Jessie Deek, RHN
My Practice Philosophy
I am a food-first nutritionist. I believe a therapeutic use of specific foods can be the most powerful approach to healing and rebalancing the body. Alongside this therapeutic whole foods method, my practice incorporates heart-centred self care practices, targeted supplementation and essential oils to help my clients set themselves up for success.
Our bodies are very smart. If your body is resisting conception, there is a reason. Any symptom that you are experiencing is your body waving a “red flag” at you – trying to communicate that something is wrong. Each person is biochemically individual and that means that my plan for you will be unique and distinct from anyone else’s. By diving deep and looking at your health and life from every angle – we can determine that root cause and tackle it together. Our bodies have an infinite capacity for healing – we just need to remove the barriers that are getting in the way.
There is so much contradictory information and advice out there that it’s hard to know where to begin. Often times, you can make a big impact from small intentional changes. Change can be tough – but in my practice – it is not about short term deprivation – it is about long term sustainable balanced change that is both empowering and joyful.
My areas of focus
Fertility & Reproductive Health
Pregnancy and Post-partum Wellness
My Education and Credentials
I received my Masters Degree in the “Politics of Food” from Queen’s University in 2011 and graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition with my Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) designation in 2015.
I am a member of the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition Alumni Association – the largest professional organization for holistic nutritionists in Canada.
Why I love what I do
My fascination with all things “food and ovaries” can be traced back to a specific moment on an Ottawa OC Transpo bus. On my way back from nutrition school, I was listening to a webinar on gut health. The discussion went on a tangent about celiac disease – I was only half listening as at this point – since I had been diagnosed with celiac disease 10 years earlier – I had spent years reading and watching everything I could get my hands on about it. But when the presenter identified celiac disease as a factor in many cases of infertility – my ears perked up. What? The fact that I have celiac disease might impact my ability to have a family? If that was true, WHAT else might affect my fertility?
So down the rabbit hole I went and I uncovered layer after layer of research that identified dozens of seemingly harmless things that may be affecting human reproduction. I kept asking myself, “How did nobody ever teach me about this? And why is no one talking about it?!” But the amazing part – I also discovered so many things I could do to help improve and support my fertility naturally. It’s not just up to fate or my fertility specialist. I can make choices and changes that have a dramatic impact on everything from egg health to my progesterone levels. And so I found my purpose and my passion – sharing what I’ve learned. We do not learn how to safeguard our fertility or how to support our hormonal health and so I’m doing my bit to start that conversation.
Through my own fertility journey, even with all the knowledge I have, making different choices and changes is really tough. I have come so far – because I had help! I had a smart staunch compassionate advocate who held me accountable, refused to let me quit and who made me laugh. And this is what I would be honoured to do for you. I look forward to learning how I can help.
When I’m not working
When I am not working, I can be found somewhere outside, ideally surrounded by trees. I spend much of my working time in front of my laptop and so disconnecting and getting my feet on the grass is integral to my health and happiness. Plus, my furbaby is a border collie/cattle dog (which means he’s a bit nutty) so my hubby and I spent a lot of time outside.
I love to read – everything from nerdy nutrition books to trashy romance novels. Books are a big part of how I relax and recharge. I also love food (big surprise) and spend much time hanging out with my Instant Pot and a stack of recipes. I have a love/hate relationship with exercise and so I often switch up my movement practice – next on my list is pole fitness classes. Wish me luck.
My own health journey has been a challenging one and building a business has tested me in many ways. It’s too easy to be too busy for a regular movement practice, getting enough sleep, self care and even eating enough good quality food in a day! Making your health a key priority is not a easy thing – even when you have a hugely motivating goal of starting a family. I have learned that I (just like my clients) need my own support team. Even nutritionists need nutritionists! And so I have my own RHN, ND and therapist to keep me on track, to lift me up and help me live the life I know I am meant to live. This is real life – no one succeeds alone. I look forward to learning how I can help you on your journey.
Other important details about my practice
I offer a 15-minute complimentary phone call so you can learn more about how we could work together.
The services of a Registered Holistic Nutritionist are gaining recognition as an important piece of preventative care. My services may be covered by your extended health benefits plan. Please check with your insurance provider for more details.