Who am I?
Like many of you, that may be the question that started my journey.
My name is Jared Skirrow, founder of Mountain Man Nutrition. I currently reside in Canmore, am a father of three, and a graduate of the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition so if you’ll pardon the pun, I have my plate full in more ways than one.
As a certified Chef de Cuisine (2nd highest level that can be attained in Canada), I have had the opportunity to work in some incredible places ranging from the Banff Springs Hotel, Pomeroy Inn and Suites, all the way to the Turnberry Hotel in Scotland. In addition to my extensive experience cooking, I am an undergraduate in neuropsychology and have spent extensive time studying psychology with an interest in the body/mind connection which raised the question of how to marry these two fields together.
It has been often said the “gut” is our second brain, with connections to our emotions, behaviours, moods; it is a key component to the piecing together the puzzle between our health and wellness. Nutrition directly impacts our brains; it can be negatively by using food as coping mechanism to fill voids, it can be an addiction as chemicals triggered by the gut can be similar to those released by the brain and turned around, holistic nutrition gives us a chance to use these connections in a positive way instead, to build a strong interdependent relationship between our bodies and our brains in order to improve our mental, physical, and emotional well being.
Back to the original question, “Who am I?” I don’t know if it’s reaching a certain age, reaching certain life milestones, changes in life, changes in relationships, and everyday life challenges, but at some point I really started to ask myself the big questions as I’m sure most of us have about life, how I was living it, and most importantly how I wantedto live it.
I realized that I was not healthy, not motivated, and not really sure how to go from where I was to where I am now. Which also brought me to the realization that as men, there is a certain expectation that we just know how to “fix” things, we talk less, we express less, we think we’re “fine “which makes it easy for us to experience a gambit of emotional and psychological issues such as depression, unrealistic body image, and avoidance, and the stigma needs to end and we need tools and support.
My own journey started with a simple diet, I lost a great deal of weight, which in a lot of ways was amazing, but also the reality set in that other than my pant size, I was the same brother, father, son, friend, that I had always been, the big grandiose moment that I thought would come with losing weight, didn’t come. I realized that more had to change. I struggled with who I was as Mr. Mom to my kids and being the alpha male that I thought I was supposed to be. Besides knowing a lot about food, my mind needed to change and I admit that part was a little harder.
I have come a long way, I have learned to be active, reflective, present, and conscious of my health, my mind and my life, and I want to help you do the same. Along with my passion for learning, I also want to teach people how to live better, feel better, think better, my focus is on how to teach you to choose foods and cook foods you love but in ways that make then better for you, my goal is that different does not mean deprivation.