Celebrate Holistic Nutrition

We are celebrating 30 years of CSNN, Canada’s Leading Holistic Nutrition School. May is Holistic Nutrition Month, where we shine a light on our innovative industry and all those who have made exceptional contributions to the field of holistic nutrition.

Check out our latest blog post highlighting our milestones.

With summer coming, that means there will be lots of fresh and delicious veggies. With all those seasonal veg, you should have a great all-purpose dressing to go with them. Creamy, tangy, and herbaceous. Recipe from Sarah Shoemaker, R.H.N.

Nutrition can be confusing for many. Some struggle with their relationship with food while wanting to be healthy but not exactly sure what healthy actually looks like. Health isn’t about just what you eat, but your relationship with food, your mindset, and how you nourish your body and soul. Healthy also looks different for everyone. Dani Ross, R.H.N. talks about this 80/20 guideline as a holistic nutrition practitioner and shares some tips.

This is a fun take on Caesar salad with spicy crunchy tofu and tahini Caesar dressing. No boring salads here. This is packed with flavour! Tip: add hemp seeds as a topping for extra protein and healthy fats. Recipe from Bailey Fitzgerald, R.H.N. 

In celebration of our 30th anniversary, we’ve compiled 30 practical tips. Living a holistic lifestyle doesn’t have to be difficult and small consistent changes can make a big difference that you and your family will feel. 

While we share lots of recipes to give you some ideas and inspiration in the kitchen, there is lots of freedom and flexibility. Everyone is unique with their own tastes and nutritional needs. This blog post from Nissrine Boufawaz, R.H.N. can be a starting point for how to create nourishing meals without a recipe based on your tastes and what you have available. 

You may already take vitamin C when you feel like you’re getting sick. Or you know certain foods have a lot of vitamin C and that’s good. But let’s take a deeper dive into this important nutrient. Blog post from Colleen Doucette, R.H.N. If you’re interested in learning a bit more, consider our Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Certificate workshops.

Discover the Power of Holistic Nutrition

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CSNN Instructor Highlight

Viktoria Jones, C.H.N.C.

After years of struggling with emotional eating, sugar addiction and the constant battle with food, Viktoria finally found the secret to breaking down limiting beliefs and addressing the root problem. Viktoria graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2016 with honors and has since worked with over 400 women in her virtual nutrition practice. 

CSNN Instructor Highlight

Keyrsten McEwan, R.H.N.

As a senior instructor, Keyrsten teaches several courses, including Nutritional Symptomatology, Allergies, Hormone Health, and Nutritional Literature Research. A former dancer and avid runner, Keyrsten prides herself on her healthy relationship with good food – and excellent wine – and on her involvement in local communities across the greater Vancouver area, where she often facilitates both public and corporate workshops on various nutrition and wellness focused topics.

CSNN Instructor Highlight

Yvette Styner, C.H.N.C.

Meet Yvette, founder of BUILD Holistic Nutrition.  Yvette is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist™. Although she’s always been involved in the fitness and wellness industry, she only truly discovered the profound and undeniable benefits of optimally fueling the body with natural nutrition after training for her first natural bodybuilding competition in 2011. This sparked a curiosity to understand the inner workings of the body and her passion to share that knowledge with others.

NEW Advanced Pediatric Certificate

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Are you a CSNN graduate who has a niche working with children and families or would you like to further develop these skills? 

This exciting new Advanced Holistic Nutrition Certificate is comprised of 2 workshops: Part 1 Pediatric Symptomatology and Part 2 Childhood Epidemic Health Issues. The certificate will be 19.5 hours total. Receive a certificate after successful completion of each workshop plus a specialty certificate upon completion of a certificate package.

A twist on TikTok viral cherry tomato and feta pasta, this version is packed with a variety of veggies! Just dump ingredients into the pan and shove it into the oven for a quick and easy gourmet-tasting meal. Vegetarian and high in protein and bonus, easy clean up. Recipe from Brittany Gordon, R.H.N. 

This delightful and delicious dish of fish and rice is filled with protein, healthy fats, omege 3’s, and flavourful spices. Recipe from Katie Chemij, R.H.N. 

Lisa Cheverie, C.H.N.C. shares a formula to create your own tasty and beautiful grain bowl. Customize to suit your tastes or what you have in the fridge. Or try her Crispy Tofu Farro Bowls with Easy Peanut Sauce! These are healthy and filling and have all the protein, fiber, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals.

