There is nothing better than coming home from a stressful day work, sliding into sweat pants, and eating an entire bag of ketchup chips (or drinking a few glasses of wine) while binge-watching Netflix. It feels good in the moment, but not so much the next day.
If this sounds all too familiar, it’s time to make some changes.
Nicole Porter Wellness was voted Best Nutritionist in the Straight’s Best of Vancouver Readers’ Choice Awards. With an extensive list of credentials, including stress coach, wellness educator, and registered holistic nutritionist, her win comes as no surprise.
Her programs are not just about food and fitness, as one might think. Instead, Porter makes every effort to help clients re-define stress by explaining how the most common daily habits can stress their bodies and keep them from reaching their wellness goals.
To Porter, stress is more than just workplace drama, or credit card bills that result from “adding to cart” too often when shopping online (cha-ching, cha-ching). Instead, Porter defines stress as “anything that makes your body work overtime”.
Things like poor diet, dieting, dehydration, lack of sleep, too much screen time, incorrect exercise programs, multi-tasking, even overthinking—all habits that can increase stress on the bodies of today’s working professional. If a body is under stress, it has a harder time of achieving optimal health.
Providing her clients with education, Porter aims to shift how clients think about wellness. She encourages them to focus on internal health instead of external appearance, and steers them away from unhealthy tendencies toward dieting and unrealistic exercise regimens.
Instead, minor lifestyle changes and new, healthier habits provide her clients with a sense of empowerment and contentment as they achieve their wellness goals.