Engineer builds new bridges for healthy eating

Engineer-turned-holistic-nutritionist Kristin Fraser believes food is mostly at the root of what ails us. Whether someone is suffering from diabetes, hypertension or depression, Fraser advocates trying a diet that’s low in sugar, processed fats, caffeine and alcohol, and high in natural “living foods,” including raw, leafy greens.

Engineer-turned-holistic-nutritionist Kristin Fraser believes food is mostly at the root of what ails us.

Whether someone is suffering from diabetes, hypertension or depression, Fraser advocates trying a diet that’s low in sugar, processed fats, caffeine and alcohol, and high in natural “living foods,” including raw, leafy greens.

Fraser, who has launched her own nutritional consulting, corporate wellness and healthy cooking business, Inner Glow Nutrition, learned from personal experience that it’s possible to eat your way to better health.

She was working as a mechanical engineer in Red Deer when depression struck and became so debilitating, Fraser needed to take a leave of absence from work.

Her boyfriend at the time suggested she see a nutritionist, who recommended a “cleanse” and other things that Fraser initially thought were “weird.”

But it turned out that this altered diet and lifestyle (Fraser also started taking yoga classes) “totally changed my life.”

The improvement was so acute that Fraser opted to learn more about nutrition by enrolling in a program at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2009.

The 30-year-old also recently completed a six-month Natural Foods Chef Training program in New York City.

With more and more people suffering from diabetes, obesity or intolerances to gluten or dairy products, Fraser believes society is getting “a huge wake-up call” about the effects of food on the body.

Fraser plans to share her knowledge about holistic nutrition and food preparation at a free public seminar on Wednesday, May 15, at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer. To preregister for the 6 p.m. talk, call 403-314-2351.

She can also be hired to consult with individuals and corporations. Her first client is Lacombe County — Fraser plans to discuss with staff how healthier food choices can alleviate stress and reduce incidents of illness.

Fraser will offer healthy living cooking classes at several locations around Red Deer, and plans to run health retreats.

Fraser also writes a regular column for the Advocate, appearing every second Thursday.

For more information about her services, please visit www.innerglownutrition.ca.

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