic Principles of Health:
1. Reduce toxic exposure.
2. Eat the colors of the rainbow.
3. Eat local and organic.
3. Eliminate processed foods.
4. Manage your stress.
5. Drink water.
6. Sleep soundly.
7. Live your passion.
Audrey Vanderstoop, Registered Holistic Nutritionist , Personal Trainer Specialist and Lifestyle Educator, has worked in the field of weight management and nutrition for over twenty years. Audrey was voted Best Nutritionist by the Burlington Post Readers Choice Awards, fourteen years in a row, 1998-2012.
Audrey began her career in Toronto under the mentorship of author, educator and clinical nutritionist, the late Carola Barczak, a highly respected pioneer in the field of nutrition. Over the span of her career she has had the opportunity to train with other masters in the field of nutrition such as Dr. Robert Rakowski DC, CCN, DACBN, DIBAK, David Rowland, PhD, founder of the Edison Intstitute of Nutrition, and Dr. Kristi Hughes, ND, Associate Director of Medical Education at the Institute for Functional Medicine.
In the spring of 2010 Audrey received her certification as a Personal Trainer and by the end of the year was a Certified FirstLine Therapist and Lifestyle Educator. Presently certified as a Zumba Fitness, Zumba Gold and Aqua Zumba Instructor, Audrey obtained her Group Ftness Instructor certification in December of 2011, as well as becoming a Mind Body Specialist.
Audrey completed a fourteen week intensive with the Academy Of Culinary Nutrition in 2014, earning a certificate as a Culinary Nutrition Expert.
A strong believer in giving back to the community, Audrey has donated time and money to the Police Association, the Fire Fighters Fund, the Food Bank, The Cancer Society, The Canadian Diabetes Association, the MS Association, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Rick Hansen's Wheels In Motion, Joseph Brant Hospital, Women's Shelters and many local fundraisers focusing on education and community programs.
She has made appearances on Cityline, City Live at 5, Breakfast Television and Flare TV. She has been a regular contributor to The Burlington Post's "Ask the Pro's" and "Healthy Lifestyles". Audrey has acted as a small business consultant, mentored newly designated RNCPs and was a guest facilitator for a Women's Empowerment Retreat in Akumal, Mexico. She continues to conduct training seminars and workshops in health and wellness, customer service and retail sales.
Food allergies & intolerance
Healthy cooking / meal planning
Diet and Detoxification