When Whitney and I first started working together, back in 2009, her massive blue eyes and alarming clarity almost threw me off. She was so young, and so incredibly intense…she was one of those forces that made me want to check myself.
Now, a few years later, Whitney is a successful practicing RHN (Registered Holistic Nutritionist) helping people every day from her lovely home in the Okanagan.
Here are Whitney’s thoughts on purpose, peace and her struggle with food…that exists no more.
Peace + Hotness Interviews Whitney Paige of Grounded Nutrition
Whitney, would you mind giving us a brief description of what you do, where you do it from, and how long you’ve been doing it for?
I’d love to! I studied to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist with The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. Grounded Nutrition was founded in 2009 where I had office space in Burnaby, BC. I was ready for a change, so I looked on Craigslist and saw that Bikram Yoga White Rock had a room available for rent. I met with you and grew my business out of your studio for 1 year! I met a lot of amazing people and built some life long friendships. I originally come from Saskatchewan and have a lot of clients from there so when my husband Neil came on board full time with Grounded Nutrition we shifted our business to be more mobile and now I do mostly all of my coaching over the phone or Skype. We currently reside in the Okanagan, BC. I work with clients to rekindle a healthy relationship with themselves and food. Holistic Nutrition focuses on not only the physical body but also the mental and spiritual bodies. It covers all bases allowing people to create space to heal from the inside out! You can learn more about us on our site.
You’re so young, yet so on purpose. I remember sitting with you at the coffee shop before you rented the room at the studio, and being amazed at how confident you were. I think I even asked you at that time ‘what makes you so sure about this grand purpose?’ So here are the questions about that:
1-To what do you attribute your clarity?
Trust. I attribute my clarity to trusting the body and allowing the universe to guide me. I come from a family of entrepreneurs and if they’ve taught me one thing it is to throw yourself out there and see what happens! Well… I couldn’t be happier with the results!
2-What would say is your Grand Purpose?
I think that it is safe to say that ‘my purpose’ is always changing, just as I am. My Grand Purpose however is to be a shining light in a world where darkness is more often in the focus. I feel as though I would be doing the world a disservice to keep this knowledge to myself. I feel as though the universe has graced me with the wisdom for a reason. She trusts that I will have the guts to shine my light where others may be afraid too.
3-What makes you so confident about it?
At first it was just an inner knowing, I can’t really describe it. Now, I have something more tangible to go by. I’ve worked with hundreds of people and have gotten AMAZING results. I get to watch people transform their lives right before my eyes. The biggest thing I focus on as a coach is mindset and realigning the body with its natural state. By focusing on these fundamental things, people with the most damaged minds and systems can heal!
I love the thoughts you posted on FB last week about ‘what is health?’. This perspective of the mind being the biggest factor in eating is so right on. How has your attitude changed from when you first started practicing nutrition to now, with this fresh outlook?
Trial and error and experience working one on one with clients is what really made me realize that the mind is the most powerful tool we have.
How do you feel about your clients ‘branding’ the way they eat…ie paleo, fruitarian, vegan etc.?
I feel that this is a natural part of the journey. We live in a very logical and rigid culture. We are brought up to fit into boxes, so it only makes sense that people would think that there should be a diet box to fit into. It is comforting for people to fit in and feel that they found their box. As a coach, I encourage my clients to have their own experiences instead of me giving them a solution. Once they realize that fitting into a box can be uncomfortable, draining and defeating they are usually more than ready to transition to a lifestyle with less rules and MORE FUN!
Was there ever a time you struggled with food? Please tell us about it.
I think every woman has struggled with food at sometime or another, even if we don’t realize it. Looking back, I can say I had a very distorted relationship with food my whole life. I grew up with a lot of digestive problems so I always correlated food with not feeling well, as I grew older I started to be influenced by TV and magazines and ate as few calories and as much protein as I possibly could. I never ate for health or to feel good but always to “look good” and to try and to feel accepted by my peers. I was ALWAYS searching and never felt whole.
You’re a holistic nutritionist, so obviously you appear outwardly, on facebook and in your videos, to have peace and balance with food. Can you be super raw with us and tell us if you REALLY, HONESTLY still battle with any parts of your Way With Food?
I can honestly say I have complete peace and balance with food nowadays. I have zero guilt or fear attached to food. This was not always the case, however. It has only been in the last 2-3 years that I’ve really come into my own with food. I love and respect myself enough now to trust that I’ll make the best decisions around food. I’ve worked really hard to reconnect with my intuition, which has led me to be able to fully trust my body to ask for what it needs. I allow myself to eat as much as I want/need of foods that make me feel vibrant. I am human and have days where choices can get skewed because of stress or getting caught up with work and not eating enough which then I’ll have the desire to indulge in something that isn’t normally on my menu. I used to beat myself up over this, now I embrace it and enjoy the “eff” out of that food and move on with my life!
What’s the biggest change you’ve made to your thinking since you started this path, and how has that affected your Way With Food?
The biggest change I’ve made with my thinking is learning to love myself. I’ve done a lot of work over the last few years to really get to the root of any imbalances I had. This is always a work in progress but I’d have to say, it all starts with self-love and acceptance.
What’s the adjustment to your eating that yielded the greatest results with your body?
Letting go. Detaching from the idea that I had to have a perfect body. Once I started to love and accept myself for where I was at, all of the sudden the person I was seeing in the mirror changed and became beautiful to me! No diet adjustment needed!
What are your top 3 recommendations for creating less stress?
- Be nice to yourself. Treat yourself like you treat your fur baby (Whitney’s shown above) or kids. (I LOVE THIS WHIT!)
- Have fun and try not to take life to seriously. Everything is perfect in this moment, just bask in that for a few seconds, it feels good!
- Surround yourself with supportive and (if possible) like-minded people. It can be very stressful to constantly be in situations that cause stress and anxiety. Choose your reality wisely.
If you could only advise one thing…what is the number one habit you would recommend to the readers to make the biggest changes to their health?
Food and mental health go hand in hand. The more healthy, whole foods you eat the more you’ll love and respect yourself. The more you love and respect yourself the more healthy, whole foods you’ll want to eat!
How do you think peace affects hotness?
I think that you can’t feel hot if your mind is not at peace. Peace + Hotness totally go hand in hand <3.
What’s up with your cleanse starting next week? Where can we go to sign up and be a part of it?
On June 3rd we are launching a FREE 10 day Vibrant Living Cleanse. This cleanse is suitable for ANYONE that would like to start making strides toward a healthier lifestyle. You can learn more about it on our website.
Thanks so much Whitney, keep spreading the peace and sharing your hotness!