Hi, I’m Amanda Janes.

Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ & founder of Concept Nutrition

As a holistic nutritionist, I believe that everything is connected and that good nutrition can improve physical, emotional and mental well-being.

My personal philosophy balances the ideal with what is practical, affordable and enjoyable for you. Instead of perfection, we will focus on making small, sustainable changes that will help you feel your best.

It is way too easy to get spun up in life….kids, work, and the blah-blah-blah….it’s all important, but so are you! I will work with you to explore the deeper issues and ensure you have a plan that fits your lifestyle and food preferences.

I will also be there to support you with thoughtful advice and gentle accountability because the journey is never a straight line.

My approach isn’t for everyone, it’s not a meal plan and it’s not a magic bullet. But if you’re looking for a lifestyle shift it might be exactly what you need.

Hi, I’m Amanda Janes.

Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ & founder of Concept Nutrition

As a holistic nutritionist, I believe that everything is connected and that good nutrition can improve physical, emotional and mental well-being.

My personal philosophy balances the ideal with what is practical, affordable and enjoyable for you. Instead of perfection, we will focus on making small, sustainable changes that will help you feel your best.

It is way too easy to get spun up in life….kids, work, and the blah-blah-blah….it’s all important, but so are you! I will work with you to explore the deeper issues and ensure you have a plan that fits your lifestyle and food preferences.

I will also be there to support you with thoughtful advice and gentle accountability because the journey is never a straight line.

My approach isn’t for everyone, it’s not a meal plan and it’s not a magic bullet. But if you’re looking for a lifestyle shift it might be exactly what you need.

Life has taken me on a beautiful journey

one filled with joy, loss and so much love

Life dishes up some surprises

I first started studying holistic nutrition in 2012. I’d been through quite an upheaval — Unexpectedly, I found myself as a single parent with two very young children.

I was wiped out from breastfeeding, extreme mental and physical stress, and emotional devastation. It had taken a long time to feel back in control of my life and now I wanted to do something that nourished me, body and soul. Holistic nutrition was a perfect fit. My interest grew into a passion that happily filled all my spare time.

But then life took another unexpected turn when I met a dashing young engineer. I fell for him hook, line and sinker (if you’ll pardon the pun about a certain online dating site)—and happily, the feeling was mutual.

The process of blending our two families into one big, awesome one was full of daily challenges. Juggling four kids, two homes and two careers was wildly busy, so I set aside my nutrition studies and concentrated on keeping up with what had to get done.

The big, bad surprise

In the midst of all that crazy busy, building toward a new life, I got a shocking diagnosis: breast cancer.

It seemed impossible. I was a healthy thirty-something who ate well and exercised a lot. For God’s sake I juiced on the daily! But there it was—cancer. I was lucky. Mine was early stage and hormonally driven—the best kind of terrible.

At first, with my good prognosis, I was blissfully naïve. But as any cancer survivor knows, the torment of knowing cancer could still be lurking never leaves you…it just takes a backseat while you worry about things like hair loss, mastectomy bras, and nipple tattoos.

Even in the best-case scenario, breast cancer is anything but a pretty pink ribbon. The treatment sends you to hell and back.

After a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, two mastectomies, and hormonal therapy I was finally given the “all clear.” Then I had two reconstruction surgeries to put humpty and dumpty back together again. All this in less than three years.

Today I still deal with some of the lasting side effects of my treatment. But believe me, I know I had it easy. The strength of those who deal with late stage and metastatic diagnoses amazes and inspires me every day.

Highs and lows on a twisting road

I’d overcome cancer. Things were looking up—WAY up. To celebrate I would fulfil a life-long dream. I took a trip to Nepal and Tibet with some of my favourite people, including the wonderful man in my life. At Base Camp on Mt. Everest’s northern face, he proposed.

We came home filled with joy. And then my mother told me she’d found a lump in her own breast and she was sure it was growing. It made me so angry. Though my treatments were finished, I was still very much in the middle of my own battle, still working through the fear, the side effects, the emotional isolation.

Mom’s pathology results were not good. She had one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer. A whole new, horrible battle lay ahead. Mom died just six months after she was diagnosed. Thank goodness for the loving, supportive people around me. Love of life and my beautiful family got me through.

