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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  • Now in Laval! 🎉 Maintenant à Laval!

We are excited to announce that @motivenutrition is now serving you in Laval from @fertilys, in addition to offering nutrition coaching services from our offices in Rosemont @crossfitwaverly, Westmount @connectepsychology and virtually, from the comfort of your own home ⭐️ So if you’re ready to get nourished, we can’t wait to meet you 🥑 To book a session or for more information, email support@motivenutrition.com 🥕
  • SWEET POTATO LEEK SOUP 
Who doesn’t love a good potato and leek soup? This version provides the same comfort and flavour you love 💕 , with the additional nourishment of sweet potato (hello body-loving beta carotene 👋🏻). We love this recipe as part of a #mealprep routine because it comes together quickly, stores well and makes a great lunch or side! 
Give it a try 👩🏻‍🍳
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Ingredients 
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large leeks, white part only, washed, sliced
Coarse sea salt
4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (2 pounds)
2L low sodium vegetable or chicken broth 
1 bay leaf
Garnish: paprika, olive oil, chives

Method
1. Sautée leeks in olive oil over medium heat for 5 minutes until softened. 
2. Add the potatoes, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and saute 5 more minutes.
3. Cover with the broth and add bay leaf.
4. Bring to boil and simmer 20 minutes.
5. Remove herbs.
6. Using an immersion blender, purée the soup and adjust seasoning.
7. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil, sprinkle of paprika and chives.

Serve immediately or store in an airtight container up to 4 days. 📸 @valiegb
  • Ready to feel your BEST in 2019? 🍓

Happy first Monday of the year!
I’m thrilled to announce that enrolment for my online group coaching program, the LOVE YOUR LIFESTYLE PLAN is now open 🎉

And since so many of you struggle with motivation and consider it your biggest barrier, we are now offering a VIP option with private coaching along the way. Space is limited for this option however so if you feel like you could use the extra accountability, hit the link in bio 😊

Oh and keep an eye out because tomorrow I’ll be releasing a workshop for a limited time, to help you set health goals with focus and intention for the new year, you won’t want to miss it👊🏼
📸 @valiegb
  • Did you fall into the New Year diet trap?😬 You’re not alone. But how about we set you up for success this year?! 👊🏼 Instead of perfection, focus on PROGRESS. 
Instead of quick-fixes, focus on SUSTAINABILITY. 
Instead of an all or nothing mindset , embrace BALANCE.

Instead of following others, build SELF-AWARENESS.

If you need a hand with your nutrition and some coaching to stay motivated beyond January...we’re here to help! 👋🏻 Give us a call today and let’s make 2019 the year of YOU. 💕🍓
  • Always hungry?! 😋
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Are you a grazer? Or maybe you just can’t seem to feel satisfied during a meal. These may sound similar but are in fact caused by different things, requiring different fixes. 
The first is an issue with satiety and the latter is with satiation. What does this mean? Hit the link in bio to find out!

New video on the channel today running through commons reasons you may be feeling hungry.  Check it out! 👍🏻