Colleen Kachmann is a health coach, writer, teacher, yogi, mother of 4 (+3 bonus kids), and personal chef. She has a B.S. in education from Indiana University and is certified as a health coach through New York’s Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She is currently working on her masters degree in health coaching, as well as a Functional & Integrative Medicine Professional Training Program. Her career began in the high school classroom, where she taught biology and chemistry. She took her passion for teaching to the wellness industry, earning certifications in personal training, group-exercise and as a registered yoga teacher (RYT 200). She now coaches clients with her unique lifestyle approach to holistic “self-health.”

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Labels simplify life. Ingredients, directions and descriptions frame the expectations we have for both packages and people. But assumptions about what we are eating (and who we are dealing with) limit our ability to make informed decisions. 

Colleen Kachmann

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It's not healthy to be normal.

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I practice a holistic approach to health and wellness, which means that I look at how all areas of your life are connected. Does stress at your job or in your relationship(s) cause you to overeat? Does lack of sleep or low energy prevent you from exercising? As we work together, we will look at how all parts of your life affect your health as a whole.

As we untangle the causes and effects of your habits and beliefs, you’ll get in touch with your own needs. This self-awareness will lead to self-autonomy. You won’t fall prey to the confusing (and expensive) array of latest magazine articles, fad diet books and miracle medications. You’ll learn how to tackle issues when they arise (before they become problems) and make good decisions for yourself. 

Let’s define what you value most from your well-being. We’ll use these visions to motivate specific actions that bring you closer to where you want to be. As your coach, I will not dictate a diet for you, but together we will explore why some foods make you feel better than others and how to strategically use that feedback. We’ll co-create your health goals within reasonable time frames. I’ll provide actionable objectives so you know exactly what you’re working toward, as well as resources, support and accountability you’ll need. 

My Education

I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where I learned innovative coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, and over 100 dietary theories – Ayurveda, gluten-free, Paleo, raw, vegan, macrobiotics, and everything in between.

I studied with the world’s top health and wellness experts including:

Joshua Rosenthal, founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
Deepak Chopra, MD leader in the field of mind-body medicine
David Katz, MD, MPH, director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center
Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, chair of nutrition at Harvard University
Andrew Weil, MD, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
Gabrielle Bernstein, bestselling author and life coach
Susan Blum, MD, MPH, assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Mark Hyman, MD, founder of The UltraWellness Center
Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating
David Wolfe, raw food leader and nutrition expert
Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, professor at New York University’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health
Mark Bittman, food writer for The New York Times and bestselling author
Joel Fuhrman, MD, family physician and leading expert on nutritional healing

My education has equipped me with extensive, cutting-edge knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and prevention. Drawing on my expertise, I work with my clients to help make lifestyle changes and choose health-promoting ways that produce real and lasting results. You will develop a deeper understanding of food and lifestyle choices that work best for you, improving your energy, balance, health, and happiness.

Each session will leave you feeling inspired and motivated. We will talk about things beyond food, seeking to bring balance to important elements of your life such as love and relationships as well as career and money. I will personally and carefully guide you to make simple, small changes that transform your life.