Who Am I?
My name is Alina and Orgali – Nourish and Love is my blog. Thank you so much for reading!
I am a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant™ and I can help you and your family live healthier and happier.
My Family’s Journey
My family started to focus on eating wholesome foods when my husband was diagnosed with cancer in 2009. At that time, our son was four months old, we had just moved into a new city (Calgary, Alberta). We were trying to make our new home, meet new friends and basically start over.
With the knowledge from my medical degree from Romania and my MSc. in Biochemistry from the University of Saskatchewan (Canada), I spent many hours reading numerous books, articles, and webpages trying to understand why the cancer occurred and what was within our control to prevent it from reoccurring. We decided to change our diet and some of our habits to lower the chance that the cancer would return.
Fast forward a few years – we now have a daughter and are still making changes to our diet. In addition to making healthy food choices, we are trying to accommodate our son’s dietary restrictions. He was diagnosed with gluten and dairy sensitivities when he was 3 1/2 years old.
Starting with healthy eating to prevent cancer and later on feeding my children a healthy diet (focusing on gluten- and dairy-free alternatives), I discovered that I had a passion for healthy nutrition and lifestyle and I became a Holistic Nutritional Consultant.
How Can I Help You?
Feeding kids is a tough job. Some are pickier than others and as parents, we all try to make healthy choices for them now, when they are little, so that they continue to make similar healthy choices for themselves as they grow.
Instilling good eating habits in our kids which last a lifetime is something all parents strive for. What matters the most, when it gets hard (and it does many times), is that we keep trying.
- It is possible to feed your children and your family healthy and delicious foods.
- It is possible for them to actually eat the food.
- It is possible to stay sane during this process.
1. In my virtual world, called Orgali,
- You will find, on Tasty Tuesdays, healthy, yummy, and fast recipes. All recipes are gluten free and dairy free.
- You will find tips to help you help your child:
2. I work one-on-one with my clients to teach them how to help their children:
- poop every day without pain
- become great eaters and
- enjoy eating a wide variety of nutritious and delicious whole foods.
If you would like to know more about one-on-one 1 h counselling sessions with me, here is more info.
If you would like to know more about the “Constipation 101 – How to help your child poop every day” program I offer, here it is.
If you would like to know more about the “Picky eater? No more!” program I offer, here it is.
4. I organize yearly group workshops for parents who want to offer their families healthier food choices and for parents who have picky eaters and want to end meal battles.
6. I teach at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (Calgary branch).
7. You can also find me at the Rockford Medical Clinic in Calgary every Wednesday and Saturday. I mostly see adult clients with high liver enzymes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, constipation, skin rashes, heartburn, weight gain, osteoporosis, and many other health issues where changes in diet and lifestyle play a crucial role.
If you have a question or a comment please contact me here. I read and reply to every message that I receive. I LOVE hearing from you!
12 Fun Things About Me
- I used to go fishing with my dad when I was little. But I never really got into it.
- I had two perms in my life and they were big mistakes. One was during medical school and the other one was right after I had my son. What was I thinking … wanting to look like a poodle?!
- I used to be afraid of the dark and had to cover myself completely (especially my toes) with a sheet when I was sleeping. Funnily enough, without me mentioning it to my son, he is afraid of the light fixture in the ceiling of his room. He covers himself completely (especially the head) when he goes to sleep. He thinks the light will shrink into the ceiling and a grabber will emerge and get him.
- I used to eat boiled chicken feet (and I still do if someone – hi mom! – makes them for me).
- I love watching The Bachelor and The Biggest Loser. These are the only reality shows I watch. Although we don’t have cable, I watch them online and I make sure to mark their start date on my wall calendar so that I don’t miss them. I can’t watch them with my husband as he makes fun of them.
- I did not cook for myself or anybody else until I was 25 years old. Now I can’t stop.
- When I was growing up I milked cows (my paternal grand-mother lived in the country on a farm) and I took cows to the pasture with other kids who lived in the country and knew what they were doing.
- I met my husband when I was studying for my Masters in biochemistry at the University of Saskatchewan. He was completing his PhD, also in biochemistry with the same supervisor, so we worked in the same lab together for a couple of years. The day we met, he invited me for coffee (which we never went to) and walked me home.
- I like to relax by reading cookbooks.
- I had a variety of pets when I was little. I would bring home stray kittens and puppies. I had a fish that died quickly (nobody knew why). I had 2 buggies (I don’t remember what happened to them). I had a hamster who lived in a big jar with saw dust. I used to let him out to walk around the house. One day, he ran under a table very quickly and I was never able to find him. I also used to buy little chicks from my local market. I would keep them on a covered balcony, feed them for a few weeks, and then my parents and I would take them to our relatives who lived on a farm.
- When I was a student at the University of Saskatchewan I held a part-time job at a skin and hair laser clinic as a laser technician.
- I loooove chocolate. I could eat it all day long.