The woman voted B.C.’s favourite nutritionist in 2010 hasn’t always had the perfect diet.
Lisa Kilgour, registered holistic nutritionist, describes herself as a “recovered sugar addict and processed food junkie.”
“I’ve never worked with anybody with a diet as poor as mine was, nor have I ever worked with anybody as stubborn as I am,” said Kilgour.
“I changed very slowly and fought it the whole way. But if I can do it, anybody can.”
Kilgour will be a keynote speaker this weekend at the seventh annual Kelowna Health Show.
The holistic nutritionist specializes in digestive issues, inflammation and blood sugar imbalances and works with clients to help them adjust their diets so food “works for them.” She also works at Inspire Health, an integrative cancer care centre.
She said her talk this Saturday will focus on her journey, what she did to change her diet and a practical guide to illustrate how audience members can do the same.
“What I find is that food is really confusing. Most people don’t know what to eat because everywhere they turn good food is now bad or bad food is now good,” said Kilgour.
Kilgour’s message is to eat real food rather than the packaged, frozen and processed items that are often more convenient.
“It’s food that your grandmother or great grandmother would recognize…we all feel better when we just eat real food.”
Kilgour has spoken at about 300 Okanagan events over the last four years and considers the lectures a regular part of her life.
“I’m not one to have anything memorized…I like to feel out the crowd and talk to them about what they’re looking for. I always leave time for questions so I can make sure they get the information they’re looking for.”
She added this weekend’s health show is appropriate for all ages and levels of health.
“There will be information for those who are really well versed in nutrition or alternative medicine, but there will also be a great amount of information for those who are brand new to it.”
The Kelowna Health show takes place April 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and April 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kelowna Curling Club. Kilgour takes the stage at 4:10 p.m. Saturday.
The event will feature nine speakers over the weekend and more than 60 exhibitors.
Tickets for the event are $5 per day or $7.50 for a weekend pass and are available at the door. Children under 12 are free. Two-for-one coupons can be found at eatmorerealfood.com or thehealthshows.com.
The first 100 people through the door will receive a complimentary gift bag.