Hi, I’m Karen!
I’m excited to help you reach your weight loss and wellness goals during your journey through perimenopause and menopause.
It’s a tricky time, but you CAN get your vitality and joy for life back, and I’d love to show you how to do it!
I’ve been navigating these waters for over a decade after experiencing an early menopause. Intermittent fasting – an eating pattern that cycles between periods of eating and not eating – has been transformational for me.
It’s helped me to lose that stubborn hormonal weight, improve my brain fog and FEEL better overall, both physically and mentally.
Once intermittent fasting became my lifestyle, everything else started to fall into place. It got so much easier to take control of the other areas of life that have a huge impact on menopausal health: Gut Health, Physical Activity, Sleep and Stress.
I’m absolutely convinced that intermittent fasting lays the foundation for a healthier, happier menopause, not least because you’ll never have to diet again.
My clients appreciate my compassionate yet effective approach, which is firmly grounded in the “you-know-yourself-best” philosophy.
While I guide and support you to be the very best version of yourself, YOU are always in charge, and you will learn to tune into the signals your body is sending you. Trusting yourself without the need for external validation is part of the process.
I’ll be your ally while you learn how to do this – I’ve been there myself and believe me, I get how hard it can be!
Let me tell you a little about me…
I started having menopausal symptoms around age 39. At the time, I was juggling a busy health journalism career and two toddlers. It never occurred to me that my growing list of symptoms – including fatigue, hot flushes, insomnia, irritability, brain fog, memory loss, overwhelm, loss of libido, weight gain and vertigo – were related to my hormones and not my stressful life.
The penny dropped when I started having hot flushes all day long, as well as night sweats that would leave me changing the sheets at 2am. By the time I was 43, I was really struggling.
That’s when a blood test confirmed that my hormone levels were “what we would expect to see in a 65-year-old woman”, according to my doctor. And just like that, I was postmenopausal.
Like many women, I didn’t know much about perimenopause or menopause besides the classic symptoms of hot flushes. Because my birth control had stopped my periods years before, I didn’t have the irregular periods that are usually a tell-tale sign of perimenopause.
I therefore had no idea that I’d been going through perimenopause for years without realising it. Having my second child at 38 also confused things: how could I be losing my fertility when I’d just had a baby?
After the diagnosis, I was left to my own devices and spent several years trying EVERYTHING to feel better and keep the weight off.
It wasn’t until I turned 50 that I stumbled upon the answer: Intermittent Fasting.
And this is how I became a wellness & weight loss coach…
By the time I was 50, my friends were experiencing menopausal symptoms, too.
Knowing that I’d been travelling down that road for quite some time, they started turning to me for advice and guidance.
When they saw my physical and mental transformation, they wanted to know more.
It got to the point where most of our conversations were focused around menopause, particularly the stubborn hormonal weight gain that just wouldn’t budge. Many of my friends later decided to try intermittent fasting, and they haven’t looked back.
It’s such an easy way to get your joy for life back, not to mention finally reaching and maintaining your ideal weight! I wish I’d known about it all those years ago.
The more I learned about fasting and experienced the health benefits first-hand, the more I felt a calling to help as many perimenopausal and menopausal women as possible.
That’s how I ended up becoming a health & wellness coach, certified by the Institute of Health Sciences.
A few random facts about me
I was born and raised in the US, but I now live in London with my husband, two teenagers, a very big dog and a cat.
I’m a big believer that there’s a place for both complementary therapies and conventional medicine. I’ve spent many years working as a writer/journalist for the health sector and I’m also a Reiki therapist.
I find baking extremely therapeutic – chocolate chip cookies and banana bread are my specialities!
Travel is my passion – I lived in Prague and Rome before settling in London, and I want to spend the next few decades seeing as much of the world as possible.
I love people but I’m an introvert through and through. Give me a good book, a secluded corner and a cuppa, and I’m set for the weekend.
I adore 80s music and thoroughly enjoy singing it badly at the top of my lungs, dancing around anywhere to it and making my kids cringe.