Shannon Dinner BAS Hons, CNP cand.
Shannon is passionate about the concept that healing starts in the kitchen.
Dealing with her own digestive and skin issues the majority of her life and feeling that the conventional medical system simply treated the symptom (not the root cause), Shannon sought out answers with a Naturopathic Doctor. This alternative practice Doctor really opened her eyes to the mind-gut connection and the power of proper nutrition. While she started to understand this concept and felt much better when she stuck to a strict diet, she wasn’t entirely on board – yet.
Shannon attended York University and graduated with honours, obtaining a Bachelor degree in Administrative Studies specializing in Management. After graduating, she landed a position with Ford Credit Canada. She quickly moved through various managerial positions within the company while still dealing with her own health issues. Although she gained invaluable hands on experience working for Ford Credit, she always felt she had a greater purpose.
In March 2016, Shannon’s mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Having lost her great aunt to breast cancer, Shannon was stricken with a feeling of hopelessness and so she immediately started thoroughly researching natural protocols to heal cancer. She noticed the greatest commonality amongst all successful natural healing protocols was the need to detoxify the body and replenish the cells with nutrients. Omitting conventional treatment, her mom and she chose an organic whole food plant based lifestyle as the main component in healing the mind, body and soul.
In April 2018, Shannon left her employment with Ford Credit and took over her family’s restaurant business. Realizing her own successes and wanting to help heal others, Shannon introduced organic and/or local non-GMO meals into the restaurant. She started educating her guests at every opportunity about the health benefits of eating organic unrefined foods (mostly whole plant based foods). Her restaurant became the destination spot for guests with food intolerances, allergies and dietary restrictions. Her guests touched her soul and encouraged her to continue on her path – to heal people with the power of food.
“I truly believe healing starts in the kitchen. I’ve seen it for myself, I’ve seen it for my mom, and I’ve seen it for others. There is no doubt in my mind that God gave us a body that wants to thrive – we just need to give it the tools to do so”.
Shannon feels extremely grateful and blessed to have the opportunity to attend The Institute of Holistic Nutrition and can’t wait to become a full-fledged Certified Nutritional Practitioner!