Classes and Workshops
I offer a range of scheduled classes and Facilitated Workshops as well as classes for you to help you make beneficial lifestyle changes.
Nutrition for Optimal Health
I enjoy collaborating with Erin on nutrition projects as she is very knowledgeable. Erin is skilled at making a variety of fermented recipes and products. Her healing energy is contagious!
-Lisa Cantkier, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Toronto.
Erin is the real deal when it comes to living a clean and healthy lifestyle. She's incredibly knowledgeable and has helped guide me in more ways than I can say!!!
- Lindsay, Barrie.
I was at Walmart one day buying groceries and I called Erin because I was at a loss for what to buy: I knew that Erin could help. Erin literally walked me through the aisles while I was doing my grocery shopping! Erin helped me change my approach towards eating and nutrition. I had always been overwhelmed by the idea of making changes but she presented it in a manageable and affordable way. I wasn't even aware of the effects that food was having on my overall mood until, within 24 hours of making the changes that Erin recommended, I felt drastically better and more positive in my outlook.
Our food is our fuel; it's what makes us go and nutrition plays a huge role in our health. Eating foods that support the cells, tissues and organs will go a long way in making you feel great every day.
Everyone wants to eat healthy, but it can be difficult to know if what you are eating actually is healthy; there is so much conflicting information out there. If you are looking to make changes to your diet, such as cleaning it up or other dietary changes (such as eliminating grains, etc) and you are unsure where to start, you are welcome to contact me! I love to talk about all things health & nutrition.
Through individual counselling, I will help to evaluate your current diet, assess your needs and determine the best approach for achieving your goals. I will help you to make easy modifications geared towards positive and lasting changes.
Erin has a special gift for helping others and facilitating healing. She is very enthusiastic about health and wellness and her enthusiasm is evident.
Erin is very knowledgeable, caring and easy to talk to - her energy is so brilliant that it shines. A session with Erin is a truly joyous healing experience.
~Sharon Cass-Toole, Integrative Psychotherapist
Real Food Basics
Are you ready to commit to nourishing your body and help it thrive? The food that we eat is meant to not only satisfy our bodies’ need for calories and fuel, but also provide our cells with valuable building blocks for strong immune systems and other vital processes. Sadly, the food we eat today is nothing like the food our ancestors ate not even that long ago. Our culture has moved towards eating man-made processed distortions lacking in nutrients, instead of the nutrient-dense real food that we are meant to be eating. With this move has come skyrocketing rates of disease and illness. Ridding one's home of processed foods and preparing more nutrient dense meals from scratch might seem overwhelming and confusing, and maybe you are unsure of how to make it all work with your current lifestyle. But, eating real food meals can actually be simple and satisfying. In this class you will learn simple tips on "keeping it real". It's easier than you think!
Healthify Your Meals!
There are plenty of easy ways to make your meal experience a healthy one. From sweet treats to savory dishes, when it comes to eating healthy, a few simple swaps or additions can improve what you put into your body. Not only will you be eating healthier, but you will feel more energetic since your body will be able to utilize the food more efficiently. The more you practice these habits, the less you will have to think about them. You certainly won't miss any of the unhealthier option after trying these simple healthy eating hacks.
Building Children's Immunity
As parents, we know how hard it is when our little ones are not feeling well or are experiencing discomfort (or when they don’t sleep well!). Especially during the cold and flu season, which officially lasts from September to May. A weakened immune system makes one more vulnerable or more susceptible to colds, flu, and more serious illnesses. Thankfully, there are some simple things you can do so that we can all sleep better!
Essential Oils for Children's Immunity and More
Essential oils are very effective at supporting the immune system due to their anti viral, anti bacterial and anti fungal properties. Even Health Canada agrees with this, and has deemed certain essential oils to be Natural Health Products (see below). Besides having studied the aromatherapy course, I have used essential oils myself since 2004, and with both of my children since they were born; I can attest that they work (my kids are now 4 and 7 and neither has had a sick visit to the doctor). As well, from the positive experiences from those around me who use them (as well there are thousands of scientific studies). In this class you will learn:
- What are essential oils.
- Which essential oils have been reviewed by Health Canada and have received the Natural Health Products (NHP) approval.
NHP approval means that Health Canada has reviewed the product and has determined that scientific evidence exists to substantiate that it can help restore, maintain, or improve health and it is recognized for its ability to relieve symptoms associated with common ailments: from colds/coughs to skin irritation/cuts/burns to joint/muscle pain to digestive issues, eczema/dermatitis etc.
- Essential Oil Pathways of Assimilation.
- Methods of Application.
- General Safety.
- Useful Measurements.
Fermented Foods Introductory Class
Fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kombucha, have become popular for health reasons. The fermentation of food has been used by humans throughout the world for thousands of years as a way to preserve foods, and that the health benefits go beyond their microorganisms. The fermentation process enhances the nutritional quality of food by contributing beneficial compounds such as vitamins, and by increasing the bioavailability of minerals. Probiotics have a range of positive effects on health, including the improvement of various intestinal inflammatory conditions, positive impacts on the immune system and even weight loss, and can alter the composition of the gut microbiome. In this class you will learn the basics of fermented foods, and easy ferments that you can do at home to improve your gut health.
Three Homemade Probiotic Drinks: Crash Course
After brewing kefir and kombucha for two weeks I can now safely say the most difficult part is saying the names correctly ;) Seriously Erin, you couldn't have made things easier for me. You provided me with all the tools I needed to become an instant expert :) I was terrified of fermenting for fear of poisoning myself and the family and now I can't imagine any of us going a day without our daily dose of probiotic goodness. Thank you for the super grains that doubled in their first week, and for being there to answer all my questions. You're the best!
-Lindsay L, Barrie
Different fermented foods provide different good bacteria and yeasts that enhance the trillions of bacteria in the body and allow them to thrive, grow, and multiply. This allows you the opportunity to heal disease, remove pathogens, enhance digestion, make serotonin, and experience a multitude of other opportunities for healing that otherwise would not have been possible. Water Kefir, Milk Kefir and Kombucha are three magical and powerful drinks that are simple to make at home. Each is unique and each contains a different set of bacteria and yeasts that we need to thrive and feel alive. In this crash-course you will learn how to make all three of these health-promoting, probiotic rich drinks. Everyone will go home with their own starter kit so that you can start making your own probiotic drinks at home right away.
Towards a Chemical Free Home
It took me awhile to come around, but I finally took Erin's recommendation for the non-toxic all-purpose cleaner. It was incredible. Best cleaner ever. No need to scrub. Just a clean swipe and dirt and grime comes off. It even solved our ant problem - no more ants in the house!
Today's modern home is loaded with toxic and polluting substances designed to make life easier. The cost of these commercial, chemical-based products can be high: long term health concerns for the family, and environmental pollution caused by their manufacture and disposal. In the US, for example, 1 in 3 people suffer from allergies, asthma, sinusitis or bronchitis (US National Center for Health Statistics). Treatment for these conditions should include reducing synthetic chemicals in the home environment.
For many home-cleaning chores, you can make your own cleaning products. In this class you'll learn how.