Learn how to naturally support your autoimmune condition so you can increase your energy and freedom to enjoy the activities you love - with the ones you love - with less fatigue, pain, worry and inflammation.
BECOME KNOWLEDGEABLE & EMPOWERED IN YOUR OWN HEALTH & WELLBEING
If you're a parent with an autoimmune condition (or a parent to an autoimmune kid) and you're struggling to get your condition under control, chances are you want to increase your energy and reclaim your health ....
So you can move more, laugh more and connect more with life and your loved ones.
You want an autoimmune nutrition plan that is customized to you so you can step into your power and take control of your health ... without stress, expensive products or giving up fun food or treats.
Food should be delicious and fun, no matter your condition.
Unshakeable CONFIDENCE in knowing how to realistically fuel your body in a way that is customized to your unique health history, autoimmune condition, symptoms and family life.
Renewed ENERGY to show up for your family, work & friends instead of collapsing on the couch at the end of the day, always saying no and watching life from the sidelines.
Ability and mobility to get back to the ACTIVITIES YOU LOVE - like playing, hiking, biking, gardening, yoga - without paying for it the next day or relying on pain killers, heating pads or ice.
YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO REDUCE INFLAMMATION AND IMPROVE ENERGY AND LESS PAIN - BUT THERE ARE A FEW THINGS STANDING IN YOUR WAY
You're not really sure what nutritional plan is best for your condition or situation. Your doctor didn't talk to you about nutrition and the Internet is full of conflicting information, so you're not sure who or what to believe.
Changing diet is intimidating. You want comfort food when you're feeling physically and emotionally exhausted.
You're trying to figure out nutrition on your own, and having a hard time sticking to it because none of the books, lists or 30-day meal plans are suited for a busy family, your work schedule or LIFE!
You have picky eaters at home (big ones and littles ones) and your partner is a little skeptical and because of that, you get a lot of push-back at meal time and that adds a whole other layer of frustration and failure.
You keep waiting for the new medication or supplements to work, even though you know you could be up-leveling your nutrition and seeing results sooner vs later.
You feel slightly better with the changes you've made to diet ... you're gluten, dairy and sugar free ... but still you have nagging symptoms that won't go away. You feel like you're missing something and not sure what to do next.
You want to start addressing gut health, but aren't sure what's legit, what your unique triggers are and where to get started.
I HAVE AN AUTOIMMUNE FAMILY, JUST LIKE YOU.
My daughter has a rare rheumatic condition (similar to RA) and I've had elevated rheumatoid factor since my early 20s. Hers showed up as lesions on her long bones, mine showed up as eczema, allergies and IBS.
My own immune and gut issues were the reasons why I became a holistic nutritionist and my daughter's health is the reason why I now dedicate my time and energy to the autoimmune community. Natural health is key to our family's success and I know it can be life changing for yours.
It's my mission to make natural health accessible to other autoimmune families like mine, so you can be knowledgeable and empowered in your own wellbeing using all means possible.
I'm going to show you how to use the best of evidence-based autoimmune-focused nutrition and natural health in a way that is simple for busy families so you can quit struggling on your own and get back to living life on your terms, instead of autoimmune controlling every aspect of your life.
HI! I'M VANESSA
I'm the mom of an autoimmune kid who is thriving and a certified nutritional practitioner and AIP Certified Coach in Toronto, Canada who specializes in holistic nutrition for autoimmune.
When my daughter was diagnosed with her rare rheumatic auto-inflammatory condition (CRMO) in 2018, I knew I wanted to use the best of natural health AND medical support to help reduce her pain and inflammation, and get back to living a normal life as quickly as possible.
By focusing on diet, gut health and some very specific lifestyle techniques in combination with medical support, we were able to help change the trajectory of her condition, and today she remains medication free. Serving the autoimmune community has since become our family's passion-driven purpose and is now my core focus with clients.
Most of the clients who come to me are exhausted and just want to feel good fast. They’re worried about their own health and their families. They have been struggling with autoimmune for a while and feel like they have just been going through the motions of life. They have also tried different things to varying degrees of success … meal plans, supplements, oils and some have even worked with a ND or functional doctors.
