Ashleigh Norris CNP, NNCP, Reiki practitioner
Hi my name is Ashleigh Norris and I'm a Certified Holistic Nutritionist based in Toronto. I graduated from The Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto with First Class Honors and am completing my certification as a Holistic Cancer Care Practitioner and herbalist.
My philosophy is simple.
Radiance starts on the inside.
Eat whole foods.
Move your body.
Listen to your body.
Support your body.
Ignite your soul.
Soulfully sprout from where you are right now.
There is a really good chance that you or someone you love is experiencing some health challenges right now that are becoming impossible to live with.
If that’s why you are here WELCOME and I’m so happy you found me.
You are in the right place.
I support my clients, just like you, going through health challenges including autoimmune diseases, hormone imbalances, infertility, chronic fatigue and weight gain.
I support my clients through some of the most difficult times along their healing journey and am dedicated to their success and wellbeing every step of the way.
Most you you have had it up to here with navigating the dos and don'ts of healthy eating, trendy diets and the one size fits all approach of our current medical system. Maybe you feel lost in the system and frustrated.
Frankly, I have been there.
Having navigated my way through the medical system over the past 14 years with Hashimoto’s disease and thyroid cancer, I finally stepped back and turned to Holistic Nutrition to cure my autoimmune disease and heal my body.
Those trendy diets and detoxes have their place but I know you are looking for real healing that is sustainable and that will have a deeper impact on your life or you wouldn't be here.
I am committed to helping you achieve your wellness goals, make lasting powerful changes in your life and supporting you.
My job is to empower you when it comes to understanding nutrition, so you can feel energized and confident in your own ability to maintain optimal health and happiness long after we finish working together.
Education and training is important and that it shouldn’t stop, especially since new discoveries about the human body are happening every second. I am committed to a path of life long learning and want to keep you informed of the areas that I am most passionate about. Here are some of the courses I have participated in since graduating as a Nutritionist to be able to bring my patients the newest and most diverse information possible.
Biotherapeutic Drainage & UNDA Numbered Compounds, Dick Thom, 20-hour online series, 2019
Mushroom Medicine in Women’s Health, NFH, Dr. Tori Hudson, 2019
The Microbiome: Clinical Protocols and Integrative Therapeutics, Dr. Nigel Plummer PhD, 2018
Modulating the Microbiome with Food, Dr. Roxana Rosu, 2018
Antibiotics and Probiotics: Potent Manipulators of the Microbiome, Dr. Nigel Plummer PhD, 2018
Impact Lives Practitioner Conference, Dr. Megan Walker, Toronto, 2018
Methylation and Clinical Nutrigenomics, Bastyr University, 2018
PCOS- The Five Root Approach to Restoring Hormone Balance, Dr. Aviva Romm MD, 2017
Are you ready?
Together we can build you a solid foundation for optimal health.
I believe in your body's ability to heal.
I believe in you.
Work with me
Maybe you are struggling right now with poor digestion, IBS, hormone imbalances, emotional eating, an unhealthy relationship with food or an autoimmune disease like I was. You know the medical system has no answers for you, or you are simply looking to learn how to navigate your own health with a bit more confidence and finesse...I got you.
I work with clients just like you.
Ready for change.
I create a customized plan including food that works to support your body's nutritional needs, supplements for healing and lifestyle tweaks that will fit perfectly to all of your individual needs and be sustainable.
Together we form new realistic healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
Lost in the medical system?
Looking for lasting change?
Feeling like no one else gets it?
You have landed here for a reason. That reason is you are not alone.
I get it. I lived it.
I landed here as a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, working with clients just like you due to my own health challenges
that started at a very young age, 19 to be exact.
We all have our own healing story.
I had been dealing with thyroid issues since I was in my teens (looking back I see symptoms from my childhood) and diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, which is an autoimmune condition at age 19.
I knew very little about autoimmune diseases then and made no real changes to my diet or lifestyle. No doctors told me what autoimmunity was or even what was happening inside my body.
As a result, I continued to live out my twenties binge eating, partying and working as much as possible to get ahead in life and make my way through university, leading to adrenal fatigue and burnout.
Almost a decade later at age 28, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer which completely flipped the switch for me.
The C word changed everything for me.
Thyroid cancer was my rock bottom but this diagnosis was also the biggest blessing in disguise, as many people
may never see their “C word” diagnosis as a gift, it really gave me a way out.
A new way of being was on my horizon.
It was my pivot point.
A catalyst of massive change.
A call for radical action.
I shed who I was almost entirely, letting it all go, like an animal shedding last season's coat.
The things I was doing, toxic friendships, negative work environments and the things I consumed both physically and energetically,
I let it all go.
I re-evaluated everything I put into and onto my body.
Since that day everything has shifted in my life.
I left my high-stress job never looking back and went to school full time at The Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto to become a Certified Holistic Nutritionist.
Now I’m living with the best version of myself and I love that I have been given the opportunity to impact the lives of others.
I hear you.
I see you.
I am with you.
