For those who have known me my whole life, it might come as a surprise that I have ventured into a career of healthy living. I was the kid who ate cinnamon toast crunch for breakfast, snickers for lunch, slurpee for my afternoon snack, and fast food for dinner. I lived off of convenience and sugar. I loved food (if you can call that food) and thought it loved me back. Since I was active through school sports for most of the year, I didn’t see many effects from my diet (or at least I thought). To be honest, I didn’t really pay attention. It wasn’t until mid-college that I realized a lot of my digestion issues weren’t “normal”.
After a plethora of irritating symptoms, such as bloating, irregularity, depression, and sleep disturbances (sound like anyone you know?), I finally went to see a doctor. I went through test after test with NO answers, just another test and another doctor saying something different. I changed my diet to align with what each doctor said… more fiber, try this supplement, take this pill that has terrible side effects, eliminate such and such. You name it, I tried it. I thought I was doing everything right – low-fat diet, whole wheat bread, milk for my calcium, some veggies and fruit thrown in, and no-sugar drinks. With no relief, just a big fat bill, I started to take my health into my own hands and research and research and research. I was my own guinea pig and I was determined to figure out what was going on at the core. I no longer wanted a reaction with a band-aid, but wanted to be proactive – it was my health we are talking about here. What I know now is that none of them took the time to get to know me or my concerns and find ways to help me heal naturally and holistically.
After years of research, an MA, holistic health coaching school, and now my own health coaching practice (official credentials at bottom of the page), I am overjoyed to say that all of those symptoms are gone! Or at least, when they return, I know how to heal. I returned to my roots and discovered how to heal my own digestive problems (and hormonal and autoimmune) naturally, mend my relationship with food and morph it into a love affair, and find my natural weight without dieting, calorie-counting or any deprivation what-so-ever! I found what Rooted Wellbeing meant for me.
After such life changing results for myself, I obviously wanted to share the joy and help others experience the same – ta-da…Rooted Wellbeing! I have worked with clients ranging from issues such as weight loss to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) to autoimmune disorders and seen life changing results. The work is meaningful, purposeful, and truly a joy.
Personal Nutrition Philosophy:
I believe in the 90/10 rule where 90% of the time I try to eat a seasonal plant based diet and 10% of the time I allow myself to indulge. I believe that food has a powerful effect on the body, and we have a powerful effect on our planet. By eating local and organic the love affair with such delicious foods increases and the junk food starts to not taste so great… and the thought of sustaining the planet isn’t too bad either.
In my kitch:
kale, spinach, sweet potatoes, berries, almond butter, pumpkin seeds, carob, coconut oil, quinoa, wild cold-water fish, millet, onions, avocados, almond milk, garlic, grass-fed buffalo, coconut milk, lemons, green apples, squash, peas, beans, dates, farm fresh organic eggs, oats, buckwheat, celery, chamomile tea, parsnips, broccoli, chia seeds, Ezekiel bread, raw goat cheese, and the list goes on…
Enough about me…
Katie is a graduate of the Institute for Integrated Nutrition through Purchase College – SUNY and is a Certified Holistic Health Coach (CHHC). She is accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). She holds an MA in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado and a BA in Psychology from Hope College, Holland, MI – of which both programs have allowed her to work with and counsel numerous individuals and groups. Katie is a published writer, university guest speaker lecturing on the topic of school gardens and its benefits and impact on social responsibility and health, and conducts holistic health workshops, seminars, and cooking classes for corporations, small business, and individuals.