I'm Christy, the creator of Holistic Lifestyle Refresh.
I live in White Rock, British Columbia with my husband, our two boys, and 9 year old rescue pup, Zoey. I am trained as an Occupational Therapist, however following my most recent maternity leave I decided to postpone my return to work to spend more with my kids and pursue my passion for holistic healthy living.
In my limited spare time I enjoy playing soccer, jogging, reading, trying to cook and sew and spending time outdoors with my family.
M Y S T O R Y
Ever since I was a teenager I have been passionate about healthy living, and had the dream of helping others achieve their highest level of health and well-being though sustainable healthy lifestyle changes. This inspired me to complete a bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics at the University of British Columbia, and go on to do a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta.
I realized quickly that Occupational Therapy was the perfect means to address overall health, well-being and longevity through healthy lifestyle changes stemming from the individual, their occupations and the environments they function in. By modifying routines, changing habits, and making educated decisions, getting healthy does not need to involve vigorous gym workouts and yo-yo dieting. Exercise should be enjoyable and eating healthy should not be a chore. I have been able to successfully enable others to adopt this way of living, and lose excess weight effortless as a result.
Since having children I have become increasingly interested in what is in our foods and everyday products in terms of additives and toxins, and have progressively researched and replaced many of the things my family both uses and consumes with safer alternatives. At the same time I have taken gradual steps to reduce my family's ecological footprint and ensure my children are aware of why and how this can be done.
While I am not specifically a nutritionist, dietician, psychologist, personal trainer, doctor or health coach, I believe that my educational background, work experience, passion for healthy living, personal lifestyle choices and ongoing quest for the most up to date health related research have equipped me with the skill set to address health in a more holistic, client centered way than any other specific discipline. This site is also motivation for me to maintain and further improve my own health and lifestyle by making educated choices for myself and my family. No one is perfect, there is always room for improvement.