At Tailored Nutrition Inc. we are focused on YOUR well-being.
With Nutrition as our primary focus we provide assistance through developing community, providing education, and one-on-one consultations.
We understand that well-being is multifaceted, and provide additional support and referrals outside of nutrition which you can trust (ie. exercise, budgeting, organization, time management).
We can even help to take the heavy lifting from you through ordering groceries and meal preparations which arrive at your front door.
Trust us to support your well-being, so you can focus on other important matters.
Taylor Gray, BScFN, R.H.N., PTS
Owner of Tailored Nutrition Inc.
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.
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