While I don't abide by labels, if I had to give myself one, it would be super-foodie-plant-loving-nutri-qualitarian. Quality matters most. Nutritional density is a must. Plant loving because... because plants are SO very awesome, and super foods for deep healing and super-human power.
It wasn't always this way. I grew up on Lipton Noodles, Carnation Instant Breakfast, Lender's Bagels and frozen dinners. My birthday dinner of choice? Taco Bell. This was no one's fault - I took ownership over my shopping and food prep and loved the independence as early as sixth grade. I did the best that I could with what I knew then. When I was trying to get lean, I would “clean up” my routine to soft pretzels, Diet Coke, ramen noodles, and anything low-fat. You can imagine the yo-yo that ensued.
In college I upped my game, and as a Division 1 athlete, was a constant self study in nutrition. I dove into books on diet and nutrition and played around with more studied theories: Sugar Busters - great results which ended in gorging on Starburst Jelly Beans (*please note, I don't even like jelly beans) and dried sugared pineapple by the bag full (but they were fat free!). While this worked for effective weight loss, it was clearly unsustainable. The experimentation continued; The Zone was my longest lasting self study, and I followed this program for the better part of a year. I was disciplined, and it showed. I could literally feel my leg up on the competition, and it felt like a huge, almost unfair advantage. Doping by food... was there such a thing!? Regardless, I learned the power of food, and it was very REAL.
Over the next 20 years, the study and experimentation continued, and while I loosened the reigns on following any prescribed method, I loved food and I loved learning the effect it had on my body, my mood, my self. I continued to read: The China study, Food Revolution, Diet for a New America, The Omnivore's Dilemma... I devoured it all, and my preferences and views continued to evolve. From vegetarian, to eating for my blood type, to raw vegan cleanses - whichever way I leaned, I always felt myself being pulled back to plants. There was no doubt that the more living food I ate, the louder my intuition spoke, and the better I felt.
My food preferences continue to evolve, and today, instead of grasping to fall into one, I push back against labels and expectations. I believe in finding what resonates and feels the best to you - using food and nutrition to access and uncover your clearest and most elevated self. Being mindful that what is one mans perfect food, can very likely be another mans poison - I strive to help others uncover their best selves, and I believe food is one of the most powerful vehicles to do so.
Kelly is a licensed Holistic Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She holds a diploma in Psychology from the University of Virginia, is a certified Vegan Fusion Chef, and an Authentic Living student. She is a clean product advocate and educator with Beautycounter, and dwells in the Rocky Mountains with her husband and two daughters.
It has been a lifelong dream to turn my passion for heightened health and wellness into a career. After a decade of raising two beautiful children and committing myself to our home life, I am proud and elated to say this dream is coming true. I am pleased and honored to assist others towards their own elevated wellness goals as a Holistic Health Coach.
My personal health journey began about twenty years ago. I suffered from a variety of health challenges that stayed undiagnosed by countless doctors for most of my life. My chronic stomach aches, headaches, joint pain, exhaustion, recurring sinus infections and other ailments were becoming such a hindrance to living a healthy life. I desperately wanted to feel better and felt stuck that I wasn’t making any progress towards better health. I spent countless hours doing my own research on food allergies and sensitivities. I studied holistic approaches to treating disease and inflammation. I moved around from doctor to doctor, still not making progress and ready to throw in the towel and give up, until I finally landed in the right doctors office. The combination of changing my diet and healing my gut freed me to enjoy a life that felt more vibrant, productive and healthy!
Since I had my experienced my own health struggles, I often found myself speaking with family and friends about the steps I took to make such drastic improvements. I received inquiries from those around me; people constantly asking me how I made these changes and how I could help them. They wanted me to grocery shop with them to pick out the best ingredients. They asked me for my recipes and how I made such delicious food for my family, and wanted guidance on how to make changes in their own lives. I knew then that turning this passion in my life into a career was my new trajectory.
Going back to school and registering as a student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition was a momentous day. This program was the perfect union of my life passions. Graduating college with a focus on Psychology, combined with my interest in a nutrition based approach to healing, is what being a Holistic Health Coach is all about. I now know what it feels like to feel good, to have energy, to sleep well and to have a healthy immune system that is able to fight off illness. I see the power of nourishment, on all levels, and the importance it has on living a balanced and joyful life. I love food and cooking delicious, beautiful and healthy food is a creative outlet for me. It has become my love language and how I can share Vitamin L (Love) with the world around me. I enjoy working with clients on their journey towards elevated health and am committed to being a supportive and nurturing coach during these important lifestyle transitions.
Kristen is a licensed Holistic Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She holds a diploma in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, is an Authentic Living student, and is certified as a Level 1 Medicinal Aromatherapist by Wisdom of the Earth. She is nestled in the breathtaking Snowmass area with her husband, 2 daughters, and cute-as-a-button pup.