The Face of Fuelled By Nutrition
Lisa Santorelli, BA (Hons), CNP, NNCP
From a young age I knew that I wanted to be in a field where I had an opportunity to support and empower people.
Random people would often come up to me in public places and just start telling me about things that were going on in their lives – they would share their stories with me. This strongly influenced my decision to attend York University’s Specialized Honours Program in Psychology, where I graduated with Honours. Admiring the work of mental health professionals, I completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Addictions and Mental Health from Durham College. This led me to a fulfilling career working with youth and women with substance use challenges.
Following my combined passions of working with FOOD and PEOPLE, I attended the Institute of Holistic Nutrition and graduated as a Certified Nutrition Practitioner with First Class Honours. Before graduating, I had a vision to create a supportive service for individuals who were looking to enhance their sport performance and accomplish their weight loss goals, while recognizing that lifestyle changes are challenging to make and that nutrition is often times the missing piece of the puzzle. I became the founder of Fuelled by Nutrition, offering a wide range of services to individuals who are motivated to transform their lives from the inside out.
I work from a place of meeting my clients where they are at in terms of their goals and understanding that there is an emotional and social component to food and eating behaviours. My unconditional positive regard, belief in healing and nurturing foods, and my own personal difficulties with athletic training and weight management help me to create a supportive and understanding environment that is the key to successful outcomes and reaching set goals.
At Fuelled By Nutrition, I provide an understanding service that works to reduce barriers associated with making positive life changes, while also meeting people where they are at in terms of their goals.
I pride myself on the profound belief that the body is capable of building and repairing itself, if provided the appropriate tools to do so, and I work as hard as my clients at initiating and sustaining positive changes.
I recognize that life transformations are extremely difficult to make and even more difficult to maintain, so I believe in making small, sustainable lifestyle changes in order to ensure that you do not feel that you are losing yourself in the change process - and instead are becoming a STRONGER, LEANER and more CONFIDENT version of yourself.
At Fuelled by Nutrition each client is treated as a unique individual with a different story and journey than everyone else, and this uniqueness is cherished. I understand the emotional, psychological and social aspects of food and eating and actively work to help individuals develop more positive ways of coping with life and create a positive relationship with food and themselves.
WHAT IS A HOLISTIC NUTRITIONIST?
A Holistic Nutritionist explores all aspects of an individual’s life and assesses the individual as a whole. Components like food, physical activity, sleep, stress management, mental and emotional health are all important in creating a balanced state of health and wellbeing.
I provide individuals with healthy food and lifestyle alternatives, and have a profound belief in the body’s ability to heal itself. I acknowledge that a one-size-fits-all approach does not help most people and understand that there are many individual differences that make us all unique!
As a Holistic Nutritionist, the goal is to assess the root cause(s) of the health challenges that individuals face and work to heal these by addressing nutritional deficits and other missing pieces of the puzzle.