Hi! I’m Karen, and welcome to my page. I help people feel good about their bodies and stop worrying about food.
Most of my life felt like a struggle. My anxiety, depression and eating disorder started when I was young and continued into adulthood. From an early age, I learned to find comfort in food. While my regular diet was pretty healthy; when things were difficult I turned to food to deal with loneliness, boredom and anything I couldn’t face. In my early 20’s I started working out on a regular basis but I still had a hard time with food and my occasional binge eating developed into Bulimia. As the depression and anxiety worsened, I tried almost every psychiatric medication but none of them provided me with any relief.
I hit rock bottom with a debilitating depression in 2008 after dealing with some very difficult family issues. The depression was so severe that I had become inactive and put on a lot of weight. I was at the heaviest I had ever been and I had unbelievable back pain. For a few months, I was crying myself to sleep from the pain. And that’s when I knew I had to do something to get better, for myself and for my children.
I went through a few physical therapists before I found someone who was able to help me get strong again. As I got stronger and the pain began to lessen, I started to get back into working out and cleaned up my food. The weight loss was slow, but after nine months I had lost 40 pounds and I was the thinnest I had ever been.
A few years later, I developed uterine fibroids which took over my life for two years while I tried every natural remedy to manage my endless bleeding. Eventually, I had a procedure to stop the bleeding and give me back my life, but now my weight was back up on the scale due to hormonal changes, a resurgence in my back pain and my inability to work out like I had in the past. All of this emotional and physical pain had me again in a place where I had to dig deep and take inventory of how I was accepting my changing body. I’ve finally come to a place where I truly work on accepting my body as it is each day, regardless of its size.
I believe we are not meant to be one size or shape our whole life and contrary to what we’ve been led to believe, the size of our bodies does not necessarily dictate our health.
Healthy looks different on each of us. I have found that by keeping my food mostly healthy (without being overly focused on it) and having some form of enjoyable movement I am much calmer and happier than I ever was on any medication.
I’m a single mother, cardio kickboxer and mood slayer. The biggest lesson I learned is that things don’t have to be perfect to be good.
If you’ve found your way here you probably have your own story with trying to lose weight, control your eating or feeling uncomfortable with your body. I hope, if that is the case, that you will contact me for a free session to see if I can help you. You don’t have to try to figure it out on your own anymore.
I received my training as a Holistic Health and Wellness Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City and am Board Certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. During my training, I studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. My teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities.
My education has equipped me with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. By drawing on these skills and my knowledge of different dietary theories, I work with clients to help them make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.
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