What’s the difference and what does the research say? Healthspan is the ability to age with good health, without chronic or disabling disease or dysfunction. Here are 8 practical ways to improve your healthspan starting today and some foods you can incorporate into your diet.

Fresh, local, and seasonal is always the ideal choice. However, there are many reasons why it’s not always possible, be it budget, accessibility, etc. This is why it’s important to have a well-stocked pantry. Stephanie Kay, R.H.N. shares a list of healthy non-perishable items you should keep on hand and some ideas on how you can use them in your meals.

Why Nutrition Education is Important: Holistic nutrition isn’t just about what to eat, but rather also about your digestion and other body systems, your state of mind, your lifestyle, your personal tastes, and the quality of your food. 

Get a sneak peek into our amazing Natural Nutrition Diploma Program curriculum!

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  • Consistency and Cultivating “Perfect” Health – There is no such thing as “perfect”. Holistic nutrition is very much about the individual and about evolving and improving. Matt Wiebe, C.H.N.C. gives some tips on how to approach your health goals.
  • 5 Principles of Holistic Nutrition That Have Changed the Way I Parent – Ciara Morin, R.H.N., shows the benefits of holistic nutrition in a practical and life-changing way in her blog post. If you’re a busy mom like her, her story may resonate with you and help you find answers.
  • What is a Holistic Nutritionist? – Sisley Killam, R.H.N. answers the most common questions she gets, including where she went to school, her experience, and about holistic nutrition. This is a great resource if you’re considering a career change or are interested in seeing a holistic nutritionist.
  • How to Stay Resilient in Difficult Times– Now more than ever, we require resilience. Resilience is the process of adapting to adversity and lucky for us, it’s a skill that can be learned. Find out more about the 3 characteristics of resilient individuals. Article from Kristina Virro, R.H.N. and Registered Psychotherapist.
  • Vitamin K2 – The Grass-Fed Vitamin – Vitamin K2 is a powerful anti-aging vitamin that is connected to reduced risk of Alzheimer’s, dementia, osteoporosis, heart disease, and more. Learn more about this frequently misunderstood vitamin and how you can get more of it in your diet. Article from Renee Robbins, R.H.N.
  • Anxiety and Digestive Health are Related: Here’s How to Optimize Your System – Anxiety and digestive health are so intertwined that every stage of digestion is impacted when the anxiety monster strikes. Now what can you do about it? Article from Heather Lillico, R.H.N.
  • 7 Tips to Ditch “Summer Body” Goals – Nissrine Boufawaz, R.H.N., shares some tips on how to ditch the “summer body” goals. It’s about mindfully and intentionally taking care of your body, overall health, and wellness. Holistic Nutrition can help you become the best version of yourself, mind, body, and soul.
  • How to Easily Preserve Herbs – Herbs are a delicious way to add life and amazing flavour to your meals. Joanna Brown, C.H.N.C., shares some tips so you can easily keep herbs available all year round!
  • Pantry Recipes – Kelly Aiello, R.H.N. shares some healthy, at-home meals made with foods from your pantry. Hopefully this inspires some creativity and excitement in the kitchen.
  • Why Nutrition Matters for Teenage Stress – “…The health of the body and the function of the brain aren’t two separate constructs, but were inextricably connected, and making significant improvements to the heath of the body would have direct effects on mood, behaviour, and capacity to learn.” Read this article by Jessica Sherman, R.H.N. for EcoParent.
  • Overnight Oats: 5 Ways – Oats are a simple, delicious, and versatile meal. Stephanie Kay, R.H.N., shares 5 delicious ways to make quick and easy overnight oats.

The latest research confirms that the majority of chronic health conditions can improve when nutrition and lifestyle are well managed. Jess Sherman, R.H.N., explains the role and the perspective of Holistic Nutrition Practitioners when it comes to proactive health care.

Jessica Mitton, C.H.N.C. is a CSNN graduate who won the 2018 Trailblazer Award from the CSNN Alumni Association for her enthusiasm and involvement in the holistic nutrition industry. She is also the author of 2 cookbooks. 

Exercise is important to a healthy lifestyle, but you need to make sure you’re fueling your body properly for your energy and nutrient needs. Alissa Liska, C.H.N. provides a summary of some of the major recommendations for a sports nutrition diet from a holistic nutrition professional which can differ from a traditional sports nutritionist.


