About Us

FoodsForBetterHealth reports on everything food-related, including food industry news, nutrition, healthy recipes, the latest diet trends, and of course celebrity health-related news.

Our daily content is written by a dedicated team of health and food reporters whose collective goal is make our readers aware of trends in nutrition and food so they can make healthy and informed choices.

Let’s work together on the journey towards healthier living.


Editorial Team

Michael J. Watson, BA

Michael J. Watson, BA

Michael Watson is a University of Toronto graduate with over 12 years of writing experience. He is interested in all facets of the medical industry and takes a common-sense approach to nutritional science.
Michael has a particular passion for finding alternative angles to commonly covered topics. He is a firm believer in science-based evidence, and responds to unsupported claims with facts, studies, and snark.

Alethea Spiridon, BLA

Alethea Spiridon, BLA

Alethea Spiridon has been a writer and editor for over 16 years and spent many years in the publishing world editing novels. She has a BLA in English and post-graduate certificates in creative writing and publishing. Alethea has always had a passion for diet, nutrition, and leading as healthy a lifestyle as possible.
She put this energy into managing a health magazine in Toronto for a number of years where she wrote articles about the topics she loves. She is studying at the Edison Institute of Nutrition to become a holistic nutritionist.


Emily Lunardo

Emily Lunardo studied medical sociology at York University with a strong focus on the social determinants of health and mental illness. She is a registered Zumba instructor, as well as a Canfit Pro trainer, who teaches fitness classes on a weekly basis. Emily practices healthy habits in her own life as well as helps others with their own personal health goals.


Jon Yaneff

Do you remember snow globes? Those bubbles with sturdy bases, and when you shake them, fake snow falls to the ground? Life to Jon Yaneff sometimes felt like being in that bubble. That analogy is perfect to describe the food he once, well, thought was food.

He underwent massive changes in his life over the past couple of years, and his metaphorical snow globe has smashed. He is now open to everything, trying every new thing that he feels can benefit him in the long run. As a former sports reporter with a community newspaper group, an industrialized and fast food lifestyle was his companion. When he left his position, Jon adopted yogic, spiritual, holistic and vegetarian lifestyles, finding peace and allowing him to spread that peace to others through his words.

Jon brings creativity, compassion and courage to his writing, living by example and mirroring to the world his life through the words he types on the screen you’re reading right now. FoodsForBetterHealth is the perfect fit for Jon, who believes that words heal, just like eating whole and natural foods does. He is currently taking his passion for holistic nutrition to the next level, studying at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition on a part-time basis. Jon is also a member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada.

He also has a blog geared toward health, a conscious lifestyle, and overall wellbeing at WellBeing Stadium. Connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.


Mat Lecompte

It’s hard to know how to get somewhere if you’ve never been there yourself. Five years ago, Mat Lecompte was 175 pounds and carrying around 20% body fat. By tweaking his diet, he was able to alter his body composition and greatly increase his lean body mass while dropping 10 pounds and bringing his body fat to under nine percent.

Based on personal experience, Mat has learned the ins and outs of nutrition to help himself and others reach their goals. He understands the challenges and confusion most people experience when it comes to eating and is eager to help. Whether you’re struggling with weight management, want to improve how you feel, or boost performance, Mat’s personal experience can help you get on the right track.

Mat brings seven years of writing experience to the team. His articles on nutrition and fitness have been published in national newspapers and appeared internationally. Changing your life with nutrition is possible, but it’s always easier with someone to help you along the way.

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Vanessa Giordano

Vanessa is a health and wellness writer who began her holistic health journey by studying at the The Institute of Holistic Nutrition. Her training in Relational Psychotherapy at the Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy has provided her with a passion for helping others. In her spare time she enjoys doing yoga, studying astrology and learning about holistic healing and nutrition. She also has an interest in energy medicine, photography and painting.

Carly Raffiek, BA

Carly Raffiek, BA

Carly Raffiek is a Carleton University graduate with a BA in Honors English. Born with a natural curiosity, she enjoys researching and reporting on the latest trends, whether it be in food, fitness, or fashion. A lover of all forms of entertainment, Carly spends her spare time catching up on new releases of books, albums, and films.

Farah Shaikh

Farah Shaikh, Contributor

Farah is a contributing author on Foods 4 Better Health website. She is an University postgraduate in Computers. After surviving in different professions like lectureship, she decided to thrive into her passion of writing. She loves to travel to different places, try different cuisines, and to experiment with food. Being health conscious, she consistently researches about foods, their nutrient contents and the way it affects the diner. She pairs her research with her writing skills and helps others too to stay fit and healthy.

Ankita Lahon

Ankita Lahon, Contributor

Ankita Lahon is a contributing author for Foods 4 Better Health. She has completed her master’s degree in English linguistics and likes to read in her leisure time. She has a flair for writing and a keen interest in fitness and fashion. Healthy gourmet cuisines excite her, and she loves to try out new restaurants. As a fitness fanatic with a curious mind, Ankita quite frequently researches different kinds of foods and their nutritional effects on the body. She follows a healthy diet herself, and her best friend is organic green tea.