As a natural foods chef, nutrition is so important to my everyday life- from my career to my health; which is why I was instantly drawn to Toronto based nutritionist Joy McCarthy. Joy is an expert in holistic health including Super Foods and natural beauty. Through her workshops she empowers people to harness the goodness of food for health and vitality- it’s not called Eat Well, Feel Well for nothing! Her down to earth delivery of nutritional information makes it easy to digest and implement for those starting their journey to health.

If you’re in the Toronto area, be sure to register for her newest workshop is Super Foods For Beauty or her 6 week Eat Well, Feel Well course at the lovely Ritz Carlton! And if you aren’t in Toronto, Joy also offers nutrition coaching via Skype!

I genuine look up to people like Joy; she has improved her health holistically and enthusiastically teaches people to do the same for themselves. She is a champion for holistic health; and I am honored to have her as a part of this series.

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Vitality Guide For Women: What’s your favorite super food, and how would you prepare it?

Joy McCarthy: I have so many it’s so hard to choose! A food that I eat on an everyday basis that keeps me energized and stimulates my liver’s detoxifying properties, plus tastes delicious is leafy greens. Kale and arugula being my absolute favorite! I eat them raw and cooked. My fave way to cook kale is to lightly sautee it in organic butter or coconut oil, sprinkle some sea salt and pepper and eat it as a side dish. As for arugula, I love making pestos by tossing in a handful of arugula with some walnuts, garlic, sea salt and extra virgin olive oil or hemp oil into my food processor and putting it on top of brown rice pasta – deeeeelicious!

Vitality Guide For Women: You are an advocate for natural beauty products; if my readers could replace only one item in their beauty cabinet which one do you think is the most important; and why?

Joy McCarthy: Body Moisturizer! Many products are chock-full of chemicals and preservatives that can be hormone disrupting, immune-lowering and even promote the growth of cancer. It is extremely important to do your research on your beauty products because what you put ON you, get’s IN you. Your skin is your largest organ, so make sure what you slather on yourself is clean. I love organic coconut oil for a moisturizer or Dessert Essence brand of moisturizers. 

Vitality Guide For Women: What one thing do you do every day that contributes to your health?

Joy McCarthy: I drink lemon and water every single morning on an empty stomach. Not only is it incredible refreshing, but it is detoxifying and excellent for stimulating good digestion. Many people notice their skin improves in just a couple of weeks of drinking lemon and water every morning. Oh and if I could pick one other thing that contributes to my health, it’s giving and receiving a nice warm hug!