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Loving this new chapter of my life – One more exam to become a RHN.


Hello hard work,

This summer has been filled with hard work as I complete my education to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist with The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN).

Thought I would share a few images and thoughts as I work to complete the last step of the graduation requirements to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN).

So far I have completed:

  • The 14 case studies that were required.  I learned so much from them – both from a knowledge view point and how to better communicate to clients on how wellness can be a part of their life should they choose to include it.
  • The three hour exam – I studied many many many hours for this exam.  You never know what will be covered in an exam and the more you  know the better.  I was blessed to have an amazing girlfriend from class who did a review with me the night before.  Instead of celebrating my anniversary with my hubby, I spent time with my girlfriend covering every topic we could think of.  And I might add my hubby was super supportive of the decision to meet my friend rather than have dinner with a woman who was super stressed about her exam.  Awe 26 years of marriage….
Studying while the sun shines. Amazed at how much I learned, Copyright Jo-Ann Blondin

Studying while the sun shines. Amazed at how much I learned.

  • Attended all the prerequisite hours of practicums both internal and external.  I think I did almost every class the school offered and then spent many hours doing outside courses.  My learning was greatly enhanced with my investment of my time.

The final step:

  • My oral exam – the final stage is today.  I am excited to meet this final milestone.

Tomorrow, I start the work of launching my business, updating my blog and sharing with all of you some of the great things I have learned along with insights into my own personal wellness journey.

Some strategies I used preparing for the exam:

  • Yoga and Pilates– I tried to do as much as my schedule would allow to keep me calm.
  • An evening walk with my dog – this was to get my blood circulating after sitting all day and to just get outside.
  • Healthy eating – yes, you would expect this but when you are stressed, you have to make a commitment to eat healthy or unhealthy habits will come knocking.
  • Making food – being creative in the kitchen calms me, so when the stress was too much, I made hummus or other great food (recipes to come later).
  • Was firm about my time – I limited my social time in person and online – but the time I did spend was scheduled and enjoyed.
  • Created a study schedule – yes, every day I planned out my day with breaks, lunch and exercise.  If you don’t plan it, time slips away.

Thanks so much to all of you who have supported me on this new chapter of my life.  Your love and support is greatly appreciated.

Alright, now to go memorize my presentation and get ready to embark on this next new chapter of my life.  I am ready!

To your wellness,


Jo-Ann Blondin, your 9CupChallenge partner



All my exams are now complete!  I now begin the process of setting up a small business.  Here is an image of me right after my final exam – a Happy Dance is about to break out.

The face of a future Registered Holistic Nutritionist after her last exam.  Let the Happy Dance begin! - Copyright Jo-Ann Blondin

The face of a future Registered Holistic Nutritionist after her last exam. Let the Happy Dance begin!


Jo-Ann Blondin

Hello Gorgeous.
So glad we connected. I truly believe that in order to change the way people eat, you need to provide great images and stories that inspire people to change their current habits.

I am a Holistic Nutritionist, a Culinary Nutrition Expert, a plant-based professionally trained cook and I have over 25 years of marketing experience in programs that drive results for all kinds of businesses.

It is my goal to help spread the wellness message by helping wellness businesses with their marketing so we can inspire many people together.

Read about my journey, wellness tips and recipes at and follow me daily on Instagram @JoAnnBlondin

Please be sure to check with your medical team before you implement the ideas in this blog. The owner of this blog takes no responsibility for any action that you may take as a result of reading this blog. The reader takes all responsibility.

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