Praise - The Free Life

Praise & Testimonials

I’m going to try to summarize what working with Karen did for my life. I say “try” because it may be impossible to describe what a different person I am today. In all areas of my life.

This is about food, yes… but it’s so much more. I feel like a giddy little girl most days, and (!!!) have all the tools I need to live my life the way I always thought I could. My husband summed it up looking at me one night as I was talking to him about something (I can’t even remember what it was now) and he just shook his head and said jokingly, “I am so in awe of you these days… like, who are you?!”

Looking back, any of the concerns of “will this work for me” “is it a good investment” etc. were irrelevant because immediately after committing to the work, I could see that Karen was in this 100%. More if possible. She was going to meet me where I was and work through it with me no matter what as long as I was open to the work. And I was open to it most definitely. So, if I wanted it, it was mine.

There was no way I could fail. And that was an awesome way to feel. In fact, now that I think about it – that’s pretty much how I take on anything these days: with inevitable success. Sure, trip-ups are going to happen – but the thought of it doesn’t paralyze me anymore – because I just have to show up, do the work, and be open to the good stuff. And by the “good stuff” I mean the journey.

I am so thankful for Karen and her work. It’s a gift. Having gone through the program, it’s hard to put the value of it into dollars… I would pay it 10x over – no question.

Meadow Merry

I am having a hard time writing this because words don’t express what Karen did for me. Karen saved my life, or I should say Karen taught me how to save my life.

I started sessions with Karen when my eating disorder was full blown, and I was very ill. My eating disorder took over my life. Karen stood by my side and guided me through all the baby steps of my nutrition along with tips of wisdom that opened the door to my recovery.

Karen has been a consistent tool in my recovery. I have never encountered a nutritionist with so much knowledge and in-depth guidance.

Karen’s professionalism and education are outstanding, but her ability to convey her messages made all the difference to me, and I am truly grateful.

“As I started making small changes with Karen bigger changes started happening.”

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Karen is so authentic, caring and intuitive.  She exceeded my expectations in every way.”

My journey to the Free Life began after I attempted my very last crash diet.  My sisters wedding was a month away and I had a dress I was determined to fit into, if only I could lose 15 lbs and wiggle my way into it.  I spent $200 on a quick fix program that started with pills and some magical spray you used each day to curb cravings and reset your hormones . . . It also started with 2 days of a “binge/fat load” feast to prepare your body to starve for the next month or however many weeks it took to meet your weight loss goal.  I did the first 3 days of the diet and just couldn’t continue.  I was capital D O N E! After 20 plus years of yo-yo dieting, restricting, binging and the scale ruling my mornings and body image, I had finally had enough . . .

 I researched some articles and came across Karen on the Huff Post.  Her words were so inspiring and I knew immediately she and this program were different.  The article spoke of not just putting your scale away out of sight, but literally smashing it.  Which is exactly what I did that morning.  I smashed the scale into little tiny pieces.  Then I placed the diet pills and spray next to it and snapped a picture.  I sent that picture to Karen, contacted her and signed up the very next day. 
 I’ve spent literally thousands and thousands on health coaches, personal trainers, read countless health and fitness books and researched everything not understanding why in my life food and weight have always been an issue.  Most every other area of my life was successful, awesome family and career, fun social life with a great network of friends.  I appeared to “have it together”, however I spent so much time consumed with calories, fat grams, eating plans, macros and the damn scale.  It was exhausting.
Working with Karen changed everything, my approach to health and wellness, my overall well being and balance in my life.  People always want a quick fix or for someone to tell them the exact steps to take to achieve optimal health and weight. I was missing the point for so long and what I gained with this program was so much greater than I expected! 
I gained a calmness and confidence with my relationship with food and my body, I lost my calorie counting apps and wasted time obsessing about the perfect diet and clean eating.  I gained more time and focus on what matters, my vision and passion for life.  I lost the anxious feeling of “will today be a good day or bad day” surrounding food choices.  I gained the love for treating my body really well, nourishing it with what feels good, movement and exercise that energizes me.  I lost seeing the calories burned on a treadmill solely as permission to eat a little larger dinner.  I lost the scale and gained some more room in my jeans.  Pleasant side effect to living the Free Life!   
Karen is so authentic, caring and intuitive.  She exceeded my expectations in every way.  This program is the best investment I’ve ever made for my health and happiness.  Thank you, thank you!!

Valarie A

“Karen is committed to understanding the individual needs of her clients”

I am a clinical psychologist who has worked in the eating disorder field for over 15 years. Collaborating with Karen has been such a joy in that she truly understands the complexities inherent in changing one’s relationship with food. Karen takes a holistic approach to nutritional counseling by encouraging clients to explore beliefs, emotions and behaviors associated with eating and food. Karen is committed to understanding the individual needs of her clients and works collaboratively to create the best possible plan for long-term change. I would highly recommend Karen to anyone who is ready to experience freedom from the pain of disordered eating.

Rebecca Ehrke

“I am really reaching inwards and forcing myself to LEARN how to change my habits.”

