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. After overcoming a series of life altering events in 2010 and 2011, Meg chose to take the leap and leave her 12 year career in television to pursue her passion: RAW Food & Yoga, and that brings her to where she is now. The perfect present.
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.
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:
I consume a mostly plant based diet. (I do eat honey, & have recently decided to re-introduce some dairy back into my diet after being vegan for over a year)
I am virtually wheat free. Since fully eliminating gluten back in 2009, I have found my body runs better without it. I have lost weight, increased my energy, and improved my digestion exponentially. Now I simply avoid wheat, but if bit sneaks into my meal plan, it is not a cause for panic.
I eat raw often; the way it makes my body feel is divine.
I do not eat meat, but if preparing meals/menus for others who do, I always seek out sustainable proteins and prepare them in the healthiest ways possible. This can include free-range eggs, organic chicken, grass-fed beef, raw dairy and wild fish.
I never count calorie content· I always consider nutrient content.
I am a wild one in the kitchen, rarely following a recipe.
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.
– 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.
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