“Definitely have Liz speak at your next meeting and read her book. She’s fun, current, informative, and knowledgeable. She speaks with clarity, provides rationale for her recommendations, and has a realistic approach to healthy eating. She’s clearly an expert in her field and very inspiring! She is ‘a must-see’!”
Office of the Employer Adviser
To deliver science-based, nutrition advice to help you live the healthiest, happiest, and most delicious life possible!
Who Is Liz?
I’m a registered dietitian with a passion for peanut butter sandwiches and an undying love for chocolate. I’ve been researching, writing, and speaking about eating for optimal health for over 25 years. I have two wonderful daughters, love hiking outdoors, and playing hockey in the winter. Perhaps, most importantly, I never let a good dance song go to waste!
The Next Frontier: Food & Mental Health
For most of my career, my focus has been primarily on eating for optimal health and the prevention of disease. More recently, I’ve also taken a deep dive into the science of food and mental health. This includes the profound impact of food choice on brain and gut health, which greatly influences our risk of anxiety and depression. It also includes the undeniable connection between poor body image, feelings of deep shame and depression, and the development of disordered eating. Bottom line, for optimal mental health, we must not only eat foods that nourish our bodies and brains, but also work hard at establishing healthy relationships with our bodies and food.
Mental Health Training
In addition to my nutrition education, to support my work in mental health, 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)
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