Kyle Buchanan, CNP.
Before the story, a little about my qualifications - I'm a Certified Nutritional Practitioner, graduating with First Class Honours from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition, the industry leader in clinical holistic nutritional education, having completed internships in clinics and private practices, and becoming a nutritional supplementation expert through continuing education.
I was raised in a small town about an hour north of Toronto, Ontario. Small town, but it had a theatre, which welcomed me in. I liked performing. I liked making people smile. And I liked making people feel good.
Inside though, I really wasn’t feeling that good. I was overweight, and plagued with anxiety. In the 8th grade I reached my heaviest weight at 210 pounds. I was bullied for my size, among other attributes. I was called “fudge-packer” - and I literally thought it was because I was so large that I must work in a fudge factory in order to get free fudge. I’m happy for my younger self that my fragile ego thought it was just that.
I call anxiety my oldest friend, it’s been a part of my life since I can remember. The bullying didn’t help, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t bully myself on a daily basis. It’s something I struggled with every single day.
Around that same time in my elementary/high school years, performing became my outlet. I started dancing (step-dance - kind of like tap) and performing in my local theatre. That led to an agent seeing my work and signing me, which got me into the film and TV scene in Toronto.
My eating didn’t help my size. After every dance class, performance, or Wednesday, I’d go to McDonalds and get a Big Mac Meal with SuperSize Fries and Super Size Sprite (because I ‘earned’ it in my books). My afterschool snacks consisted of 9 chicken fingers or 4-5 pogo sticks. It’s no wonder I was anxious, overweight, and more unhappy than I should have been.
Around Grade 10, sick and tired of being unhappy with how I looked, I took it upon myself (with the help of my mom) to eat better, exercise more, and lose the weight. And I did!! I went from 210 lbs. to 160 lbs.
I hacked my body, and I loved it. It was almost a high. I had control over how I felt and how I looked. My grades even improved.
Then, in my late teens, I went the other way - I liked the look of being ‘skinny’; when people told me I was too thin, I liked it. And I became unhealthy-skinny.
But eventually I woke up to that, and got back on track; put on more muscle and became well. I found some balance.
Anxiety was still my nagging old friend though.
Fast Forward to my early grownup years - I moved to the big city, acting full time and making a decent living with it. But it was during this time that I started coming to terms with who I was, struggling to be my authentic self. Instead of using food and hacking my body to be calmer and more confident, I self sabotaged. I escaped with excessive food and too much booze to numb my mind. It didn’t help.
And my anxiety became worse. And I felt worse. And I stopped booking as much work because I was heavier than before, but more detrimental, I became a nervous wreck in auditions.
I was sabatoging my potential. I wasn't eating right. I wasn't being compassionate with myself. I was down regulating my system. And it resulted in poor performance and lost jobs.
And then I had enough. I worked with a natural health care practitioner, got myself on some wonderful supplements, and started hacking my diet to fuel my brain.
And things got better. And I realized again the power of the right combination of health hacks.
Not surprisingly, I felt better about myself, and started booking more jobs. But at this point I had been in the industry for a while. And I needed an eat-pray-love break.
So with that, I left the industry for a couple of years to study more deeply the power of nutrition. I went back to school, learned a ton, graduated with honours and opened up a wellness business.
I then stepped back in front of the screen, and now have both joys, health hacking and acting, happily in my life.
So now that I get it; now that I really know the power of food, the power of the mind, and the power of potential - I hack it, and I hack it right. I work more, and I do a better job when I do. And I teach people how they can do the same.
With everything I’ve struggled with personally, with everything I’ve learned - I have a new way of thinking. And it applies to us all.
Here's why I do what I do.
With everything I’ve struggled with personally, with everything I’ve learned - I have a new way of thinking. And it applies to us all.“The potential of your 40% “on” time is directly proportional to your 60% foundational time.”
We spend maybe 40% of our lives being “on”. As an actor and speaker, it’s when I’m on set or on stage or interacting with potential business partners. But being “on” applies to everyone - when you’re at work, being interviewing, giving a presentation or networking at a party.
The rest of our lives, the other 60%, our day-to-day lives, our off-time, THAT’S where a foundation is laid. And I want you to have the best “on” time you can possibly have. The potential of your 40% “on” time is directly proportional to your 60% foundational time.
I want you to feel great about your work, feel great about how you present yourself, feel great about yourself as a whole and walk into any situation with confidence. When you feel good, you DO good.
What messes up our foundation and hinders our potential for greatness?
Negative self talk
Household molds and toxins
Negative belief patterns
I help people feel their best, one health hack at a time.
I offer a wide variety of health hacks, from food to breath to mental exercises, that you can put to use when you want and are ready, so you can feel your absolute best.
I’m a huge believer in potential.
And I'm a huge believer in you.