Welcome to The Holistic Blonde <3

 
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Hello! Welcome to my very first blog post. I hope you are as excited to be here as I am!

My name is Kelly Gillies, aka The Holistic Blonde, and I am a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and a Registered Psychiatric Nurse. I am passionate about ALL things nutrition and mental health, so if you’re looking to gain knowledge in the field of holistic health, then this is the place to be.

I didn’t always eat superfood smoothie bowls, nutritious green salads, raw turmeric, or fresh pressed green juices. I didn’t always meditate, go to yoga, implement a daily gratitude practice, or write in my journal. It actually took me years of self-experimentation, years of education, and falling in love with self-development that lead me to where I am today. And where is that exactly? Well let’s just say I feel the most physically, mentally, and emotionally well than I’ve ever felt! I am only continuing to explore the world of biohacking and holistic wellness that will undoubtedly lead me to being an even more optimal human being than I was before.

After growing up stick thin with a racing metabolism, I was used to my lean frame. I never had to worry about weight, dieting, or fat shaming as do the growing amount of young women that face those challenges today. I was blessed with the genetic lottery. I grew up on processed carbohydrates and sugar laden foods. I added sugar to my strawberries and a hefty amount of cheese on my broccoli. I didn’t know what an avocado was, or even like them til my 20’s, and if chicken nuggets weren’t on the menu, I’d rather eat my fingernails. I only drank chocolate milk or apple juice, and I wouldn’t be far off by saying I probably consumed close to 1000 Twix Bars in my early years. McDonald’s and Stuffed Crust Pizza weren’t treats for me, they were a typical night's dinner. In other words, I was the complete opposite of holistic nutrition.


When I became an adult and responsible for my own eating habits, things didn’t get much better. For the record, my mother was a single mom working up to 3 jobs, and she did her best to provide for me and my brother, however, optimal nutrition wasn’t always the biggest priority. Yes, I began cooking for myself more, but I still had nutrition backwards. I was fueling myself with too many refined carbohydrates and the wrong types of fats. My microbiome was already a mess due to my early years of poor nutrition and dozens of antibiotic series, and I was extremely addicted to sugar. Switching to a healthy diet without proper education didn’t seem very likely. I went through the low-fat phase, the high carb phase, and tried every diet in the book. My weekends consisted of bar hopping with friends followed by late night donairs and “hangover Sundays".” I needed a complete nutritional overhaul and to be quite honest, I wish there was someone just like me that could have showed me the ways while I was trying to discover the “right” way to eat. Which you will soon learn, there is no “right” way.


I joined a Crossfit gym (please keep your comments to yourself) and within a few weeks I had heard about the Paleo diet and my roommates and I immediately became obsessed. Probably because it had something to do with Crossfit. I started fueling myself with whole foods, less refined products, and let’s be honest, a little too much almond butter. But I felt amazing! This was the first time in my life, at 21 years old that I began to care about what I put into my body. Soon enough the inflammation, anxiety, and constant bloat that I had been used to started to fade away. It was around this time that I watched a Ted Talk called Mind Your Mitochondria about Dr. Terry Wahlberg and her miraculous recovery from MS using a paleo diet approach. I was completely mindblown, and fell in love with nutrition and its healing properties.


The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition was on my radar. I had pamphlets sent to me about the program and seriously considered beginning a full-time distance diploma program while also working full-time as a registered psychiatric nurse. Life got busy as it usually does, and I never enrolled in the program. Fast forward to May of 2015, and I moved myself and my civic full of my belongings to beautiful Kelowna. Within a few months of working 12 shifts at the hospital, I quickly realized I needed something else to focus on in my spare time. I started blogging, but I still wasn’t completely satisfied. With a quick google search about the CSNN program, an email to the school, a deposit for the program, I was enrolled!


First of all, going back to school after almost 4 years is not fun. Especially when your anatomy and physiology credits didn’t transfer over and you have to repeat the courses! Ah, oh well. I passed with flying colors, and finally had the credentials I needed to start my own nutrition consulting business. To be honest, even if I had the time and money I would never complete a dietician program, because it doesn’t align with my beliefs about health and nutrition. I would literally have to be telling people to eat bagels in the morning to manage their blood sugar and meet their recommended amount of grain products for the day. No thank you.

After I graduated I didn’t jump into becoming a holistic nutritionist like I had originally planned. Instead I fell back into my comfort zone at the hospital, with the guaranteed paychecks. I travelled and paid off debt. I watched others accomplish their dreams while sitting on the side lines. The thing is, I had big dreams but I didn’t trust that I could ever follow through or that I was worthy of having it all. There were some major roadblocks in front of me, and the funny thing was, I was the one who placed them there.

I hired a business coach, started spending time with like-minded people, adopted a morning routine (meditation, gratitude, & exercise), and just started putting myself out there. I am truly amazed at how things progressed once I started focusing on the things I wanted. My desire to help others through a holistic approach is truly my passion. The fact that you can truly heal yourself using food at other holistic practices makes my heart skip a beat! And if I can provide that education to you, and benefit your life so that you become a better human being in any way, well then sign me up! This is where I belong.

Welcome to my platform. I will be sharing recipes, information about mental health disorders, nutritional advice, biohacking tips, and all things self-development so that you can get the most out of this blog during your visit. As for my services, I charge $399 for my basic nutritional consulting with a comprehensive health history & 6 weeks of meal planning! Check out My Products Page for my other offers and packages.Hello! Welcome to my very first blog post. I hope you are as excited to be here as I am!