At first when I started spacing our sessions to every two weeks, I thought I would be in big trouble and flounder alone in the world of IE (intuitive eating) especially this week when I had to cancel, but I have to tell you it has actually been very healthy for me. I have been working very hard on my issues, using Geneen Roth’s “why weight” workbook combined with your VERY practical and personal tips for IE. While I cannot say I have been near perfect, I really feel like I know what to do at any given time. Specifically: I do not eat while feeding the kids, I really make sure its what I want PLUS I am hungry, I delay when stressed, I meal plan and do not wait until I am starving, instead of waiting to think about what I really want I just go for the healthy option, I snack everyday at 4 ish – my starving time and make a plate to sit down with, I try to include fruit, protein, and carbohydrate like graham crackers with snack, etc etc. So just to let you know, I did not want you to be concerned that all your teachings were going out the window. No, it is the opposite. I am really reaching inwards and forcing myself to LEARN how to change my habits.


“The only nutritionist I have had that I liked working with!”

I just wanted to say THANK YOU for everything you have done for me while I was in treatment. I could not have done this without your pushing me to question things and challenge me. You are wonderful at your job…..the only nutritionist I have had that I liked working with! Thanks again!


“You are amazing at what you do!”

Dear Karen, I think of you often and am forever grateful for all the help you gave me and the tools that I continue to use during hard times. You are amazing at what you do!


“I have learned and am still learning to respect my body, treat it right, and feed it what it craves and what it needs.”

I hit a very low point in my struggle with disordered eating. I was searching around on the internet one day and typed in “nutritionists for disordered eating” and just like that Karen’s website popped up. I looked through the website with excitement and sent an email to set up my meeting with Karen. She recommended I read the book “Intuitive Eating” before our first meeting. I ordered it from Amazon and read it. It was enlightening and by reading it I knew that working with Karen on the principles from the book was just what I needed. From the very first Skype session with Karen she was always so supportive and encouraging. Never once did she criticize my eating habits as other nutritionist’s had. Her attitude was a breath of fresh air and exactly what I needed. I have worked with her now for about four months and through Skype sessions and email support I am on the road to recovery and feeling confident that this time I will succeed in recovery. I am no longer scared of food, I no longer believe a diet is my answer. I have learned and am still learning to respect my body, treat it right, and feed it what it craves and what it needs. I cannot express how much working with Karen has changed my perspective not only on my food issues but on everyday issues in life as well. I will forever be grateful for her and her work.

Jen D.

“She is very knowledgeable, compassionate, and understanding..”

I have been getting help from Karen for a little over a month now and I can tell you I have already seen a huge difference in my eating habits. Before I decided to seek help for my eating problems, I thought there was no way that I was ever going to be cured of them but here I am only a month later and I can tell with just a little more time, I will be back on the road to a normal eating life. She is very knowledgeable, compassionate, and understanding which are three very important elements to a dietician, or any professional for that matter. I would recommend her to anyone who asks and I will continue to get help from her in the future.


“Karen was able to provide continual support, understanding exactly where I was on my road to recovery..”

Karen has been such an amazing part of my eating disorder recovery. After trying to work with other dieticians, I had finally found one who was both committed to my recovery and excited for the journey it entailed. Karen was able to provide continual support, understanding exactly where I was on my road to recovery but there to challenge me one step further. She truly considered more than just the food, looking to understand why my relationship with food was the way it was. Of course, when it came time to discuss food and nutrition, she had such great insight and was extremely knowledgeable. I am truly thankful to have had the opportunity to work with Karen and I hope many others can get to know what a phenomenally kindhearted person she is.


“Thanks Karen for teaching me to eat healthier and for helping me feel better!”

Karen has helped me tremendously. Although I am still in the beginning recovery stage of my eating disorder, Karen has taught me so much! Her recipe are delicious and her plans are just so realistic, simple, and healthy. I feel like I am eating better than I ever have. Being a teenager, I wasn’t sure if Karen would be able to help or understand me, but she can, and she did! I definitely will use her advice and help when I go to college next year. Thanks Karen for teaching me to eat healthier and for helping me feel better!


“Thanks for your great guidance.”

About four weeks ago I contacted Karen to help me lose weight and eat balanced meals. I don’t have an “eating disorder” but I was eating in a “disorder way.” Unlike most diets that make you eat certain foods, I wanted to keep eating the foods I like rather than going on someone else’s prescribed food regime. Karen was fantastic! I sent her a list of the foods I enjoy and she took that list and shaped it into a great eating plan for me. She worked right with me every step of the way and never pressed me to eat foods I hate. I only eat the foods I enjoy but now in a more balanced way. Then she taught me how to make food substitutions, how to make choices in restaurants, and how to make choices at dinner parties. I’m losing weight and feeling better. With her help I know that I’m eating well balanced meals. “Thanks for your great guidance.” I look forward to continuing to work with her. She’s very pleasant to talk to and has a great sense of humor. I can recommend her without reservation.


“Thank you, Karen, for helping me find a better, healthier life style.”

Everyday I am feeling better and better. I’ve been following Karen’s advice on healthy eating (healthy living) and it has made a tremendous difference in my life. I’ve lost weight, been exercising, and found a better way to eat and think about food. I’ve enjoyed many nutritious and delicious meals along the way. I look forward to reading her motivating blogs and will continue to follow her nutritional advice. Just wanted to say “Thank you, Karen” for helping me find a better, healthier life style.


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