Hi! I’m Rachel – a 5’11” walk of life and Holistic Nutritionist (CNP) from Toronto, Canada with a burning love for all things nutritious, delicious and endorphin-inducing! I’ve been a health nut for as long as I can remember (who else indulged in hummus and carrots at the meek age of 12?) But despite my “rabbit-like” eating habits, I was a serial snacker and often turned to food to ease overwhelming emotions or stress.
Before these habits had found their place in my life, I was wrestling with anorexia. Though the severity of it was short-lived, the eating disorder mentality never really left. At one point I thought an eating disorder was something that you could overcome physically but would never leave you mentally. It was up until my third year of university that I had held onto the “mental effects.”
I don’t recall when it clicked; perhaps a result of over-exhaustion from the vicious cycle I was living or tired of fuelling myself off of aspartame-containing processed foods. But one day, it finally happened.
I was ready to let go of my past and not associate myself with my eating disorder anymore.
I no longer put restrictions on food, but I do make whole foods a priority in my life. I steer clear of viewing food as a complicated math equation (it was never my speciality anyway) and instead, appreciate food for the energizing fuel and nourishment it provides.
Why I Became a Holistic Nutritionist
After recovering from my eating disorder, I knew that I wanted to give back – I wanted to inspire people to love themselves and give their body the nourishment it needs to thrive. As much as I loved the idea of having a career in the health industry, the idea of security and people-pleasing always won. After graduating from Concordia University with a B.A in Communications (oh, and you know, a minor in theatre and marketing to boot – cause why not?), I entered the corporate world where I endured my short-lived career in advertising shortly after. Sure, having happy hours in the office were fun, but the anxiety attacks weren’t. Just short of a year later, I decided it was time to give my passion for health and nutrition the love it deserved. I enrolled at The Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Fall of 2015, graduated in 2016 and never looked back.
How I Can Help You
Too many of us go through life suffering from symptoms that we classify as “normal”, be it frequent migraines, bloating or digestive upset, when in fact, we’re limiting ourselves from feeling the best we possibly can. As a Holistic Nutritionist (and someone who has been exactly where you are before), I can help correct the health issues that you are experiencing to bring your body back to balance so you can feel your energetic lively self again, letting symptoms like bloating, gas, digestive upset, brain fog, stress, anxiety and mood swings be a thing of your past.
My holistic approach involves looking at all aspects that affect a person’s overall health including a person’s physical, emotional and mental health, while respecting each person’s bioindividuality so as not to apply a one-size-fits-all solution to each person. The nutritional, supplemental and lifestyle recommendations I provide are easy to implement into your life so you can start feeling relief right away. As I believe healthy living should be a life-long exciting journey instead of a 21-day quick fix, my recommendations are realistic and are fun to apply to your life as I teach you how to embrace the beauty of whole foods by showing you the countless delicious things you can do with them (Sweet Potato Pad Thai, anyone?)
I am currently accepting and booking clients at The Root Natural Health Clinic in Port Credit, ON where I offer a variety of services including nutritional consultations and protocols, meal plans, supplemental/lifestyle/dietary recommendations and private grocery store tours. I also facilitate health and nutrition workshops/corporate talks and provide copywriting and social media management/strategy services for a number of health-based businesses.
Bio for Media Use
Rachel Molenda is a Toronto-based Holistic Nutritionist (CNP), Public Speaker and Freelance Social Media Manager & Strategist for health-based businesses. After a short and stressful career in advertising, she decided to fully immerse herself in the health world, where she healed her own health issues and completed her studies at The Institute of Holistic Nutrition. With each client she works with, Rachel brings her simplistic, anti-diet, whole foods-based approach to help people find balance and optimal health so they can thrive in their bodies as they once did. Rachel is the in-house Holistic Nutritionist at The Root Natural Health Clinic in Port Credit, ON where she educates clients on the healing power of food and therapeutic supplementation through nutrition consultations, food demonstrations and workshops.