For the last few years, I’ve been working on building busy people's confidence in the kitchen. I believe that so much of our day-to-day confidence starts with our relationship to food and how we choose to nourish ourselves. I’ve witnessed my life positively transform as embraced the path of health so I’ve dedicated the past 10 years to studying all different faucets. Everything from yoga and meditation to nutrition and the psychology of eating. 

I’ve combined my education as a Holistic Nutritionist along with my passion for cooking into a successful career. I’ve travelled the globe for the last 4 years working as a Private Chef and Holistic Food Educator along with building my business, Beyond Nourished.

How I foresee helping you and coincidentally what I’m most passionate about is how to make healthy meal preparation easy and delicious. This is simply my genius. Because a common misconception is that you have to compromise taste when making food healthy. Stick with me, and I promise you’ll be shocked with how good healthy can taste!

As an educator my goal is to impact as many people as possible but I need your help. We need to start to pass down recipes that not only taste good, but are positively impacting the health of our bodies and minds while reducing our impact on the planet.  I hope you follow me along this journey so that you too can become passionate about passing down healthy heirlooms and reestablishing our connection to having confidence in the kitchen.

HE BN STORY: HOW IT ALL STARTED

Written by: Rachelle

The beginning...Me - circa 2012

WARNING: I have a bit of a potty mouth and I'm the one telling the story so brace yourself for some coarse language. 

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It was 2012. I was just finishing up my schooling to become a Certified Nutritional Practitioner - how fancy does that sound- and working at a raw vegan restaurant, making shit money when I got a phone call...

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Me - "Hello?"

Him - "Hey, my name is Taylor. I want someone to cook for me once a week, for 3 weeks, while I try out this new diet. My friend on Facebook told me you might be interested. I've had private chefs work for me in the past. Here's how it's going to look..."

This guy sounds hot, I thought. Keep it together, Rachelle! Find out where you need to be and when.

Me - "Ok, that sounds great. When do you want to start and what's your address?" 

Taylor - "Can you start tomorrow?" 

Holy shit, you've never done this before. How are you even going to...he's paying you more than you make in a week right now. Say yes and figure out the rest later!

Me - "Ah, umm, ya, sure..."

Taylor - "My address is __________. Meet at the Thrifty's at 9am. I'll be waiting for you there." 

Me - "Mmm... I'm not familiar with that but I'll look on Maps and see you tomorrow." 

We hang up. I do a happy dance. 

I look on the map to see where his address is...

VICTORIA?! You've got to be fucking kidding me!!! 

Happy dance over. I live in Vancouver and I do not own a car.

Instead of calling Taylor back to tell him the hole I'd just dug for myself, I went on Google and figured out what shit show of a transit ride I'd have to take to get from Vancouver to Victoria by 9am. This is a true testament of the person I am and the type of service I like to offer.

The next morning I woke up at 4:45am, stuffed all my equipment and some ingredients in a suitcase and moseyed to the bus stop. 

In case you were wondering, turns out Taylor is hot! He's also one of the coolest social entrepreneurs I know. Find out more about Taylor's travel with purpose non-for profit here. 

I received the following email from Taylor a couple days later, and I almost shit my pants when I read the subject line.

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Subject line: What did you do to me.

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I was pretty sure I poisoned him and my career was over before it started. 

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E-mail: It is 1am and I am very very awake. My body is so used to having things to waste all its energy on digesting that it doesn't know what to do with itself!

Thank you - the food is incredible. And that is not from some newbie - I have been having my meals made for me by talented cooks since 2007. You are incredibly talented.

Much Love, 

T

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In case you were wondering, turns out Taylor is hot! He's also one of the coolest social entrepreneurs I know. Find out more about Taylor's travel with purpose non-for profit here.



Turns out, I was pretty damn good at my job because that 3 week contract turned into 6 months. 5 years later, I'm still at it and now I have a team of gals at it with me!  Yahoo! 

