About Antonina

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Meet Antonina

I’m flattered that you are interested in ‘meeting’ me.  If you are like me, when I search for information I want to know it’s from a trust-worthy source – and your trust really matters to me. So, it’s time to get to know me a little with a quick introduction about my journey in the nutrition field…

My Professional Journey

After many years of personal interest in natural ways of maintaining good health, I went back to school to become a Holistic Nutritionist. Today, I’m a Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP) and received my diploma (with Honors) from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition (IHN). I’m also a member of the International Organization of Nutritional Consultants (IONC) with a Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner (ROHP) designation.

What is a Holistic Nutritionist and what can one do for you?

Scientific evidence-based trained nutritional professional who…

  • Educates you about diet, lifestyle, and detoxification for your optimum health and energy
  • Helps you build a healthier diet incorporating the latest nutritional science to create a personalized dietary and supplement plan factoring in your unique biochemistry, food sensitivities and intolerances
  • Screens for environmental pollution, metal toxicity, micro-organism imbalances, and other causes that contribute to chronic diseases, reducing your toxic load so that your body can repair and regenerate
  • Supports your body’s natural detoxification processes to help eliminate wastes and toxins that can damage cells, tissues, and organs
  • Helps you with lifestyle changes that incorporate the many benefits of regular exercise, stress management, and optimal weight maintenance

My Practice Philosophy

In my holistic nutritional practice, I have the following focus: “To find the root cause of a problem and help the body to correct it through quality food, hydration, exercise and stress-management techniques”. Our bodies are highly intelligent creations that are fantastic at self-healing and repairing, if we give them the right tools.

The root cause of many degenerative diseases comes from an ongoing toxic overload that swamps your body. Add to this a huge depletion of vital elements and nutrients, not only in the body BUT throughout the environment, and the result is vastly compromised organ and system function. How can you have optimal health if your body is both overwhelmed and under-nourished?

It doesn’t have to be complicated and confusing. Here is how I can help…

I educate and inspire you to look at any obstacle or challenge in life as an opportunity to learn and grow. I remind you to trust and respect your body’s genius design and to follow nature’s principles. Such as eating foods that came from a green plant vs one that was made by a manufacturing plant!

I emphasize quality over quantity.  The source of your food and water is extremely important. “Health” is more than simply healthy eating and regular exercise habits…. True “health” is a balance between your mental, physical and spiritual being. It’s a lifestyle. It’s The Art of Wellbeing!!

I am passionate about demystifying the overwhelming amount of confusing and contradictory health-related information, so that you can make choices to improve your quality of life to its fullest potential. Your self-awareness coupled with my discerned understanding of nutrition will take you to the next level!

So what? I’ve been there too…

My Health Journey

Growing up I rarely thought about what it meant to be healthy…mainly because I didn’t have to – we simply lived it! My sisters and I grew up with homemade meals, fresh, seasonal, non-sprayed, non-genetically modified (non-GMO) food from our garden and local markets. All preserves were made in our own kitchen, often with my sisters and I creating an assembly line to help my mother before we would run to play outside. We picked herbs, salad greens, berries and mushrooms from the local forests where we often enjoyed picnics. We visited our “dacha”, 6 hectares of arable land 25km outside of the city where we spent many weekends from spring to fall. This was no patio garden or allotment! The wide variety of fruit trees, berries, vegetables and herbs we grew there always lured us (our taste buds) back. This natural way of existence wasn’t at the cost of being removed from the city life – far from it! We lived in a city center, attended a great school, and took ballroom dancing, oil painting, athletics and swimming classes.

It’s important to know: I am the oldest of five sisters…WOW it was fun!! There was not a day after school where we didn’t rush somewhere exciting. All five of us were very athletic growing up. We played a variety of competitive sports for our class teams and later representing the school. This was our way of consoling our fathers’ strong desire for having a son…and instead being blessed with five daughters! Growing up we never wanted to disappoint him, so we were proudly active “tom-girls”.

As you can imagine, our family was always loud, including lively opinions with independent interpretations of the world around us. Some aspects of our upbringing were very traditional, while others were of a rebellious nature. For example, my parents always avoided taking us to the doctors – and by that I mean doctors were the VERY last resort. They always trusted nature first!

As an oldest daughter I was proud to be my mother’s helper and cheerfully participated in most household chores. This is where I first learned to enjoy home cooking, decorating dishes to impress family and friends.

But history changed us…

When the Soviet Union collapsed we were naïve, blindly accepting everything that came from the West as superior. This was when we discovered packaged, processed and GMO foods as they flooded our markets in the early and mid 90s. Unassumingly my parents bought a microwave, a set of Teflon pans, a deep fryer etc. Today, looking back, I can clearly witness the rapid physiological health changes that took place in my teenage years and the devastating effects that such lifestyle changes had on my health. Rapid tooth decay (cavities), chronic migraines, sudden skin rashes and repetitive yeast infections were my first signs. What was worst was witnessing my close and extended family suffering devastating heath issues of their own, and yet not being able to do anything to help them.

Then an even bigger shift happened…

We moved to Canada at the end of 2000. Sound like a dream come true, yes, it was in many ways. Only having a very limited budget in our new home meant our food choices became dramatically meager without our acknowledgement. We often wondered why most fruits and vegetables didn’t have flavor and why we couldn’t recreate traditional recipes when we used the same ingredients and amounts. Many years later I realized how in the last 60 years North America (and many parts of the world) seriously altered foods through chemical fertilization, chemical spraying, genetic engineering, radiation, pasteurization, packaging and other alterations. We all become a part of a scientific experiment and victims to corporate greed without our consent.

How did this influence me?

Through personal and family healing journeys, I am passionately inspired and dedicated to share what I learned with others.

My VISION is…

The world as an empowered, beautiful, conscious place where ALL enjoy wellbeing and celebrate life every day!

My MISSION is…

  • TO EDUCATE open-minded individuals about vital health and lifestyle choices which will enhance their quality of life
  • TO DEMYSTIFY an overwhelming amount of puzzling information and bring simplicity and comfort into day-to-day life without health and lifestyle compromises
  • TO INSPIRE a creative transformation to an abundant life of choice and artful elegance
  • TO SUPPORT motivated individuals to value their self-worth and claim their innate right for their highest health potential
  • TO GIFT my knowledge with passion by holding space, being present, acknowledging challenges, and compassionately listening
  • TO CELEBRATE life in all its vibrant colors and flavors – because we’re ALL worth it!

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My Favourite Quote by R.J. Williams in Biochemical Individuality (1956)

“When you decide to take charge of your health, you stop functioning on automatic pilot. You no longer blindly trust your doctor because you suspect he or she can’t know everything, either; you doubt the government’s assurances on health matters because it is the nature of power to be in conflict of interest; you question the advertisements on drugs because you realize that their aim is to sell drugs and not cure you and thus lose a customer. You listen to your body because it knows best; you are not a statistic or a population average, but a unique person with an individual genetic endowment and a very personal health history requiring personalized attention”