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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  • I’ve gotten into the habit of saving a little bit of dough whenever I bake. I now have a small stash of golf-ball size portions in the freezer that I whip out for my daughter to play with whenever I need to keep her busy while I cook. Play dough is great but real dough is extra fun. She shapes it, bakes it fresh and waits by the oven just like this 💕
  • Market lunches are the best💕
See my stories for a quick how-to! Happy Sunday.
  • Fresh mint tea 🍵 One of my favourite parts to a summer evening routine. Delicious, relaxing and also nice for digestion. Find the how-to in story highlights 🍃
  • Guys, we need to  talk recipe paralysis. Yes, it’s a THING. 
We’ve never been more flooded with “inspiration” and simultaneously paralyzed in the kitchen. It’s an interesting thing.

When I think back to when I was younger, I remember the rotation of family meals. After a few weeks, the same recipes came back. And it didn’t bother me. In fact, I appreciated the tradition, found it comforting.

I think about how this constant need for NEWness and variety may be taking away from our family traditions.

You should be able to name 5 recipes off the top of your head that you make for yourself or your family right now. If you can’t, then this is your first assignment to building a family recipe bank.

The goal is to create a list of 5 (ideally 10) recipes. Think of them like the “little black dresses” of your weekly dinners. They don’t fail.

Criteria: 🌿Must be easy to prepare
🌿Must have made it before and gotten good reviews
🌿Must be nutritious 
When you’re done, stick this list somewhere and whenever you’re feeling stuck, refer to it!  That simple 💕
  • Treat them like flowers and they will stay fresher longer 🌸! Place asparagus and herbs in a tall container with water, cover with a mesh bag and store in the fridge.// Traitez-les comme des fleurs et ils demeureront frais plus longtemps 🌹. Placez vos herbes fraîches ou asperges dans un contenant avec un peu d’eau, couvrez-le d’un petit sac et conservez-les au frigo.