Talking All Things Holistic Health & Motherhood with Kayla Kervin, R.H.N.
We're sitting down with Kayla Kervin, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Entrepreneur (and mama of two!) to talk all things health, wellness and mental health.
Hear her story on how she transformed her career from Finance to Food - and see below for her favourite healthy holiday recipe!
For years, Kayla did what people thought she should do. She strived for a body type that was not her own, and entered a profession that “made sense”. She did things that didn’t make her feel that great, and had a tricky relationship with food.
She realized none of these things were serving her.
Kayla also underwent an enormous amount of trauma in a short period of time. In 2015 she lost her mother to cancer, and lost her job three months later. She decided to turn her pain into healing through food by pursuing the passion she had inside her all along.
When she was let go, she had already been working on her own business, Kale-ahhh, where she was dishing out healthy prepared meals for individuals and families who wanted to feel and eat better. Her business blew up and she was delivering weekly meals across the GTA and beyond. She moved into a commercial kitchen and worked on the business for nearly 6 years.
Along the way got married and had her first son, Jack. After her maternity leave she was back at it, but then - COVID hit. She had the opportunity to pivot and rethink her path. She has been getting more requests from out of province for her delicious meals, which she couldn't unfortunately service. This led her to re-think what she was doing and how she was doing it.
She was also listening to her friends and customers. A lot of moms were reaching out wanting to talk about healthy recipes for their kids, and chat on new motherhood in general.
Kayla realized there was demand for more than just healthy food, but healthy minds and bodies, especially with new parents.
So many new moms were reaching out to her asking questions like - "is this normal? My doesn't doesn't feel like me anymore." Especially 20 months into a pandemic, parents and families were feeling a certain type of burnout and exhaustion from having little space and no option to connect with others in their community.
Kayla has fostered a community of individuals, including many women and mothers, who want a sounding board and safe place to land with all their questions and new feelings. She listens, and tells every parents she hears them - sometimes the biggest thing we need is to feel seen.
She now focuses her time on groups programs, coaching and is focused on wellness and mindset work. Her mission is to help people on all levels - whether it be healthy eating, self-identity through motherhood, or how to cope when your life seems to be running in all different directions.
Her goal? To help individuals, moms and families figure their sh*t out and take a more realistic approach to health - physical and mental.
Find Kayla online for her Workshops, Recipes & much more!
And follow her for delicious food prep tips @kaylakervin.co
She's shared her favourite healthy holiday receipt with us below that you can make at home or take to a potluck this season!
Candied Pecan + Apple Salad
Preheat oven to 350. Mix ingredients in a bowl and then place on a lined baking sheet, spaced out (do not overcrowd). Cook for 10-12 minutes depending on preference. Let cook for at least 10 minutes
Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Mix all the ingredients together and let sit. Mix again and add on dressing right before serving
Notes: if you are bringing to a holiday party and you’re not sure what dietary restrictions or preferences are, keep the allergens on the sides (nuts and dairy), so people can choose if they want that on theirs.