Helping busy mums navigate the overwhelm and confusion around how to live healthfully in a hectic world
Life is stressful. Especially if you’re a mum. And a working mum? Forget about it. I know. I get it, because I’m a mum of two. A working mum of two. An entrepreneurial working mum of two. I understand where you’re at right now because I’ve been through hell and back, (you can read my story here) and I’m still trying to juggle it all. That’s why I’m here to help.
Your life CAN be calmer.
You CAN be happier.
You CAN stop snapping at your kids.
You CAN sleep better and wake more refreshed.
You CAN lose that stubborn weight that won’t seem to budge.
You CAN eliminate your PMS, crush those sugar cravings, regain your energy….
And so much more when you have the right plan and support.
I can help you achieve all the above by providing evidence-based functional nutrition and lifestyle strategies combined with constant motivation and encouragement as well as specific testing. My goal is to help busy mums feel less overwhelmed and to enjoy life more by optimizing their hormones, improving gut health and implementing stress management techniques and self care rituals that so often fall by the wayside due to demanding life schedules.
Tara has genuinely CHANGED my life… monumentally. She has improved so many things I suffer from and got me feeling the happiness and healthiest I ever have. She’s amazing. She’s incredibly, incredibly thorough. She did an extensive medical history for me, she looks at all your vitamin deficiencies, looks for hints of underlying problems. I did a really extensive survey with her and it had very specific questions about things that I wouldn’t even think were related to nutrition. She discovered issues that nutritionists in the past were incapable of finding. She’s also incredibly focused on women’s health, adrenal burnout, how tired and over-stressed and overworked we are – especially postpartum. She genuinely saved my life, as far as I’m concerned. Because she focuses on women’s health, and hormones and postpartum, the work she did developing a plan for me completely balanced my blood sugar, my mood, and my hormones. My skin cleared, I lost weight, I felt more energy than I’ve ever felt in my life. I stopped having cravings, I stopped getting sick, and I stopped having the feeling of overwhelm every single day at 4pm. I stopped snapping at my husband and my daughter and I started sleeping better. I think the most pivotal thing that I can’t actually confirm is related, is that it was much easier for me to get pregnant the second time around after seeing her. I do believe this had to do with the changes I have made. I have PCOS. With my first it took me five years, and although there are four years between my children, a couple of those years were prep. I also really, really like that she’s a mother herself who experienced adrenal burnout.Emily Weinmann
No longer can we blame our genes entirely for our health outcomes. What we have learned since the human genome was mapped in 2003 is that “genetics load the gun but diet and lifestyle pull the trigger”. This is actually very exciting because it puts the power back into our hands and gives us more control when it comes to our health. Diet and lifestyle is what I help to optimize in my clients to give them the best chance possible of preventing and treating disease.
“I interviewed a couple of nutritionists before deciding Tara was the best fit based on my hormonal problems and addictions to carbs and sugar. Starting the diet was the most difficult part. Tara helped me cut out sugar and made herself available for any questions or difficulties I had during the process. The followups were extremely helpful in the beginning stages of the detox process, where I was going into sugar remission and everything was terrible. After the initial cravings had passed she helped me refocus my energy on finding energy from more nutritional food sources that I had been neglecting. Towards the end of the second month I finally noticed significant differences. I had been coming home from work and immediately vegging out from exhaustion, whereas now I had energy to do more things and exercise more. I felt much less bloated and much lighter. I was getting comments that I had lost weight and my hair looked healthier. I had a pair of pants that I only wore to events where I would not be sitting. Since they were so tight I had to get a buddy to help put on my shoes! Now my ‘party pants’ have become ‘everyday pants’ and I can wear them to work without painful welts around my waist and my belly spilling over. I am super happy with the results I saw and will be keeping on this path!”Lily Minkova
Why work with me?
- I have extensive training from The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, the Institute for Functional Medicine, the Seeking Health Organization, and more. I’m a Registered Nutritionist, a Certified Functional Nutrition Coach, and I’m currently training to become a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner. In addition to this, I constantly keep my finger on the pulse of the latest news and research in the health industry by way of courses, webinars, books and conferences. You can read my professional bio here.
- The way I work is rooted in a functional nutrition approach. I look at the body systemically to deduce what’s going on and why. This means getting to the root cause of the problem so we can find the best solution.
