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.

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“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 and day to day life, 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. 

 

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 six month one-on-one functional health packages for my private clients that include both a DUTCH hormone panel and a GI Map stool test. In my online health membership, The Healthy Mama Hive, I do give clients other options. You can find out more about The Healthy Mama Hive here

The reason I insist my clients run both these tests 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). If we only run one test we only get half the picture, which doesn’t allow me to create the most effective, therapeutic, and targeted plan possible for your health goals. Here’s what I offer for my private one-on-one clients:

Six Month Package

The six month package is 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 this six month package:

 

A deep-dive one-hour Skype consultation with me in which we go over all your current symptoms and health conditions, your family medical history, your goals, medications and supplements you’re currently taking, previous treatments you’ve tried, and so much more so I can collect all the information I need to make informative decisions about your health plan.
A DUTCH test and a GI Map are included in this program as well as my time to interpret your results and develop a therapeutic and targeted personalised plan for your health that includes diet, lifestyle, and supplement recommendations. This plan may include handouts and further information to support why I’m asking you to take a certain supplement or eat a certain way. 
Blood chemistry analysis. Upon agreeing to work together, I will ask you to get certain blood work done, (or send me recent (no more than 4 months old) blood work. Once I have these labs I will analyze them based on functional blood chemistry ranges and use these results to influence your personalised health plan. 
A total of 4 x 30 minute Skype follow up consultations available to use at your discretion throughout the six month period in order to keep you on track, moving forward, and supported. We will also use these sessions to analyze any symptom changes that are occurring and potentially tweak your health plan if needed for whatever reason. These follow ups are also times when we will discuss any major protocol changes. Often we run 60 day protocols based on the results of your GI Map. The “worst case scenario” is you would have to run 4 x 60 day protocols to eradicate all the bugs we find on a GI Map that are inhibiting optimal health – a reminder that health is a long-game: a marathon and not a sprint.
Time dedicated to your case beyond the consults we do together for the duration of the six month package.This includes time spent reviewing and researching your case, time and fees associated with talking to mentors and colleagues in the industry about your case, reviewing any new blood work you may get done or additional labs, email support and emailing any summaries from our consults or work required after our consults, (such as investigating a potential supplement, purchasing and drop shipping supplements to you if need be, etc), and administrative work related to your case. 
Access to professional grade supplements (only available via a health practitioner).
A 7 day customized meal plan based on the health plan I devise for you
Unlimited email support for the duration of the 6 month program
Access to The Healthy Mama Hive (my online health membership site) or a reduced rate once we finish our 6 months of working one on one together 

Here’s what you can expect by working with me in this 6 month package:

The First Month
We do our first 1 – 1.5 hour consult over Skype together and run through your in-depth intake forms. From this I will determine the best type of DUTCH test for you and explain how to do it. I will then get your tests off to you and you will complete them ASAP and send them back to the lab, (don’t worry, I guide you through this entire process). It takes about 7 – 10 days for the labs to turn around your samples once they arrive at the lab. Once I have your results I will develop your protocol and send it to you, along with your test results, (I don’t send test results out ahead of me creating your protocol). Once you have your protocol you book in for your next 1 hour Skype consult with me in which we go over all your results and the health plan I have developed for you and you get the chance to ask me any questions. 
The Second Month
In the second month you will have started your plan and may have questions for me as you go along, which we can address over email or via a follow up 30 min Skype consultation. You should aim to do a 1 x 30 min Skype follow up consultation this month, (it’s up to you to book in for your follow ups, I can’t be held accountable for following you up for these sessions). 
The Third Month
In the third month you should be well and truly humming with your treatment plan but new symptoms may arise, (perfectly normal as the body clears stuff out) or you may find symptoms start to disappear at this point. Again, I suggest you use one of your 30 min Skype follow up consultations in this second month so we can tweak your plan if need be, for support and motivation, or if you are on a specific gut protocol then by the end of the third month you may be switching to a new part of the gut healing protocol.
The Fourth and Fifth Months
The fourth and fifth months are very similar to the third month. You have 30 min consultations available to you where we can track and assess progress and make any tweaks to your plan if need be, (remember, you have a total of 4 x 30 min follow up consultations to use at your discretion). In your fourth month I would also talk to you about potentially re-testing your DUTCH and GI Map, (not mandatory, and re-test fees are not included in the total fee for this 6 month plan, but for a GI Map at least, if things pop up and you are working on a protocol to resolve and eradicate those things – a re-test is very highly recommended). If you’re on a gut healing protocol you may be switching your protocol up again in the fifth month.
The Sixth Month
In our final month working together we will review everything we have done including what symptoms have improved and what you wish to see happen for your health moving forward. If you decided to re-test your DUTCH or GI Map in your fourth month I would review those results for you in this last month of working together and compare and contrast against your old results. I would also update your health plan based on your new results. You would then be welcomed into my health membership site: The Healthy Mama Hive, at a reduced rate, where you can get on-going (basic) health support from me.  

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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