We live in hyper-driven world where our food choices have given way to modern day conveniences. We believe increasing access to raw, plant-based nutrition is a critical component to improving the health of our community.
Beyond enriching your health, we want to fuel your mind. Our goal is to keep you informed about what you’re consuming, where it comes from, why we select our recipes, and how certain ingredients can impact your life.
Being a positive part of the community is paramount to us. At Village Juicery, we’re all about keeping it local, from our produce suppliers to design partners to the charitable organizations we support.
Gabby is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP) and is the Retail Manager for Village Juicery. Gabby first became interested in nutrition while completing her Kinesiology degree. Failing to find answers for herself and others in conventional medicine and health, she turned to holistic nutrition. Her focus is on increasing access to nutritional knowledge and holistic health practices to empower others so they can get to the root of their health and heal and thrive from the inside out.
Gabby is currently working towards her Masters of Public Health, specializing Social Policy, where she hopes to find a way to help those traditionally missed by our health and wellness systems. She would like to bring her passion for health and wellness to the broader policy sphere by addressing food security, social justice and sustainability.
Marcelina Maciejewski is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Team Lead for Village Juicery. She holds an honours degree from The Institute of Holistic Nutrition as well as a Biology and Environmental sciences degree from McMaster University.
Her aim as a nutritionist is to aid and empower others to achieve a state of vibrant health and balance via the best possible nutrition and healing modalities for our bodies and minds; and to nurture our connection with spirit and nature even within an urban environment. Marcelina is a proponent of a whole, live, plantbased diet and passionate about superfoods and wild, foraged food and water.
Cara Cipolla is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner and Team Lead at Village Juicery. Cara’s main focus is on the environment, sustainability through biodynamic farming and fermentation.
She first became interested in Holistic Nutrition when she was living in Asia and witnessed the food culture centred around diverse environments; such as fermentation associated with anti-aging. Cara’s motivation and inspiration come from the land and creating an ecosystem for all aspects to thrive.
Joelle is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP) specializing in Eating Psychology and is the Wellness Program Manager for Village Juicery. Joelle’s passion for health and wellness stems from the importance of prevention and the significance of nourishing ourselves from within.
Joelle works with clients to recognize that routine and emotional state both play a crucial role in the foods that we choose to eat, how we eat them and the impact that it has on our daily performance and overall health and well-being. Joelle’s goal is driven to bring awareness and education to the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle through nutrition and exercise.
Stephani is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP) and Team Member at Village Juicery. She is proud to be a part of the supportive network of nutritionists here. She has a background in occupational therapy and kinesiology, and after working as therapist, Stephani became aware of the over use of pharmaceuticals and the need for prevention in the health system. This experience and her own journey of managing hormonal imbalance, led Stephani to pursue her passion of holistic health care.
Currently, Stephani treats clients one-on-one and specializes in women’s health. Stephani believes that an integral piece of healthy living is the spiritual relationship with self. Her mission is to empower females to feel confident in the body they were gifted with. Stephani plans to further her skills in public speaking and run retreats aimed at increasing body satisfaction in young women.
Sarah is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) and Team Member at Village Juicery. While working in corporate advertising, she discovered Sarah Britton’s popular site, My New Roots, and knew she’d found her purpose; she immediately enrolled in nutrition school. After struggling for many years with her own mental health, Sarah now helps adult women find balance and access brain nirvana through a focus on stress, anxiety, depression, and disordered eating habits.
Sarah currently directs the nutrition program at Barreworks fitness studios, consults at Mind Health Toronto, writes, and leads nutrition workshops and programs for businesses across the country. Her main objective is to generate awareness of the food-mood connection.
Marina Dimitrova is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and a Team Member at Village Juicery. She began her career in food security as part of her Social Work Degree, running a Good Food Market that provided access to healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables to underserved and underprivileged communities.
Her interest in nutrition grew as a result of her own health issues. Looking at her own nutrition to help solve her digestive issues soon lead her to study at The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. Marina’s focus is in teaching nutritional knowledge to children at an early age so they can grow to live long and healthy lives.
Vickie is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP) and a Team Member at Village Juicery. She has a deep passion for teaching clients how to take control of their health by developing one healthy habit at a time.
Her background in Holistic Health and Psychology has taught her the importance of the mind-body connection. After learning how powerful the mind is and how it can affect every part of our health, Vickie advocates that a positive mindset is essential in overcoming any health obstacle. Having worked with many people who have suffered countless side effects caused by pharmaceutical products, Vickie now coaches her clients to choose wholesome, nutritious foods, maintain an active lifestyle, and shift towards a positive mindset in order to live the healthy and happy lifestyle they deserve.
Avoid Toxic Pesticides
Many growers use synthetic pesticides to protect their crops from moulds, insects and diseases. These don’t belong in our juice or for that matter in our bodies.
Higher Nutritional Value
Studies suggest in the absence of pesticides and fertilizers, plants boost their production of the phytochemicals (vitamins and antioxidants). Organic to us means offering the most nutrient-rich juice possible.
Safety of GMO foods is unproven and a growing body of research connects these foods with a range of health concerns. The risk of harm is something we can’t stand behind.
Support the Environment
Organic farming reduces pollutants in groundwater and creates richer soil that aids plant growth while reducing erosion.
While the process inactivates bad bacteria from the juice, it also inactivates the good bacteria. Bacteria play a critical role in digestion and are needed to support proper nutrition.
Some of our recipes, such as Be Clean, can’t be HPP’d due to their lack of acidity. We refuse to live without our deep green drinks; they are so valuable in alkalizing and detoxifying the body.
We believe choosing HPP is about supply chain challenges and profits – not about nutrition. Fruits and vegetables should not sit on a shelf for 8+ weeks in plastic.
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