To put it as simply as possible, I love to eat and live well. More than anything I love to share my passion and knowledge to live the healthiest life possible.
As cliché as that sounds, it’s true. This drive to make “the world” a healthier place started with a foundation in the area of kinesiology and health sciences. I then became a personal trainer and after talking to people about how to eat for optimal health, I realized this wasn’t enough. People needed to learn and see what was involved in taking control of their health.
The only logical next step for me at this time was to attend school for holistic nutrition and then culinary school. These two programs fueled my desire to start teaching my own cooking classes. There was a demand for people to learn how to make and prepare their own foods at home and I saw that need and I wanted to be that person.
When I first started, I didn’t have a plan or the know how to run a business I just knew I wanted to get as many people “healthy” as possible. So in the kitchen of my parent’s home, my little cooking class business began. I started doing weekly health focused cooking classes; I led retreats, hosted events and started to circulate around my city and others to facilitate talks, workshops and cooking demonstrations. I was in my element. I not only got to share my passion for health and nutrition but I got to show people how to do it.
I was on to something, my classes were full and there was a request for more, I had to go bigger. I outgrew my parent’s home and I decided to open up my own brick and mortar Food Studio. At the same time, I had two book deals; Plant-Based Diet and Fermenting for Dummies with very short deadlines. Not to mention while this was all happening I was going through a divorce.
This massive shift in my personal life motivated me to create the best food studio that I could have possibly imagined. So I did it. I built a high end beautiful kitchen from scratch which became a hub to connect people through food. I succeeded. It was my dream come true. However, just like any dream, it must come to an end as a new one begins to take its place.
I am actually just in the middle of letting my food studio go. I have outgrown it and ready to escalate my abilities to more than just teach cooking classes. I am ready to reach people on a global level. With the experience that I have in building communities and transforming people’s health through food, I am ready to apply this knowledge in new and exciting ways. I have come to learn that health is more than just what goes into your mouth, it’s your lifestyle, the people you associate with and the choices you make day to day.
Shortly after opening up the studio, I met my now partner Jesse Chappus. In contrast to my previous relationship, this guy was like the male version of me. Sharing all my same passions, morals and values about life and health. It was inevitable we would create something together – thus the birth of The Ultimate Health Podcast which we now co-host together.
What first started out as a “side” project has now grown into a full time business. Jesse, once a chiropractor has now left his practice for the upward swing of the podcast.
The podcast is more than a weekly health show; it is a community and collection of people looking to inspire and be inspired. With the show reaching over a million people we have the chance to get a message out about health and wellness in a practical, fun and helpful way. With guests such as Dr Mark Hyman, Gretchen Rubin, Arianna Huffington and Deepak Chopra we cover a wide range of topics allowing the listener to come to their own conclusions without pushing any agenda.
I am excited to see what comes of this new transition in my life. One thing I have learned is that it is so important to stay open minded, as you never what will come at you. Life is a set of experiences that help us to grow, evolve and expand. Just stay clear on your initial goals and you will get to where you want to go, just not always in a linear way.
To contact Marni & stay connected follow her on Instagram @marniwasserman
Simply said, Marni Wasserman’s life is rooted in healthy living. Culinary Nutritionist, Health Strategist, Co-Host of The Ultimate Health Podcast and founder of Marni Wasserman’s Food Studio & Lifestyle Shop located in midtown Toronto. She is also the Author of Fermenting for Dummies and Plant-Based Diet For Dummies . Marni has also made several media appearances on Breakfast Television, Global News, CBC, CHCH and Newstalk 1010 and has articles in the National Post, Toronto Star, Huffington Post and Chatelaine Magazine. Marni uses passion and experience to educate individuals on how to adopt a realistic real food diet and a balanced wholesome lifestyle through simple strategies.
This story was originally written for Nikki Taylor