On The Wellness Path With Kim D'eon
Kim D’Eon has been busy since we last spoke with her. Very busy. Her career spans over a variety of critically acclaimed shows, such as: Entertainment Tonight Canada, Food network Canada’s Family Cook Off, CBC’s Street Cents, Marketplace and the Hour. Adding holistic nutritionist to her list of accomplishments, Kim is on the wellness path, dedicated to making others feel better.
Merging her journalistic foundation and media expertise with her passion for healthy living, Kim has recently launched her website, www.kimdeon.com. Part of her beautiful site includes Eat Some Good, a weekly web series which explores Toronto’s healthful restaurant scene, examining the food philosophies of chefs who serve up local, organic and whole foods.
The goal is to make wellness accessible and simple enough to incorporate into everyday life, which can get a little hectic, as we all know. Not everyone makes healthy choices 100% of the time, and sometimes we all need a little encouragement. The site will provide confidence and inspiration for a healthy lifestyle, whether you need extra help reaching your goals or you’re not quite sure where to start. We’re very excited to explore what promises to be a helpful, holistic and nourishing space. Here are some of Kim’s thoughts on her new projects, as well as a taste of what she’s been working on.
Your passion for whole food is apparent, and clearly the foundation of your new website. Was there anything else that inspired you to pursue a career in holistic nutrition?
It’s true, I am a tireless champion for the power of real food. I pursued holistic nutrition, in particular, because it’s a practice that acknowledges we’re all biochemically unique. What works for one may not work for the other. This is an incredibly important and undervalued approach to health. I don’t want to sound too flaky here, but holism also recognizes the totality of our human experience. I firmly believe that the body, mind and spirit are inextricably linked and that inter-connectivity impacts our overall wellbeing. After all, you can eat incredibly clean, but if you’re constantly stressed out, your health will suffer. It’s a holistic nutritionist’s mission to get to the root cause of a health concern and help to correct the underlying imbalance. Food is a huge part of that process, but there are other modalities to consider as well. It’s the big-picture approach that resonates with me.
It’s a common misconception that a healthy lifestyle is an exclusive lifestyle, requiring lots of free time and financial resources. Is their any advice you would offer for those looking to incorporate healthy habits into a hectic schedule and a tight budget?
In terms of time, two words: MEAL PREP! You need to set yourself up for success by devoting a few hours a week to planning your meals and prepping a few ingredients so that they are on hand and ready to go through the week. It’s all about creating habits. Once you get used to this as part of your weekly routine, you won’t even think about it. Plus, bulk cooking (and freezing) will save both time and money because it’ll stop you from ordering out on the nights you’re too tired to cook after work.
And in terms of budget, there are a couple of things. Yes, organic produce is more expensive than conventional produce; there’s no denying it. What I suggest when people balk at the idea of switching to organic, is to do a quick budget and look at some of the things they spend those extra dollars on that aren’t contributing to their health; things like take-out coffee and frequent trips to fast-food restaurants or needless shoe shopping etc. There are lots of tips to save on your grocery bills like buying some items in bulk, buying local produce and shopping at farmer’s markets when possible.
Also, I encourage people to rethink their preconceived ideas about protein. Plant-based proteins are a healthy and cheaper alternative to animal products. That’s not to say that I don’t eat animal products. I do sometimes (like organic, pasture-raised eggs or goat cheese or occasional poultry). But, lots of people feel like they need to eat meat every day and this couldn’t be further from the truth. Once you get used to incorporating plant-based proteins (think, nuts, seeds, beans/legumes, and whole grains) you’ll see your grocery bill go down.
There’s a clear link between diet and healthy skin; what are your favourite foods to get your skin glowing?
Yes, since your skin is a major organ of detoxification, anything that’s not being digested, assimilated and eliminated properly will show up on your skin. So, for me, really sticking mainly to a whole-foods diet, rich in brightly coloured fruits and veggies as well as healthy fats like nuts and seeds and cold-pressed oils is key. I also take fish oils daily, which is great for skin, hair and nails. And you CANNOT have a conversation about skin health without talking about hydration! I try to drink a lot of water every day (at least 8 cups) because hydrated skin gives that glow you’re talking about! And, I find my skin looks its best when I am exercising and spending time outdoors in the fresh air.
We know that One Love Organic’s Skin Savior is your favourite Clementine Fields product, and that it’s featured as a prize for your upcoming giveaway. What do you love about it?
I love that One Love Organics uses all natural ingredients in their products and nothing is tested on animals. I don’t have a particularly fussy skin-care routine, so the fact that skin savior is an all-in-one balm really is perfect for me. It’s uber-hydrating; absorbs into my skin well; a little goes a long way; I can even take my makeup off with it (works like a charm on eye makeup) and doesn’t strip or irritate my skin. I feel naked if I go to bed without my skin savior on. Seriously!