Hi! I’m Angela, a Holistic Wellness Coach and Culinary Nutrition Expert living in Los Angeles, California. I love colourful food, farmer’s markets, face masks, sunshine, and being a caring plant mom (well, most of the time). If you’re into these things too, then you’re in the right place.
I’m so excited that you’ve decided to stop by my little corner of the internet, and while you’re here, my hope is that I can inspire you to cook something tasty, get sweaty, or set yourself a goal and create a plan to crush it.
You’ll soon find out that I have a thing for veggies, sweaty pursuits of all kinds, and Ryan Gosling ‘hey girl’ memes. I’m self-taught in the kitchen and my favourite dishes are those starring vibrant, super fresh ingredients. From avocados to zucchini, there aren’t many fruits and vegetables that I don’t like.
The early days
I was born in chilly Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and spent my teenage years growing up on a small island in the Middle East called Bahrain. I attended a British International school, met loads of fabulous friends, and had some amazing once-in-a-lifetime experiences. At the time I was involved in a ton of activities – soccer, basketball, running, golf, swimming, hiking – I loved it all.
Unfortunately, all of this physical activity wasn’t enough to keep up with the way I was eating. The weight piled on and eventually, I hit a point where I was extremely unhappy and insecure. I decided to take control of the situation, become a student of clean eating, and get back to the healthy, confident girl I knew was inside.
In the process, I learned how to live a healthier lifestyle, taught myself how to cook, and developed a huge interest in whole food nutrition. I lost 70lbs by eating clean, whole foods and staying active, and gained learnings that will influence how I nourish myself for the rest of my life.
In 2006 I moved back to Canada to do my undergrad degree in Business Administration at Wilfrid Laurier University. I fell head over heels in love with running, joined my university’s varsity cross country team and began a love affair with endurance sports that would last into my mid-20s.
The first blog: Eat Spin Run Repeat
In September of 2008 with 2 years of my undergrad to go, I became a certified group cycling instructor and taught 3-4 classes per week at my gym. Just for fun, I’d create a new healthy recipe each week, print it out on small cards and give out copies to anyone in class who wanted them. Everyone seemed to love it, but printing got expensive for my student budget. I looked for alternatives and decided to start a blog, assuming nobody outside of my class members would want to read it.
After a few months, my audience had grown much larger than my spin class. I was having so much fun sharing my kitchen creations, workouts and random life happenings, so I figured I’d continue a little longer. Lo and behold, over 8 years later, I’m still here!
In March of 2015, one of my biggest goals to date – moving to Vancouver, BC – came to life. It was a plan that had been in the works for 4 years and when the opportunity arose, it was a “well, duh” sort of decision. I packed my bags, headed west to the land of mountains, Luon, stand-up paddle boarding and flannel shirts, and never looked back.
After spending some time working at Hootsuite, my career took me to lululemon’s head office. With the lululemon Seawheeze Half Marathon having been the annual event that kept bringing me out to Vancouver summer after summer, it was truly amazing and somewhat surreal to be on the other side of it all. My gig as a Marketing Manager had me creating, laughing, sweating and savasana-ing next to hundreds of remarkably talented teammates, and I loved it all.
In June 2018, I embraced another amazing career opportunity and made another big move – this time, south of the border and further down the west coast to Los Angeles, California. I now spend my days working in Digital Marketing alongside a team of rockstars at an amazing, fast-growing, mission-driven company. I’m so incredibly grateful to be in this position, a place that consistently has me waking up in the morning and wanting to give my very best.
When I’m not in the office, exploring LA’s wellness scene makes me feel like a kid in a (gluten-free, organic, non-GMO) candy shop. On the side, I’ve continued to pursue my nutrition, fitness and entrepreneurial passions. I’ve been a Health Coach since 2012, and a certified Culinary Nutrition Expert since 2016.
The beginning of My Fresh Perspective
With several big life changes in my 20s, I began to feel that I’d outgrown Eat Spin Run Repeat. As no stranger to fresh starts, it was time to make yet another. I recently re-launched as My Fresh Perspective, a holistic wellness blog featuring hundreds of healthy recipes, workouts, nutrition tips, self-development tools and inspiration for clean living.
By sharing my personal experiences, knowledge and education as a Holistic Wellness Coach, my hope is to inspire you to live an active and fulfilling life, fuelled by delicious, whole foods. Whether you’re seeking personalized coaching or just want to pop in for a daily dose of wellness, know that I’m so grateful to have you along for this journey we’re all experiencing together.
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