I’m Stephanie Fazio (aka Lealou*), a Culinary Nutrition Expert, cooking instructor and freelance writer based out of Toronto, Ontario.
Like many children of the ’80s I grew up eating a lot of processed junk food.
My favourite foods as a teenager were Doritos and penny sour candies and I could polish off a bag of deep-fried fish and chips like no body’s business.
It wasn’t until I got to university that my tastes started to change and I realized what real food is: whole grains, vegetables, fewer ingredients.
I was blessed to live in a residence that didn’t have a meal plan, so I made my own food and instead of gaining the Frosh 15, I lost 20 pounds almost instantly.
Fast forward several years to when my son was born: he had severe eczema on his face and I did everything I could to figure out what was causing it.
I was nursing him so I changed my diet removing dairy and gluten and after a lot of trial and error, we realized he has a sensitivity to cow milk.
I learned so much about food during that process that I developed a passion for eating real food and planning meals that nourish the body.
In 2016 I completed my certification as a Culinary Nutrition Expert and I’m excited to combine it with my journalism degree to educate others on the value of real food and what it can do for our bodies and our well-being.
I also have a passion for meal planning and teach my clients how to plan nourishing meals every week so they can pave the road toward feeling their best. Life is as busy as ever, but I truly believe we can still eat well on a daily basis; we just need a bit of planning to do it!
Whether it’s creating custom meal plans, going on a grocery tour, or hosting a workshop or cooking class, I’d love to work with you on your real food adventures.
*Wonder what’s with the Lealou nickname? I used to be a huge Bruce Willis fan back in the day and my favourite movie of all time is The Fifth Element. Have you seen it? The main character is Leeloo! I changed the spelling and adopted it as my nickname.