Welcome to Gigi Kent Wellness
Whether you are looking for someone to support you while you learn to eat more intuitively or a more comprehensive workout program - I've got you covered.
My mission is to help you identify what's holding you back from optimal health, and guide you on the wellness transformation you deserve. Through my client-led and individualized approach, you will embark on a whole body wellness journey for both your mental and physical health. With my support, you will enjoy your nutrition, love yourself, learn to embrace your body, feel nourished, and achieve your balance.
My own experience with overtraining and under nourishing challenges fueled my passion to help others feel energized, nourished, and happy. I believe true healing addresses the roots of the mind, body, and soul - our external work greatly impacts our inner work, and we need both.
My Journey to Fitness
I would describe my journey with fitness as one of developing strength and health from the inside out. A whole body approach.
Growing up, my sports were dance, swimming, and track. I loved running, and I still do. It's not only a form of physical movement for me, but has greatly helped my mental health. Yes, I am one of those people that find running a form of meditation.
During my Gap Year between high school and college, I spent time traveling overseas where I struggled with not being able to get in a daily workout. Sure, we were doing labour work each day, but it wasn't the same. At the time, my mindset was different. And because of that, I struggled with anxiety and depression-- this, unfortunately, took away from my overall experience. It genuinely makes me sad to think back on how consumed I was by the anxious thoughts, and how I didn't know how to make the changes I needed.
When I returned home, I noticed how much my body had changed after traveling. I was "puffy", always looked and felt bloated, sluggish (energy-wise), hadn't had a menstrual cycle in months (stress). . .just not my normal self. I was working again and preparing for the start of college. It was at this time that I fell back in love with running, and I also discovered the fitness influencer, Kayla Itsines, and her BBG community. My fitness journey had kicked back in at full speed.
My mindset was obsessive around eating clean all the time and I was being heavily influenced by #Fitspo people on social media. It was time consuming let me tell you. The "diets" I attempted, like eating raw till afternoon, juice cleansing, tea-toxing, avoiding fats like the plague, etc.- these all left me craving more. It took a lot for me to feel satiated because I was working out so intense and of course eating clean, but never fueling properly OR enough.
I was SO determined and hardly ever listened to my body. . .
Fast forward and I've since recognized that at this time I may have been struggling with orthorexia. Don't get me wrong, I felt strong and lean and ate all my food groups, and sure, my physique was changing. . .but my energy didn't last, I was moody all the time, I was cranky if I missed a workout due to a social event, still struggling with depression, and starting having panic attacks from intense anxiety.
. . .I'm sharing all of this because I've been there.
I'm just like you. We all start somewhere. I don't believe it's easy for anyone. Hence why it's called a journey. My experiences have become lessons so I can propel myself forward in my future, plus empower you to do the same.
Today, I have a healthy routine of daily mindful movement, not just for my body, but for my headspace. It feels so good to challenge my body, but also listen to it, fuel it, etc.
My Credentials & Education
In 2018, studied with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and received my certification as a Holistic Health Coach.
From there, in 2019, I studied with the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) and received my certification as a Personal Trainer. In 2021, I studied with them again and received my certification as a Nutrition Coach.
In addition, I completed my Associate's degree in Business Administration in 2016.
Currently, I am studying the Certified Functional Strength Coach course to broaden my knowledge of strength and conditioning for athletes/ the general population.
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