Owner of eatingpretty.com, Angela McNally, is a Nutritionist and Entrepreneur. She has a passion for life, love and creating opportunities.
As the founder of Eating Pretty Nutrition and its online women's wellness community, Angela says the part she loves best about her career is making new girlfriends. Making a difference in the lives of other women and encouraging them to be their best self is what inspires her.
Angela also admits that she realizes www.eatingpretty.com and the diets she has designed for her clients are just a small piece of the puzzle in living a whole well balanced life. Believing true happiness starts with the right mindset she started a women’s motivational seminar series called 'Living Pretty.'
Living Pretty? To live all areas of life in a beautiful way.
Health, Wealth, Love, Passion, Positivity, Happiness.
Look for more information on living pretty seminars here.
Angela is very candid about all her life's experiences and loves to motivate based on her own personal lessons. She writes a popular blog and never holds back on the juicy stuff!
Philanthropy and coming together with like-minded people to make a difference are daily tasks for Angela. She co-chairs the committee for Movember Canada.
Ultimately the most important thing to Angela is making a difference in this world.
When faced with hardships in her teen years and early twenties Angela dealt with her challenges like many women in her generation - the way the role models in the media at the time did. 'The Paris Hiltons and Lindsay Lohan's ' of the world glorified the 'Sex and the City' lifestyle with martinis, validation through expensive brands and toxic lifestyles.
Angela says she is determined to show her peers, and the next generation of young women, there is another way.
Health, Happiness and Pretty!
Jordie McTavish's life revolves around food...seriously.
After completing the Human Resource Management program at Sheridan College with High Honours, she left the suburbs of Burlington for downtown Toronto in search of a way to combine her love of fine cuisine and business. She wound up being part of a high end restaurant opening... as a hostess, cocktail waitress and eventually the assistant event coordinator. Her hard work soon paid off and she was singled out by the owner, one of Canada’s premier chefs, Mark McEwan to take on the role of his Executive Assistant and aid in the building of a culinary empire. This lead her to be a part of McEwan's hit show The Heat as well as Top Chef Canada on the The Food Network.
Eating Pretty was a bit of a challenge for Jordie at first, who spends her days surrounded by gourmet food, but she has found that with support and motivation from the Eating Pretty team, finding a good balance and making the right choices, makes her feel better about herself on the inside, which shines through on the outside.
Jordie is an at home workout expert, always trying the latest dvd's and websites and reporting back to the team - if you have seen it for sale on late night tv, chances are, she owns it! This is why Jordie is the author of “Pretty Picks”, which are monthly columns suggesting great videos, restaurants, books and more - anything that supports the new Living Pretty lifestyle, she is our go-to test girl!
Jordie has been a Eating and Living Pretty ambassador since 2009. Her humour, candid honestly, compulsive organization and dedication are just a few reasons why we love her. Make sure to follow ‘Pretty Picks’ monthly – we guarantee you will love her too!
Laura McNally is a ‘do-it-all’ kind of girl. She is constantly on the go and trying to find that ever-teetering balance of life through Living Pretty. Since Eating Pretty was introduced into her life she has thoroughly enjoyed learning about her body. She encourages for balance over perfection and loves the gift of being able to recognize what her body needs by listening to it and fuelling the way the earth intended.
Laura loves taking Zumba classes and taking long speed walks to relieve stress. Her passions are music, trying out new recipes, hanging out with her family and is a social butterfly. She is also the Nanny to 3 beautiful babies and loves spending time with them.
She also loves to teach herself to do at home crafts and projects. Growing up in a generation where computer class was taught over home ec. – She aspires to bring that cozy personal touch back to your homes with simple projects anyone can do in home décor, recipes, holiday crafts, homemade gifts and more. Laura’s ‘Pretty Projects’ will be featured on the new eatingpretty.com.
"Some of the greatest roll models and mentors that I have been blessed to have in my life have been 'everyday women'. I truly believe the amount of knowledge and guidance from friendships with other positive women is amazing. Listening and learning from one others is something I vow to do forever. I am so excited to be part of this team and inspire simple ‘Pretty Projects’ the everyday woman can enjoy.”
Ariel is an Eating Pretty ambassador, and has been an enthusiastic member since it's inception in 2009.
Ariel obtained her teacher training certification at Toronto's Downward Dog Yoga Studio, studying in both Toronto and Mexico, focusing on the principles of Ashtanga Yoga which she continues to fuse into her teachings to this day. As a former gymnast and ballet dancer she found in Yoga the balance between physical challenge and a deep connection to self awareness.
