Jennifer Hunter, C.N.P, R.N.C.P
Certified Nutritional Practitioner
& Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner
Hello, my name is Jennifer Hunter. I will tell you a bit about myself as well as my educational background.
I grew up in Ottawa with my parents John and Patricia and 2 brothers Andy and David. As a child I loved baking, of course these recipes did not include whole foods; instead they consisted of lots of white sugar, white flour, milk and chocolate. The good thing was that the desserts were homemade, and therefore did not contain artificial preservatives, flavours or colours. My family has always been diet conscientious; we rarely ate junk food and when we did, it was always home made.
After high school, I studied fashion design at Seneca College. At this time, I decided that I would remove meat from my diet. Meat was never a food that I enjoyed eating, I would have to slather it with ketchup just to get it down. So in college I did what many young adults do, I just avoided meat and continued to eat everything else the same as before. This was a mistake. I explain how to be a healthy vegetarian in one of my seminars. There is much more involved than just avoiding meat. I graduated in fashion design in 1992 and moved back to Ottawa to work in the field of fashion.
I signed up for as many vegetarian and macrobiotic cooking classes as I could find. I was fascinated with diet and health. A few years later, I enrolled at Kemptville College, and completed a year of a two year program in Food and Nutrition Management. However, it was not what I was looking for because the program was primarily focused on catering with foods that are very high in fat and meat. Instead of finishing the program I started my own business designing and sewing bags and selling them at craft shows and on online.
In 2001, I began my studies at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition, I graduated with honors in 2002 and became a Certified Nutritional Practitioner. I am a proud member of the Nutritional Consultants Organization of Canada and through this organization received the designation of Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner (R.N.C.P). This organization has strict educational requirements and also requires its members to do 25 hours of yearly upgrading. Some extended health care plans may cover the costs of a personalized nutritional evaluation done by an R.N.C.P.
My focus, is on the nourishing and preventative benefits of a whole food diet. A whole food diet avoids processed, refined foods, harmful additives and preservatives, white flour, and sugar. Instead the focus is on foods that are as close to their natural growing state as possible. I offer a selection of cooking classes where I teach people how to cook with whole grains, beans, natural sweeteners, and sea vegetables. My recipes do not require hours in the kitchen, they are easy and relatively quick to prepare. Although my menus are vegetarian, it does not mean that you have to be a vegetarian to enjoy them. Many of my clients are meat eaters who would like to incorporate meatless meals into their daily or weekly menus either for health reasons or just for some variety. I also offer nutrition seminars on a variety of topics, personalized nutritional evaluations, consultations and the healthy lifestyle program. My outlook on nutrition is that food should nourish our body, feed our senses and mealtime should be a time for family, pleasure and enjoyment. I hope to meet you soon, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me.