Hi, I’m Gillian!
Welcome and thank you for stopping by my website – I am so happy to have you.
I am a Holistic Health Promoter and my personal mission is to educate people about evidence-based health information so they can lead a happy, healthy life. I am a teacher and the world is my classroom; I teach health and wellness on a variety of platforms (university classrooms, TV, radio, podcasts, magazines, online, video, documentaries, etc.)
I believe that life is a journey – and I am committed to being a lifelong student. Although I am constantly changing, evolving, learning, and growing, there are certain aspects of my personality that seem to be innate – or at least that’s what some of my childhood report cards evidence:
Like Audrey Hepburn, I too believe happy people are the prettiest people. Laughing is a non-negotiable in my life because laughter really is the best medicine – I take mine several times daily.
I work hard with purpose everyday. I find grace by choosing ease and to live my life in the flow. I believe that confidence is by far the greatest superpower.
I consistently look at things differently. The old adage says, one person's trash is another person's treasure, and I see our entire world as filled with treasures – I always have.
The fire in fiction sparks magic in my life. I have always been a bookworm. Snuggle time with books really is the best ever.
I have always known that outer order creates inner calm, and I love organizing things. Decluttering your physical surroundings can also declutter your mind and spirit.
I love language, and I have an affinity for proper grammar. If Grammar Girl ever retires, I will be the first in line for her job.
I am a researcher, and I have always sought out ways to learn and educate myself (even during the pre-Internet era when we used encyclopedias to find out information).
I consistently work hard and question boundaries. I believe that there truly are no limits to how good you can become or how high you can rise.
I have always been in it with all my heart - 100% effort. I believe working hard towards something you love is called passion, and I have that in spades.
A few other things about me:
- I love to learn and I have an insatiable palate for knowledge. I live my life grounded in science, yet I live with astronomical dreams. My thirst for knowledge and passion for education has led me to become a scientist – I am currently completing my PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science (with a specialization in Health Promotion). My PhD dissertation investigates happiness and health, and it is done in partnership with Project Happiness at The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley (you can see my 3-minute talk about my project here). I have taught Personal Determinants of Health and Social Media in Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University, I am a Reviewer and sit on the Advisory Board at Examine.com (an independent organization that investigates the science behind nutrition and supplementation), and Business London Magazine named me one of their Top 20 Under 40.
- Movement is my creative outlet, it liberates my body and my mind. I have a passion for fitness and yoga – I am a certified yoga and Yoga Tune Up® teacher; two-time IronGirl; enjoy Olympic lifting, dancing like nobody is watching, and rock climbing; and I am a recreational CrossFitter.
- I have spent my entire life learning about fitness, nutrition, and health. I have taken my passion for communication and wellness and blended them together by writing for numerous print and online channels. I’m a media personality with an integrated voice across television, radio, magazines, newspapers, as well as online.
- I am the host and Community Producer for the TV show “Gillian Mandich: Cooking Adventures”, co-host of the health/fitness podcast and TV show “The Holistic Health Diary”; am the creator, producer and host of Health Science Radio on CHRW 94.9FM; guest host on the Home Shopping Network (HSN) and The Shopping Channel (TSC); and am a featured expert on various television and radio shows.
I am a very curious person, and I bring my love for life into everything I do. My goal is to honestly share, to teach, and to have fun. I am committed to bringing you the absolute best of what I live and learn on this grand adventure we call life. My hope is that by assimilating the information you learn on my website you can experience a richer sense of health, happiness, and well-being than you ever imagined possible!
Love and lemons,