  • I loved my time at CSNN. I found the teachers to be incredibly knowledgeable, passionate about their craft, and able to make someone who actively avoids science, able to understand the material…. I finished the program being confident in my knowledge and ability to apply it to everyday situations and learned that I thrive off of educating people on how to achieve a better quality of life through diet and holistic lifestyle choices. The class sizes are manageable, the students are from every walk of life meaning a variety of knowledge and opinions, the courses are engaging and hard but not too hard to digest and you leave feeling like you’re better equipped to live in today’s society.

    Jess P., R.H.N.
  • I had a wonderful experience studying at CSNN. Most of all I enjoyed the content of the lessons. I feel like they were able to select interesting and relevant content that will help me in my future practice. I also very much enjoyed the books that were offered for the additional reading, I was able to learn a lot of new information and see different viewpoints on what healthy way of eating means. What I really appreciated is that they did not push any specific viewpoint but allowed me to form my own opinion based on the lectures, books and the information learned throughout the course. The instructors were extremely knowledgeable and helpful, I feel like I could always reach out to an instructor with a question, even if it was not directly related to the specific class I was taking. I cannot say that it was a very easy road for me, there were plenty of challenging assignments and tests, but I feel like they helped me to better prepare for my future role is a holistic nutritionist. I highly recommend this for someone who is interested in pursuing holistic nutrition as a field.

    Kseniya L., R.H.N.
  • There were numerous aspects that I loved about CSNN’s program, but what I enjoyed the best were the diversity of courses and their application as a registered holistic nutritionist. Coming from a science background, I found that often during my undergraduate degree I would learn the necessary material in class just to be tested on my memorization skills. The courses at CSNN taught the particular fundamentals and necessary background information, but also exactly how and when to apply them. For example, our chemistry course. Chemistry is often feared and perhaps overlooked, but everything that we learnt in the course is exactly applicable to our roles as holistic nutritionists. That is something I value and appreciate. It is one thing to learn material, but another to be able to recognize and understand the importance and application.

    Julianna M., R.H.N.
  • I chose CSNN because even though I had done tons of research on other institutes and schools that were closer to home, CSNN was the most positively reviewed and reputable school for holistic nutrition recognized in Canada! I had been back and forth for YEARS on whether or not to take the plunge and lean into my passion for health and wellness to learn to turn it into a career, and if I was going to do it I wanted to do it with the best! After going to the open house and meeting all the feeling the warm welcome and positive vibes from the staff there I instantly knew CSNN was where I wanted to be and the community I wanted to be a part of. What drew me to the natural nutrition program was the way the courses were laid out and how they seem to connect into each continuing class and course in a cohesive manner. I really enjoy the that not only were the courses laid out in an understandable format for knowledge but also that there would be workshops to know how to integrate the knowledge with hands on learning!! I really appreciated that there were options for learning as well, full time or part time, morning or evening which gives so much room for flexibility and makes it seem so much more possible to do when fitting it in with a busy lifestyle and personal working hours!

    Rachel Huynh
    CSNN Student
  • My story with holistic healing starts with my mother. She was dealing with multiple fibroids and when he doctor told her that she should just get a hysterectomy she went on a mission to try and find a way to heal them naturally, without having to undergo such serious surgery. She did a deep dive into books about women’s health and hormones, fibriods, anything that she could get her hands on and she would bring new bits of information to our family dinners. Eventually all this piqued my interest and I started doing my own research, and looking into how I could support my body better with food and some lifestyle changes. Which is what eventually lead me to finding CSNN. I loved the idea of an all-encompassing view of health that went beyond just treating issues as they come up without really looking deeply into the why behind those issues. I learned so much during my studies at CSNN which has helped me take my health to the next level and made me incredibly eager to go out and share that knowledge with friends, family and clients.

    Christine Novak, R.H.N.
    CSNN Graduate
  • I absolutely loved the content and the courses at CSNN. If you have an interest in nutrition and holistic health, you will love this program! The biggest challenge were the case studies at the end but they were definitely worth it! You never really grow and solidify the learnings until you start putting them in practice. The case studies and the final exam really help boost your confidence. I loved the program!

    Danielle Belanger, R.H.N.
    CSNN Graduate

Not just a side, this slaw makes a great topping on burgers, tacos, and wraps. This is a crisp and refreshing recipe that looks great and is nutrient-dense. Perfect just as the warm weather turns to hot. Recipe from Jessica Pecush, C.H.N.C.

Delicious Parsley Dill Sauce

A good sauce can turn an okay meal to a fantastic one! This is a tasty sauce but also a full of nutritional benefits from the parsley. This sauce is gluten-free, dairy-free, and very versatile. Recipe from Alyssa Flegg, R.H.N.