As a mom, I know parents need something that is easy to follow at home and gets quick results because you’ve been dealing with exhaustion and pain for too long.
So, I’ve created a natural health program that combines my 10 years of client experience in knowing what what works at the biological level with my personal experience in knowing what type of support parents need to actually succeed and follow recommendations at home.
It's called The Autoimmune Family System(c) and it's the program I wish had existed when I was going through the same process you're going through now.
IF YOU'VE TRIED TO MAKE CHANGES & ARE STILL STRUGGLING WITH FATIGUE AND FLARES, LET ME ASSURE YOU ... IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT.
There are very few experts who have a busy autoimmune family of their own so their resources and recommendations fall short. Very few understand what it's like to spend long hours at doctors' appointments, having to say no to family and friends, and what it's like to be bone-aching tired and still have to get up and get things done because you're a parent, you have commitments outside of the home and others are depending on you.
No one has ever helped you figure out what nutrition plan is not only best for your condition, but also your reality (family life, ability to cook, energy, restrictions). The "best" diets only work if you are able to follow them.
No one has ever taken you by the hand and given you a step-by-step, customized roadmap to help you make one change at a time - without overwhelming yourself or your family - so you can actually feel confident about what you're doing and stick with your nutritional plan for the long term.
You are probably getting caught up in the list of "things to avoid" instead of focusing on "things to include." Nutrition means nourishment on all levels - body, mind and soul - and any wellness plan that truly gets long-term results includes these aspects, especially when changes to diet are hard, for whatever reason.
You don't know what you don't know. No one has explained the role of gut health and nervous system support as it relates to autoimmune, and how it can dramatically impact your energy and inflammation. So if you're making changes and not seeing results, you simply need to shift your efforts to the root causes.
You might be depending on supplements to help up-level your results, but instead are taking a long list of pills that aren't right for your condition, are un-necessary and may even be making the situation worse.
A food list does not get results. It is not real life. It doesn't motivate you when you're having a bad day, help you find brands and products you'll like, give you menu ideas for the entire family or help you course correct when you need to change direction.
THIS IS WHY I CREATED THE AUTOIMMUNE FAMILY SYSTEM - AN AUTOIMMUNE NUTRITION PLAN FOR BUSY FAMILIES
It's a foundational anti-inflammatory nutrition and lifestyle program that helps busy parents create a customized plan to address your unique health history, symptoms, health goals AND dynamic family life.
The focus is to help you increase your energy and reduce your unique triggers for flares so you can show up for your family feeling confident in understanding what your body needs to thrive.
I created this program based on my years working in a naturopathic clinic AND my own practical experience as an autoimmune mom.
Here's what it looks like ...
WE BEGIN BY ROOTING THE FAMILY TREE
This is all about collaboration ... at home and with your autoimmune coach.
We help you get strategic in terms of identifying the best diet for your unique situation and make sure everyone at home is on board with your vision for health. We create a team approach.
We want you to do less for more … meaning we want to focus on what will get you the best results for the least amount of effort.
NEXT, WE TACKLE REALITY-BASED MEAL PLANNING AND IMMUNE REGULATION
We identify and remove your unique triggers for fatigue, inflammation and poor gut health, and replace them with better options. This includes food, environment and lifestyle triggers.
To do so, we have various assessment tools like symptomatology and functional laboratory testing, depending on your situation. No client uses the same tools because we don't believe in a cookie-cutter approach.
We do, however, believe in a slow and steady approach because that is sustainable. Proprietary tools we use include Reality-Based Meal Planning, teaching you how to build an Autoimmune Plate that focuses on nutritional density.
AND FINALLY, WE REBALANCE AND RENOURISH.
Getting to a place of balance is really important. As you start to feel better, we help you strategically reintroduce as many foods as possible so you can develop a long-term customized program that is easy to follow and will take you the distance in your health.
THE AUTOIMMUNE FAMILY SYSTEM IS FOR YOU IF...
