I’m Kristin. I love eating. I love cooking. I love lifting heavy things. I’m a CrossFit coach, a home cook, and a loud mouth. I have a huge dog named Colt and he is hilarious. I believe food should be nourishing, in it’s whole form, and be utterly delicious. Oh, and coffee is my spirit animal.
Especially when there’s grass fed butter and coconut oil in it.
My path to nutrition education, fitness and food blogging started way back in 2009 when I joined up at a CrossFit gym. Well, really was joined into one by default since my (now) husband went and opened one, Absolute Strength Gym (now in South Amboy and Long Branch, NJ). At the time, I was still eating whatever I wanted and drinking tons of delicious bubbly beers (my day job is with NJs largest 100% craft beer and spirits distributor). My college-pizza-beer weight fell off anyway, thanks to the shock to the system that is doing burpees and lifting things for the first time. It didn’t take long for that shock to wear off and suddenly the weight was sneaking back, and I felt like shit.
I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong. Eating like an asshole. That’s what.
I found the Paleo/Ancestral diet (thanks, in large part to the Whole Life Challenge) and started to I make little changes, got moving every day, and yes, ate more butter. Now at 31, and am happier in my skin, healthier, stronger, and have more vitality that I ever have. I didn’t even know I could feel as good as I do now, and I certainly didn’t know that it could be done by changing what was on my fork.
I dove in. What foods should we eat? Why does Paleo work for so many? Why was it working for me? This was the beginning of my nutrition education that would eventually lead me the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Certification in 2014 from the Nutritional Therapy Association (NTA). I am a certified Nutritional Therapist Practitioner, as well as a CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Certified Coach, a CrossFIT Level 2 Trainer, Poloquin Institute BioSignature Practitioner, and a Certified BirthFIT Coach.
Onto the health shiz. I was diagnosed with a hypoactive thyroid in 2009. While I am still on some low dose medication, I’ve seen my symptoms go down in spades from what I was initially dealing with. While some of that does have to do with my dietary changes, a lot has to do with advocating for my health and finding a doctor who listened to me.
All of this though, started a complete shift in my perspective. In how I view the world, myself, my plate, and my body. It was fascinating, amazing, and made so much sense!
Food in it’s real form. Who knew?!
The thing that really drives me, that get’s me fired up, is the fact that the more I learn, the more clear it becomes to me that what we’ve been told by the mainstream is dead wrong. We’re all paying the price for Big Food and policy and the involvement of the two on our plates.
Health is not a struggle.
Your body is not the enemy.
Living a life that prioritizes health, and living one that you enjoy:
these two things are NOT mutually exclusive.
It seems so simple, but if we just treat our bodies properly, and feed it the right stuff, health comes naturally.
Anyone, in any lifestyle, can make health a priority. Me? I’ve worked at a craft beer distributor for over 7 years, throughout my entire lifestyle shift. How’s that for a challenging environment? It’s all about making it work for you.
I focus on showing you how you can regain control of your health. Showing you that eating a diet rich in nutritious, whole foods in their natural forms is not only doable, but can (and will) drastically improve your well being. I do not believe that eating well means sacrificing or starving. The key is education. I am not here to tell you what to do. 4
I‘m here to help you learn about your choices,
and make the ones that you want to make that will help you reach your goals.