My name is Stephani Fenk, I’m a Certified Nutritional Practitioner, with a background in health sciences (M. Sc (OT)., BHK). My main mission is to inspire young females to feel good about the bodies they’ve been gifted with. I love to educate in order to prove that being healthy doesn’t have to mean restriction and punishing yourself for indulgence. I strive to help females see that living a healthy lifestyle still means having fun and it can be easier than they may think.
I’m a city girl, Sagitarrian, ambitious and outgoing dreamer that enjoys yoga and expressing myself creatively through my social media. I live for quality time with loved ones and the little things in life like bonfires, sunsets and when your smoothie is blended just right. Currently, I work part-time at a multidisciplinary clinic guiding clients through their health journeys. I also work amongst a great team of nutritionists at Village Juicery. I spend lots of my time working on my own nutrition business, in which, I run health focused parties for females looking for an alternative to a night out.
I’m pumped to be a part of the Yoso community because I get to keep exercising my passions for connecting with like-minded individuals in my community and sharing health and wellness information. If I can help just one person make a healthy choice that will make them feel more alive, I’m doing something right in my books. Being part of the Yoso community provides me the opportunity to do just this!
We asked a few questions about her dairy-free lifestyle as part of this series, Living Dairy Free:
Why are you dairy-free?
I wouldn’t be honest if I said I was completely dairy free. I do enjoy goat cheese on my salad from time to time or some fresh, authentic parmesan on top of my lentil noodles. But, for the most part, I like to stay away from consuming dairy on a regular basis. My main reason for limiting dairy is to reduce inflammation in the body. My body responds well to an anti-inflammatory diet that is filled with greens, healthy fats and fresh herbs. I’m energized, my skin is clear and my digestion is working the way it should. Dairy is definitely on the inflammatory list and promotes acidity. To me, it’s not worth feeling crappy on the daily for a little cream in my coffee. I know some people could have cheese with every meal and even the thought of giving it up brings them anxiety, but I’ve never been the ‘crazy for cheese’ type of person. I find that there are so many delicious alternatives out there, that it’s something I don’t mind going without!
Top five favourite dairy-free products?
- Yoso Unsweetened Coconut Yogurt
- Luna and Larry’s Coconut Bliss Ice cream
- Village Juicery’s Sun Potion Hot Cocoa (almond cashew milk hot cocoa)
- Cha’s Organics Premium Coconut Milk (use in everything from curries to smoothies)
- My own home made cashew & nutritional yeast spinach dip – I swear it tastes like it’s the real thing!
Favourite local spot to eat that accommodates dairy-free?
Bolt Fresh Bar (especially the acai bowls topped with Coconut Whipped Cream…. Can you tell I like coconut yet?)
Favourite place to shop for groceries?