You WANT to
Increase your energy and focus for your loved ones
Find relief from aches, pains and fatigue
Free excess weight that further ramps up your inflammation
Move more, laugh more and connect more with life
Feel in control of your health and wellbeing
To create an autoimmune nutrition plan that is customized to your unique condition and family realist
You are DONE
Feeling exhausted, swollen, and struggling with pain, weight and digestive distress
Wasting time, money and energy starting/stopping different diets and supplements
Trying to figure this out by yourself
Feeling frustrated that what you've been doing isn't working
Feeling alone in this process
You are READY
To reduce pain, inflammation, lose excess weight and super-charge your energy and outlook
To step into your power as an empowered individual who understands her body inside and out
To keep up with your family members and participate in life, instead of watching from the sidelines
To actually identify your trigger foods - what's best for your body - and create a custom plan, just for you
To feel like you're part of a team - at home with your family and with other like-minded parents
For a positive outlook ... knowing that you DO have control
The Autoimmune Family System helps individuals and families transition to an Anti-Inflammatory (think Mediterranean), Paleo, AIP or Low FODMAPS diet to support better gut health and overall autoimmune wellness.
This foundational program is 8 weeks long and during our time together, you will learn exactly what your body needs to feel better, have go-to recipes and a shopping list the entire family likes, and have a better understanding of triggers that are unique to you.
A PRIVATE ONBOARDING SESSION TO GET YOU LASER FOCUSED
Our private onboarding call will discuss your unique situation so you know exactly how to focus your next time and energy in the program and help you address any immediate challenges.
WEEKLY GROUP COACHING
You'll benefit from weekly group coaching sessions to further guide you, motivate you and keep you accountable every step of the way for the best results.
TRAININGS, RECIPES & MEAL PLANS
You'll receive handouts, worksheets, audios, videos and hundreds of simple recipes to empower you with knowledge and tools in your journey. Areas of support and education include how to transition meals, meal planning, symptom journalling, strategic supplements, sleep, mindset, reintroductions and more.
You'll be part of a community of like-minded families to cheer you on and support your progress so you never have to feel alone. Plus you have me looking after you!
THE OPTION TO ADD ADDITIONAL PRIVATE CLIENT SUPPORT & SERVICES
For those interested in additional customization of supplements, functional labs and want to do more in-depth gut-healing protocols focusing on Candida or SIBO, there are options you can add onto your program. Each person and situation is different, so it really requires understanding what your needs are and then finding the right support for you. These services are beyond the scope of the 8-week program and are an additional cost.
FREE E-BOOK - THE AUTOIMMUNE FAMILY KITCHEN!
A copy of one of my two e-books, The Autoimmune Family Kitchen or The RA Family Kitchen. These books are designed to help you succeed in the kitchen without additional stress or worry.
FREE CUSTOM MEAL PLANNING SOFTWARE
On graduation, you'll receive one month free access to a meal planning software that will help you continue to build on your success! My clients love it so much, that they typically continue on with the software because it saves them time and energy ... plus the recipes are a compilation of some our amazing food bloggers!
DONE FOR YOU MEAL PLANS & GROCERY LISTS
You don't have to think - you can just do.
All meal plans included in the program use simple and delicious batch cooking ideas and have you use leftovers strategically so you have maximum nutrition everyday of the week.
WHAT CLIENTS SAY ABOUT WORKING WITH VANESSA
Mary came to me, ready to focus on increasing her energy, losing weight and gaining more mobility after several hard years of personal and physical trauma. Some days she would forget to eat as she put everyone in her life before herself. We took a very slow and steady approach and today, Mary is 40 pounds lighter, friends are passing her on the street (and not recognizing her), she is sleeping better AND she feels like this is just the beginning of what is possible for her as a grandmother and mother of six.
“I had no idea the impact of my diet on my pain. I’m so happy to find what’s working for me. My doctor is so pleased.”
*Mary, Fibromyalgia and Type 2 Diabetes
When I first spoke with Rebecca, she told me there were some days she had to grit her teeth to get out of bed. Not that she didn't want to ... she just hurt. She was also embarrassed about a skin condition and while she had some success in working with other practitioners, she felt nutrition was the missing link. She ended up discovering that gluten was a MAJOR trigger for her and we are now working on histamine and gut-health issues as we dive deeper into her overall health picture.
