Your body is your home – the most important one you’ll ever live in.
My mission: To optimize your relationship with food, your body, and yourself.
Because food, love and life should be delicious!
Who Is Liz Pearson?
I’m a registered dietitian with a passion for peanut butter sandwiches and an undying love for chocolate. I’ve been researching, speaking, and writing about nutrition for over 25 years. I live in Toronto and have two, wonderful daughters. I put great value on kindness, courage, and truth, as well as the ability to be silly and have fun.
Eating for Health & Happiness
After receiving my Bachelor’s Degree in Food & Nutrition from Ryerson University, I completed my one year internship at Toronto General Hospital. In 1993, I started my own company “The Pearson Institute of Nutrition.” The primary focus of my work has been researching, writing, and speaking about eating for optimal health and happiness. I’ve written four books, including two award-winning, national bestsellers. My most recent book is “Broccoli, Love & Dark Chocolate”. My next book is due out late 2018 – the focus is on food and mental health. I also speak regularly to audiences, both large and small, across North America. This includes corporations, associations, health professionals, educators, parents, and students. My work is stimulating, challenging, and most importantly, meaningful. I love what I do.
Television, Laughter & Media Work
I appear regularly on television, radio, and in print, across the country. I was the nutrition columnist for Chatelaine magazine for many years, as well as a regular “health and wellness” contributor to CBC Television, National News. Upon completion of both Improv and Stand-Up Comedy Workshops at The Second City Training Centre in Toronto, I also successfully performed at several comedy clubs in the city (being able to see the lighter side of life is important, especially when it comes to food). Finally, I have a very loyal blog fan base, including readership that’s more than double the industry average (my subscribers trust and like what I have to say).
Food & Mental Health – The Next Frontier
Over the last several years, my attention and research has shifted to the area of food and mental health. It’s an area that deserves far more attention than it currently receives. Factors such as body dissatisfaction, emotional eating, and our highly palatable, ultra-processed food supply, cause significant harm to our physical health, mental health, and quality of life. As individuals, and as a society, our relationship to food, our bodies, and ourselves, needs to change. I’m committed to being part of the movement that makes this change possible.
Mental Health Training
In addition to my nutrition education, I’ve completed training in the following areas:
Emotion-Focused Therapy (York University, Les Greenberg, PhD)
Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (Kindercare Psychology, Mirisse Foroughe, PhD)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (University of Toronto, Noah Lazar, PhD)
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (The Centre for Mindfulness Studies, Dianna Last)
Self-Compassion & Emotional Resistance (Kristen Neff, PhD)
Compassionate Inquiry (Gabor Maté, MD)
Embodied Compassion (Joan Halifax, PhD)
Working with Shame in Psychotherapy (Centre for MindBody Health, Les Greenberg, PhD/Shelley McMain, PhD/Shari Geller, PhD)
Neurofeedback in Clinical Practice (Ed Hamlin, PhD)
Next Level Practitioner Program (The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine)
A Few Final Words About Me…
Meditation is a regular and important part of my life. It helps me to see clearly, feel deeply, and let go of what no longer serves me well.
My favourite pastime, when not working, is hiking outdoors. Nature nurtures my soul like few things do. The most challenging hike I’ve accomplished so far, is the West Coast Trail – an exceptionally beautiful trail. I also play hockey twice a week in the winter. I’m not the best player on the team, but I can definitely hold my own. I love the game.
Perhaps, most importantly, I never let a good dance song go to waste. It was the German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, who said “We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.” So, here’s to living a great life – one that’s filled with dancing, good food, laughter, and of course, love – a life that’s delicious in every way!