Meet Christal

Hi, I’m Christal!

 

I am the owner and author of this little space on the web, Nutrition in the Kitch. I have an undeniable passion for delicious food and wellness. I began my career as a certified nutritionist in 2010 and began my own private practice for nutritional consulting, Pure & Simple Nutrition. I consulted for several years and with the encouragement of my friends, family, and clients I decided to combine my nutritional knowledge with my love for food and put it all together into a blog to share with the world….and so, Nutrition in the Kitch was born!

I believe that healthy, whole foods can not only make you feel fantastic but they can truly taste delicious too. I love taking indulgent recipes and altering them to increase the nutritional value without sacrificing the flavour or beauty, you can search my hundreds of recipes here! My “kitch” is the place where I always feel the most relaxed and creating delicious, healthy meals is the best therapy for me! Work aside, I am married to my wonderful husband Justin, and a mama to my beautiful daughter Hemsley, as well as three very spoiled rescue cats. I love to travel, stay active, and spend quality time with my friends and family. I do my best to enjoy the blessings of each day by keeping the God at the center of my life and my faith is truly foundational to who I am.

I follow a flexible way of eating that consists of gluten free and dairy free whole-foods, mostly unprocessed, with indulgences here and there (I absolutely love dark chocolate and dairy-free ice cream!). After having been down the road of strict dieting I’ve come to realize that sustainable health must be balanced and enjoyable. I do not diet anymore and I do not promote dieting, I like to instead teach my clients and readers about accountability and sustainable nutrition that works for them, the perfectly unique and wonderful person they are.

I love to help women experience freedom with food and find an enjoyable, non-restrictive, and attainable way of eating that helps them feel energized, joyful, happy-in-their-own-skin, and embrace the most amazing version of themselves, and I love to inspire women and mothers to eat well, cook often, and enjoy life!

Thank you so much for stopping by, I’d love for you to sign up and join the Nutrition in the Kitch Online Community by completing the sign up form in the right sidebar!

Be sure to check out my online shop to browse my e-books, guides, cookbooks, and wellness programs!

 

xo Christal.

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  • Hello Christal
    I am an Italian mother of two who have just got to know you. I tiptoeing in the kitchen since I got my kids and lookig for new recipes also from the rest of the world and eager to share mine (from my tradition, mom, grandmothers and friends…)

    Looking forward to sharing with you all.

    Lisa

    • Hi Kathy! The only reason I have gluten free recipes is for the many people with Celiac’s! I myself am not gluten intolerant and eat it all the time, I also don’t believe that gluten is in any way “unclean” and as long as you are getting it from unrefined and unprocessed grain sources, it can actually be fine for you (as long as you are not intolerant or Celiac). Someone with IBS may benefit from reducing gluten and dairy in the diet, however there are often many other triggers or some underlying factors that should be addressed as well such as yeast levels in the body, microflora levels, and stress.

  • Wow! We have a lot in common! I received my degree in Dietetics, focusing on a natural approach to living and LOVE to travel! I’m a flight attendant and have been blogging for about one year now. I have a sweet cat at home and my main focus in life is the “Big Guy Upstairs” 🙂 My family, friends, and my boyfriend are another priority. I’m looking forward to following your blog and sharing ideas. Happy blogging! 🙂

    • Aw! Wow, no kidding we have a lot in common! I will be sure to stop by your blog and check it out! Thanks Brittney! 🙂

  • What would you suggest for someone who works early mornings? I have to be up at 315 am 4-5 days/week depending on my shifts. I would like to lose around 10lbs but can’t seem to get anywhere. I don’t eat terrible and try to exercise 5-6 days/week.

    • Hi Ruth! I think the best thing is to get into a routine no matter what your schedule is! I often deal with clients who work shift work, and that can definitely throw the body off, but when you are awake, you should still be focusing on eating a smaller meal every 3 hours or so, no matter what time of day/night it really is! Keeping your body fueled consistently and sticking with routine is the BIGGEST helper for your metabolism! To help you get a better idea to make sure you are in your proper calorie range each day, visit to figure out where you should be calorie-wise each day with your activity level and start there! At the end of the day, weight loss is in big determined by your calorie input and output, if you are taking in too many calories without knowing, weight loss will be difficult. There are of course other factors that play into this, but it’s a great place to start! Oh, and always eat clean 🙂 Stay away from packaged, refined, and processed foods – the more natural, the better!

  • I just found this blog, and I am so excited I did! I love your philosophy about whole foods – that’s what I try to stick to, too!
    I have a couple questions for you, though:
    1. Do you have any advice for sticking to the whole foods diet along with a GF diet in Italy? I saw you had a travel section of your blog, so I was hoping you might know something about it! I will be there for three months, and I’m really nervous about having to resort to a bunch of processed GF food. I will have very limited space to a kitchen/fridge while I’m there, which makes the trip a little more difficult.
    2. How did you become a nutritionist? I have been deciding upon a number of career paths, so I was just curious about your journey towards your career!
    Thank you so much, and keep up the great work!

    • Hey Alexa! Thanks so much!

      Italy was great when it came to healthy eating because they have a lot of fresh healthy options available! You can easily get fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and cheeses from the markets, and delicious things like olives, sun-dried tomatoes, cippolini onions marinated in balsamic vinegar, mmm the list goes on! I found in Europe they were very familiar with Celiacs and I found a lot of gluten free options at restaurants and even in the grocery stores! I don’t think you will have a problem at all, you will just have to stay away from the table breads and pastas!

      I decided to go into Natural Nutrition after taking schooling in Fitness Training, I just loved the nutrition aspect so much and felt that was where my true passion was. I looked into different options for education for nutrition, and going the holistic route suited my beliefs and values best. I chose to take the RHN (Registered Holistic Nutritionist) program at the CSNN here in Canada. It was a great program and I have been able to build my own nutritional consulting practice. I am also a Registered Massage Therapist, so I do both in my practice and it’s wonderful because it gives me variety and I just love health and the human body!

      I hope this answers your questions! Thanks for supporting Nutritionist in the Kitch!

  • Hi Christal So i am ecstatic that Pinterest has taken me across your path : ) I looked at your picture and thought “do i know her?” Well no i don’t but.. small blonde prairie girl who loves food?! Oh wait!! now i know know you! You’re ME! Or at least a part of me cuz Jesus knows i don’t have the time to pull off a great blog like this.

    2 things!

    1.Thank you sooo much for tagging your recipes! It is going to be such a perk for a lot of my GF girlfriends who i know are gonna eat up this blog..literally.

    2.I am interested in what schooling route you took with your holistic nutritionalist? I am an LPN/trying to stay home as much as possible Mom but I’ve also always wanted to dabble in nutrition.

    Pinning you like crazy
    Britt

    • Hi Britt!

      Thank you so much for the kind words! It’s lovely to meet you 🙂

      I took my training at the Canadian School Of Natural Nutrition – they offer a two year program in Natural Nutrition! They have schools all over Canada and courses can be taken through distance education as well!

      Let me know when you try some of my recipes, I’d love to hear your feedback! And thank you so much for pinning away!!

      Christal

  • Hi! I just came upon your blog and I’m so inspired. I just started my own cooking blog and have recently just begun a clean eating diet. I’m just a freshman in college so I’m still learning, but I’m excited to become more healthy and dive into nutritious eating. I’m so glad I found your blog for future inspiration and I’m exciting to keep following! Thank you for being so inspirational!