“If you have a chance to see Liz – DO IT! If she came back tomorrow I’d see her again in a heartbeat.”
Simcoe Board of Education
I’ve been researching, writing, and speaking about nutrition for over 25 years. I speak regularly to corporations, associations, health professionals, educators, parents, and students across North America. My audience size varies from very large conventions to small, intimate groups. I deliver keynote presentations, half-day presentations, and full-day workshops. Clients refer to my talks as “engaging, informative, insightful, practical, inspiring, and fun”. I’m happy to provide references upon request.
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Allow me to build and customize a talk for you. Below are my two most requested programs.
Eating For Optimal Health & Happiness
It was Hippocrates who said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. What we eat profoundly affects our physical health, including our energy levels, the strength of our immune system, how quickly we age, as well as our disease risk, body weight, quality of life, and longevity. Food choice also impacts our mental health, including our ability to think and learn, and whether we feel happy, anxious, or depressed. In this fast-paced, thought-provoking, and entertaining session you’ll learn why our toxic food environment, including super tasty, ultra-processed foods, are so harmful to our health. Common foods myths and misunderstandings are clarified, including the truth about gluten-free diets, vitamin supplements, juice cleanses, red wine, coffee, and more. Discover which foods provide all-star health protection (like kale, blueberries, black beans, quinoa, turmeric, and almonds), as well as how much is too much when it comes to sugar, salt, and red meat. Get great advice on healthy eating (and snacking!) on the run and how to feed your family well. Understand what the science says about not just losing weight, but actually keeping it off. Appreciate the significance of a high-fibre eating plan in nourishing your microbiome.
Bottom line: This inspiring presentation is about choosing nutritious, disease-fighting, all-star foods and minimizing the intake of dietary villains to optimize your physical and mental health. It’s about “letting food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Information included in this presentation:
- Identify foods that are most health protective, along with recommended intakes (specific fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, herbs, spices, and more)
- Identify foods most harmful to health (sugar, salt, red and processed meats, unhealthy fats) and recommended limits
- Learn the truth about water, tea, coffee, fruit juice, soft drinks, milk, smoothies, and alcohol (including red wine!)
- Get clarification on common food myths and misconceptions, (detox diets, gluten, probiotics, pesticides, sugar alternatives, coconut oil, vitamin supplements, vegan diets, and more)
- Learn how food choice impacts your microbiome, which affects every aspect of your health and well-being
- Learn how highly palatable, ultra-processed foods influence reward pathways in the brain and harm health
- Understand how powerfully the food environment influences food choice, including food advertising, food cues, food processing, and food availability
- Learn what successful weight maintainers (those who’ve lost weight and kept it off) have in common
- Understand how significantly lack of sleep impacts appetite and body weight
- Get practical tips on how to eat and snack healthier at home and at work
Food, Body Image & Mental Health
“Perhaps the most intimate relationship each of us will ever have is not with any fellow member of our own human species. Instead, it is between our bodies and our food.”
Mariette DiChristina, Editor, Scientific American
One of the greatest factors influencing our relationship with food, is the relationship we have with our bodies and ourselves. In our current media environment, including social media, the vast majority of females and an increasing number of males, suffer from significant body dissatisfaction. Family and friends, often unknowingly, contribute to the problem. This lack of body acceptance and discontent impairs mental health, leading to low self-esteem, deep shame, and depression. Body dissatisfaction is also the strongest predictor of disordered eating and eating disorder development and maintenance. Our current food landscape – characterized by easily accessible, highly palatable, ultra-processed foods – contributes to the problem. Helping individuals and society develop healthier relationships with their bodies, themselves, and with food should be a priority for all. Practicing mindfulness and self-compassion, as well as learning to silence the inner critic, and better regulate emotions, all make a difference. Strong family relationships and shared family meals also matter. Discouraging extreme dieting, meal skipping, “fat talk”, and excessive use of social media is critical. This enlightening and informative presentation is about using food to nourish your body in a healthy way, as well as learning to love your body, and truly love yourself.
Information included in this presentation:
- Learn how powerfully body image affects our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, as well as our relationships, and quality of life
- Understand how mothers, fathers, siblings, and friends all promote body dissatisfaction and unhealthy relationships with food, often unknowingly
- Recognize why weight-based criticism, teasing, and bullying leads to severe self-criticism and self-hate
- Understand the direct and harsh relationship that exists between media consumption and body dissatisfaction, including the internalization of the “super thin ideal” for females and the “muscular ideal” for males
- Learn how body dissatisfaction leads to low self-esteem, deep shame, and depression, and is the strongest predictor of disordered eating and eating disorder development and maintenance
- Recognize how “fat talk” and “body checking” reinforce body dissatisfaction
- Appreciate how social media, including “selfies”, encourages an obsession with physical appearance and a constant comparison to others
- Understand that male body image problems frequently come disguised as health and fitness goals, often involving the excessive use of body-building supplements
- Learn why parents need to focus on their child’s habits and health, not their body weight, and why stable families and strong relationships matter so much
- Appreciate how family meals create healthier, happier relationships with food and with each other, and why they should be a top priority in every home
- Understand how dieting and meal skipping promote obesity and disordered eating and should not be tolerated
- Learn why mindfulness, silencing the inner critic, and practicing self-compassion are critical to healing unhealthy relationships with food, our bodies, and ourselves
Please note: I’ve recently completed training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (University of Toronto) and Emotion Focused Therapy (York University) and Self-Compassion (with Kristen Neff, PhD).
Health & Wellness Programs
More and more companies are developing Health and Wellness programs. I can assist with both the development and delivery of the program. Healthier employees are good for the bottom line. They’re happier, more productive, miss work less often, and result in lower health care costs. A good wellness program also significantly increases employee satisfaction and lowers employee turnover.
Retreats are the ultimate environment for lasting and meaningful change. Clients can hire me for one or two day weekend (or weekday) retreats. Large or small groups can be accommodated. Clients choose the location (I can help). It should be surrounded by nature and have access to plenty of hiking trails and other outdoor activities. The retreat includes nutrition lectures, cooking demos, great food, meditation, hiking, dancing, fit breaks, life lessons and more.
I have been a long-term member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, the Global Speakers Federation and Toastmasters International.