Colleen Kachmann is a health coach, writer, teacher, yogi, mother, 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. 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 registered yoga teacher (RYT) training. She now coaches clients with her unique lifestyle approach to “self-health.”

Colleen teaches that in today’s world, it’s not normal to be healthy. Most people will say they are healthy–and then follow that statement with a list of ailments. In Life off the Label, Colleen challenges us with the idea that we can’t be healthy and sick at the same time.

“Our society is based on perpetual consumerism. We can’t get enough, and we always need more–—of just about everything. Commercials tell us where to shop, what to buy and how to think. Social media dominates our consciousness and keeps us in a heightened state of anxiety fed by instant gratification. It is hard to hear our inner voice amidst the chaos. Our children are as sick as the elderly. We go broke running to stores, doctor’s offices and pharmacies for “help.” Chronic conditions affect most of us and significantly reduce our quality of life. We fail to question the government and corporate regulators of our food supply and healthcare. We assume the massive amounts of chemicals in everything are safe. We’re wrong.” Colleen Kachmann

Just as the concept of life off the grid is attractive to those who crave independence, life off the label offers the freedom to be (and stay) well. Fate is flexible. Awareness is your best weapon. Packaged products are filled with chemicals. Food addictions make us fat and sick. Our kids are being poisoned. Conventional farming is destroying the environment as well as our health. Drugs suppress our symptoms while we ignore the warning signs of chronic inflammation. Disease is the result of toxic overload, not a lack of medication. Avoiding the problems is the solution. Addressing the cause is the only cure. 

Good health is not a blessing. It’s a lifestyle. Life off the label is the path to freedom–freedom from ignorance, brainwashing and misleading marketing. Living off the label doesn’t demand more of your time, money or energy. In fact, it returns them. You can get a refund! Are you ready?

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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

page 214, Handbook for Creating Your Own Brand of Health and Happiness

It's not healthy to be normal.

Will you beat the statistics?

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.