Meet Krista Amey
Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant™
I have had a strong interest in the relationship between health and nutrition since my early twenties, but it took me more than two decades to turn this passion into a profession. The turning point for me, following a successful career in seabird ecology, was seeing family members develop Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Watching my grandmother lose her eyesight and a leg from T2D, AND observing my grandfather and, 20 years later, my mother, gradually deteriorate from once-vibrant people because of AD, was heartbreaking!
These experiences reconnected me to my relationship with nutrition, and the extraordinary benefits that it can have on health. This knowledge is extremely empowering, not only in the midst of illness but also in reducing the risk of developing illness. All of this led me to changing my career path and completing the necessary education at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN) to become a holistic nutritionist with the goal of helping people with similar experiences.
I have confirmed through DNA testing that I carry two copies of the APOE4 Alzheimer’s gene, which, although not surprising given my family history, was scary nevertheless. However, with extensive research and education, I now know that so much can be done through changes to diet and lifestyle to help minimize my risk of developing it. I am no longer concerned that I carry the highest genetic risk factor, and, in fact, I feel empowered!
A very important concept to understand is that the same things that contribute to, and worsen, Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) are also closely linked to the development of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) - chronically elevated levels of blood sugar, insulin resistance and inflammation (in fact, Alzheimer’s is becoming known as Type 3 Diabetes). We now know so much about AD, making reducing the risk of developing it far more achievable. Reducing the risk of developing T2D and AD can start by making empowering changes to diet and lifestyle.
I am a proud mother of a teenaged son and I want to be 100% there for him, in mind and body. I want to see him through high school and what path he chooses in life, personally and professionally. When the time comes, I want to be a fun and lively grandmother. I want to travel well into my golden years, thrive and live independently. In order to make the most out of the rest of my life, I need a healthy mind and body.
I am a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant™ and a Certified Holistic Cannabis Practitioner. My goal is to help people aged 45-55 who are concerned about developing Alzheimer’s Disease reduce their risk. I meet them where they are at in life and coach them through a step-by-step shift to a properly balanced whole foods diet and lifestyle that will help manage blood sugar levels, improve insulin sensitivity, reduce inflammation, improve sleep. Each of these changes will go a long way to get rid of brain fog, improve concentration, boost cognitive function, shed a few unwanted pounds, and reduce their chances of Alzheimer’s Disease and Type 2 Diabetes.
Our health is our greatest asset and it is now, in our 40s and 50s, that we need to be paying attention and investing now to better ensure that we have the quality of life – now and post-retirement -- that we deserve. I want to be able to travel, continue to enjoy my favourite hobbies, AND, when the time comes, be a grandmother. I want the same for you. I am very much looking forward to working with you! Let’s do this! :)