Hi! I’m Danielle Zipp, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, food photographer, safer beauty advocate, and total foodie!
I was born and raised in Victoria, BC but now call Vancouver, BC home. I live with my long-time boyfriend in a 480 sq foot apartment - talk about urban density! I like to say that if I can make real food work in my tiny kitchen with my busy lifestyle, I trust that you can too - and I’m here to help teach you how!
I graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition at the end of 2013 and have had the pleasure of working one-on-one with clients ever since. I also hold a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from the University of Victoria. I took classes that focused on behaviour modification, motivation and emotion, goal setting and self-regulation, so that I would be better equipped to help you make the lifestyle changes that are necessary for optimum health.
When I'm not cooking up a storm in my tiny kitchen (or sharing about it on social media), you can find me listening to podcasts and reading personal development books, hiking & forest bathing, practicing yoga, cussing at my foam roller, or doing the occasional crafty thing, all while munching on 90% dark chocolate.
To inspire and empower you to take responsibility for your own health so that you can be present for the people and the things in your life that light you up. I want to teach you the “what, why, & how” of healthy eating so that you feel capable of making practical, healthy choices for the rest of your life.
Together, let’s ditch the “all or nothing” mentality of typical dieting and embrace the imperfection of the journey all while learning and growing.
I want you to feel confident in your abilities and confident in your own skin. You may not yet realize how capable and deserving you are of living a happy and healthy life.
But, guess what? You so are!
My Health Journey
Skin issues suck! After quitting a topical acne medication 4 years ago, my cystic acne came back worse than I ever experienced. It crippled my self-confidence, and made me question my legitimacy as a health professional.
The pursuit of clear skin sent me down multiple avenues of alternative healing in search of the root cause of my acne. Ultimately, addressing food sensitivities, digestive issues, blood sugar balance, liver health, hormone balance & mindset (basically whole body health!) allowed me to tackle the root cause(s) of my acne and clear my skin.
Strange as it may seem, I am grateful for my journey! It gave me the strength, resources, know-how, and empathy to help YOU heal your skin and regain your confidence.
My Food Philosophy
My thoughts about food and its connection to our health and well-being cannot be easily summarized in one paragraph or a quick one-liner. I am constantly stumbling upon new teachings, theories and quotes that have helped me build the verbiage of my food beliefs.
As I've been in the nutrition space for several years now, so my food beliefs are deeply ingrained to the point where I don't have to think about my food choices - I just make them.
Eat foods that nourish your body; love what you are eating; and most importantly, love yourself.
EAT: Eat foods that bring you joy and make you feel amazing. Eat foods that support your goals and eat in a way that can be sustainable long term. Forget the all or nothing approach to dieting and focus on making a long term lifestyle change.
NOURISH: Nourish your body with food & movement and nourish your mind with love & positive self-talk to support underlying imbalances.
LOVE: Love yourself enough to live a healthy lifestyle. Love what you are eating and love those who you are eating with. Take time each day for self-care - you deserve to be loved, to love yourself, to reach your health goals, and live a life and lights you up.
Focus on Natural - let's eat food that is minimally processed and as close to nature as possible - as Mother Nature intended us to. I want to encourage you to eat literally, and figuratively, outside the box.
Focus on Quality - From a holistic perspective, I am more concerned with the quality of food eaten rather than the specific quantities. Portion sizes are still important but I don't believe it's necessary to count every calorie or micronutrient. On the other hand the quality of the food we eat is a top priority to me.
Focus on You - From experience I know there is no one diet that is right for everyone. There are just as many right ways to eat as there are people in the world. Also important to remember that sometimes the key to healing or reaching our health goals has nothing to do with food. Often there is an underlying emotional or lifestyle component that needs to be explored.