Tiffany Kawena Lin
Clinical Nutritionist & Speaker
I'm a whole foods loving, ceramics making, clinical nutritionist. I love to help people create a healthier and happier life through balanced nutrition. I help people figure out the root cause of their symptoms, educate them about what's happening in their body, support them each step of the way, and share delicious recipes tailored to their lifestyle and preferences.
I never understood what health meant until I experienced sickness. That is one lesson that I hold dear to my heart each and every day.
I grew up in an immigrant Asian/Islander-American household, where the nutrition labels on products were foreign to my mother. Oreo's were breakfast food, she thought.
By 11 years of age, I was overweight and put on my first "diet". By 14, I had a terrible relationship with food, and my body. I was bulimic. At age 18, I started Uni at one of the most competitive fashion schools and felt even more pressured to be thin. For the next two years, I had a diet that consisted mostly of cigarettes, coffee and crackers.
I scrutinised myself for such a long time and in a way that stole the delight from celebrating my body, savouring delicious food and simply exercising because I loved to, not because I had to. My eating habits were disordered to say the least, along with the perception of what I looked like. I was so busy trying to "perfect" what I looked like on the outside that it took a long time to realise what was on the inside - my joy, my peace and my goodness had been rotting away.
At age 20, everything had finally caught up to me. I had heart palpitations, chest pains, frequent fainting spells and gut issues.
It was the wakeup call I desperately needed.
I made a decision to start taking care of myself. It started small- cutting back on coffee, reading health blogs, testing out recipes and seeking support.
Very slowly over the years, I quit smoking, gave up the six coffees per day, improved my lifestyle and started to restore my health. It was a journey that led me to study a Bachelors of Health Science in Nutritional & Dietetic Medicine so that I could understand more about what was happening in my own body and help other people who are in similar shoes.
If you'd like to take the next step on your health journey,
check out my nutrition Consultation page to see how we can work together.
People, connections and experiences are the heart beat behind care and creative exchange. I'd love to hear your story, have a chat or collaborate!