I’m Tiia! Here to make you happy with food. I want to show you that healthy, nutritious food can taste really good too!
I recently moved to Toronto, Canada, where I live with my husband Brett. I am so excited to take advantage of all the local produce, goods, and opportunities!
I am originally from New England, Maine to be exact, where I studied Business and Food Studies at the University of Maine. After coming to Canada, I spent most of my time in the kitchen. A place I didn’t get to hang out in enough!
Next thing I know, all I’m thinking about is cooking, teaching cooking, sharing recipes, and hoping to influence as many people as I can in and out of the kitchen.
This led me to enroll in the Academy of Culinary Nutrition where I became certified as a Culinary Nutrition Expert and Instructor. A program that quite honestly changed my life and opened my eyes to all the properties of food and how they can be applied to cooking.
Now, I offer services such as meal prepping, meal planning, cooking classes, nutritional consultations, grocery shopping help, and any help needed relating to food and cooking. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with questions!
When I’m not doing something related to food, I’m probably trying to get outside being active as I’ve been an athlete for most of life, or I’m meeting up with friends or keeping it solo and reading a good book.
You’ll also probably find me be hanging out by the lake with my mom and sister (and hopefully the rest of my large and wonderful family of 8) playing games at the beach with Brett, making a campfire meal on a weekend getaway or staying in relaxing.
I believe one’s health and nutrition go hand-in-hand. Deciding to eat hlealthy isn’t just a choice, but a part of a lifestyle!
I remember, only about 8 years ago, I learned what gluten really is and how there is a shocking amount of people that are intolerant to it. I won’t be the one to give you all the scientific details about gluten but I would be happy to refer you to some great references that describe it more in-depth! However, if you have done any research and have considered cutting gluten out of your diet, I will be the one to encourage you to do so!
I believe in fueling my body with only the best kinds of foods, to strengthen, energize, maintain, and protect myself. Cutting gluten doesn’t offer all of those benefits but it did entice me to be really aware of how my body and my digestive system was changing. I started to take note of other ingredients, like sugar and dairy, that was also having an effect on me and are known to be common allergens to many people.
While I take some specific actions towards what I eat and offer gluten & sugar-free recipes, I understand that everyone has different needs when it comes to a diet. For example, I’m really sensitive to processed and fried food or foods high in sugar and gluten, while Brett, somehow, has little reactions to them.
I think what is most important is listening to what your body and mind are telling you from a headache to stomach cramps, to how you’re sleeping or even to your mood. More times than not, there are ways to tend to these symptoms at home, starting with food.