All things Health & Wellness are my Passion!
Hi, I’m Lydia. For over half of my life, I was in the business of helping people achieve health and wellness in my profession as a Registered Dietitian. I loved my work and I walked the talk. Nutrition and fitness were at the cornerstone of my personal health and well-being.
Two decades into my career, my life came to a screeching halt when I was widowed without warning and became the sole parent to three young daughters. That experience alone was enough to turn my life upside down, but add to it a cancer diagnosis, just eighteen months later.
My family, friends and fitness were critical to my healing and most days, I felt like I was making progress. But in the quietness of the evenings, my emotional fragility was unleashed and I turned to wine as a means to escape my pain.
Have you ever felt the need to escape or numb your reality?
After many years of living a ‘steady by day, unsteady by night‘ existence, I decided to incorporate a more holistic approach to well-being that included body, mind and soul work. It was a journey into a new area of wellness and self-discovery and it’s where the magic happened.
The journey brought forward many moments of wisdom, growth, learning and awareness and connected me to something much bigger than myself, yet inherently within me – my Inner Spirit. It led me to align with my core values and step into the truest version of myself, which ultimately led to my purpose.
Living in alignment with the things you value most will give you the most out of living. It’s as simple as that.
Today, I help people create personal agency for themselves. Simply put, I offer strategies to help them gain a sense of control over their lives, and have faith in their ability to handle a wide range of experiences and situations. Through my speaking, coaching and workshops, I inspire individuals, groups and organizations to discover and align with their truest selves so they can experience life in a confident, fulfilling and authentic way!
In her early career as a Registered Dietitian, Lydia empowered clients and communities to embrace food, to understand it, and to enjoy it. Her long standing position as a sessional instructor at Ryerson University inspired up and coming Dietitians to do the same. With a career spanning healthcare, food service, consumer goods, teaching and media, Lydia has a wealth of experience in education and communications.
With more than a decade of experience as a professionally trained media expert, Lydia engages easily with audiences. It is both her passion and her strength. She holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Nutrition and Communications and has extensive experience across multiple communications platforms.
Health and Wellness
Combining her passion for health and people engagement, Lydia delivers keynotes and workshops in the areas of holistic well-being, connection to self and positive change. In the words of her audiences:
“Lydia has a natural ability to engage her audience with her knowledge and real world experience. She brings an energy and warmth to her stage and her passion for her work shines through”.
“Lydia’s stories are inspiring and instructive for us all. She has used some challenging life experiences as the impetus for personal growth and a model for others to achieve peace, balance and alignment in their lives. I look forward to hearing more”!
“Lydia is a professional speaker that will have you hanging on her every word. She is so relatable and easily engages with her audience while planting seeds of encouragement and vulnerability”.
Connecting with causes close to her heart, Lydia spent two years as a volunteer facilitator at the Lighthouse Center for grieving children, working with parent groups in their journey through the loss of a loved one. In addition, she has acted as a spokesperson for Bereaved Families of Ontario. Today, Lydia is an active member of The Good Neighbour Project, an organization established during the Covid 19 Pandemic to assist seniors in the community with limited access to food. Whether shopping for groceries or doing food bank pickups and deliveries, Lydia says that the greatest return on her investment is the interaction she gets to enjoy with this older, wiser, kinder and insightful sector of the population.