Cassandra Hope

Musings on a healthy lifestyle

My 8 biggest lessons after 8 years in business

I was 19 years old, had just returned from travelling Europe for several months with my best friend and it was my first time ever leaving Toronto. To say I was experiencing culture shock is an understatement. I was so in love with everything Europe...

I Used To Walk Out Of Yoga Classes…Now I Namastay.

I was to stay there 4 days, and volunteer in the kitchen. I needed time, silence and space to sort out my head. I was turning 31, and I was nowhere near where I wanted to be in life. My dream of being a mother...

Wild Foraging + Intuition + Gut Healing Tonics – Meet Moonbrew

There seems to be a fair amount of equal intimidation and curiosity surrounding fermented foods and beverages these days. Often, you might hear that making your own kombucha, nut cheese or yogurt is simple, though I see often in practise, people wanting to source pre-made...

Anxiety…What you’d never guess, and generally won’t be told.

There's a special kind of silence anxiety is suspended in. It's quiet and time slows down, similar to the experience when plunging into deep waters. Your eyes struggle to stay open and make sense of the world beneath the air. Difficult to speak, breathe. Anxiety, for...

The Guilt Of Being Sick … A ‘Survivor’s’ Perspective.

As a holistic health practitioner, writing has become more than just rapping about nutrition, workouts and detoxing - it's become clear to me that I am a voice for those who may feel misunderstood and ashamed of their current position with their physical and/or mental...

Personal Training … It’s not just about lifting weights!

I remember exactly when I decided to be a personal trainer. It was grade 3, I was 8 years old and I was OBSESSED with Arnold Schwarzenegger. I would draw pictures of him as The Terminator (gawd I'm dating myself), and he had huuuge biceps....

The Year of the Alpha Mare

2017…The Year Of The Alpha Mare?

It's believed that those who suffer from chronic, and debilitating gut pain have often been exposed to high-stress (work, home, social) and/or have been the victims of abuse and/or neglect. The gut-brain connection is so strong that it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish between...

How An RHN Navigates Through TNT Supermarket

As a Holistic Nutritionist, I read all labels of any packaged food product I buy. Though, last night, I was hungry, and in a flash - was dooped. Last night, I ventured over to TNT supermarket, here in Toronto. I love going there, as it reminds me...