"I no longer look like an umpa-lumpa. My skin is clearing up. My joint pain is way less and I lost 20 pounds of inflammation in the first two months.”
*Rebecca, Hidradenitis Supporativa and an undiagnosed rheumatic or IBD condition
Loretta is a private client and busy adult mom who works two jobs - her day job as an accountant and her night job, helping her husband run their family business. She came to me because she wanted to work on supporting her thyroid health (her doctor said she was developing Hashimoto's) and support an underlying genetic heart defect. She was sore. Tired. Working her butt off at the gym. Skipping meals and skimping on sleep. Her goal was to use AIP to support thyroid, lose some weight and decrease pain.
During our time together, Laura lost 15 pounds, plus regained her focus, better sleeping habits and energy for her family.
Sandra is a young mom who grew up with Juvenile Arthritis and then diagnosed with AS as an adult. Sandra wanted to try AIP to support her pain and inflammation as she was in a terrible physical state and it was preventing her from being the mom she wanted to for her young son. As Sandra transitioned to AIP, she immediately found relief and was able to work longer hours without her wrist braces and not feel sore after taking her son to the park or hiking. During our time together, she learned SLEEP was a huge trigger/support for her, in addition to the impact certain foods had on her aches. Sandra also worked with me on coordinating laboratory testing to get to the root of some gut issues in this process.
*Sandra, JIA and Ankylosing Spondylitis
When Melanie joined the Autoimmune Family System, she was struggling to support her son's nutrition. She knew that nutrition would make a massive impact on his symptoms, but didn't know where to start. Slowly and steadily, we transitioned her and her son's diet to an Anti-Inflammatory approach and she was amazed at the changes. Not only was she able to identify her son's unique triggers for flares, but learned how to support her own nervous system. The process was so profound, it was the motivation to finally sell their city home and more to the country where they could raise their kids closer to nature and finally write a book to support other families struggling with PANDAS. Transformation on all levels.
"Vanessa, you are my angel sent to me for all the right reasons. Thank you."
*Melanie, Mom of a child with EOE and PANDAS
Lisa had tried making nutritional changes previous to working with me and in her words ... "was an epic fail." She wanted a slow and steady approach to helping use nutrition to support her daughter's health, reduce pain and finally help get rid of the belly aches. She followed a Paleo approach, followed my guidelines to connect with a functional MD and identified some unique triggers for her daughter. The stomach pains subsided quickly. The process taught her how to customize her daughter's nutrition plan so they could continue to work with the medical team on the bone flares, using the best of natural and conventional support.
*Lisa, Mom of child with CRMO (rheumatic condition)
A step-by-step 8-week approach to help you transition to an evidence-based elimination diet to support your autoimmune journey
Nutritional protocols that are customized to you, including food lists, pantry swaps, easy, delicious recipes and meal plans
Simple trainings and worksheets to further personalize your approach and create a team approach at home
Live personalized coaching to keep you accountable, guide you and support you every step of the way
A community of like-minded individuals so you feel supported
Additional done-for-you meal plans to remove guess work
Functional laboratory testing is available as an add-on to this program
BONUS - a copy of my two e-guides - The Autoimmune Family Kitchen and The Autoimmune RA Kitchen
NOT SURE THIS IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
We can talk about your unique challenges and whether or not the program is a good fit for you.
It's a no pressure situation.
I also encourage those interested in private client support to take advantage of this free call.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DOES THIS PROGRAM WORK FOR KIDS OR ADULTS?
Yes. This program was created for individuals and families. It takes into account realities like picky eaters, reluctant teens and family members besides you, and provides strategies and coaching to make to recommendations work for the Bigs and Littles in your life.
WILL MY HEALTH INSURANCE COVER NUTRITION COACH SERVICES?
Nutritional Counselling is covered under many group benefits plans.
However, the investment in your health brings additional benefits beyond your coverage - like increased energy and relief from flares so you can get back to work, being active as a family and living life on your terms instead of autoimmune controlling you.
DO YOU OFFER A MONEY BACK GUARANTEE?
I am 100% confident you will love this program - no one has ever asked for their money back and I doubt you'll be the first - but the guarantee is there, so you don't have to worry