My name is Kelly Gillies, aka The Holistic Blonde, and I am a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and a Registered Psychiatric Nurse. I am passionate about ALL things nutrition and mental health, so if you’re looking to gain knowledge in the field of holistic health, then this is the place to be.

I didn’t always eat superfood smoothie bowls, nutritious green salads, raw turmeric, or fresh pressed green juices. I didn’t always meditate, go to yoga, implement a daily gratitude practice, or write in my journal. It actually took me years of self-experimentation, years of education, and falling in love with self-development that lead me to where I am today. And where is that exactly? Well let’s just say I feel the most physically, mentally, and emotionally well than I’ve ever felt! I am only continuing to explore the world of biohacking and holistic wellness that will undoubtedly lead me to being an even more optimal human being than I was before.

After growing up stick thin with a racing metabolism, I was used to my lean frame. I never had to worry about weight, dieting, or fat shaming as do the growing amount of young women that face those challenges today. I was blessed with the genetic lottery. I grew up on processed carbohydrates and sugar laden foods. I added sugar to my strawberries and a hefty amount of cheese on my broccoli. I didn’t know what an avocado was, or even like them til my 20’s, and if chicken nuggets weren’t on the menu, I’d rather eat my fingernails. I only drank chocolate milk or apple juice, and I wouldn’t be far off by saying I probably consumed close to 1000 Twix Bars in my early years. McDonald’s and Stuffed Crust Pizza weren’t treats for me, they were a typical night's dinner. In other words, I was the complete opposite of holistic nutrition.


When I became an adult and responsible for my own eating habits, things didn’t get much better. For the record, my mother was a single mom working up to 3 jobs, and she did her best to provide for me and my brother, however, optimal nutrition wasn’t always the biggest priority. Yes, I began cooking for myself more, but I still had nutrition backwards. I was fueling myself with too many refined carbohydrates and the wrong types of fats. My microbiome was already a mess due to my early years of poor nutrition and dozens of antibiotic series, and I was extremely addicted to sugar. Switching to a healthy diet without proper education didn’t seem very likely. I went through the low-fat phase, the high carb phase, and tried every diet in the book. My weekends consisted of bar hopping with friends followed by late night donairs and “hangover Sundays".” I needed a complete nutritional overhaul and to be quite honest, I wish there was someone just like me that could have showed me the ways while I was trying to discover the “right” way to eat. Which you will soon learn, there is no “right” way.


I joined a Crossfit gym (please keep your comments to yourself) and within a few weeks I had heard about the Paleo diet and my roommates and I immediately became obsessed. Probably because it had something to do with Crossfit. I started fueling myself with whole foods, less refined products, and let’s be honest, a little too much almond butter. But I felt amazing! This was the first time in my life, at 21 years old that I began to care about what I put into my body. Soon enough the inflammation, anxiety, and constant bloat that I had been used to started to fade away. It was around this time that I watched a Ted Talk called Mind Your Mitochondria about Dr. Terry Wahlberg and her miraculous recovery from MS using a paleo diet approach. I was completely mindblown, and fell in love with nutrition and its healing properties.


The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition was on my radar. I had pamphlets sent to me about the program and seriously considered beginning a full-time distance diploma program while also working full-time as a registered psychiatric nurse. Life got busy as it usually does, and I never enrolled in the program. Fast forward to May of 2015, and I moved myself and my civic full of my belongings to beautiful Kelowna. Within a few months of working 12 shifts at the hospital, I quickly realized I needed something else to focus on in my spare time. I started blogging, but I still wasn’t completely satisfied. With a quick google search about the CSNN program, an email to the school, a deposit for the program, I was enrolled!


First of all, going back to school after almost 4 years is not fun. Especially when your anatomy and physiology credits didn’t transfer over and you have to repeat the courses! Ah, oh well. I passed with flying colors, and finally had the credentials I needed to start my own nutrition consulting business. To be honest, even if I had the time and money I would never complete a dietician program, because it doesn’t align with my beliefs about health and nutrition. I would literally have to be telling people to eat bagels in the morning to manage their blood sugar and meet their recommended amount of grain products for the day. No thank you.

After I graduated I didn’t jump into becoming a holistic nutritionist like I had originally planned. Instead I fell back into my comfort zone at the hospital, with the guaranteed paychecks. I travelled and paid off debt. I watched others accomplish their dreams while sitting on the side lines. The thing is, I had big dreams but I didn’t trust that I could ever follow through or that I was worthy of having it all. There were some major roadblocks in front of me, and the funny thing was, I was the one who placed them there.

I hired a business coach, started spending time with like-minded people, adopted a morning routine (meditation, gratitude, & exercise), and just started putting myself out there. I am truly amazed at how things progressed once I started focusing on the things I wanted. My desire to help others through a holistic approach is truly my passion. The fact that you can truly heal yourself using food at other holistic practices makes my heart skip a beat! And if I can provide that education to you, and benefit your life so that you become a better human being in any way, well then sign me up! This is where I belong.

Welcome to my platform. I will be sharing recipes, information about mental health disorders, nutritional advice, biohacking tips, and all things self-development so that you can get the most out of this blog during your visit. As for my services, I charge $399 for my basic nutritional consulting with a comprehensive health history & 6 weeks of meal planning! Check out My Products Page for my other offers and packages.