Hello and welcome!
My name is Sophie Bourdon and this space is where I share my love for whole foods and healthy living. I’m a holistic nutritionist, freelance recipe developer, food stylist, photographer and I also write on topics relating to food, nutrition and holistic health.
I’m a French Canadian from Montreal (I write a French version of this blog here). I’m currently living in Toronto with my wonderful boyfriend, Sebastien, and our two adorable cats, Boris and Fiji.
ABOUT THE GREEN LIFE
This blog is focused on plant-based, whole-food, seasonal recipes. The recipes are mostly vegan, often gluten-free and always made with the most natural, wholesome, nourishing ingredients. The blog also occasionally proposes wellness and holistic living content.
Eating takes up a huge part of each and everyone of our lives, yet so many people live without knowing the power food can have on their health and wellbeing. This site was born out of my love for cooking with whole, natural ingredients and my desire to inspire people to take control of their own health.
The Green Life is about reconnecting with the joy a delicious wholesome meal can provide, and striving to live an inspired, vibrant life.
Outside cooking and nutrition, I also have a deep passion for photography and food styling. I feel grateful that this blog allows me to express my creativity both in the kitchen and behind my camera’s eye.
I style and shoot all the photos you’re seeing here from my tiny Toronto kitchen. I shoot everything in natural light. I use the Canon 5D Mark iii body with the Canon EF 50 mm 1.4 lens (and sometimes the Canon EF 24-105 mm f/4 too). I have a Manfrotto tripod with a lateral arm, very helpful for overhead shots. I edit all my photos in Lightroom.
I used to be a very unhappy corporate worker. I worked in the advertising/media industry for 8 years and was basically destructing myself with bad food choices, unhealthy lifestyle habits and high levels of stress. I felt like I had no purpose. I was unfulfilled. I was unhappy with my life and in my own skin. I knew something had to change.
In 2014, I took a leap of faith and decided to quit everything I knew to go back to school and study holistic nutrition. I swapped my morning commute by early meditation sessions, my grande lattes by green juices, and embarked on the most rewarding journey towards health, purpose-driven living and happiness. I studied at The Institute of Holistic Nutrition and I am now a certified Holistic Nutritionist.
MY FOOD PHILOSOPHY
While learning the incredible power whole foods have on our bodies, I discovered myself a passion for cooking. This blog is the result of my experimentations in the kitchen and the incredible learnings I had the privilege to acquire in nutrition school.
My diet is mostly plant-based because that’s what I love to eat, and it makes me feel energized, vibrant and alive. I use fresh, wholesome ingredients and avoid processed/packaged foods or refined sugar. I try to eat foods in their purest, most natural form. I mostly buy organic, non-GMO foods and I like to support local farmers. I don’t count calories. And I don’t believe in a one-diet-fits-all approach. I do believe that fuelling ourselves with real food and listening to our bodies is the key to optimal health. Life is about balance and my approach in the kitchen and in my everyday life is a reflection of this philosophy.
I hope that by sharing a little bit of my own personal quest for wellbeing, I will inspire you to get into the kitchen more often, make some positive changes in your own life and be a little healthier and happier.
Thank you dearly for visiting The Green Life! If you have any questions or just want to say hi, please, feel free to drop me a note, I’d love to hear from you!
If you’d like to collaborate, get my media kit or hire me for services like recipe development, food styling, food photography, sponsorships, or any other fun project, contact me here. I’d love to discuss with you!
Portrait photos by Sonia Bourdon Photographe
All photographs, recipes and content are property of The Green Life, unless otherwise noted. Please do not redistribute without my permission. Thanks!