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.
Click to download my guide to Ditch the Diet & Love Your Lifestyle

Want some tips to get started on your journey?

Click here to download my guide to Ditch the Diet & Love Your Lifestyle.

  • Cost VS value 🤔

When you’re grocery shopping, look beyond the price of your food item. Consider the VALUE. 
Both nutritional value (how much nutrition bang are you getting for your buck?) and financial (what is the cost per unit of what you’re buying/how far is your dollar going). The cost per unit is always displayed on the pricing labels and is a quick way to compare value between products.

Take the potato chips vs potato bag. Sure, when you lay it out like this it seems obvious, but when cruising down the isles of a grocery store in a rush, $3 for a bag of chips can seem like a good deal. But once you compare with a bag of whole potatoes, not only are you paying less overall, but you’re getting more nutrition in the form of fibre, potassium and vitamin C, not to mention a fresh ingredient that can nourish you multiple times, from soup to baked potato fries. We’ll that deal!
  • Are you a fast eater? 
If you’re the first one to finish your meal, vacuum your plate without engaging in conversation or rarely feel satisfied after eating then head to the blog, we’ve got tips to help you slowwww down.

Slowing down forces you to bring attention to your meal, to your inner cues and helps yield more satisfaction as a result. Head to the blog for more tips www.motivenutrition.com 👍🏻
  • Recipe testing today using a favourite ingredient...dried figs! Do you love them too?😍 / On test des recettes ce matin aux figues séchées. Vous aimez? 💕
  • Like tuna salad? Love avocado toast? Have both!

Simple recipe made with pantry staples to make the perfect midday meal. Pair with a leafy salad or warming vegetable soup and you’re off to the races. 
Recipe over at MotiveNutrition.com
  • Slow down and savour this weekend 🙏🏼