Rose Marie Randall
CNP, Author / February 2003www.RoseMarieRandallNutrition.com
What brought me to IHN
It was my own health challenges that inspired me to seek the advice of IHN graduate and practicing nutritionist Marlene Marshall, and her supplement recommendations brought me to Turquoise Wholistic (then called Homelife Remedies): a little holistic dispensary/ health food store. The atmosphere of the shop, as well as the miraculous-seeming results I quickly experienced by following Marlene’s health advice, made me realize I had finally found the answer to a long-standing question: what kind of work could I do where my own journey could have relevance and meaning in helping others.
I was determined to do whatever I could to work in an environment like that. I knew the first step, if I was really serious, was to get a formal nutritional education, so that I could confidently provide people with the best guidance possible. And so I enrolled at IHN.
The program repeatedly filled me with wonder and amazement about the worlds inside us and around us, and how intimately the two are connected. It challenged me to look at my own health issues, both physical and emotional, the importance of which I cannot stress enough. These issues, after all, eventually become your personal areas of expertise, and will have a powerful impact on helping others. We were invited and encouraged to address our own issues over and over again by the passionate faculty at IHN. Finally, after completing the year of full-time studies, plus the invaluable hours of field placement, I was rewarded with a permanent job in the holistic dispensary where it all began.
Comparative Diets. In this course we explored a variety of dietary approaches and were encouraged to critically evaluate the effectiveness of each. I liked it because it wasn’t simplistic: in it we learned that every approach has benefits and drawbacks, and that no diet is perfect or right for everyone. Such an ability to discern is vital not only for navigating through the forest of diet crazes out there, but can also be applied to so many other areas of nutrition and life in general.
Currently Doing in the Field of Holistic Nutrition
Working in nutrition retail, I’m kept on my toes by the needs and questions of customers. I learn something new almost every day, and the first-hand health experiences and product feedback customers share are worth more than what can be learned from any book. It’s like giving dozens of mini one-on-one nutritional consultations all day, and I feel like I’m really making a difference in peoples’ lives. After more than 12 years at the little health food store where it all began, I’ve moved on to join the Whole Body Team at Whole Foods in Unionville, where my journey of learning and helping continues.
My private nutritional consultation practice is simply called RoseMarieRandallNutrition.com. My niche is helping people streamline and simplify their dietary and supplement routines to make healthy living achievable and sustainable. I also make and teach others how to make fermented foods.
And I write: I’ve written for Vitality magazine, and am the author of How to Live Without The Nine Biggest Problem Foods Affordably and Conveniently, which features recipes and homemade remedies that are all free of gluten, wheat, dairy products, sugar (as well as artificial sweeteners), corn, active yeast, unfermented soy, peanuts and processed fats, and more. My books are sold online and at various shops and clinics across Ontario.
Nothing exists. All things are becoming. I don’t quite remember where I read this quote which I find surprisingly relevant to health and nutrition. It never fails to stir in me this sense of awe about the fact that we are all perpetual works in progress. Our bodies, our lives, are always becoming something, and are never “done”. We merely “borrow” nutrients for a while, integrating food, water, and oxygen into our bodies, until we return them, and ultimately ourselves, to the source. There’s a certain serenity in realizing and trusting this observable truth, and undeniable elements of hope and inspiration in how it applies to our potential for health. If we understand that we, like all things, are becoming, then through our choices, perhaps we can choose what we become.Reiho Masunaga