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Over the past seven years I’ve worked with many of you in nutrition workshops and one-on-one consultations - helping you redirect for a healthier diet and lifestyle. Thank you for this privilege and hurrah for you in your achievements!

Don't stop now.

But....over these years I have noticed something. Womens' thoughts and emotions often get them stuck in emotional eating patterns, which interfere with their long term health and weight goals. Whether personally, or for my clients - this is not a fit with my vision for longstanding, sustainable success for wholeness! 

some of the thoughts that capture and crush hope for healthy change

  • self-blame for lack of control and having no will power over eating habits - leading to frustration
  • why bother buying a new outfit - I am so fat I look horrible in whatever I wear
  • I just don't have what it takes - I'm done with trying to lose weight and make changes!
  • if I could exercise harder I might not be so uncomfortable in my body

some coaching tools to help you change your mindset to shift from shame and disgust towards freedom

  • becoming aware of triggers
  • recognizing and re-structuring limiting thoughts
  • focusing on progress not perfection
  • nourishing ALL of you 

Thoughts that aren't true can trigger emotions which lead to actions, choices you aren't happy with. 

I want to help you with this introductory deal-of-all-deals offer to help you be able to stop the track you're on and not wait any longer. Real food will always matter......and so does breaking through emotional eating road blocks to discover a healthy and emotionally solid relationship with that food

DON'T WAIT FOR SPRING PROMO - Nutrition and Mindset Coaching Package 

 THREE 1-hour Sessions: online or in-person

 Additional Support by Email, Private FB Group 

$225.00   $175.00 CDA -  OFFER ENDS MARCH 21, 2017 

 

Not sure if you are stuck in faulty thinking or emotional eating?

Look at this checklist to help you find out.

If you are ready for hopeful, healthy change, first contact me here and book a FREE discovery call. This is a non-obligation 20-minute conversation when we can discuss whether your needs and my services are a good fit for working together. 

I'm excited to hear from everyone who takes advantage of this offer! March 21/17 it's over

Here is what others are saying about this coaching approach.

"Karen is an invaluable coach in dealing with issues of emotional eating.  She helped me to look inward through a variety of exercises to discover what my emotional triggers were in regards to unhealthy food choices.   Karen is a great listener, asks the right questions, empathizes and makes you feel understood.  She leads you on a journey to see the positive in yourself, set boundaries and to deal with those nagging thoughts that trip you up.  I highly recommend Karen to help you start a healthier journey in life."  

2016 Heather Drysdale, Artist  -Heather Drysdale Studios  

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This photo (with some of my favourite pottery!) shows a bowl with whole grain, and a loaf of bread baked with a high percentage of organic Red Fife flour. I ask: "what could possibly be missing?" As a holistic nutritional consultant whose gig is real food, I answer "this bread has white flour added to it, it's missing some of the nutrients found in whole grains."

What about the photo below of "absolutely white" bread? Any thoughts what might be missing?

One answer would be that all the bran and germ are missing because it appears to have been made totally with white flour. Totally correct.

There's another not-so-obvious missing item. Magnesium. Refining grains removes 80-97 percent of magnesium and even though flour is often "enriched", magnesium is not included. And that is significant, because magnesium is an important energy-giving component that we expect to be found in foods containing grains

I'm citing this example to show, that at first glance or thought, we often don't know what is missing.

This 'what's missing' concept also translates to road blocks in other important areas, like wellness and weight loss (which incidentally, includes bread and vitamins and chemicals)!

In my work I coach people move towards weight loss and wellness 

Many of my clients succeed, but some do not: in spite of having food lists and recipes and menu plans and consistent coaching to go along with that. They are still stuck.

What's missing? Discovering the emotional eating and problematic thinking that keeps us stuck in our weight loss and wellness goal. 

Once you discover:

  • what is the problematic area
  • how to work through the emotional eating and problematic thinking
  • the missing information - amazing life-changes can move you into freedom.

Are you an emotional eater? Are there problematic thoughts that have you stuck? Contact me here for a checklist - it could be the first step in finding healthy vitality and freedom you're longing for!! 

 

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I recently had the pleasure of meeting Lisa Zahn, a life coach and woman of varied skills, interests and roles.