- No two women are alike. We are all biochemically and genetically different, hence an individualised approach is needed for health. I generate personalised protocols in order for you to see lasting and sustainable results. I never use a “one size fits all” approach to health because they simply do not work.
- I have deep knowledge and understanding about the things that fundamentally affect our health such as detoxification, biotransformation, digestion and gut health, hormones and endocrinology, neurology, functional foods, therapeutic supplements, methylation, and more.
- I use the motto: test don’t guess! Without the proper testing we are simply guessing as to what’s going on with your health. By using some of the best tests in the functional health space I am able to enhance your protocol and take your health to the next level.
- I hold you accountable and am by your side every step of the way because I understand that it’s not always easy making diet and lifestyle changes. I constantly motivate you to keep going with the end goal of optimal health in mind.
“After Tara suggested lab tests and the DUTCH test, she reviewed the results and created a 12-week protocol for me. The journey we took over the three short months resulted in me sleeping well after 4+ years of insomnia, losing twenty pounds, and most importantly, feeling like myself again. At our first meeting, she said, “when we are done working together, my goal is for you to feel better than you have in years.” And did she ever come through. I couldn’t be more grateful to Tara for helping me get here. Thank you for saving my life, my marriage, my career and for allowing me to finally find joy in motherhood”Lisa Andrews
Not knowing they can reclaim their energy to play with their kids again, take back control of their moods instead of their moods controlling them, and look better and feel more confident than they have in years. I want women to know there is hope!
The only way I work with women is in a committed working relationship.
What does this mean? It means I am committed to you and I will do everything in my power to help you overcome your current health concerns. Likewise, you are committed to the process and what needs to be done in order for us to give it our best shot at getting to the bottom of what’s going on with your health. This involves you trusting me and my thousands of hours of education and clinical experience that has allowed me to determine the best way to work with clients in order to see results. This is why I only offer three or six month one-on-one functional health packages for my private clients that include either both a DUTCH hormone panel and a GI Map stool test or just a GI Map stool test. In my online health membership, The Healthy Mama Hive, I give my Healthy Mamas a steep discount on my one-on-one’s. You can find out more about The Healthy Mama Hive here.
The reason I insist my clients run either both these tests or just the GI Map is because it gives us the full picture about what’s going on with their health, (if you think you have a hormone problem that might be true, but if you do have a hormone problem – reflected on a DUTCH test – then you have a gut problem, so we need to run a GI Map as well – everyone must run a GI Map). These tests help me to create the most effective, therapeutic, and targeted plan possible for your health goals. Here’s what I offer my private one-on-one clients:
Three and Six Month Packages
I work with women in either 3 month or 6 month packages. If they wish to continue working with me past this time I do 30 and 60 minute consultations and charge a flat fee for test interpretation and protocol development. These packages are designed to get to the root cause of your health concerns and provide in-depth investigation and one-to-one support to make your journey to optimal health as easy – and successful – as possible. Here’s what’s included in these packages:
Here’s what you can expect by working with me in these packages:
The First Month
The Second Month
The Third Month
The Fourth and Fifth Months
The Sixth Month
I started seeing Tara when I was in a pretty deep depression. It was the main reason for seeking out her help – Yes, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, but controlling blood sugar and losing a few pounds were prioritized behind stabilizing my moods. The effects of changing my diet were immediate and astounding. I dealt with a particularly stressful time at work with grace that amazed me. I’m not going to lie – it was tough. I really truly love a lot of things that I shouldn’t eat! But I saw how much better I truly felt when I avoided sugar, gluten and dairy. My energy increased. My depression and anxiety decreased. My tolerance for stress grew, as she gave me tools to deal with it. Tara is a rare mix of just enough kindness and just enough toughness. She really understood when I faltered but she had high expectations that motivated me to follow the plan! I am writing this about two months after finishing and I can tell you that the knowledge and tools she gave me will be mine for life. I described it to a friend recently like this: the pendulum was far far to the extreme right, then with her help it swung way over to the far left. As soon as I was not accountable to her directly, I let it slide back toward the other side, and man, did I feel it!! So now, the pendulum has settled halfway left of centre and I am so happy with that. I accept that I can’t eat or live perfectly all the time but I am committed to maintaining the majority of the lifestyle changes she has taught me. The lasting effect is that my inner voice now has an awesome Australian accent!Jen Leis
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