Meg Pearson is a Nutritarian (labels are tough!), passionate cook, Alissa Cohen certified Living on Live Food Instructor, and Culinary Nutrition Expert trained with Meghan Telpner's Cooking Academy. She is also a Yoga Teacher, Reiki Practitioner and Live Well Educator, with a strong focus on informing others about the benefits of following a plant-heavy diet and focusing on whole life balance. Meg is also a student of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Disordered Eating in Active and Sedentary Individuals Course.
Having grown up in her mother’s creative kitchen on a small farm in rural Ontario where meals were often based around local produce and comprised of comfort fare, Meg was surrounded with love from a strong family with hearty and healthy food philosophy. Even so, as a young adult Meg fought some serious food battles, suffering with anorexia and bulimia from her early teens. During recovery from her eating disorder, she found comfort and strength in adopting a whole foods diet and also great satisfaction in being able to share her affection for food creativity with others. It is Meg’s hope that her personal experience may be a useful instrument in helping others heal in their own personal journey and realize their optimal sources of nourishment, while re-developing the healthy relationship with food that we were all innately born with.
On top of her full time job running the office administration for downtown Toronto's Integrative Health Institute and keeping MAP Wellness rolling smoothly along, Meg is also a regular contributer to The Huffington Post Canada, One Green Planet, Village Living Magazine, & The Living Kitchen Wellness Group.
Food should be fun, food should be fuel, and food should be personal. I know what it is like to be in a constant battle with food. I know what it is like to be unsure about what to eat, when to eat, and how much to eat. I know what it is like to feel guilt about every bite consumed, and even going to extremes. I spent many years battling an eating disorder, and in that time, food was indeed the enemy. I hated my body, despised calories (energy!!) and abused myself consistently. Now, I believe in eating to power your body- your temple- in the most efficient ways possible. I believe that food is one of life's most glorious necessities and indulgences; with the potential of creating pure and plentiful pleasure and delight. I strongly support the idea that you should fill your mind with loving thoughts, and this will in turn inspire you to fill your tummy with foods that will love your body right back.
So how do I eat?
I am flexible, adapting my way of eating to my current state of health, and know that I can eat one way today, but that I can decide to re-introduce any food I want, at any time. My food selection and diet focus is totally personal, and I eat for my pleasure, vitality, and overall health. This is how I plan my meals right now, in order to feel my best and balanced self:
There is a local vegetarian restaurant here in Toronto that I adore. Every time I dine there, I leave feeling stuffed. Sufficiently sophonsified as my father used to say. I LOVE the cuisine they serve, and gobble up every last bite of their vegetarian yumminess. In the past, I related feelings of satiety with guilt. If I ate too much I equated it with being “bad”. Never do those emotions boil up if I am fully filled by super good for me foods. If I consciously eat food that is clean, whole, and part of my "eat for power" lifestyle, then I am content. Blissful even. I can walk away from the table feeling satisfied that my body is brimming with all the nutrients and energy I need to power through my day. This is a real lesson in sustenance.
I want everyone to enjoy good food, that is good for them, and share in my passion about...
– meg pearson
do yoga. enjoy good food. run. plant food. cook. savour wine. read books. buy good food. love. grow your energy. find peace. enjoy food. have passion. skip. eat food. do yoga. listen to jazz. have presence. be present. bike. read. see. hear. be. live. love.