Since then I've been making food and teaching around the globe. - No big deal ;) 

The teaching piece started the same year. I grew up in small town Saskatchewan, and it was easy enough to get 30 people signed up for me to teach them delicious new recipes. I quickly learned that I loved teaching people that being in the kitchen can be quick, simple and fun. 

My love for teaching has transitioned from workshops to weeklong retreats and being a faculty member at the school that I went to: The Institute of Holistic Nutrition. 

I like cooking and I'm really good at it. 

But, I don't LOVE to cook. So, I built an entire business around efficiency.

My motto:

Get in and get out as quickly as possible. I never sacrifice flavour or quality but why spend 15 hours in the kitchen when you could have just spend 5?

I've found over the years that working with people privately has the biggest impact on them and it's very fulfilling and rewarding for me too. 

Win / Win! 

So whether we are cooking for you or teaching you how to cook, know that our heart and soul goes into making your experience life changing. 

Yes, a weeks worth of healthy and delicious food in your fridge can be life changing! 

Read more about who I am here. 

Meet the rest of the team here. 

“Listening, finding solutions, making it happen, over-delivering, bending over backwards. We do what we have to, leaving our customers in awe.”

— Rachelle Girardin, Founder

It was a dream come true for Rachelle to host women’s wellness retreats and to run a food-focused company. She just didn’t know it would all evolve around health! With over 10 years in the field she’s masterfully crafted immersions programs colliding her passions of teaching, nutrition, cooking, and personal development. Rachelle’s education includes receiving her diploma in Holistic Nutrition from The Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Vancouver where is now a faculty member. She has been teaching Holistic Food Preparation there since early 2012. Yoga is also a huge part of her life as well. She obtaining her 200-hour certification in Yoga from The Yandara Yoga Academy in Baja, Mexico in 2008. Rachelle currently is traveling the globe working as a Holistic Private Chef for a multi-million dollar marketing company, is continually building and designing recipes that are added to the custom e-cookbook platform creator she designed www.beyondnourished.com/buildyourbook and facilitating the immersion weekends.

The piece of kitchen equipment you couldn’t live without? -- Vita-Mix

Top 5 must-have ingredients?

  • Himalayan Rock Salt

    1. Apple Cider Vinegar

    2. Coconut Oil

    3. Cinnamon

    4. Almond Butter

Where you look for recipe inspiration? --- Blogs, recipe books, dinner with friends and sometimes The Food Network!

Biggest flop in the kitchen? --- I’m happy to say that I rarely have flops in the kitchen. I am a master corrector, so even though I make a lot of mistakes in the kitchen I’ve learn how to correct them. That being said, there was this one time the damage was done and no matter how many times I tried to correct it was still AWFUL. I was making carrot ginger soup and I thought I could make a raw recipe a cooked one by heating it up but little did I know when you heat avocado it becomes extremely bitter. The soup was being sold in The Juice Truck in Vancouver. I was beyond embarrassed and we had to throw it out.

What you feel your area of expertise is and how do you best help people? --- I excel when I am able to strategically help someone eat better. There is no excuse to not eat healthy (the majority of the time) and feeling energetic. I best help people by spending one on one time with them, working with their specific needs, wants and goals. Nutrition and food is my life, I am always learning and excited to share it with people.

A nutrition tip you think everyone should know. ---- That if you eat avocado with a burger that it reduces the inflammation response by up to 35%.

Who is your mentor and why?--- I feel so blessed to have many mentors in my life. The first one that comes to mind is my Mom. Geez, she is superwomen. I go to my friends for advice and wisdom. I love classic books for guidance too. You can see my top picks on the ‘What we Read’ page.

When it comes to eating —- I love doing it with friends and family

When it comes to living —- I try and relax and enjoy the ride.

When it comes to working —- I love to buckle down with good tune in my headphones.

When I eat a salad I feel — Super energized.

I dream about — Moving to bali, travelling the world and having babies