My story

When people ask me how I got started in my career, I simply tell them that many years ago, I won the food culture lottery. Because when you’re born into an Italian family, there’s no other way of putting it.

I grew up learning to pick perfect produce, spending Sunday afternoons shelling beans, eating fresh and in season, gardening, curing, canning and tip-to-tail cooking so no crumb would go to waste. Today these sound like trends, but to me, they were routine. A routine I now feel pretty grateful for since it fostered in me a deep appreciation for wholesome ingredients and great food at an early age. Needless to say, my passion for food began long before my professional career. Food, cooking and the family table, this trio is where my heart was.

My brain on the other hand has always been wired for science, fact and reasoning. So nutrition, the study of nutrients, body, diet and disease, became a natural academic choice.

After two degrees in human nutrition, nearly a decade of clinical experience, a business and baby,
I have never been more convinced of the NEED to spread word about nutrition’s preventative potential and the importance of cultivating a positive relationship with food at an early age. In a world where lifestyle-related diseases top mortality charts and where diet culture and body dissatisfaction take root as early as childhood, I count my blessings for having won that lottery many years ago and feel it my duty to share that fortune with you.

Motive Nutrition began as a blog and has evolved into a business I am proud to say allows me to join my two passions, food and nutrition, in order to achieve my purpose; to help people like you eat well, feel their best and make peace with their plate.

My hope is that someone along the way, whether through MN counselling, our blog, or our online programs, you feel inspired and motivated to take charge of your health and create a positive food culture in your home and for the generations to come.

Thank you for being here.
Salute,

Vanessa

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CREDENTIALS

Member of l’Ordre Professionnel des Diététistes du Québec

EDUCATIONS

B.Sc. in nutrition at the University of Montreal
Masters of Science in nutrition

Our philosophy

LIFE IS SHORT. LET’S EAT WELL AND FEEL GREAT.
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  • Greek yogurt hummus 🌱
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This high-protein Greek yogurt hummus is creamy, satisfying and perfect for weekday snacking. Who’s making it this weekend?! 👋🏻😋
  • Don’t forget to have a high-protein, high-fiber snack. Your future self will thank you. As well as any significant other. #hangry
  • This shredded Brussels sprout, chicken and cherry salad will take your lunchbox from zero to hero. Recipe on the blog today 🥗//Nouvelle recette de salade au chou de Bruxelles, poulet et cerises sur le blogue aujourd’hui. Superbe pour les lunchs 🥗
  • Knife skills 101🍎
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Slicing, dicing, chopping...Many people cringe when recipes call for too much time at the chopping block. 👩🏻‍🍳
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Now I’m not super skilled, but learning and practicing basic knife skills have turned slicing and dicing into something meditative and fun. It relaxes me rather than stress me. 😌
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Practicing your knife skills and getting in the zone the next time you’re at the chopping block will make you more efficient at meal prep and will make your food taste better, too. Give it a try!
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Tip: Don’t hold the knife like a hammer. 🙅🏻‍♀️ Instead, pinch the blade and wrap your fingers around the handle. You’ll have much better control this way. 👍🏻
  • Nuts are the perfect on-the-go snack. A blend of fiber, fat and protein for sustained energy to power through he afternoon💪🏼! Buy them in bulk, pop them in a reusable bag and toss them in your purse for the week 🍃 // Les noix sont une collation idéale. Avec leur combo fibres/gras/protéines, le résultat est un boost d’énergie soutenu pour l’après-midi. Achetez-les en vrac, placez-les dans sac un réutilisable et hop dans la sacoche pour la semaine! 💕