My Mother's Gardens

An appreciation for whole foods sprouted.

my Mum working in the garden - isn't she the cutest?

my Mum working in the garden - isn't she the cutest?

I grew up in a small coastal town in Nova Scotia. I certainly didn't respect it at the time (I was a really picky eater as a kid!) but we regularly ate seafood fresh from the ocean with vegetables from my mother's gardens. My grandfather grew everything he could and my grandmother pickled, preserved and baked pies with the haul. Lucky for myself and my siblings, green thumbs run in the family. I've spent the majority of my working career in the entertainment industry, but my passion for nutrition, whole food and ecology has always been been an instinctual and an important part of my life.

 

 

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The Proof is in the Pudding

Eating isn't as simple or straight forward as it used to be.

There has never been so much choice - exciting new cuisines and a huge variety of food available to us. But savvy marketing, misleading labels and ingredient lists have made it difficult to know what we're eating. Nutrient deficient, toxic and fattening foods have led us scrambling to lose weight while fighting cancers, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illnesses. Getting back to basics can inspire meals that are wonderfully nutritious to regain a positive relationship with diet and health.

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Love food. Feel better.

Interest in health foods has exploded - and for good reason.

With the abundance of information (and misinformation), food trends and catchy headlines, navigating a healthy diet can be overwhelming. You might be reading this because you are keen to make better choices for you or a loved one's health - that's wonderful. Maybe you're feeling disconnected or have a specific wellness goal but don't know where to start. Or maybe you're overwhelmed with choice and need guidance to ensure you're eating what's best for you.

Whatever your situation, I'm here to help. A better understanding of your daily food choices encourages mindful eating, creating clarity that will become second nature. I believe you can love food and feel better.

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Gillian Ferrier, R.H.N. is a Toronto based nutritionist specializing in a simplified approach to healthy eating. With a focus on delicious, whole, local and sustainable foods, Gillian empowers her clients to make practical nutrition choices to love food and feel better.

Gillian earned a diploma in Natural Nutrition from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. She holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Concordia University with a minor in Human Environment, where she studied ecology, global food history, and our social relationship to food and the environment.

 

 
 
 
After years of eating irregularly and consuming whatever was convenient, my skin and digestive system suffered. I needed guidance and encouragement but I always felt too ashamed to ask the right questions. Gillian was someone I could trust and the best person to help. She understands the harshness of the entertainment industry and is a knowledgable nutritionist who will walk you through it. No joke, she will walk you through the isles of the grocery store, answer your “silly” questions without an ounce of judgment and will teach you how to choose the healthy option. Since my consultation with Gillian I’ve had a major transformation. It’s the best self-love thing I’ve ever done for myself.
— Kimberly-Sue, Actress, Toronto
Gillian was a lifesaver! Having an objective, experienced and meticulous nutritionist go through all my symptoms and cater a program that’s right for me was an invaluable and life-changing experience. She was thoughtful, understanding and caring the whole time. I don’t think there is one thing I learned that I won’t be doing for the rest of my life.
— Joshua, Filmmaker, Toronto
Gillian’s enthusiasm and genuine love for the health and wellbeing of others is infectious. She’s resourceful and insatiably curious, which makes her a wealth of information. Working with Gillian opened my eyes to how the complexities of good health can be simply improved by making subtle changes to my diet. She took the time to assess my diet and health without judgement and provided me with very manageable recommendations. Working with Gillian gave me a greater awareness of what I eat and how it makes me feel. I can now make more informed choices for the sake of my well-being and better self.
— Farah, Actress, Toronto
Gillian is very approachable and made me feel completely at ease speaking about the (sometimes intimate) details of my diet. She was respectful of my dietary preferences and made recommendations that fit within my current lifestyle. On top of that, she explained things in a way I could understand and her advice was easy to implement. After taking just a couple of her suggestions, I feel better, sleep better, and have more awareness of what I put in my body.
— Tammy, Broker, Toronto