About Me

For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed working with children. I originally wanted to work with youth who had found themselves in the criminal justice system. A desire to want to learn more about different cultures and all the mysterious ways of the brain eventually led me to receive my degree in Sociology and Child Psychology.

 
I realized that there was no better place to start to create a more peaceful world than through children. I resisted becoming a teacher originally because I came from a family of teachers. My endless pursuit of learning more about cultures led me to Thailand, where I ended up teaching for a year. I LOVED it!

 
I became a French teacher in Canada over 10 years ago….

I began to notice a disturbing trend in our schools. Almost overnight there seemed to be more worry, anxiety (social and academic), fear, allergies, ADD/ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, stress, headaches, tummy aches, rashes, anger and decreased empathy/respect.


Because I have suffered with anxiety my entire life, I could be empathic to how these children were feeling. But having lived through it was not enough. I needed a holistic approach to healing.

I attended hundreds of workshops, taught dozens of healthy cooking classes for children, given several workshops for parents and teachers, became certified as a child and family yoga teacher, received nutrition training to become a certified holistic health coach and then wrote two books.

This training paired with my teaching gave me a good perspective on what was going on.


It the middle of all of this, I became a mom. This changed everything. Not only did I see anxiety first hand in myself, but I could see it in my children. After my lifelong battle with anxiety, mononucleosis, chronic strep throat, adrenal fatigue, chronic headaches, rashes and chronic fatigue syndrome, I became, in the end,  the health coach, teacher and parent I was meant to be.

I created Little Chewz to help children discover the tools they need to find calm in this busy world. A child will find it difficult to learn when he is faced with a lack of quality nutrition and is experiencing stress, both social and emotional. Finding this calm however, requires supporting and nurturing families, schools and communities in a way that is sustainable.


My programs support caregivers in taking care of themselves first so that they can be the best for their children and students. I offer cooking classes to teach children fun ways to add healthy foods to their diet and I write children's books to support the development of literacy that is fueled by high quality nutrition. My books are filled with recipes, breathing techniques, yoga poses, puppets and fun ways to get outside. The children in your life can be well supported, find calm, learn to their optimum level…and have fun doing it!

I hope to meet you soon!

Yours in health & wellness,
Lisa

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