I’m glad you’re here! Let me introduce myself, and tell you what I’m all about.
My name is Taylor Gray, and I am a Registered Holistic Nutritionist with a Bachelor of Science specializing in Food and Nutrition. In 2015, I graduated from the University of Western Ontario, and then in 2017, I pursued my diploma in Natural Nutrition from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. I have over 8 years of Nutrition specific learning, and counting!
My passion for nutrition began at a very young age – likely due to the fact that I was born & raised in a vegetarian household. At the age of 8, I had decided that I wanted to become a nutritionist.
Not the typical dream job that you expect to hear from a child.
By the time I got to high school, I had determined I’d like to become a dietitian. After my second year of university, I felt that I was missing a piece of the puzzle until I discovered holistic nutrition. I continued with my degree, and loved every minute of it, but decided not to apply for the internship to become a Registered Dietitian. Instead, I decided to go back home, and attend the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition while working full-time, in order to become the Nutritionist that I wanted to be when I was 8.
I’m pleased to say that I have been educated regarding both clinical and holistic nutrition methods. I believe that there is large value being able to see, and more importantly understand, both sides of the coin. There is a time and a place for both clinical and holistic nutrition. By attending both of the mentioned institutions, I have developed great respect for both the role of a Registered Dietitian, as well as a Nutritionist, and boy am I grateful for it. From attending university, I have made friends who have gone on to become Registered Dietitians, and we enjoy exchanging ideas to implement protocols. As this industry evolves, I truly look forward to the day where the two disciplines will work together.
My struggles with nutrition
The three main struggles that stand out to me when I look back on my well-being have been troubles with digestion, eczema, and migraines.
Migraines have been the worst of the three troubles, so let me tell you about my experience with them. From a very young age, I experienced on average 3 migraines a week, and because of this, my parents (and even my oldest brother) would consistently be “on call” to pick me up from school.
I experienced regular migraines, migraines with an aura, and then I experienced migraines that lead to me temporarily losing feeling down the whole left side of my body. As I got older, I would try and work through my migraines. I’ve written numerous exams hardly being able to see the page let alone what was written on it. When I began to drive, I would find myself unable to actually drive the car because I couldn’t see. This lead to plenty of naps in the back of my 1996 Honda Civic hatchback.
Advil became a regular part of my daily intake, and I would not go anywhere without it. Over the years my parents tried and tried to improve my migraines. They took me to a doctor, which lead to visits to a massage therapist, and then because I was waking up at night with migraines, I was sent to a neurologist. The massage therapist was the most helpful, but the funny thing is – it wasn’t necessarily for her massage therapy. But for the casual informative conversation that she would provide during the massage. She had a passion for holistic well-being, and she would provide me with tips for what to do when a migraine was coming on, what to do on a rainy day to prevent migraines, and she even helped to determine some of my triggers. Life has a strange way of sending you to the right people eh? I stopped going to the massage therapist after about two years, as I had to leave for university. The migraines continued through my post-secondary career, causing me to miss out on lectures, social events, and creating the need to rebook exams.
4 years later, after graduating from university, my parents worked hard to support me through an elimination diet. My parents and I worked hard to follow a strict diet for many months, and then slowly began to reintroduce foods. At this point, I was recording absolutely everything that I was consuming, including what I was doing that day, and documenting how I felt. It was tedious, but it paid off. After following the elimination diet, I fell back into my regular habit of eating things. This is no surprise as the elimination diet is not a sustainable long-term diet plan. However, I began to innately understand what I could and could not eat. I somehow understood what I needed and what I didn’t need.
This was my turning point.
My brain fog disappeared, and I began to notice my triggers. I started using oils (in particular peppermint oil), used a salt lamp, added turmeric to my foods, supplemented with magnesium, I cut bananas from my diet, I became aware of my blood sugar levels, and ensured 7 hours of sleep. Somewhere along the line, I began taking the Advil out of my school bag, glove compartment, and purses. I began to leave the house without Advil, and for me, this was a form of freedom. I used to go through Advil so quick that I would buy the no-name brand because it was getting too expensive, and when I was offered free sample packs, I would happily take as many packets as I could. Since 2015, I have significantly reduced the frequency of my migraines, from experiencing at least 3 a week, to maybe having one migraine a month.
But what can I do for you?
I can help educate you on the body systems, minerals and vitamins, well-being, energy intake, and more. We can work together implement realistic solutions and replace lifestyle habits. Even better, if you are already working with a medical professional such as a Medical Doctor, Naturopathic Doctor, or a Registered Dietitian, I can help you to revise the information and resources they have provided, and implement their recommendations into your lifestyle. We can have a chat, perhaps over tea. I will help to motivate you, and to help navigate around your hurdles.
Over on the services page, you will see that I provide one-on-one consultations (in person or over the web), grocery store visits, kitchen cupboard overhauls, not to mention I provide wellness challenges, and present corporate seminars surrounding well-being.