At the same time, I was tormented by expectations. So many people in my life thought it was time I went back to work now that I was “healthy” again. I figured I should be strong enough—and I sensed that’s what others thought—but I knew I wasn’t ready to return to the grinding day-to-day routine I’d had before cancer.

Realizations and the road ahead

Cancer takes so much but it’s also given me many gifts. It has slowed the pace of my life and given me perspective. Most of all it gave me time to appreciate my family, my life and all its beautiful craziness.

After Mom died, decisions about career and lifestyle that I’d thought were so difficult became very easy. I decided not to return to work and I re-enrolled in the nutrition program I’d parked years earlier. The calling was crystal clear: I needed to help people who like me, had endured hardship and were mentally ready to take care of their own self.

And so here I am, on this new journey, one that will allow me to share what I’ve learned about simple whole foods, healthy lifestyles and good self-care. I am so excited to help others live life to the fullest by helping them be the most nourished version of themselves.

I am excited to help you.

How I Can Help You

I have helped my clients overcome a wide array of wellness challenges. If you’ve tried everything but old habits still keep you stuck , it’s time for a different approach.  I help clients get on track and stay on track with simple, meaningful changes and one-on-one support. I am here for you! The cycle of dieting stops now!

If you answer yes to any of these questions, I can help you too….

DOES YOUR BELLY HURT?

If you are frustrated with feeling bloated, constipated, or persistent heartburn, take comfort! Improving your digestion and gut health is my jam.   Let me show you how simple changes and the right support can reduce your symptoms, and heal your gut.

ARE YOU AT AN INCREASED RISK?

If you have a family or personal health history of cancer, heart disease or diabetes, let’s chat. People wait too long to come see me, so listen to your gut. If it’s telling you changes are needed, don’t wait. I will help you reduce your risk with a plan that includes foods you love. 

NO TIME TO EAT HEALTHY?

Life is busy!  All that hustle can take a toll on how we eat AND how we feel! Take out, convenience, and processed foods save time but leave us feeling unwell…Let me show you how simple healthy eating can be.

EXPERIENCED A MAJOR LIFE CHANGE?

Life happens. Trauma affects our well-being. Supporting your body with healthy food and good self-care will help you rebuild energy levels and zest for life. If you’ve experienced major change, reach out…I’ve been there and want to help.

Kind Words from Clients

Amanda helped me resolve my heartburn. She gave me simple strategies and addressed the underlying issues rather than just treating the symptoms. Now I have no more heartburn and no more heartburn medication!
- Scott
CBS, NL
Amanda helped me resolve my heartburn. She gave me simple strategies and addressed the underlying issues rather than just treating the symptoms. Now I have no more heartburn and no more heartburn medication!
- Scott
CBS, NL
I wanted someone to get at the root cause of my IBS vs symptom management. And it worked!
- Sarah
Lockhartville, NS
I wanted someone to get at the root cause of my IBS vs symptom management. And it worked!
- Sarah
Lockhartville, NS
I had been regularly using antibiotics etc.for recurring infections, bladder and stomach issues. Amanda provided a tailored plan to strengthen my immune system naturally ... I have not experienced the same issues since working with her and a bonus was the disappearance of inflammation that had been contributing to chronic pain. I wish I had consulted her sooner.
- Dawn
Paradise, NL
I had been regularly using antibiotics etc.for recurring infections, bladder and stomach issues. Amanda provided a tailored plan to strengthen my immune system naturally ... I have not experienced the same issues since working with her and a bonus was the disappearance of inflammation that had been contributing to chronic pain. I wish I had consulted her sooner.
- Dawn
Paradise, NL
Amanda is warm, knowledgeable and passionate about what she does. It’s contagious! She makes herself available, always has time to listen and is full of helpful advice. Working with her has been wonderful!
- Patricia
CBS, NL
Amanda is warm, knowledgeable and passionate about what she does. It’s contagious! She makes herself available, always has time to listen and is full of helpful advice. Working with her has been wonderful!
- Patricia
CBS, NL

My Credentials

I have a Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ designation from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and hold memberships in CANNP, RITMA and CSNN Alumni Association.

Affiliation with these organizations ensures I am held to high standards for upgrading my knowledge and providing responsible nutrition advice to my clients. This is a privilege I take seriously. 

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If you’re ready to start feeling your best, I can’t wait to meet you! Let’s make healthy eating simple and delicious!

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