Olive Oil Cake with Rhubarb Oat Crumble

A humble dessert with simple ingredients but big in flavour. Soft, tangy, sweet – give this a try! Recipe from Alicia Heafey, R.H.N.

Almond Pesto Pizza

Almond Pesto Pizza with Balsamic Glazed Portobellos and Cherry Tomatoes: Try this delicious combination of flavours. Made with quality ingredients, this is feel-good food! Recipe from Alicia Heafey, R.H.N.

This is a refreshing and unique salad with kiwi, fresh herbs, and a Middle Eastern-inspired dressing made with za’atar and tahini. Switch it up and try this delicious combination of flavours! Recipe from Delia Mota, R.H.N.

This beautiful galette is rustic with a perfectly sweet filling. The almonds, raw honey, and sesame seeds also add that earthy flavour and crunch to the crust. Recipe from Ania Breen, R.H.N.

A tried and true favourite that is easy to whip up. It’s light and refreshing, packed with nourishing ingredients to support balanced hormones, and will keep you full and energized. Recipe from Sisley Killam, R.H.N.

Almond Flour Thumbprint Cookie: These cookies are delicate and nourishing and so simple to make. Liver-loving berries are also perfect for spring. Recipe from Hannah Schmitt, R.H.N.

Interested in mental wellness and how gut health affects it? What about food trends? Learn about the holistic approach on many topics as covered by our very knowledgeable grads who come from all walks of life with lots of different experiences and credentials.

Culinary Workshops

Cook your way to better health! Learn more about these culinary workshops designed to enrich kitchen skills and confidence. Students are introduced to an array of whole foods, diverse methods of food preparation, and how certain techniques can enhance the restorative qualities of food.

Advanced Holistic Nutrition

CSNN is committed to supporting the growth of holistic nutrition professionals and other health care practitioners by offering continuing education workshops. Interested professionals may take Advanced Holistic Nutrition workshops via select classroom locations, distance education studies, or a combination of both flexible formats.

Possible Career Paths

A Holistic Nutritional Consultant professional graduating from CSNN is a professional trained in Natural Nutrition and complementary therapies, whose principal function is to educate individuals or groups about the benefits and health impacts of optimal nutrition.

Why Choose CSNN?

Passionate about holistic nutrition and wellness? Want to help others achieve optimal health? Learn from 2 CSNN graduates why they chose to study holistic nutrition at CSNN. 

Mental Wellness

An interactive discussion with Holistic Nutrition Professional and CSNN Grad, Andrea Donsky, led by BOLO Inc. Founder, Caleigh Rykiss, about a holistic approach to mental wellness.

Digestive Health

An interactive discussion with Holistic Nutrition Professional and CSNN Grad, Tracey Reed, led by Becka Crowe (Going Grainless), about a holistic approach to digestive health.

Fitness & Nutrition

An interactive discussion with CSNN Grad, World-Renowned Figure Skater & Olympic Athlete, Meagan Duhamel, led by Julia Hamer, about a holistic lifestyle in relation to sports and fitness.


An interactive discussion about the body-mind-spirit connection with CSNN Grad & Instructor, Audrey McDonough, and Emily Thring (of The Quiet Co.), led by CSNN Grad & Vista Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Kim D’Eon.

Employer Testimonial

For the past 9 years I have had the fortunate opportunity to work with Liliana Tosic. The knowledge and insight that she brings to our team at anxiety centre is priceless. Many of my clients have benefited greatly from her knowledge of nutrition and health. I have seen miraculous results from working with Liliana including one client that is in remission from Lupus today as a result of her work. When working with anxiety clients it is extremely important that we empower them to make changes not only their cognitive behaviors but also their health and nutrition. Without Liliana’s help, the recovery process would be almost impossible for many of our clients. It is not only her knowledge but her ability to connect with our clients. In addition to her knowledge and experience her life story is one of inspiration to all who have heard it. It is obvious that from growing up in the war torn country of Bosnia that the difficult experience has shaped Liliana into a compassionate nutritionist that wants to see people healed not only physically but mentally and spiritually.

Brian Sellers

Learn more about the role of CSNN Graduates, their industry-recognized Professional Designations and Titles (exclusive to CSNN Grads).

Holistic Highlights

Explore the various themes we cover for Graduate-submitted articles, blog posts, seasonal recipes, resources, and more, from a holistic nutrition perspective.

Alumni Profiles

We have over 11, 000 graduates worldwide. Discover the range of knowledge of select CSNN Graduates, and how they are changing lives.