My Story

Sondi BrunerI’m a Vancouver-based freelance writer, holistic nutritionist and food blogger who can’t stop dreaming about what to create in the kitchen. I believe that fresh, whole foods contain tremendous power and are the key to feeling healthy, energetic and joyful.

I didn’t always hold food in such high esteem, though. I grew up with a love for refined sugar and colourless carbohydrates, and turned my nose up at vegetables. I once gobbled candy-coated chocolates, fluffy bagels, neon-hued sweets, ice cream sundaes and hunks of cheese with abandon.

At 18, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel disorder that affects the digestive tract. Undisturbed, I popped a few pills and carried on with my life. Over the years, my medications grew stronger and my intestines became shorter, thanks to a bowel resection at age 23.

Finally, at 26, I had enough of feeling crappy all the time and went to see a naturopathic doctor. She turned my diet upside down and I discovered that wellness meant more than pills and prescriptions. I began to generate the connection between the food I was eating and the symptoms of my disease. I started preparing fresh meals from scratch and realized that cooking wasn’t so hard after all.

Thanks to real, unprocessed food, I’ve experienced a dramatic improvement in the daily symptoms that plagued me for years. (You can read more about my wellness journey and my path to healing from Crohn’s disease here.)

While my enthusiasm for health and nutrition was growing, my dedication to my career was waning. Shortly after completing my graduate degree in journalism, the lack of full-time writing jobs (and a fear of going broke) led me into the field of media relations, marketing and communications in the non-profit sector. And though I was competent at my job, I didn’t love it or feel like I was making a difference.

In 2010, I left my full-time communications position to nerd it up at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition, where I immersed myself in my studies and realized how much amazing, yet daunting, information there is out there about health, nutrition and food.

I help clients who need to follow allergen-friendly diets learn how to eat well in a simple and delicious way, offering them the tools they can use to facilitate their own wellness and healing.  Sometimes we’re all a little confused about what to eat to be healthy, and I help people wade through the mud and figure out what works best for their lifestyles. Does that sound like you? Let’s chat.

As I cultivated my second career, I rediscovered how much I adored patching words together so they fit in just the right way, and what a dearth of credible communication there is about nutrition and health in our world.

That’s why I work with food, nutrition and wellness-focused businesses, holistic professionals and publications to help them tell their stories, communicate with the right audiences and craft messages that will help them convey how vital our health is. Is that what you’ve been looking for? Find out how we can work together.