• Seminar: It’s not your, it’s your hormones

    Menopause may not be the easiest part of aging, but many side effects can be managed through nutrition and lifestyle. Join me Saturday, November 8th from 1:00 – 2:30 at Yoga Generation when we’ll explore (and taste!) foods and supplements that can help you with weight gain, hot flashes and moods swings. Read more…

    Seminar: It’s not your, it’s your hormones
  • Aging Well

    We can’t stop the aging process, but there’s a lot you can do to make your middle and senior years your best ever. Discover new things, be curious, and laugh at yourself. Start today with the foods you eat. It’s one of the most enjoyable ways you can support lasting health. Read more about our nutritional services for healthy aging.

    Aging Well
  • Fun Food Fact

    Ginger has been used as a traditional medicine for over 5000 years and Western science confirms its medicinal benefits. Ginger boosts immune systems, reduces joint pain, regulates blood sugar, and controls motion sickness. Read more fun facts about ginger.

    Fun Food Fact
  • Sports Nutrition

    Whether you’re a dedicated runner, an aspiring yogini, or a regular gym rat, customizing your nutrition for your needs can make a huge difference in the results you see. Read more about our sports-specific nutritional services.

    Sports Nutrition
  • Leigh-Anne Franklin, Owner

    Leigh-Anne wants women everywhere to have a fun, positive, and healthy relationship with food. Where many fad diets are based on avoidance and fear, Leigh-Anne offers a balanced approach to using food for nutrition, medicine, and fun. Read more about Leigh-Anne.

    Leigh-Anne Franklin, Owner

Balanced nutrition for women over forty

We know that you’re different from your friends, your family, and even the “you” of the past. Your body, your lifestyle, and your attitudes are always changing and creating new opportunities and challenges for your health and wellness. At Avani, we know that there is no “one size fits all” way of eating. We’ll spend time with you to really understand your needs, and help you learn to listen to what your body is telling you. We combine a strong scientific understanding of how nutrition affects you at the cellular level, while recognizing the proven benefits of traditional remedies as a way to naturally promote health and prevent disease.

Through nutritional assessments, counselling, and education, Leigh-Anne will show you how to eat to maximize nutrition, general health, and enjoyment while reducing stress and negative eating patterns. She can also work with you to create a nutritional plan to increase sports performance, maximize nutrition on a restricted diet (such as vegan or gluten-free), or simply develop a new and healthy relationship with food.

Our approach is very simple: Be good to your body. Be good to your self. And have fun with food.

Recent Blogs & Recipes


Colourful Quinoa Salad

Okay I am in no way reinventing the wheel here, but this is the perfect salad to make at the end of the summer when vegetables are both plentiful and inexpensive. It’s also a great salad to throw together any time of the year when you have a bunch of veggies that you need to use up. I think this salad tastes even better the next day. Read recipe

Uniquely You

Ever wonder why when your friend swears that after going vegetarian or vegan or paleo or whatever, that her skin clears up, her digestive problems go away, and her energy increases, but when you eat this way, you experience none of these benefits so clearly obvious in your friend?

We are all biochemically unique; so no one way of eating will suit us all. Dietary needs vary from person to person, which is why what’s best for a vegetarian may not be right for a meat eater. Even within a single family, individual reactions to food such as dairy or wheat can vary widely. If you are attracted to certain foods, or repelled by certain foods, this may be your body’s way of telling you that you need something in your diet, or that you may have an allergy or sensitivity to a certain food. Read more…

Food For Your Face

You can give your face a healthy dose of antioxidants, fruit acids and plant hormones, from ingredients that may already exists in your fridge. While you’ve probably heard about the benefits of eating yogurt you may not realize the many benefits from a topical application to your skin.

A plain yogurt masque is an effective way to clean and disinfect your pores, moisturize your skin and revitalize its texture. Yogurt is nutritionally rich in calcium, protein, riboflavin, vitamin B12, and vitamin B6. It also contains probiotics (live, active cultures), which are helpful in treating skin conditions such as acne and eczema. Read more…