Nutrition, Health and Wellness Expert
Sonia Funk is an Employee Wellness Analyst & Strategist, Corporate Keynote Speaker and Nutritional Therapist, with over 15 years of international experience in the wellness industry. She understands that employees are overwhelmed with their own day-to-day lives as it is, and that it can become a challenge to keep up with personal and professional lives, while maintaining health.
She has travelled the world as both student and teacher. Her super-powers include outrageous common sense and a willingness to ask the hard questions, which allow for easier answers. Sonia’s questions cut through all the misinformation, fads and clichés around wellness and mental health. She gives her audience courage to find a better question that can help them understand the real reasons why they are struggling. With this awareness and the tools she provides, real change for wellbeing becomes possible.
Sonia is a regular consultant, facilitator and regular guest on radio talk-shows and podcasts. Her unique collaborative healthcare events in her community, and her partnership with the local Co-op Grocery stores, have seen her in the media regularly. Over the years she naturally evolved into a corporate speaker, keynoting the City of Morden’s Mental Health Week in 2019 and speaking on brain health and nutritional psychiatry at Manitoba Safety Service’s conference in early 2020.
Her genius lies in her insightful and strategic telling of the human story behind the issue at hand. Funk understands that your employees are overwhelmed with their own day- to-day lives as it is. They are not interested in feel-good challenges for their nutrition, walking, or drinking more water, which have only about a 10% participation rate. She also knows that a one-time “lunch-and-learn,” which doesn’t offer employees a perception shift nor immediately usable tools, doesn’t even get in the first ear anymore.
Sonia Funk is a heart centered and funny professional that always brings the big picture to the table. Effortlessly flooding the room with the feeling of empathy and non-judgement, she invites a perception shift in the participants. To her, this is the fundamental first step to lift the apathy and fear that keeps people stuck. Sonia’s presentations are psychologically crafted in a way that allow her to effectively communicate life changing information and awareness. Her experience as an effective coach and therapist translates into her ability to relay useful tools and tips, that are relevant to everyone.
Sonia Funk provides employees powerful insights into the ‘Why’ and the ‘How’ of improving all aspects of their nutrition and wellbeing. Combining keen observational skills with an unusual and uplifting common sense, Sonia Funk has an extraordinary talent for identifying and explaining the root causes of productivity-draining ailments such as fatigue, digestive issues, chronic illness, stress, anxiety and depression. What’s more? Her approach is heart-centred and her calls to action are full of empathy and realism.
The story of what has happened to our food supply matters more in understanding our health today than anything else. It contains the collective answer for how and why we have become so sick and tired.
Highlights of this foundational presentation:
- With some help from Sonia the audience will reconstruct the “race up superfood mountain” to prove to themselves that there is no such thing as “healthy food.” Something is either food, or it’s not food – this makes navigating nutrition much easier.
- Sonia will lift the veil of marketing and ‘nutrition’ studies in a way that you never allow them to confuse you again.
- Health issues discussed in this in the context of this seminar include fatigue, digestive issues, cholesterol, and brain health.
This presentation explores the legacy of Hans Selye, a well known MD and researcher who first coined the term ‘Stress.’ The focus is on understanding how the stress response, in the context of a taxed nervous system, poorly regulated blood sugar (sugar and coffee anyone?), fluctuating blood pressure (adrenalin and cortisol produced during a stress response,) brain fog and a digestive system that is upset by these things, can set a person up for poor decisions and accidents.
In a day and age when your employees are going to be working for you longer than you ever meant for them to, and with more health conditions than we have ever seen before, prevention becomes an intervention. Educating employees on how stress acts out in their daily lives can do more saving than a hardhat, or proper footwear, ever could.
We are all surrounded by triggers, instigators and compounders of stress, anxiety and depression in our daily lives. They are everywhere. In the news, on our dinner plates, in our morning mugs, in our homes, at school, in our relationships, on the road, at work, in our email. Some of the most powerful triggers shine out to us from our phones and are hidden within our own digestive tract and immune system. They can be camouflaged by “positive thinking” that is based in avoidance – but also magnified by “negative thinking” that is not constructive. Sonia sees the rise in mental health issues in our society as an outcome, not as a condition to be treated in isolation.
Due to our personal histories, our genes and our environment, some of us are more susceptible to the heavy load that all of these factors place on our minds and our bodies. Sonia sheds light on factors such as stress, food, our microbiome, social media, and relationships. In true Sonia style, she does it in a way that leaves you with the most incredible relief. It is not your fault that you feel stressed out all the time. And, you can actually do something about it.