Helping busy moms 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. It doesn’t get a lot more stressful than that as I found out when I burned out. I understand where you’re at right now and 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!
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 that might be relevant for you. 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 an extensive background in health training from The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, the Institute for Functional Medicine and the Seeking Health Organization. Additionally, I’m currently studying to become a Certified Functional Nutrition Coach and 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 additional 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. What is functional nutrition? Click here to find out.
- 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 am able to suggest and interpret specific tests that can help to enhance your protocol and take your health to the next level. However, I also use symptomatology when testing isn’t required or budget isn’t available, in order to get a deep understanding of what’s going on in the body. We can learn a great deal from symptoms – symptoms never lie!
- 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
There’s no one better to help you on this journey because I’ve been there and I’m very much still there: trying to balance work, mummy-duties, and wife-duties all the while trying not to burn myself out again.
I do what I do because so many women are needlessly suffering from poor health, exhaustion, or uncontrollable moods that are affecting their relationships, not knowing there is a solution.
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!
Life can be better and I give my clients the nutrition and lifestyle tools they need in order to be the healthiest they can be in a world that’s often not too conducive to helping us stay healthy.
I offer 4 ways in which we can work together.
BASIC DUTCH TEST PACKAGE
This package includes a DUTCH test, analysis of your DUTCH test results, a basic protocol based on your DUTCH test results and intake form including diet, supplement, and lifestyle recommendations, a 60-minute consultation to review your DUTCH test results and the protocol I create for you.
THREE MONTH PACKAGE
This is a three-month package that includes a deep-dive consultation, a detailed personalised treatment plan complete with diet, supplement, and lifestyle recommendations, bi-weekly follow-ups, a 7 day customized meal plan, unlimited email support, as well as 1 test (DUTCH test or GI Map) and analysis of this test.
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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