Hi, I'm Amy! Thanks for stopping by!
Dealing with my own health struggles was the impetus for me to make a huge career change and dive in to the world of plant-based food and nutrition. In September 2012, after a 10+ year career in strategic communications, fundraising and event planning, I left my job with the federal goverment and moved from Ottawa to New York City to attend the Chef's Training program at the Natural Gourmet Institute. As part of my culinary training, I spent a lot of time slicing and dicing veggies, learning how to modify recipes to make them healthier, and I interned at Le Verdure, Mario Batali's vegetarian restaurant in Eataly NYC.
While I was in culinary school, I became increasingly aware of the food I ate and how it affected me. I wanted to know WHY and HOW food can support health. As a next step, I moved back to Ottawa and enrolled in the Holistic Nutrition program at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition to take a deeper look at human health and its connectedness to food, environment, lifestyle factors, etc.
After graduating as valedictorian from CSNN, I launched Amy Longard Nutrition. Through corporate wellness events, cooking lessons, workshops and my online nutrition programs, I'm able to help my clients reach their nutrition and wellness goals and overcome health challenges. Please click on "work with me" for more information on my nutrition, culinary and corporate services. If you have any questions or comments, or if you would like to work together, please reach out to me!
Media & Professional Bio:
Amy Longard is a registered holistic nutritionist and plant-based chef with formal culinary training from the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City. As a consultant, speaker, nutritionist and chef she is passionate about making it easy and fun to embrace a plant-based diet. Since founding her company in 2015, she
has been nominated for the 2016 and 2018 Faces Magazine Award as Ottawa's Top Nutritionist and the 2017 Danielle Perrault Trailblazer Award for her commitment and involvement in the Canadian holistic nutrition industry. She has appeared on CBC Radio, CBC News, CTV Morning, How Stuff Works, Edible Ottawa, Metro News, and a variety of blogs and podcasts speaking about plant-based health, cooking and wellness. She works throughout Canada and abroad as a chef and speaker. Please see www.amylongard.com for more information.
“As a nutritionist for 20 years, I have seen many nutritionists and can very quickly know if
they are in it for the right reasons. Are they passionate? Are they in it for the glory? Are they doing this because it is on trend? I ask myself these 3 questions when working with anyone who approaches me.
I am happy to answer that Amy is incredibly passionate, she is in it to HELP others and she
lives this life of health 100%.
I have had the pleasure of working with Amy on several occasions and not only did she surpass my 3 questions, she added honesty, integrity and an ability to connect with others to that list. Amy is the real deal. She is the perfect combination of what this industry is all about~ helping others. Now that is smart indeed.”
Kathy Smart, RNC, RSNA, PTS, HTC
North America's Gluten- Free Expert
Best Selling Author, TV Show Host, Huffington Post Writer