Ariel is passionate about the power of Yoga to create awareness and vitality in the body and in the mind. She believes that the union of a rigorous physical practice and an open mind can take us to new heights on and off the mat. She strives to share what she has learned in yoga and in her life with students, to promote ultimate mind, body and spiritual balance.
As the Director of Yoga for Eating Pretty, Ariel is the author, teacher and talent behind all Eating Pretty Yoga articles and videos. She also coordinates the Yoga components to all Eating Pretty/Rock the Runway bootcamps, workshops and Women's days. Ariel offers private and group classes to Eating Pretty members. You can find out how to take part by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for details and information on her upcoming classes or to book privately. Ariel loves how both Eating Pretty and Yoga teaches every day women, to focus on balance throughout everyday life.
Angie is an Eating Pretty ambassador and contributing writer to eatingpretty.com.
Food was Angie's first love; she jokes she would actually marry a poutine if she could. Her enthusiasm for eating, cooking and talking about food is well known among her friends and family.
She first became interested in health and fitness a few years ago when her metabolism slowed down and a steady diet of chicken fingers and fries finally started to catch up to her. She is now passionate about finding a balance between living a healthy lifestyle while still enjoying life & great food!
Angie loves to run for pleasure and in marathons. She is also obsessed with cookbooks and spends hours in chapters trying to choose the best one. Discovering new and different ways to eat local & organic affordably is another passion, and is avid supporter of holistic nutrition.
Claire Hall is an ambassador and excellent example of what Living Pretty is all about!
She loves delicious vegetarian meals, being in love with her boyfriend, surrounding herself with her girlfriends, family and her puppy snoopy.
Claire Live pretty through fitness, nutrition, lifestyle choices, and most recently career. In 2010 she decided to leave her 9-5 job and set goals to follow her heart and live her dream of becoming a full time artist. She is now the owner of a successful business, Claire Hall Design, and has a studio downtown Toronto. Check her out at www.clairehalldesign.com.
Claire loves to being a part of Living Pretty and teaching women the value of goals and following your dreams along with her partner and best friend Angela and the Eating Pretty team. Keep checking back at eatingpretty.com/living/ to find out about our future events and workshops. Claire is also the graphic designer for eatingpretty.com.
Kate Goodwin is a Wellness Communications Specialist. Having spent the last decade immersed in the world of holistic health and new media Kate created the idea that to be well, one must communicate effectively. Inspired by education and community, Kate has completed an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and a post-grad degree in Journalism and New Media, she is currently pursuing a Masters in International and Intercultural Communication and developing a Wellness Communication thesis that will continue to evolve towards a PhD. dissertation.
Kate is an actor, journalist, a writer and a yogi. Spending her time in each of these fields means constantly unlearning the lessons she had been taught through mainstream education and culture. In a world that is in continuous evolution Kate believes that the principles of non-attachment, community, resilience and empathy are the keys to true living. She has a bookshelf overflowing with religion, yoga and philosophy, a tendency to play the guitar for the sake of humility, a love of red wine and a habit of leaving the radio station on in foreign languages.
“Writing for Living Pretty is a dream and I am thrilled to be a part of such a remarkable community. May we all experience the truest of space, relations and inspiration.” - Kate Goodwin
Shelly Matsos began a life full of manifestation at a very early age. While most friends her age were busy socializing and getting into trouble, Shelly was busy being the editor to her “life magazine”. Having always dreamt of being a magazine editor what seemed like a fun crafty project at the time turned into a binder full of her “favorite” things and a clear representation of what her life would soon be full of.
People believe her accomplishments are a result of good luck, but watching this girl in action with a clear vision and intention to every single step can prove that luck has nothing to do with it. She is a women with a mission and simply works hard to “makes sh*t happen!”
Shelly graduated from UWO in 2002 and continued her studies at the International Academy of Design with a focus in Fashion Marketing. She continued her journey with a “Devil Wears Prada” esque job responsible for all the graphic design for Toronto Fashion Week. Amongst all the challenge it was the stepping stone and inspiration she needed to launch her own company Sexy Monkey Inc. At the ripe age of 25 Shelly became her own boss and the CEO of a fashion line that attracted media attention nationwide.