Seasons are considered a source of natural diversity that form the natural backdrop for eating. Our eating habits should change with the seasons. Our bodies crave warm, comforting root vegetables in the winter and fresh green salads in the summer – that’s traditionally all that was available for us. However, today with access to everything year-round, it’s easy to forget about the importance of the seasons when we eat.
Eating with the seasons is one of the best ways to stay in rhythm with nature, get nutrient rich produce, connect with our community at local markets and feel our grounded and nourished.
Nutrient rich meals
Eating nutrient rich foods goes far beyond just "eating your greens". A deepened understanding of the nutrient and minerals required by the body's many processes allows me to create customized meals that not only taste great and are fun to make, but provide the body with the much-needed vitamins, minerals and fuel it needs to recover from and illness, improve energy levels, balance hormones, improve mood and assist in weight loss.
food for everyday health
Preparation is key to success in all areas of life but especially in the kitchen when it comes to making healthy choices. My meal recommendations are realistic and adaptable to everyone, regardless of cooking abilities, confidence in the kitchen and dietary restrictions. I believe in making lasting changes sustainable and am committed to helping you take the stress out of eating.
Food Sensitivity Testing
Food Allergies & Food Sensitivities
When an aggravating food is consumed, a reaction occurs between the allergen and antibody that trigger the release of chemicals that lead to inflammation in our bodies. This can contribute to a variety of health problems including:
Headaches and high blood pressure
Mood disorders (such as hyperactivity, depression, anxiety, inability to concentrate)
Asthma, chronic congestion and recurring respiratory infections
Eczema, psoriasis, acne and other skin conditions
Runny nose and puffiness around the eyes
Gastrointestinal symptoms (bloating, diarrhea, constipation, gas, IBS, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis)
IgG food allergies are difficult to identify based on observation alone. Unlike IgE food allergies (the classic immediate and acute “food allergy” response, leading to hives, swelling or anaphylaxis), IgG food allergies present as a chronic delayed response, which may not be noticeable until several meals or even days have passed. These IgG food allergies present more like what most would consider as an “intolerance” or “sensitivity” response. Commonly, these present as chronic digestive (eg. irritable bowel syndrome) or skin conditions (eg. eczema, acne, psoriasis) and pain.
This test includes a 220-food panel. This includes the standard 96-food panel as well as foods found in various ethnic cuisines becoming popular in North America. The turnaround time for this test is a few days. You will receive your kit via mail and send it back to the lab (everything you need is included, so no extra costs for postage).
What is the difference between a food allergy, food sensitivity and a food intolerance?
The term allergy is basically an all-encompassing term that describes any ingested/inhaled/contacted substance that causes an undesirable response in the body. The above three terms (food allergy, food sensitivity and food intolerance) all refer to immune reactions to foods, but commonly are used to describe different pathologies behind these reactions.
A food allergy usually refers to IgE immune reactions to foods (think anaphylactic shock or other classic allergic symptoms).
A food sensitivity usually refers more to IgG immune reactions, which are slower to manifest and can be confused for other causes (i.e. low-grade inflammations, skin conditions like acne or eczema, etc.).
A food intolerance refers to the body’s general inability to metabolize a food, which can lead to an immune response against that substance. For example, lactose intolerance and celiac disease are considered food intolerances because the body cannot breakdown or deal with lactose or gluten, respectively.
Think you are ready to get some clear answers on what foods have been causing you issues?
Grab your testing kit now.
7 Day Beet the Bloat Meal Plan
Set yourself up for success with this customised meal plan with 21 unique recipes & photos. Most meals included can be prepared in under 15 minutes and require minimal ingredients.
This meal plan includes:
Printable grocery shopping list.
Nutritional information on each meal.
Major kitchen inspiration!!
“I love your recipes! It cuts meal prep time in half and they all taste delicious! Thank you so much for your creativity and knowledge in the kitchen!” -Anita
What is Holistic Nutrition?
Fueling your body
The foundation of optimal health really starts with fueling your body with the right foods and supplements that it needs to heal dis-ease and truly thrive. This is done through assessing and addressing the root causes of dis-ease or the healing challenges that you may be facing right now and creating a simple yet powerful nutritional action plan.
What we eat is equally important to having a healthy relationship with food and our bodies. Taking a deeper look into the emotions that may be holding you back from living your best life and patterns of negative thinking, are critical to making long-lasting impactful changes and getting you unstuck emotionally and physically.
Self care Rituals
Creating space for intentional movement, mindful moments, meditation, nature walks, gentle yoga or healing baths allow you to get present with your body, deepening into alignment and re-connecting with your vibrant self. Self care is not a luxury it is a necessity when it comes to living your best life and a critical part of healing in the holistic nutrition model.
Reiki and Energy Healing
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese energy healing technique based on the principle that the practitioner can channel healing energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient's body and restore physical and emotional well-being and vitality. The practitioner acts as the conduit through which this healing energy flows and is transferred to areas of the patient's body that have imbalance and dis-ease.
What should you expect?
My one on one healing sessions are very transformative, unique, and specifically channeled for each individuals needs. I work using intuition and feedback with a variety of tools including musical instruments, sounds, crystals, and different guided meditations to help facilitate a deep healing and energetic renewal.