“You can have a body that is reliable, that serves you and your purpose in life, that gives you pleasure, and is strong, vital, and attractive at any age.” ––KM
I. love. food.
I love eating it, making it, thinking about it, growing it, and harvesting it. I even love looking at it. Just sitting there in the pot, or on the shelf.
I love being super-healthy…
I also really love feeling good in my body. These two loves together guide me always to explore healthy ways of eating so I can enjoy the best of both worlds, food that satisfies my deepest pleasure in eating, and that also makes me feel fantastic.
Healthy body, healthy mind
These two loves have cast me on a 35-year, unbroken quest: how do I support my body – indeed, my whole being – so that I can really Live?
There have been countless hours practicing aikido, yoga, and meditation. I’ve read, discussed, learned, taught, and experimented. All this has taught me how to important it is to use my muscles, my breath, and my mind in order to have a body and mind that work for me, not against me.
All the while, of course, eating both for pleasure and to support the body that enables me to live the life I love.
All this rich experience has been poured into Mbodied and my work with women.
I truly believe that our greatest pleasure—from which all other pleasures spring— is in having a healthy body and mind. All my efforts are directed towards satisfying that pleasure in you. After all, isn’t pleasure our best motivator?
Over the years, more and more people have come to me for advice on how to live and eat healthily. So I’ve become a guide to everyone around me. (Including my 11-year old Chihuahua, Lola, who still chases squirrels and hikes over mountains.)
I work one-on-one with women, as their guide and partner-in-health, leveraging all of my experience of the positive pleasures of a healthy lifestyle to empower them.
Even more powerful is my work with groups of women. I’ve worked intimately and intensely with groups of women for 18 years. I found this work to be energizing, creative and effective. Working together provides often unexpected levels of support – the kind of support we need to push boundaries, sustain healthy lifestyle choices, and challenge the status quo.
The bumps along the way
My passion for wellness has also been inspired by a lot of negative experiences. I didn’t always feel good! Growing up I was very active, but I also got sick a lot (whooping cough, bronchitis, and pleurisy, etc.) and struggled with paralyzing depression and anxiety attacks that I hid from everyone.
And, I didn’t always eat well! As a vegetarian teenager my idea of a healthy lunch was a Hostess fruit pie, with ice cream for dessert. I was a sugar addict for many, many years, and came close to being an alcoholic.
Tragedy was also not far away. I lost grandparents to cancer and MS, and a little sister to cancer around the same time that my 36-year old mother was diagnosed with MS.
After reading the book, The Sugar Blues, I began to make the connection between my sugar addiction and my mental states. If crappy food could affect the way I thought and felt, why couldn’t it also make me sick?
Refusing to accept that MS was incurable, at the age of 22, I set out to prove otherwise. My mom agreed to eat a macrobiotic diet for 9 months, with amazing results. She lost weight, could walk without a cane, and her MS officially went into remission!
There was only one big problem—my mom hated the food and the lifestyle. Hated it. She went back to her previous way of living, and less than 2 years later, the MS was back full force. At only 48 years of age, she entered a nursing home. I was crushed and felt I had failed completely.
More than anything else this made me realize eating well was not the only answer to being well. Mindset, the things we deeply believe about ourselves and the world, is just as important to our health.
So I have learned the hard way, as well through trial and error. It has all helped me be a better guide, teacher, and coach.
I love what I do
I am still gathering experience, learning, sharing, and having fun while pushing the boundaries of well-being.
I truly believe that you can have a body that is reliable and serves you and your purpose in life, that gives you pleasure, and is strong, vital, and attractive at any age. A body and mind that does not limit your ability to move and engage in the world. A body that you don’t have to think or worry about too much, that can take Life’s challenges in stride, whether physical, emotional, or mental.
Anyone can have a level of energy and vitality that expresses itself as inner-radiance, a lightness of being, and a powerful presence that is naturally attractive and magnetic. We can age and be beautiful, powerful, capable, graceful, and unlimited.
Other stuff on my resume
I’ve developed and taught health protocols for large groups of people. I’ve taught people whole food mastery cooking techniques. I’ve so many recipes developed that at least one cookbook – one that provides an A-Z toolkit for rebooting your diet – waiting to be born. I’ve even contracted my skills to the processed food industry, experimenting with ingredients that improve the nutrient profile of frozen pizzas.
I studied macrobiotics at the Kushi Institute in 1981, practiced Aikido, got married, gave birth to a daughter, and became a yoga and meditation teacher.
After serving as an Executive Chef for 14 years, creating gourmet, whole-food experiences for thousands of people, I founded Kosmic Kitchen as a way shifting people’s experience of healthy eating into a new dimension of possibility and pleasure.
I’m a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and Holistic MBA. Though it’s what I’ve been up to for decades, I became a certified health coach. And, in the pursuit of gut-health (which is incredibly important), am a graduate of The Fermentationist Certification Program.
And I launched Mbodied.com. In one word, it describes the work I do with women.
I live in a small town in New England with my husband, and our two dogs. And I am a grandma.