It was December. I was in a work flatline slump (thankfully, I was still breathing!). Through an online meandering, I discovered Lisa's website and knew I wanted to connect with a woman who is 'living the life of her dreams'. Making contact and arranging a coaching session via Skype went seamless. The coaching session gave me precisely the clarity I needed - Lisa asking the right questions to help me identify some blockages - and equally as important, working together to arrive at some practical and personal steps how to move forward. A plan and accountability. Knowing I was checking in with Lisa three weeks later kept me honest! It is still working - to this very day, as returning to a writing routine was one of my roadblocks. Part of my personal action plan was writing an interview for Lisa and now I get to share the other half of our interview exchange. We all have seasons when we need help - please read on and meet Lisa, a wholehearted, professionally trained life coach who can help 'transform your everyday life'.

 Please tell me about yourself and what is your work as a life coach? How is coaching different or similar to consulting?

The heart of my work is one-on-one coaching with clients who are feeling stuck or uncertain in their lives and want to move forward but need clarity on what they want and how they'll get there. I also write my blog (and now a new ecourse on self-kindness) and plan to lead workshops and retreats. My coaching style is called Co-active Coaching and it's different from consulting in that we meet our clients where they're at and consider them to be the experts in their own lives. This doesn't mean coaches like me don't have expertise and sometimes offer it, but a cornerstone of my model is that my client is naturally resourceful, creative and whole and I get to work with them to draw that out and, hopefully, evoke their own transformation. I get to be a catalyst, in other words.

I love this on your blog: coaching for clarity and joy. Can you elaborate on why you chose that for a tagline? 

Joy is one of my favorite words! I truly believe that, like Christian monk and mystic Henri Nouwen said once, "We have to choose joy and keep choosing it." I want to help people find their joy and choose it. We can do that through the practices of gratitude and vulnerability, and through creating places and communities where it's safe to be open to joy. I also know what it's like to lack clarity, to be stuck and uncertain of how to move forward. I can coach clients to move out of that, using coaching tools like asking powerful questions, finding metaphor, articulating what's going on, and acknowledging, championing and reframing. One of my favorite ways to find new clarity is to reframe what my client thinks is a character flaw into a gift.

What is it about your work that you would identify as the drawing card (or would like it to be) for people to seek out your services as a life coach?

I want to work with thoughtful, smart people who are ready to move out of stuckness--out of the boxes they or society have put them in--and move into a transformed life of joy and clarity. It's not easy and it's a continuous work in progress, but I know it's possible because I myself have been living this way. I have needed coaching to move out of my own boxes, so I know the power of having someone on your side, an objective listener and voice for your best life.

We share some things in common – knitting, gardening, keen on the healing power of herbs, married to the love of my life (over 40 years!). I’m curious to hear the story how you arrived at your current career, including the changes made after being a full-time Mom.

Gosh, it's been a long journey! Who would want life to be any other way, really? One of my other favorite quotes is by Seneca "It takes a lifetime to learn how to live." There is so much grace and optimism in that quote, and I feel I'm living it by continuously learning and stepping into new things. I found coaching through a friend. She introduced it to me and we ended up going through training together last summer, one of the best things I've ever done (thanks, Meg!). 

My background and education is in the ministry where I studied to be a Lutheran Pastor and served as Intern Pastor (Vicar) and Chaplain. Getting married and raising my kids was my true calling, however, and I happily stayed home for many years, all the while dabbling in those things you listed. Now that my kids are teens, it was time for me to find something to really take up my time so I wouldn't hover over their lives so much. I actually applied to finish my Masters Degree in Pastoral Counseling but knew I didn't want to work for the church again. I wanted my own business, and I knew coaching was the right model of work for me within the first 12 minutes of practice coaching someone during training.

There are so many opportunities for growth, personally and in our work. How do you navigate through all the clutter of the options – and within that potential, are there future areas of learning that resonate with your calling?

I know exactly what you're talking about! Just in the last few days I've been de-cluttering my email inbox and Facebook newsfeed as much as possible because it IS overwhelming. As someone who loves to learn, it's hard to shut it off. Your word "resonate" is perfect because I've been finding that the only way to decide who to pay attention to, what to learn and where, is to ask myself what truly resonates with me, say 'yes' to those and 'no' to the rest.

Areas of learning that are calling to me right now are in the area of personal growth and helping my clients navigate personal growth. I'm very interested in teaching about self-kindness and compassion because I see that too many of us are very hard on ourselves and we make our lives unnecessarily hard that way.
I will continue to work with that word JOY and bring it to others in the form of one-on-one coaching, retreats and workshops. In my new email freebie, my ecourse called Stop Being Mean to Yourself: 4 Commitments to Self-Kindness (accessed free via my website sign-up form), I've developed a framework toward loving ourselves that involves making joyful choices, learning self-awareness and self-acceptance, and being compelled by our values and purpose. I intend to keep thinking, learning and teaching on those themes.

