About

"You are as important to your health, as it is to you." - T. Guillemets

Hi!

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.  

You’ve heard my story, and I’d love to hear yours!