About Karen: your guide to self-care through nutrition
Wouldn’t it be great if you could be at peace with food, at ease with eating, and trust your body?
Your body does its very best to take care of you. Returning the favor by doing your best to nourish and nurture your body is key to a positive body image, a positive relationship with food, and overall health and well-being.
It took me a while to learn that self-care is a must—and even longer to learn how to actually do it, day in and day out. It’s my passion and my life’s work to share with you what I’ve learned from personal experience and professional practice (as a registered dietitian and health/wellness coach) so that you can use the knowledge, skills and tools to get better faster . . . and live your life to the fullest.
There is a way out of the vicious cycle of trying to control eating
Eating can be difficult. I’ve been there, done that: I’ve been through “stuff” in life and dealt with it the only way I knew how at the time—first by focusing on eating less in an effort to escape (and became malnourished); next by overeating in an effort to cope with my emotions. But eating doesn’t have to be difficult. There is a way out of the vicious cycle of trying to control eating, feeling guilty and anxious, and then trying to control eating again, and again, and again.
The top priority in your recovery
The first step is learning how to nourish yourself (and your brain). Re-nourishment is top priority in recovery from emotional eating and disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating. In fact, recovery isn’t possible without re-nourishment.
Working together, step by step
That’s where I come in: to guide you through the process of nourishing yourself, consistently providing for yourself (rather than depriving), managing food fears and other triggers, learning to eat mindfully and intuitively, and learning how to prevent a lapse or relapse. We’ll do this step by step, together (in tandem with the support of a psychotherapist, if needed).
Extinguish the urges to restrict, binge or purge
The part of my job I love the best is the look of amazement and relief on a client’s face when he or she experiences first-hand the difference that proper nutrition makes in how they feel, both physically and emotionally. That’s because proper and consistent nutrition can extinguish the urges to engage in restricting, bingeing and/or purging.
Let’s get started! The sooner re-nourishment occurs, the better the chance of recovery.
To learn more about my services—how I can help you, click here.
About my credentials, education, training, professional memberships and awards
As a Registered Dietitian (RD) and Health/Wellness Coach with over 23 years experience in the field of nutrition, I help clients to be at ease with eating (and/or foster fret-free feeding) and nourish their lives. I believe food is one of life’s greatest pleasures and that the key to nourishing life is having a healthy relationship with food, eating and your body.
I have a passion for all aspects of wellness including food, nutrition, enjoyable physical activity, the mind-body connection, and being in nature.
I hold a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University, a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Nutrition from Marygrove College, and I completed an accredited dietetic internship at University Hospitals of Cleveland.
- Treating the Dieting Casualty (Intensive Workshop on Treating the Chronic Dieter) taught by Ellyn Satter, MS, RD, LCSW (2009)
- Core Coach Training Program through Wellcoaches (2009-2010)
- Am I Hungry? Mindful Weight Management for Wellcoaches taught by Michelle May, MD (2010)
- Intuitive Eating PRO Skills Training taught by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD (2011)
- Eating Disorders: Treatment and Prevention, HNF 456, Michigan State University, taught by Jon Robison, MS, PhD, and Esther Park, MS, RD (2013)
- Jessica Setnick‘s Eating Disorders Bootcamp Training Workshop for Professionals (2013)
- Jessica Setnick‘s Eating Disorders Advanced Bootcamp Training Workshop for Professionals (2013)
- Counseling Intensive for Nutrition Professionals (Motivational Interviewing) taught by Molly Kellogg, RD, LCSW (2014)
- The Diagnosis, Assessment and Treatment of Eating Disorders: A Multidimensional Approach taught by Amy Baker Dennis, PhD, founder and past executive director of the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA), founding board member and fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), and psychotherapist in private practice in Bloomfield Hills, MI (2014)
- The Advanced Training Program: Comorbidity and Chronicity in the Treatment of Eating Disorders taught by Amy Baker Dennis, PhD (credentials listed above) (2015)
- Closing the Research Gap: New View on Eating Disorders workshop (incl. the Practical Approach to Home-based Refeeding) presented by Melanie Jacob, RD, co-author of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Practice Paper on Eating Disorders (2015)
- Family-Based Therapy for Adolescent Eating Disorders training through the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders, led/presented by Renee Rienecke, PhD, Director of Eating Disorders Program, Medical University of South Carolina (2016)
Supervision / Case Consultations
- Esther Park, MS, RD
- Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CSSD, CEDRD
- Melanie Jacob, RD
- Rhana Dyme, ACSW, MSW, Psychotherapist
- Marcia Kent, MD, Psychiatrist
I’m a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and it’s Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) dietetic practice group and Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders (DEED) subgroup, Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Lansing Dietetic Association (LDA), Academy for Eating Disorders, The Center for Mindful Eating, the Association for Size Diversity and Health, the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians, and the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation. I’ve held board positions with the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, LDA and Nutrition Entrepreneurs of Michigan, including serving as president of LDA and as the race director of the LDA Food & Fitness 5K Run/Walk.
I received the Michigan Registered Dietitian of the Year Award from the Michigan Dietetic Association (now the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) in 2004 and the Public Relations-Individual Award from the Michigan Dietetic Association in 2008.