As you know, nutrition and wellness (teaching, consulting, coaching) is my passion and work. How do you feel about your journey of developing healthy habits? If there are especially challenging areas, how do you make peace with them and remain open to making healthy changes? 

This is a great question and I think I could use some coaching on it! One thing I have been asking myself lately is "what would be the kindest thing to do for myself right now?" Whether it's about work or rest, what to eat, or how and when to move my body, looking at what's 'kindest' really helps. The kind thing is often not the easy thing! It sometimes involves eating oatmeal with yogurt instead of a bagel with cream cheese, or getting dressed instead of lazing around in my pajamas all day, or getting a task completed so I can truly feel at rest when I'm done. I'd like to look at getting more exercise in this way. The kindest thing has to be something I enjoy (I like oatmeal as well as bagels, truly. I do need to move my body more, and in ways that will give me some more muscle strength and energy as I age.
That said, I am quite forgiving of myself on these types of things, because I am certainly not perfect. I don't dwell in the past but instead try to keep moving forward. I have quite a positive body image, for the most part, and that helps a great deal in motivating me to take good care of my health. I believe strongly in focusing on nourishment rather than punishment. 

 

Thank you, Lisa, for sharing your story: it's been great getting to know you. I will be happy to coach you on developing those healthy habits. P.S. Thank you for giving me the freedom to choose photos that conveyed my perception of your supportive and joyful coaching!

If you would like to know more about Lisa and her work, please contact her through her website.

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 I am a Coach for Emotional Eating and a Registered Holistic Nutritional Consultant

-- I have a diploma from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition - using the foundation that we are all created individually,complex beings of body, soul and spirit.

-- In my nutrition consulting I use real foodnot shakes, pills or packages and not a one-formula-for-all approach 

-- as an emotional and problematic eating coach I can help guide you from being unhappy and unhealthy find food freedom for mind and body. Read this checklist  to discover if you are stuck in emotional and problematic eating and how to contact me  for your free mini session.

Heather's Story -  

Dec/2016

"Karen is an invaluable coach in dealing with issues of emotional eating.  She helped me to look inward through a variety of exercises to discover what my emotional triggers were in regards to unhealthy food choices.   Karen is a great listener, asks the right questions, empathizes and makes you feel understood.  She leads you on a journey to see the positive in yourself, set boundaries and to deal with those nagging thoughts that trip you up.  I highly recommend Karen to help you start a healthier journey in life."  

Heather Drysdale, Artist  -Heather Drysdale Studios  

The skills and services I offer:

-- one-on-one consultations, with recommendations for nutritional and lifestyle changes

-- individual or group wellness and weight loss programs

-- seminar presentations at women's functions, schools, business/corporations, community clubs 

Clients who use my services are those who are:

-- weary of too little energy and too much weight

-- not sure where to start to make real-food nutrition and lifestyle changes that will last long term

-- children and adults who have followed food guides and diets without achieving a healthy weight 

-- armed with nutritional information but feel mentally blocked by thoughts and beliefs 

Some of the practical help clients can expect:

-- what foods to eat to balance nutritional deficiencies, to help with mental clarity, energy and balancing blood sugar levels

-- what foods are the best fuel for your body type

-- techniques to restructure negative thoughts and develop a mindset that supports your intentions and goals

-- reviewing how exercise, attitude and emotion, sleep, stress management, etc. contribute to balanced health

-- an action plan that includes recipes, menus, healthy lifestyle recommendations

How you can connect with my services to help discover your solutions:

-- contact me through my contact page

-- we will have an initial meeting (in person, by phone, or online) to discuss your health concerns and goals to determine what is the best way to move ahead to meet those concerns, (i.e. a weight loss program, a review  of your current weekly diet with appropriate recommendations, a more in depth assessment of dietary and lifestyle habits with several follow-up appointments, etc.).

-- consultations and on-going appointments and sessions can be in person (where possible) or online.

-- for speaking engagements I will address details specifically to your group

-- fees are structured according to specific need: please check my Services and pages for programs and cost guidelines 

You Can Rewrite Your Story

Do you want to make changes for a more vibrant and wholesome life?  I want to help you achieve your  balanced-healthy-life story....just contact me to get started.