Amanda Raaff

Is passionate about natural nutrition with gut health being her favourite topic. Natural nutrition for her was the missing puzzle piece to her health. She always thought she was eating healthy but still managed to have migraines, catch every cold going around and her digestion was far from optimal. She is now able to better manage all of these things!

Amanda attended Wilfrid Laurier University for a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Physical Education. After university, she decided to further her education by attending the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. Here she completed her natural nutrition diploma and completed the board exam to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist.

In her spare time you will find her in the garden, walking her goofy long-haired dachshund, or spending time at the lake with her family.
Blue Spruce Wellness

I’m often asked, “Why Blue Spruce?” Well, here’s a brief history of where it all came from, and how I connect that name to everything I do in holistic nutrition:

Coming up with a name was tricky to say the least. In this industry, there are loads of catchy phrases and glossy slogans to get you involved, but those ideas never really connected with me or, more importantly, represented who I am. That’s when a thought dawned on me: “keep it in the family.”

Family is something I value immensely, and I come from a deep lineage of hard-working business owners. Way back in the day, my grandparents sold their farm to my father and his twin brother. The name of it was Spruce Lane Farms, which came from the gorgeous spruce trees that lined the driveway of the property. My father and uncle decided to expand their horizons a little bit, and as two very skilled businessmen, opened up a car dealership that they lovingly named Spruce Lane Motor Products (are you seeing a theme here?). Eventually, my husband and I moved into the home my grandparents lived in after selling Spruce Lane Farms, and something stuck out to us immediately: a beautiful blue spruce tree in the middle of the yard.

As I sat around this storied home struggling to come up with a name for my business, I remembered that blue spruce tree and all that it represented. So, why not continue? Why not keep up this sort of family tradition, and use it to represent the long-term work and dedication I have to holistic nutrition? It should also be noted that blue spruces symbolize peace and resilience. Really, there was no better choice. And now, Blue Spruce Wellness carries with it this familial history, experience and set of values to all of my clients. This, along with positive relationship building, nutritional expertise and empathetic practice contributes to the success of my clients every single day.

What is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist?

The education that Registered Holistic Nutritionists (RHNs) receive from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition focuses on science, body functions and symptoms, whole foods, quality of food production and processes, natural source supplements, healthy lifestyle practices, and the connection between the body, mind and spirit. RHNs are required to take 19 courses and maintain and 80% overall average to be eligible to graduate with a natural nutrition diploma. To become an RHN individuals must write a comprehensive 3-hour board exam, complete numerous case studies and practicum hours. CSNN is registered as a private career college under the Private Career Colleges Act.

Amanda is an active CSNN Alumni Member and follows The Scope of Practice and Code of Ethics put forth by CSNN for RHNs to follow.