Hey I’m Wanda, Holistic Nutritionist and mom of 2 who lives for coffee, quiet time and comfortable pants
My mission is to help women of all sizes feel loved, represented, confident and worthy of nourishment. My hope is that you’ll ditch the diets for good, find food freedom and rediscover your happiest, healthiest, body-confident life
I’ve been there…
I’ve been a Size 6, Size 20, and everything in between.
I went on my first “lose-10lbs-in-7-days” diets when I was only 11 years old. For a long time, I went down the weight loss path filled with gimmicks, supplements, detox teas, the obsession with calorie counting, measuring and writing down every morsel of food that went into my mouth. It was a world filled of shame and self hate. Then I lost a lot of weight and became a Registered Holistic Nutritionist.
Despite knowing a lot about health and nutrition, I lost control over my body again. Everytime I participated in a cleanse, my body retaliated by piling on more weight. Clean eating had just become a new way to exercise extreme control over my diet and consumption, and it caused a lot of stress. It became clear that my new lifestyle was doing more harm that good.
After gaining weight, it was obvious that I was no longer the ideal size and shape of a nutritionist and the shame intensified, even as I worked tirelessly to regain my mental and physical health. I should have been celebrating my wins, but instead, I was deeply ashamed and felt very much alone.
And then I decided to drop the mental weight I was carrying all of these years rather than focusing on the physical weight.
Once I started loving myself again, listening to my body, and stop restricting foods:
- I started to appreciate (and even look forward to eating) nutritious foods
- I found movement that was enjoyable
- Cravings and emotional eating became manageable
- Real balance returned
I now give myself unconditional permission to eat ooey gooey brownies, fluffy bread (with gluten), and salty fries when I want because I also enjoy all the bitter greens I could fit on my plate with a kombucha on the side next to a stupidly expensive hippy dippy oat cookie sweetened by date paste when I feel like it.
This is the balanced life I want to let everyone know is possible
That’s me. Take it or leave it. I may not be everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s totally okay.
Want to know more?
Here are 10 facts about me…
I can’t put together an outfit for the life of me. I like to think I’m a creative person, but just don’t understand fashion or how to piece items together. I’m good at home décor, but not like, people décor…
I’m happiest when I’m barefoot. I hate socks, and shoes that cover my toes (but I’m Canadian so it’s unfortunately a necessity ¾ of the year.
My ethnic background is French, Irish, Scottish and Chinese (yup, 1/4 ). My husband is Ukrainian. So, yeah, our kids are quite the mix!
I could (and have) spend hours on Pinterest looking at gardens, home decor, and organization ideas. Oh and my subscription to Style at Home makes me happier than I ever want to admit
Top 5 Places on my bucket list right now: Southern France, Iceland, Croatia, Yukon, Switzerland
I’m an introvert. I need to be alone and in quiet places to recharge my batteries. If not, I’ll either shut down, or I’m a cranky mess!
My weakness is blueberry pie (but apple is awesome too). The best part about being on a road trip is grabbing one at a farmer’s market, or from a tiny stand on the side of the road
I loooooove dogs, especially giant ones. Our 50 lb rescue mutt is amazing, but if we had the space (and more time and money), I would totally add a few Irish Wolfhounds or Great Danes into our home.
I could listen to music by Queen all day, and kind of love that at any given moment, my kids will belt out Queen lyrics “don’t stop me now! Cause I’m having a good time, having a good time…
I have two amazing talents:
1. Tripping over invisible things
2. Spilling coffee, borscht, and chocolate on brand new clothes
Wanda Matijczak is a Toronto-based Registered Holistic Nutritionist who practices in women’s health and weight inclusive care, on a mission to change the game so that women never experience an ounce of shame or guilt when seeking help on their path to well-being.
Her goal is to educate, empower, and inspire women to restore their health using an anti-diet, Health at Every Size®️ approach with compassion, warmth and understanding.