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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  • Cami and I are makin delicious, hearty muffins today. Perfect to make with your little ones at home. We used raisins instead of nuts since she's still too small for them. Happy baking! The recipe is over at www.motivenutrition.com
  • What are you having for lunch today?! Let’s share some ideas below 👇🏼
  • Are you struggling with food right now?👇🏼
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Maybe the lack of routine is throwing you off. .
Perhaps the stress, solitude or uncertainty is causing you to use food for comfort more than usual.
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Maybe you are surrounded by people or foods that trigger unhealthy behaviour.
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Wherever you are, I see you, I hear you and I’m here for you.
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Reach out, send me a DM, and I’ll do what I can to support you. 💕
  • Hot cross buns and tiny hands 💕
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Every day, we come up with a baking or cooking project. For some, arts and craft ideas come easily but food projects are where my heart is at. So today, we made hot cross buns! They’re one of my favourite things to eat this time of year.
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When I work in alone with my laptop st a café, I always look for places with hot cross buns since they’re only around a short time every year.
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Since we won’t be heading out anytime soon, I thought why not try or hand at making it ourselves..and we had a blast.
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It was messy, but it was worth it. 
From measuring the ingredients, to watching the dough rise, to “painting” the icing, to enjoying a hot bun after a nice walk...cooking projects are SO rewarding.
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Let’s share some baking/cooking projects below! Will you be making pasteis de natas as @horaciodarruda suggested 💕
Let me know below!! 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼#stayhome
  • You know where to find me for the next few weeks...in the kitchen with my little helper! Here is a video from when she was younger 😭 making her favourite smoothie. Recipe below (as accurately l as I can give you, since you’ll notice she snacks on some of the ingredients so measurements may be off 🤣)
Do you want to see more #cookingwithcami ? 💕

2 cups unsweetened almond or oat milk 
1 banana
11/2 cups frozen berries
1/2 cup yogurt
2 tablespoons ground flax
Pinch of Cinnamon 
1 cup baby spinach (1/2 cup frozen) 
Blend and enjoy 😊