Hi! I'm Christine
I graduated from Toronto Metropolitan University with a Master's degree in Nutrition Communication, became an RD and then continued to educate myself in the field of digestive health. My goal has always been to help people with IBS and now I feel like I'm living a dream come true.
I'm also a yoga teacher, certified by the Yoga Alliance, and I owned the Twisted Yoga Studio in Toronto for twelve years. I still teach online, because I really enjoy connecting with people and I truly believe in the many benefits of a regular practice.
I also have IBS. When I was diagnosed more than a decade ago, very little was known about the syndrome or how to manage it. I struggled for years with pain, constipation, diarrhea and all the other fun stuff. I know firsthand how frustrating and exhausting it can be.
And finally, I also know what it's like to have a real and sometimes messy life. I've had all kinds of different jobs, kept different hours and travelled extensively. At this point my goal in life is not to be perfect, but to do the best I can with what I've got.
To improve the lives of people living with IBS by providing them with useful, affordable and evidence based information, tools and recommendations.
All in one place.
To be a trusted curator of information and a creator of useful management tools for people living with IBS, both online through the Butterfly Effect IBS membership website and in person through private counciling sessions and IBS focused workshops and retreats.
Why the butterfly?
The term Butterfly Effect is used to describe some aspects of chaos theory. It is the idea that something small can have much larger effects on a complex system, because these systems are so deeply interconnected.
This can be applied to IBS in a number of ways:
Researchers are now looking at chaos theory as a way to explain complex systems in the human body, including the digestive system.
The digestive system is far more complicated than it may appear and can be affected by many things including what and how you eat, the nervous system, the immune system, sleep, exercise, posture and your gut bacteria.
It is difficult to predict what will happen in a complex system because so many factors are involved, but the more you know the easier it is to predict and manipulate. IBS can be complicated, but the more you know about your condition the easier it will be to manage.
Small actions have the potential to make a big difference. IBS can't be cured, but it can be managed. Often this will require small changes in many different aspects of your life.
Butterflies also represent change and transformation.
My logo is a constant reminder to me that change is possible. For everyone.