Hi I’m Marja!
Thanks for stopping by my site! If you are interested in how I turned my Struggle into Strength then read below…I’m still a work in progress (who isn’t?)
I grew up playing every sport imaginable, with an emphasis in soccer. Playing competitive sports created both an identity and a passion.
At age 12 I noticed I was gaining weight so I began going to the gym and lifting weights.
I gradually became obsessed with my weight, which lead to having an eating disorder and disordered eating throughout my entire adolescence, and into my early 20’s.
I have tried every fad diet, excessively calorie counting, diet pills, and even eating rotten sushi in hopes I would get a parasite to lose weight (gross I know).
My original career choice was to become a high school gym teacher. I began working towards a Bachelors degree in Physical Education and Coaching. Throughout my program I naturally became a personal trainer.
From all the years of yo-yo dieting and restrictive eating I faced a lot of digestive problems. While working with my personal training clients, I would constantly get asked nutrition questions.
I felt I knew minimal information, so I decided to learn more about nutrition to heal my OWN body and help clients with theirs.
I very soon discovered this was my PASSION, so I changed career paths and went to school to become a holistic nutritionist.
Throughout the nutrition program I slowly started to view food in a different way. It wasn’t about calories, macros and percentages it was about NOURISHMENT.
For the first time in my life I didn’t look at food as a number, I viewed it as a powerful medicine.
I have struggled with body image for the bulk part of my life. It is still something I occasionally battle.
In 2014 I entered my first fitness competition, in the bikini category. I was attracted to the hard work and discipline that came along with the sport.
And to be honest, I wanted to see how shredded I could get.
I have competed in 5 federations such as the INBF, IDFA, NPAA, BCABBCA and FMF. I received my pro card in the IDFA –International Drug Free Association in the bikini category in November 2015
Although I LOVED the training and seeing my body transform…The sport triggered my past eating disorder to come back, not to mention body Dysmorphia.
I reverted back to calorie counting and extreme macronutrient ratios, charting food, weighing food, and becoming obsessed with how much I weighed on the scale.
I was so caught up in the industry I didn’t realized how it was affecting my mental health.
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After throwing in the towel and coming to the realization that bodybuilding wasn’t healthy for me, I began experimenting with different diets.
From vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, paleo, high carb, low carb, high protein, different variations of fasting, and then I FINALLY experimented with HIGH FAT.
It wasn’t until I fully transitioned into a high fat, ketogenic diet that my life dramatically changed. I felt full from eating fat.
It didn’t feel like I was on a diet because I wasn’t starving.
I didn’t crave sugar and I wasn’t stressed or emotionally eating (this was something to celebrate).
I had more energy I didn’t crash in the afternoon. My mental function was out of this world, I honestly had never felt I had this much NATURAL ENERGY in my entire life.
My skin, for the first time was clear of any breakouts (having zits as an adult is super annoying).
The best part was I could freely eat delicious, high fat food, and not feel guilty about it!
Eating Keto changed my relationship with food. I believe this was one of the most healing components for my physical body, but more important my mental health.
This is how my Nutrition Program Eat Fat Be Fab was Born 🙂
Eat Fat be Fab focus on a diet high in good quality fat, moderate protein, and moderate/low carbohydrates!
When people hear of a ketogenic diet, they assume it is basically zero CARBS.
We don’t have to remove carbs from the diet forever (that’s not realistic). We are just strategic when we eat them and the types.
I was a chronic dieter for years, that the last thing I would ever promote is a style of eating that is not sustainable and doesn’t make you feed good.
I understand the struggle we face in today’s society to fit a certain mold or look a certain way. I know what it’s like for food to have too much control over your life.
When we eat high fat, you feel FULL and your next meal or food craving is not a constant thought.
I get how making the right dietary choices can be overwhelming and confusing.
My program is designed to help you find YOUR VERSION of keto and de-bunk all the nutritional myths.
I want this to be a lifestyle change, not another “diet” to check off.
Together lets’ find The courage to be imperfectly beautiful and celebrate your body from the inside and out.
Below is my Education and Certifications.
I am constantly reading books, listening to podcasts and researching new topics about nutrition and fitness.
As we know nutrition is constantly evolving, so staying up date with the latest research is a priority for me. The information I find valuable with scientific backing, I integrate into my life, as I consider myself a bio-hacker!
My passion with health and wellness shines through with the dedication and support I provides for my clients and their individual transformations.
If you are ready to take the next step and adapt to a keto diet, I am here to both guide and support you into a amazingly, beautiful, high fat lifestyle.
Always With Love & Laughter,
Education & Certification
Sports Science Diploma
Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN)
Registered Personal Trainer (BCRPA)
Certified Sports Nutritional Advisor
NCCP Certificate Olympic Weightlifting
Crossfit Level 1
Group Fitness (Canfit Pro)
Yoga Instructor (200h)
Yin Yoga (70h)
Certified Pre/Post Natal
Certified Twist Conditioning
Certified First Aid/CPR
Bachelors Health Science (4th year)