It was in 2009 when she decided to take the plunge, reevaluate and start working towards a life full of time freedom, financial freedom and true health. Shelly started another business and partnered with Usana Health Sciences a top rated network marketing company. With hard work, dedication and unmatchable energy Shelly once again managed to inspire and attract a strong team of people to mentor and coach to financial freedom and true health as well.
Over the last 3 years she has coached hundreds of people in multiples areas of life. Shelly is also a C.H.E.K. Certified Holistic Lifestyle Coach, Health and Wellness Coach, trained Crystal Therapist, Wealth Coach, Relationship Coach and the Co-creator of Wealthylicous, an inspiring Women’s Symposium to Wealth and Wellness.
Leanne Stack is a student at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and working towards her Registered Holistic Nutritionist Diploma.
A Pretty Eater for life, she recently left her 9-5 job to pursue her passion for nutrition and fitness. With her Personal Trainer Specialist Certification and knowledge that she is gaining in nutrition, she is setting goals in hopes of combining the two into a career and to help women achieve their health and fitness goals.
Leanne loves taking hot yoga classes as it promotes a strong and healthy mind and enjoys experimenting with healthy recipes, spending time with friends and family and learning current trends in social media. She is looking forward to following a new path in 2012 after making so many positive changes in her life this past year and she is very excited to be part of the Living Pretty team!
After completing her business degree, Nikki Bergen, a passionate life-long dancer, swore off cubicles to perform professionally in Mexico and throughout Europe. Upon returning to Toronto, Nikki founded Grace Corps Studio (www.gracecorpsstudio.com), a Ballroom Dance and Pilates training company with locations in physical therapy clinics and boutique gyms across the GTA.
It was while working with a ballroom dance student coping with Multiple Sclerosis that Nikki discovered the power Pilates has to heal; bringing greater body awareness and movement.
Today she is a sought after Stott Pilates Instructor, Can Fit Pro instructor trainer, graduate of the Pink Ribbon Program and creator of The Pink Method - a Dance and Pilates based exercise program for breast cancer recovery.
Nikki treats a wide range of clients – from elite athletes, to those coping with illness, scoliosis, sciatica and pregnancy related pain. Nikki also works with the non-profit Dancing With Parkinsons, teaching weekly group classes for students coping with the disease. (www.dancingwithparkinsons.com).
Nikki’s motto is passionate and simple: move, dance, live!
It’s hard to miss Gill Munn when in her presence. She lights up a room with her positive energy and her sense of humor is a breath of fresh air to the Living Pretty team.
Growing up Gill was extremely active, basketball being her sport of choice. She has continued that passion through her recent years and still plays basketball, coaches an OBA rep team and spends her summers catching rays and pop flies at the baseball diamond.
She is a personal trainer with a wide range of focus. If you need direction in weight loss, weight training, or group fitness, Gill has you covered! She also runs boot camps in downtown Toronto and has introduced our team to the joys of kettlebells.
Gill’s focus is on life changing health choices. Other than her addiction to sugar, she leads a clean lifestyle. She mentors struggling addicts about their addictions and life’s obstacles and leads by example. Her courageous nature and unstoppable dedication coupled with the aid of sports and fitness, turned her life around and she can’t wait to share her knowledge with you! She will also be doing the 20 minute ‘anywhere’ workout videos for the members only section of eatingpretty.com.
Kim James is an internationally Registered Dental Hygienist who is passionate about the power of prevention.
She meets new people everyday in her line of work, thanks to travels and how she decided to approach her career. She is constantly surprised at how much simple advice can really change the course of someone’s overall health & wellbeing.
Every time Kim noticed a posts, pictures, or an amazing project from the team at Eating Pretty Nutrition, it was a push for her to pursue the idea of sharing and getting what she had to say (and do) out there. Kim is honored now to be sharing her knowledge as a contributor for Living Pretty.
She wants everyone to have the simple advice that can make a world of difference for smiles everywhere.
Kim is also gluten & lactose and egg free, due to intolerances that left her uncomfortable for years. She does loads of research & recipe experiments to make these avoidances easy, - and will be sure to share this, too!
When it comes to fitness, she started out as a figure skater (National Synchronized Skating champ back in the day!) She then worked her way into long distance running in England where she completed a half marathon of trail running along the coast of Cornwall, England as well as numerous 10km runs. Her main fitness choice now is Crossfit, where she has learned a lot about mind over matter, and feels stronger and better than ever. She attributes her new ‘hottest’ self to the confidence the tough workouts give her.
