We first met Miranda last year when we (the #CCruncrew) started training for Nike Women’s 14k run. Miranda, a holistic nutritionist, came to the Coco and Cowe house before one of our runs; she taught us about the importance of refuelling and brought along gift bags with super foods and snack alternatives that would assist in maximizing our training. Super knowledgeable and a health wizard, today’s “Creating The Life” goes to Miranda Malisani.
1. Where did you grow up and where do you live now?
I grew up in a small town north of Kingston, Ontario in the area of North Frontenac. To put it in perspective of how small this area is, ill tell you that my elementary school had a graduating class of 7 students and my high school had a graduating class of 50 students- most of whom were bussed in from great distances! After living in the core of the city (which I have great love for) we decided to move back to the country and bought an acre of land in Uxbridge. I have 2 big luscious gardens, a two-level barn and a chicken coop (currently vacant)
2. Did you go to College, University or the School of Hard Knocks?
I went to Ryerson University and studied broadcast journalism and then went back to school for Holistic Nutrition at both the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and Edison Institute of Nutrition.
3. What is Miranda Malisani and how did it start?
I am a media-trained Holistic Nutritionist and I consult for both individuals and corporations across Canada. My motto has always been, simple shifts to make big changes and I deliver this message while offering media segments when creating plans and seminars for my clients. I have been the Resident Nutritionist on The Marilyn Denis Show on CTV for the past 6 seasons and have reached a national audience sharing realistic strategies and tips to live a vibrant and connected life.
I like to say that my career began being carved out when I was 9 years old. The foundation for my passion and understanding the power of healthy food was born from struggle. I was sick almost daily from age 2-9, until discovering an extreme sensitivity to MSG (a food preservative). When my parents discovered this and changed my diet, I literally felt like a different kid. I couldn’t translate this into any understanding at that age, but it began a life-long passion for learning about what foods made me feel good and what foods didn’t. This is a fundamental lesson that I teach my clients now. How to intuitively understand what your body is telling you by tapping into this inherent awareness. Just by paying attention to what you eat and how you feel can completely change your life. I am living proof.
4. Tell us a little about your career path. How did you turn your passion into the company you have now?
I remember sitting in many of my nutrition classes with goose bumps when I thought about what I wanted to do to get the word out about the power of real food. It was that moment when I knew I found my path, where I felt completely aligned with what I needed to do in my life. Opportunities starting popping up even before I graduated and the more I gave out (and giving was easy because my work doesn’t feel like work!) the more I’d get back. The incredible part about the health and wellness industry is there are so many different avenues to explore when carving out a career. The hardest part for me is that I have this excitement about wanting to do it all! And maybe I will. I feel I’m just getting started.
5. What are some challenges of being a business owner in such a competitive field?
I have moments of second guessing if I am doing things the “right way”. It’s easy to check out someone’s social media and compare your chosen path with other Nutritionists in the field. It can be especially challenging in an industry where you really have to be a self starter. I have a sticky note up on my wall that says “Just do you” that reminds me to not let others views or paths get in the way of my direction. It’s my message and I respect others for having their own message too. I feel that those with the same passion should lift each other up and encourage each other to make the message louder. So the competition, in all it’s parts, is more of a benefit to the industry as a whole.
6. What inspires you?
Authenticity. When one stays true to their path and doesn’t let external influences or other’s judgment steer them. There’s something magical in seeing that genuine spark that comes through someone who connects to their truth and purpose. You can feel it when they speak and it shows in the product they give to others.
7. What are you most proud of?
Although my business is my third baby, I am most proud of my two real babies. I have two boys who have given me more hugs and kisses then I could ever count. They challenge me in ways I couldn’t even conceive before becoming a mom and they make me want to live a purposeful life. I realize if I want to teach them anything, I have to embody it. So simply telling them to love who they are and be true to who they are isn’t good enough. They have to see it in me.
8. What advice would you give to someone who is interested in following their dreams and taking the leap to starting a small business of their own?
DO IT! But, make sure you love what you do and are doing it from a place of the love for it. There are many ups and downs and twists and turns in owning a business. When you are passionate about your business or the message you are sending out, you can more easily embrace those shifts. When you are connecting to your purpose, your path, your passion, the shifts often come from a place of self-development, which not only forces you to grow as a person but offers growth to your company. When you share your message from a loving and connected place, this is where authenticity is felt and everyone wants to feel that unique sense of you.
On a practical level, I have realized that having goals, but not being stuck on an end result has helped me over the years.
9. What are some of your favourite things about being a health and nutritionist professional?
One of my favourite parts of being a Nutritionist is that moment when my client just gets it and by getting it I mean, gets what they need and are empowered with this re-connected body awareness. I also love my media segments. Not only do I get to speak my truth to a National audience, but I meet some really cool peeps in the green room that have turned into great opportunities and even friendships. I love that each time I take on a client either individual or corporate, there is a new challenge and one I can customize. This has forced me to keep on learning new aspects of nutrition…I will forever be a student in this field!
10. Totally but not so totally unrelated – what are your hopes for the future of the Miranda Malisani brand?
I try not to get too far ahead of myself (I have the personality to want it and want it now) so right now I am consciously trying to align myself with people who share my philosophy and have big dreams too <3
Thank you Miranda for this amazing interview!