Snapshot of T Kari Mitchell
I was raised in southern California and spent most of my formative years in Riverside. Memories of frolicking along California’s spectacular beaches and trekking through picturesque mountain trails with family and friends will last a lifetime. Now that I reside in the Chicago area, I am savoring the vibrant shades of autumn, the first snows of winter, and the various activities associated with the four seasons.
Prior to becoming a holistic health coach, I was a classroom teacher and school administrator. I taught all grade levels, and my classroom experience included special education, reading, and English. Teaching was a tremendously rewarding experience, providing opportunities for personal growth as well as a chance to impact young lives. Creating individualized plans for special needs students was an integral part of my professional responsibility. I apply a similar approach to my coaching practice—individualized client-driven programs. Health coaching enables me to blend and expand my passions for teaching and wellness in a unique way that benefits others.
In addition to health coaching, I teach wellness classes in my community and am working on projects that motivate kids and their families to lead healthier lifestyles. Other personal interests include writing, traveling, keeping fit, creating gourmet recipes, attending live theatre and jazz performances, and taking piano lessons. I feel more inspired than ever—truly, these are the best years of my life.
B.A.—Scripps College—Claremont, CA
M.Ed.—University of Southern California—Los Angeles, CA
C.A.S.—National-Louis University—Chicago, IL
Health Coach Certificate—Institute for Integrative Nutrition—New York, NY
Certified Ageless Grace® Educator–Ageless Grace®–Hendersonville, NC
Book–Sip the Garden: Fun, Easy Drinks for a Healthier Family
Blog–Aha Moments: A Few Reflections on Wellness
Board Certified Member—American Association of Drugless Practitioners—Galveston, TX
T Kari Mitchell’s Health Journey
The Journey Begins…
I have been health conscious most of my life, but each decade has presented new challenges, discoveries and insights on my journey to maintain lifelong wellness.
An Aha Moment…
I was transitioning from high school to college and battling acne when I became my own first client. Because the prescribed medication caused unpleasant side effects, I was steered into a whole new world, researching the benefits of herbs, supplements, and food combinations. After ceasing the medication and altering my diet, my skin cleared up within a few months! Thus, I became fascinated with nutrition and began experimenting in the kitchen with different ingredients, juicing, and observing how simple changes positively affected my health.
Besides a few minor turbulences, I was on a smooth sailing vacation until I hit menopause. Burdened with unexplained weight gain, elevated blood lipid levels, hormonal imbalance, and osteopenia, I was called to action, again. While I appreciate the advances of modern medicine, I did not want to live the rest of my life dependent on the prescription drugs my doctors were recommending, before first exploring alternative measures and understanding the causes of my symptoms. Focused on healing, I initiated a personal campaign to find natural remedies for my new challenges.
One series of tests revealed that some of my symptoms were related to undiagnosed food allergies—gluten, egg, and dairy to name a few (which explains some of the issues that kept nagging me throughout my earlier years). This shocking revelation required major lifestyle modifications.
Just six weeks after eliminating the common allergens, restructuring my plate, supplementing with new vitamin combinations, introducing naturopathic therapies, and incorporating weight training into my exercise routine, there were dramatic improvements in weight and lab test results. Osteopenia, however, took much longer to reverse—and required extra patience. I am grateful that my system is now in balance. What a blessing!
The Journey Continues…
I am a work in progress—forever evolving. As I journey up the path of my sixth decade, wellness remains a priority. I continue to stretch my culinary muscles by creating wholesome, delicious recipes for family and friends, substituting the common allergens with a variety of wonderful products available on the market today. Just as our bodies change over time, so do our nutritional needs. Let’s appreciate our built-in warning signals and stay tuned in to our system’s language. Without question, nutrition and lifestyle significantly impact our overall health, happiness, and well-being.