Kim is a sucker for a simply good food, good wine and good company – “What more could a girl ask for?!”
Alana Connell has been an expert in the fitness field for over 10 years and we are so honored to have her as an Eating Pretty personal trainer. You can’t miss Alana, with her beautiful looks and tall physique – but her loving personality and knowledge in health and wellness is why she is an asset to our team.
Alana's passion in life is to teach women that anything is possible, no matter what their fitness goals are. She likes to teach that through motivation and dedication to themselves, Pretty-Eaters can transform their body and lifestyle to one that they love.
Alana works with women of all fitness levels, and specializes in pre and post-natal women who need guidance. She is also certified in kickboxing, a dance instructor and teaches a cardio boot camp class.
She can’t wait to contribute to Eating Pretty and transform the fitness levels of this sisterhood.
Krista always had the instinct that the food you put in your body was directly related to health. After 10 years of reading the latest info in the health/food world (and not knowing what to believe!), she decided to take matters into her own hands and enroll to become a Nutritional Therapist Practitioner. She will be certified in June 2011.
Krista finally feels that she has found the “truth” about our bodies and food. She is so excited to share with the Living Pretty community ways to ensure that the body’s systems are performing optimally, which will lead to exceptional health with great side effects (weight loss, strong immune system, lots of energy, etc…!).
Her favorite quote is “Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon!” and her blog is kristabutlerhealth.wordpress.com
Dana McLeod is a Special Events student at George Brown College and a full time intern at Eating Pretty Nutrition.
Being raised in a small rural town has given Dana a down-to-earth attitude and an extremely friendly personality. Growing up on a farm she spent lots of time riding her horses with her best friend and feeding the cows with her grandma. When she hit high school she became obsessed with clothes and fashion and still is today. Dana dreams to be one of the event planners for Paris Fashion Week or the World Fashion Awards.
Dana has been dancing since the age of 7 and loves it more than anything. She is currently a Preliminary Champion Irish dancer. Competing gives her the ultimate high and she is currently working towards qualifying for the World Championships in Ireland next spring. Dana has a second love, her boyfriend Chris. When they first met Chris didn’t speak English well because he was from Quebec. She helps him with his English and now he’s helping her learn French. Dana has always wanted to learn a second language because one of her ultimate goals is to travel the world.
Eating Pretty is important to Dana because she has a lactose and gluten intolerance, so to avoid being sick she has to be very conscious of what she puts in her body. This is hard for her because she has such a weakness for hamburgers and chocolate chip muffins! She says “in the end, what's really important is being healthy and feeling your best” and that being an Eating Pretty intern and ambassador has taught her to do just that.
Kate Bilton first learned about Living Pretty from her best friend, Eating Pretty intern Dana. From there, she signed up for the 2011 Rock the Runway for Movember show, fell in love with the ‘Pretty Lifestyle’, and the rest is history.
Kate loves food and realised shortly after her journey with Eating Pretty that her steady diet of fast food was a one way ticket to being unhealthy and kicking her metabolism into neutral. She has since started a hilarious blog poking fun at old habits dying hard and talking about her transformation into learning about good health and how to properly fuel her body. fatgirlwannabe.blogspot.com
Kate is currently studying Business Administration- Human Resources at Sheridan College. However, her true love belongs to horseback riding. She has been competing for the past twelve years and feels that being in tune with such an elegant creature really brightens the soul in ways other forms of exercise cannot.
When she's not at the barn Kate is a social butterfly. She love’s her girlfriends, going to the theatre, baking, cooking, eating, reading, learning, snowboarding, hanging out with her dog, and setting goals. Kate is very excited to join the Eating Pretty Sisterhood.
Tara Wilkins gets the joy every day to help people, to teach them how to save money, and to be involved in the number one most important purchase of their lives - their mortgage on a Dream Home!
Tara started off her career in the financial industry on Bay Street selling mutual funds for 7 years, and realized that her passion was in helping others achieve their financial goals. After researching many different career paths, she set out in the world of Financial Real Estate as a Mortgage Specialist.
“My number one goal is to show my clients how to pay down their mortgage faster, and become financially free. Just like a personal trainer, I am here to show my clients that they need to work on their health, wealth and financials daily, until it becomes like a fitness routine.”
Tara is also a Figure Skating coach in the Burlington and Kitchener areas. As a past Synchro Skater, Tara competed all over the world in International and World Championships. She is excited to be a part of her community and encouraging sport within our youth.
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