Q&A ft. Tara Miller Of Health Hut
In an enlightening conversation with Tara Miller, the Toronto-based luminary in natural living and founder of Health Hut, we delve into her journey as a Holistic Nutritionist and Anti-Diet Intuitive Eating Counsellor.
Tara's mission is grounded in reshaping the wellness narrative, steering away from restriction and fostering a connection between health, happiness, and pleasure.
Interview with Tara Miller of Health Hut
Tell us about yourself.
I am a Holistic Nutritionist, recently turned Anti-Diet Intuitive Eating Counsellor after becoming frustrated with the restrictive, guilt, and shame-ridden nature of the wellness industry. I believe health has way more to do with happiness and pleasure and try to reflect this in my nutrition practice and shop. I love splitting my time between the country and city, my pets, wine (duh), anything garlic-y, and spending time with my husband, Tom.
How did you develop an interest in holistic nutrition, natural living, and green beauty?
I started becoming interested in nutrition because I love food! Cooking, recipes, grocery shopping, menus... all of it. I wanted to help other people love food too.
My problem with the nutrition world today is it seems to make people more fearful around foods, more disconnected from their bodies, and more confused than ever about what to eat. The best thing about being an Intuitive Eating Counsellor is that I will never tell someone what they can or cannot have. Instead, I remind people that all foods are allowed and guide them to listen to (and trust) their bodies to tell them what they need.
Natural living and beauty were not things I was really aware of until I studied at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. One of our projects was to look at ten daily care products around our house that we used regularly. I had never paid attention to anything like this before and was sort of shocked at all the chemicals listed and their side effects. I did not panic and throw everything away, but it definitely made me interested in exploring alternatives.
What inspired you to open Health Hut?
Simple answer - I wanted to spend my summers up north at my cottage. :) But also, I had just finished at IHN and had this new hobby of discovering natural products. My mom had been recently diagnosed with breast cancer and as a family we were trying to making changes that were more health supportive.
There were not many places to find these products in Muskoka and I thought - it would be cool to give people a spot to shop up there. Full disclosure: I never, ever thought the hut would last past year one!
What are you most passionate about when it comes to health?
Not viewing it as so black and white. Health is not about the "perfect" diet or "perfect" natural lifestyle or green beauty routine. It is about flexibility, pleasure and positivity. It is also about doing you. Trying to live someone else's healthy lifestyle is not going to be health supportive if you don't enjoy it.
What advice would you give someone who is interested in living a more natural lifestyle but doesn’t know where to start?
Start small and find things you like. I can't stress this enough. Make changes you enjoy, and they will be so easy to sustain. I mentioned that I was concerned about the things I was putting on my skin when I found out what was really in them. But, had I not fallen in love with the feelings and scents and people making the natural products I had chosen, I probably would have gone back to what I was using!
What’s your favorite Wildcraft product and why?
Where do you see the green beauty industry heading?
Up, up, up! I have seen such an increase in interest and awareness from my customers since I opened the original hut. Also, there are so many unreal options now! Before, it would be a struggle to find even one effective counterpart to a conventional product, and now there are too many to choose from!
What’s the most inspirational book you’ve ever read?
"Intuitive Eating" by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch.
What’s in store for the future of Health Hut?
Ohhh, exciting things! Stay tuned!
Health Hut, a purveyor of natural beauty, lifestyle, and self-care products (including Wildcraft!), extends its reach across Toronto, Muskoka, and the online sphere.
To explore Tara's holistic nutrition and intuitive eating counselling services further, visit her bio here.