Lisa Ricciuti, owner of Intelligent Eats, prides herself on the individual attention given to her clients and their very unique nutritional needs. She taught primary education for 15 years and lives with her husband and 3 young children.
Lisa’s passion for clean eating began when her husband began experiencing health problems related to dairy, food preservatives and additives. Doctors told him he could get by just fine on a daily regimen of Lactaid and Immodium to control his food allergies. Refusing to accept this, Lisa sought out a clean diet that eliminated dairy and consisted primarily of fresh, unprocessed, home-made foods. At the same point in time, she wanted to feed her newborn daughter foods free from pesticides, hormones and artificial ingredients. The rest is history. Three children later, a healthy husband, and passion about what goes into our bodies fueled her quest to understand the foods that harm and the foods that heal, and lead her to pursue certification in Holistic Nutrition at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (Ottawa).
Lisa’s second passion is sport. Playing competitive soccer as a teenager propelled her to remain active for the benefits sport reaps as part of overall well-being. This led to playing field hockey for Carleton University as a young adult and to run half-marathons on a regular basis as a personal challenge to this day. She also dabbles in sprint distance triathlon and also enjoys swimming and biking.
A thorough understanding about a disease or disorder often occurs when there with a personal experience involved. This makes the education imparted to clients more genuine, comprehensive and relevant. On this quest for awareness and education concerning food choices, Lisa would use her knowledge of food to control to other health-related conditions of her own – dense breast tissue and a possible autoimmune condition. That being said, Intelligent Eats derives its niche specialities from 3 main areas relating to personal experience and interests.