Beauty and the gut.

Autoimmune disease. Celiac. AIP. KETO. Collagen. Paleo.
Hear all these words and more? Suffer from some but don’t know where to start?
Meet the Realistic Holistic, Megan Kelly.

Megan has had her share of health complications, she has done the research, taken the courses and knows her stuff! Looking for a nutritionist? Here she is.

I have epilepsy, so I don’t like to take anything ‘extra’ without consulting people that I trust and that have done the research. I had a few questions about collagen, so I asked Megan some questions about it (and more) to see what she thought.

How did you get into nutrition?

It was a long and winding journey of my own health complications. Starting with an obsession with weight loss that went too far, leading to celiac disease and hashimoto’s and the need to take control of my own health from a place of self love. Getting into holistic nutrition was really the only choice I had. I’m so grateful for that, and I love it so much.


Why do you call yourself the ‘Realistic Holistic’?

I call myself The Realistic Holistic because anytime someone is taking on diet or lifestyle changes, it’s scary and it’s hard. I know that because of my own journey. I know that there is no way I could have healed myself if I had prescribed myself a rigid and restrictive plan that uprooted my life. So, everything I do is geared toward making even the most difficult nutrition plans (even AIP!) realistic for your REAL, fun, social, kick-ass life!


How do you feel about New Year resolutions?

I feel different about them every year. I feel like the desire to be your best self is a great one, but I am weary of new years resolutions when they come from a place of self-hate or not feeling enough. I really believe that those thoughts are part of the root of disease, especially for those with autoimmunity (a disease of self-attack). This year I have one resolution – fall in love with myself unconditionally. All of my goals are focused on getting to know myself, honouring my needs and loving myself no matter what. NO MATTER WHAT!

Self-love is also something you advocate. Can you tell me why?

I believe that self-love is required in order for anyone to actually heal and find health & happiness. I also believe that we live in a world that is determined to keep you doubting, criticizing and hating yourself – “but if you had these jeans, if you had flat abs, if you wore this jewelry – THEN you would be worth loving.” – I think most of us need to retrain our though patterns. To me, this is the hardest part of any health journey, but once you figure it out, everything else falls into place much more easily.


Do you have a clean beauty routine?

I do! From the perspective of healing from autoimmune disease, the whole idea is minimizing our exposure to anything that might aggravate the immune system. Well, there is a whole lot of crap in conventional beauty products that freak our immune systems right out, they mess with our hormones and they cause inflammation, contributing to flare ups. So I am very careful to make sure that I am using the cleanest possible products and I try to get my clients to consider this as well.


How do you like TOK Beauty products? 🙂

I love TOK Beauty products because they are not only clean but they WORK! I am in love with the cleansing cloths, but my absolute favourite thing is the magnetic lashes. I would NEVER wear the glue-on lashes before because I was just so afraid of putting glue (ie. CHEMICALS) right next to my eyeball. The magnets are totally safe, plus they’re SO much easier to apply and remove and use more than once! I even slept in mine once and they still looked flawless the next day. I’ve just put my order in for the new mascara and I can’t wait to try it!


Do you believe in taking collagen? If so, what are the benefits?

I do! I take it every day in my morning matcha latte. I could go on for a while about the many benefits of collagen but to be brief, I use collagen because it is one of the most abundant proteins in our body. It helps to strengthen the gut lining (a big one for us autoimmune peeps!), fortify your joints, improve bone health, reduces signs of aging, and increases satiety.


What are some resources I can read about collagen if I am interested in taking it?

I have several PubMed articles proving its efficacy which I can link to or post on my website for you if you want a deep dive into the science. For easy reading, though, I actually really like the way that Dr. Axe breaks it down (he also linked directly to the scientific literature that backs up his claims). Dr. Sarah Ballantyne of The Paleo Mom is also a fantastic resource. I also wrote a small section specifically on collagen in my blog about bone broth (one of the only other food-sources of collagen).

How can we get a hold of you if we want to have you as our nutritionist?

Feel free to email me directly at or head to the contact tab on my website – I also love a good DM on my instagram @realistic.holistic . I always offer a free 15 minute phone call where you can ask me any questions to help decide if I’m the right fit for you! Just reach out and we’ll set up a call!

Thanks, Meg!

The collagen that I posted about in the TOK Beauty Instagram story was from The Beauty Chef, and I received it in my monthly Detox Market Subscription box. I asked Megan about that collagen as well and she said that “the products look good, they aren’t actually collagen supplements though. They’re sort of antioxidants, probiotics, and superfoods that support the natural formation of collagen in the body – you’re just not getting any of the amino acids”

For more nutritional information feel free to reach out to Megan directly and go give her a follow! She knows her stuff. I might even start taking collagen now 🙂


Let me know if you have any questions or comments at all.

TOK soon,


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