Julie Gervais, BA, MA, R.H.N.
A 2017 graduate of the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, Julie holds the title of Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N.). She is also an active member of the Canadian Association of Holistic Nutrition Professionals (CAHN-Pro). Prior to her studies in nutrition, Julie obtained an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Theology. She has worked numerous years in the mental health field within a multidisciplinary environment, where she learned that each person is a complex system with mental, physical and spiritual needs that need to be addressed in order to reach fulfillment and happiness. Little did she know that her experience in the mental health field in combination with her interest for spiritual matters would lead her to nutrition, where she would finally combine all three interests, that is mind, body and spirit, as a holistic nutritionist.
‘’Throughout my journey as a mother of three children, I have spent the past 14 years witnessing the impact of food on my children’s physical and mental health. Having 3 intense children who struggled with numerous health issues, such as extreme fatigue, severe eczema and constipation, in addition to ADHD and oppositional behaviour, I decided to change our eating habits one day at a time. Throughout the journey, while addressing my children’s physical health issues with better nutrition, I noticed they also felt happier, calmer and more in control of their emotions. Having struggled personally as well my whole life with mood swings and anxiety, and seeing and feeling the difference as a result of better nutrition, I have developed a passion for educating parents about the impact of food on our mental wellbeing. I am now on a mission to teach parents that food does make a difference in how we and our children feel every single day.
Julie is also certified as a Brain Health Coach through Amen University. ‘’By reconnecting people to brain healthy foods and healthier lifestyle choices, I help individuals address the contributing factors of common mental health challenges people face today such as mood swings, anxiety, depression, problems focusing, aggressive behaviour and learning challenges’’. According to her mentor, Dr. Daniel Amen, ‘’if our brains work right, we work right! We are happier, healthier (as a result of making better choices) and more successful in everything we do; at work, at school and in our relationships’’. By feeding our brains healthy nutrient dense foods, we are providing it what it needs to help us live fuller and richer lives.
In her spare time Julie loves to spend time with her children and husband, has traveled extensively around the world and enjoys being outdoors.