Lori Moore is on a mission: she wants to make her community healthier.
The Kingsport woman recently opened a business as a culinary nutritionist, aiming to help people live healthier lives by offering cooking class demonstrations, sharing recipes, customizing meal plans, doing kitchen and pantry resets and even taking clients on grocery store tours.
“I believe every one of us can make the changes that are needed in our lives. But sometimes we need a cheerleader and a coach to help us,” she said in a recent interview.
“When it comes to our health, we know some things intuitively. But my role is to help you fill in the knowledge gaps and give you a clearer picture of where you need to go to get to where you want to be health-wise.”
Moore had cancer when she was in her twenties, which led her to examine her health choices and to develop a keen interest in holistic health and nutrition. Although she is not a licensed nutritionist in Nova Scotia, three years ago she began studying holistic nutrition through the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and has also completed studies as a Culinary Nutrition Expert through the Academy of Culinary Nutrition.
She recently retired and wanted to combine her interests and acquired knowledge about holistic health and nutrition with her decades of experience as an educator and teacher of the deaf and her degree in counselling.
Moore's own journey has taught her that the holistic approach to health is a lifestyle rather a band-aid approach to symptoms of illness.
“What I see is that people are looking for quick fixes and there aren’t any," she said.
She points to fad diets as one example.
"The Keto Diet is being advertised, so people are jumping on that bandwagon. My perspective is that each of us is an individual, we get different illnesses for different reasons. So, my work is to look at you as an individual, just as I have looked at myself,” she said.
“My perspective is, I’m responsible for my health, not the medical professional. So, what changes do I need to make? How do we manage our health?"
It's not easy, she acknowledges.
"It’s a journey that has twists and turns and may have some dead ends that require backtracking and re-evaluation. It is not a quick fix," Moore said.
Considering individual goals is a good starting point, she adds.
“Is your motivation to improve your health through change or is it I just want to lose 10 pounds? My goal is not primarily to be someone’s weight loss coach," she said.
"That service is already available to folks. If you want to understand why you are not losing weight and change your relationship with food, then I can help you on that journey.”
Moore says eating natural, healthy and unprocessed food that is prepared in a healthy way is essential. But, so is considering how all the body's systems are affected by our habits and our environment, even down to the detergents we wash with or the lotions we put on our skin because she believes, “What goes on the body ends up in the body.”
“Everything is impacting everything else. To me, the holistic approach to health and nutrition is looking at all aspects of my life," she said.
"From the quality of the air I breathe to the toxins in my home, the foods I put in my body, my work environment, the people I surround myself with, my stress level and the thoughts I think. It’s really all about what makes me who I am.”
Moore’s message is starting to resonate. Corena Burbidge, of Port Williams, attended a recent workshop for retired teachers and enjoyed the cooking demo and recipes.
“Lori presented a gentle invitation to start making changes to shopping habits and our approach to food prep. We all left with a way in, a way to make changes,” she said.
“We left wanting more."
For more information see https://lorimoore.ca.