I graduated with honours from The Canadian School for Natural Nutrition, am a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and a certified Level 2 Lean Eating Coach with Precision Nutrition. I hold a BSc. in Cellular, Molecular, and Microbial Biology and I'm thrilled to announce that I'm one of the few fully certified Whole 30 Coaches in Canada.
As someone who was 210 lbs, I understand the healing power of food, and have both the passion and experience to coach my clients towards their personal health goals. I do have a few areas of expertise and interest; I'm passionate assisting people to be the best version of themselves, and I have immense interests in developing healthy relationships with food, fat loss, hormonal balance, GI health, and nutrigenomics. I run Lynne Ryan Nutrition & Lifestyle, and offer both one on one and group coaching.
Personally, I love the outdoors, am an exercise fanatic, and have an enduring love for anything chocolate. As a self-proclaimed cowgirl extraordinaire, I get out to ride my mare, Maxie, as often as possible.
The hard, the heavy, and the helpful.
Don't worry... I've been there.
"Being frustrated with your weight or health is challenging; I was overweight and struggled for years. I understand how it feels when you don’t feel good about yourself, when it’s difficult to move and bend, when your clothes won’t fit well and you dislike what you see in the mirror. I get it. I’ve felt it. I’ve cancelled social outings because I couldn’t find anything to wear. I’ve been down to one pair of pants and dreaded going shopping for fear that nothing would fit or they wouldn’t have my size.
I feared warm vacations because of the bathing suit issues. I’ve avoided photos of myself. I’ve felt watched and judged by others, and I’ve beat myself up for not being able to do it, for not being able to out-exercise my diet, for not sticking with it and not being able to find the right answers. Every morning a new resolution and every night a disappointed recount of the day’s choices. I can remember how that felt and it was not good. I wasn’t living at my best and it negatively touched every single aspect of my life including all of my relationships and my self-confidence.
I’m here to tell you that I know you can do it.
I want to help you. I know how to do this, step by step and piece by piece. I know how to help you make the changes to get you from where you are to where you want to be. If you think you’re ready to be and feel like your best self - your true self- and to have your outsides match your true authentic inner self. Then let's do it. Game on…."
The Love of a Mother
"When I think of why I chose to pursue functional nutrition, I can easily say that it’s because of my own journey with food, however, that’s really only one part of it. The other reason was probably the real impetus that took me down this path and it’s a reason that hits close to my heart. First of all, let me give up my secrets. I’m 50 and I have 2 beautiful daughters who are now amazing young women. Katherine is my eldest, and was sweet and patient enough to endure my lack of techy knowledge and build this website. Kelsie is my youngest, and whom this story is about.
Kelsie was sick as a baby, constant ear infections, asthma, croup, allergies, eczema- pretty much the whole deal. Nothing I did worked. Nothing the doctors told me worked. She had, creams for this, puffers for that, allergy medications, tubes in her ears and rounds of antibiotics for ear infections. I felt like I had tried everything. We had a special air filter put in the house, took out the carpet, did her laundry with special soaps - everything you’re supposed to do, except, none of it worked. We limped along like that for years. The eczema on her feet would be so bad that I’d have to put burn pads on them. They were literally raw. She was a tough little thing though. I guess she never really knew any different. That breaks my heart still. When she began to go through puberty though, things took a turn for the worse. Kelsie’s hair changed. It started falling out and getting frizzy. It stopped growing. We went to the best doctors and dermatologists and got nothing, no answers – only prescriptions for Rogaine and cortisone (which did absolutely nothing). As it became worse, I watched her self-confidence start to break. I watched my beautiful, joyful, outgoing daughter get picked on at school, refuse to go to camps, sleepovers, swimming or even the gym, and one day when I went upstairs to hustle her for school I saw her crying in the mirror, desperately trying to cover a bald spot. I’ll never be able to express how much that hurt. My heart broke for her. As her mom I’m supposed to be able to fix things and keep her from pain. I couldn’t fix this or take this burden from her. At around the same time her autoimmune issues flared up and she was diagnosed with arthritis in her knees. I asked the rheumatologists when the nutrition counseling started, but there wasn’t any, only drugs- lots of drugs, Naproxen, Methotrexate, and Plaquinil to start.
This story is getting long, so I’ll wrap things up. Basically, I was fed up and frustrated with the system. I have a degree in Cellular Molecular microbial biology and understood how food could heal but didn’t have a clue about this stuff, so I went back to school. I got my foundation at the Canadian School for Natural Nutrition in Calgary and then started specializing in anything that could help Kelsie. I took Functional Diagnostic Nutrition and became an FDN-P so I could run and interpret whatever labs I wanted on her and be able to start uncovering the underlying issues contributing to her issues. I took every Nutrigenomic, and methylation course I could get my hands on ( SHEI, Metabolic Healing) so I could run 23andme, interpret it and put together a specific and targeted protocol for her.
So, that’s our story. I haven’t been able to grow Kelsie’s hair back YET, but I swear we’ll do it. She and I working together have managed to change her diet, and get her off almost all (maybe all, by the time you’re reading this) of her arthritis and allergy medications (we gave up on the hair growth meds a few years ago). As for her eczema, it's pretty much gone, and as for her allergies, well, she’s in college taking Equine Science and is around horses for 12 hours a day, without meds, so you tell me.
I’m so proud of her. I’m proud of the strength she has. I’m proud of her grace and her beauty. She is by far one of the strongest women I’ve ever met and a fierce champion of the underdog. I’m honored to call her my daughter and I’ll continue to work for her for as long as we need.
So that’s why I do what I do."