Hey, I’m Karen. I’m a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and a graduate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN). A few years, before I went to IIN, I was searching and searching for the answers to how to become healthier. I was going through the worst case of adult acne in my life and instead of going for a stronger dose of acne medicine, I set out to change my health through diet.
The story I wanted to tell you was that switching to an organic, plant-based diet, drinking green juices, and doing detoxes got me to a place of perfect health... but the true and vulnerable story is that the way I chose to live was so strict and so stressful for me that my acne didn’t change, in fact my skin got worse and I broke out in eczema all over my body. My perfectionist ways were getting in the way of my own health. The worse my skin seemed to get, the stricter I became with my diet and I put myself through exercises, detoxes, and modes of healing that I never truly enjoyed. My motto was, “go big or go home” and “do whatever it takes” and it did NOT work out very well (unless you count this experience as a lesson well learned).
I came to the realization that I had orthorexic tendencies where I believed that if I didn’t eat “right” I was going to suffer some kind of break out of acne, eczema, or both. I was very adamant to heal myself only with holistic modalities and my decision to see an allopathic (western) dermatologist hurt my pride to say the least. I felt like I “failed” and the shame I felt still hurts my feelings sometimes to this day.
I share this story because I know what it’s like to face these perfectionist tendencies and still navigate myself to keep going for the kind of health I want. Being a health coach is like being a leader, and leaders aren’t necessarily on top of a metaphorical mountain telling others how to get where they are. Instead, a leader is simply just a bit further up the hill making their way through the same obstacles. And that’s who I am as a coach. I can’t promise perfect results, but I do promise an ear to listen to you, a hand to hold, and (dare I call it) wisdom to impart to the self aware perfectionist.
If you find yourself in a similar situation, give me a call or send me an email. I'd love to be your guide.