Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Maria Hatzimarkos, Founder of Your KeToRRific Journey, located in Saint-Hubert, QC, Canada.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I am a Certified Ketogenic Nutritional Coach, and the owner and founder of Your KeToRRIfic Journey, which not only offers coaching services but guilt-free Keto/Low Carb/Paleo treats as well! (treats and bone broth is a service offered within Montreal & Greater Montreal areas). I am also the cookbook author of "MY GREEK KETO KITCHEN: GREEK RECIPES WITH A KETO TWIST, LOW – CARB + PRIMAL + PALEO LIFESTYLE ~ FRIENDLY."

My clients are those who are looking for assistance in making healthier choices within nutrition. As a coach, I am there to guide you, motivate you and help you lead a healthy Ketogenic Lifestyle. My treats are for anyone who is looking to enjoy a healthier alternative to a treat – since they are Sugar-Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free! With some Dairy Free options available. Furthermore, my cookbook has been made for whoever has a love for food, health and/or a love for Greek Food. Whether you are Keto or not, you will truly enjoy these yummy healthy alternatives. As you can see, living a Healthy Keto Lifestyle does not require sacrificing variety, flavour, and, of course, our favourite food. I inspire you all to believe so! I am there to assist and help others as a Ketogenic Coach-Bakery-Cookbook Author.

Tell us about yourself

Ever since I can remember, when I look back, whether it was for family, friends, or work-related relationships, what I truly enjoyed the most and still do and feel so passionate and excited about was and still is lifting others. That is sharing, helping, motivating, and encouraging others to reach their goals and dreams! Unfortunately, various illnesses hit home, specifically my husband. I started to look into the Ketogenic Lifestyle mainly to help and support him. That is after he announced that he would follow this way of eating. It was only when I was feeling unwell that I took notice of my health and had no support from our conventional medical system. I realized I should follow my husband's lead and take charge of my health and wellness plan. With his support and encouragement, I gave Keto a go, and the results are nothing less than incredible!

So, I share my passion following numerous illnesses affecting my family – let's not forget to mention me growing up Greek, coupled with my love for food and creating in the kitchen. It has become not only my passion to share and educate everyone that health should be a number one priority, but my mission! I share my story with you in the hopes that it inspires, motivates, and helps you, your family, and your friends take the steps towards making healthier choices using the Keto lifestyle.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Being able to offer various services to help others follow a healthy lifestyle and Keto Nutritional Coach - Bakery - Cookbook Author.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

As a solo entrepreneur-small business owner, I have to say it is wearing numerous hats. Tasks vary from marketing, accounting, delivery, product testing, etc... It becomes hard, especially if it's not your "cup of tea."

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Believe in yourself and your service/product.
  2. Be patient, never give up and show up every day by putting in the work. Every little step forward brings you closer to your Goal!
  3. Don't be hesitant to ask for help; you don't want to burn yourself out. You would be surprised by the people in your network that are willing to help you in any way they can.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Thank you for allowing me to share my story. Remember It's Never Too Early Nor Too Late to start making changes toward a healthier you.

Where can people find you and your business?


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