Meet Culinary Coach Kristen Coffield
My Life Got Complicated…
I lost my mother to breast cancer, my father to Alzheimer’s Disease and then I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Simultaneously, my infallible energy and optimism, the core strengths on which I had depended to get me through the toughest times, vanished. I decided it was time to take hold of my life, and started a journey to shift my habits. I healed my body and soul and now I want to help you gain control of your life with The Culinary Cure.
I lived a charmed life for a number of years.
- I worked my way through Columbia University with my own catering company, graduating with a degree and marketable skills.
- I worked in the hospitality industry and then started an event planning company after college.
- I married a great guy, moved to the suburbs.
- I had kids, organized a home, cooked great meals, entertained like a pro and was active in my community.
It was a text book life for a number of years.
Then the children launched and I faced real life struggles — marriage got challenging, parents aged, pets passed away, finances got scary and health issues emerged. My personal tsunami began gradually, picking up momentum and pulling me under; until it became an overwhelming wall of impending doom.
I am not alone when I say there are many things in my life that did not go as I had hoped, planned or dreamed.
I lost my mother to breast cancer, my father to Alzheimer’s Disease and then I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Simultaneously, my infallible energy and optimism, the core strengths on which I had depended to get me through the toughest times, vanished.
I was going through the daily motions of a normal life, but inside I was in constant turmoil. Every morning my waking thought was, I can’t wait to get through this day so I can go back to sleep. But restful sleep had deserted me. Nights were a tormented, fretful struggle with my anxious and overactive mind, leaving me exhausted and spent. This couldn’t possibly be my new normal; there was no way I could live like this for the rest of my life, much less one more day. It was time to break the decade long cycle that held me in its grip and get back on track with the life I was meant to live.
Shifting my Perspective
I could see there were things within my control; little, every-day things that could impact me positively and, with repetition, change my outlook and life. I didn’t just want to feel better, I wanted to be better — truly alive, connected to my life and crazy passionate about every day. I literally “woke up” and started controlling what I could in a more intentional way. I focused on the power of food to heal my body, I paid attention to how my thoughts influenced my feelings and relationships, I was careful to spend time with people who were positive and supportive. Exercise became a non-negotiable daily commitment and I made a very conscious decision to let go of things that were blocking the flow of happiness and abundance in my life. As I started to clear my toxic emotional baggage, creative bandwidth opened up for new ideas. I started eating a clean, plant-based health-supporting diet, and had more energy for exercise, making me feel stronger and more confident. My new inner resilience led me to explore ways to manage the spirit-crushing stress that had been destroying my health and contributed to my cancer. Best of all, my ability to sleep returned; providing me with the magical, restorative rest that is crucial for happy days and healthy longevity.
I learned how to create habits that could heal my Body and Soul.
Powerful healing happened when I began filling my body and mind with healthy nourishment. I began challenging myself physically. I loved how it made me look and feel. My passion for healthy cooking inspired me to create meals that would maximize my health, using food as medicine. In order to tame the uncontrolled stress in my life, I started practicing meditation. I was able to rewire the pathways in my brain, creating thought patterns that supported happiness. I stopped obsessing about the past, or worrying about the future. I became more engaged in the present and felt more energized and full of purpose than ever before. I wanted to “make a difference” by inspiring others to boldly choose change over staying the same.
If not now – When?
Those changes led to others; my life was influenced by the chance to work with a brilliant and inspiring woman. I was able to repurpose skills acquired working for myself, honed in community service and finessed raising children. Other opportunities presented themselves — teaching the power of plant based foods on a regular television segment, invitations to inspire as a speaker, writer and coach. My passion led me to create a platform to help others find their inner and outer strengths, and take control of their own Beautiful Longevity — one day at a time.
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