What’s on your plate? Embracing a plant-based diet

Holistic nutritionist Amy Longard has been promoting a healthey plant-base approach to nutrition in the community through her OOE home-base business for the past four years

Holistic nutritionist Amy Longard has been promoting a healthey plant-base approach to nutrition in the community through her OOE home-base business for the past four years. Photo by Geneviéve Gazaille

By:  Geneviève Gazaille

Amy Longard is a plant-based chef and registered holistic nutritionist who has made Old Ottawa East her home for five years. The Mainstreeter met with her to learn more about her home business and her overall approach to food and nutrition.

 The Mainstreeter: As a plant-based chef and holistic nutritionist, what does your job entail?

 Longard:  I spend a lot of time just helping people eat more vegetables, that’s often what it comes down to. Whether it’s working one-on-one with clients, leading my group nutrition program, doing cooking lessons or facilitating corporate workshops, where I’m showing how food improves work performance, I feel like my job is really to connect people and make plant-based food enjoyable and fun.

The Mainstreeter: What does it mean to be a holistic nutritionist?

 Longard:  Holistic nutritionists don’t just treat symptoms but take a deeper look at the underlying problem that’s causing people to feel or be a certain way. It’s really a holistic approach to wellness. Nothing happens in isolation in the body and it’s important to really dig deeper rather than to apply a band-aid.

The Mainstreeter: What motivated you to launch your nutrition business?

 Longard:  I was working with the government and I had made a lot of changes to my health, diet and lifestyle. During that time, there was downsizing going on at the government and my entire floor received a letter saying we had to compete for our jobs. I thought this was my opportunity to pursue my healthy living journey, so I left and went to culinary school in New York.  After that, things started happening organically; I got hired to cook for yoga retreats, then I started having people ask me to work with them on their nutrition. The Community Activities Group (CAG) played a very big role in helping me get out there by allowing me to start teaching workshops in Old Ottawa East. It’s now been four years of Amy Longard Nutrition.

The Mainstreeter: You embrace veganism and often share about it on social media. Tell us more about your philosophy and approach.

 Longard:  I am vegan, but I don’t expect people to be how I am. Yes, I love to see more people take animals off their plate, but I think that it starts with education, so I love to teach people how to cook really healthy and delicious plant-based meals. The underlying principle of being vegan is being kind to the environment, being kind to the animals and eating in a way that’s very healthy for your body. I definitely wasn’t vegan my entire life so I know where people are at and I can relate to that. I welcome anyone, even those who have zero experience with making or trying vegan food. In fact, most of my clients are not vegan.

The Mainstreeter: What do you like about Old Ottawa East?

 Longard:  I’m so happy with this neighborhood. I just love the accessibility to downtown and how people are so friendly. I like teaching cooking classes with the CAG. I do yoga at the Town Hall and I have a dog, so I’ve gotten to know many people just walking around.

For more information on Amy’s upcoming group programs or cooking classes, visit www.amylongard.com.

 

 

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