I’m Kristy Malone, and I am a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and mental health therapist. My personal and professional experiences have led me to one unquestionable conclusion: optimal wellness occurs only when the body, mind, and life are in balance. When one of these areas is problematic, it creates a ripple effect into the other areas. Emotional stress takes an enormous toll on our bodies and can lead to a variety of health conditions. Similarly, anyone who has experienced a health or a weight issue understands that it is a deeply emotional and often isolating experience. It can impact relationships, career, and finances.
It was my own health crisis that led me to discover a holistic model for healing. Up until I turned thirty I had always enjoyed excellent health. I was conscious of what I ate (though badly misinformed) but never had much interest in nutrition or the science of wellness because I had the luxury of not having to think about it. Graduate school included a lot of lean cuisine meals and nonfat yogurt, and I looked to food labels like "heart-healthy" or "low-fat" to tell me what I should eat. I had no idea what I was doing to myself. I was so disconnected from my body that I missed the early signs telling me that things were out of balance. Our bodies will ALWAYS tell us, but it will begin with a whisper that we often ignore. We tend to listen only once our bodies are shouting for our attention. For me, the whisper began with mid-afternoon crashes, cravings, and unpredictable mood and energy levels. Anxiety started showing up more regularly but I ignored it because I thought, "this is being an adult-- life is stressful!"
It wasn't until I began to experience more severe symptoms like extreme fatigue, digestive pain, and unexplained weight gain that I started paying attention to my body's signals, but I still didn't know what to do about it. I was eating and exercising the same as I always had, why was my body suddenly turning against me? I started to feel at odds with my own body, resenting it for betraying me instead of apologizing for failing to listen sooner. I found navigating the medical world to be unfamiliar and frustrating. Initially I was assured that my labs were normal and my symptoms were attributed to stress. I pushed for more testing that led to diagnoses like PCOS and hypothyroidism, which were presented to me as "very common"-- as if common was the same thing as normal. One thing became very clear to me: I didn't want to be commonly unhealthy, and I rejected the idea of common as normal. I felt unheard by medical providers who were happy to suggest pharmaceuticals to manage my symptoms, but offered nothing in terms of getting at the root cause, and my intuition said pills were not the answer. That is when I finally started to reconnect with my own body and began my own intensive search for answers.
I quickly learned that when it comes to the topic of health there are many conflicting messages, a sea of opinions, diets, products, and an overwhelming amount of information to sort through. I’m a bit of a skeptic with an academic mind, so I was in search of real answers based on science and research. At the same time, I also wanted solutions that were natural and holistic. Once I discovered nutritional therapy, it was like finding an oasis in the desert. I was finally able to identify the root cause of my health issues rather than simply managing the symptoms. I changed my diet, implemented healing protocols, and detoxified my life in all areas. I learned how to listen to my body and how to respond to its needs. It didn’t happen overnight, but I am happy to say that today I am the best I have ever felt physically and emotionally, healed of all previous diagnoses and medication free. I still encounter anxiety, but now I know what the anxiety is telling me and what to do about it. The relief and empowerment that I experienced by taking my health back was so strong that I took my newfound passion for wellness and became a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, and I have been helping people get well ever since.
The most important thing I do for my clients is getting them reconnected with their own body and mind. I'm not opposed to traditional medicine or even to pharmaceuticals. What I am opposed to is giving up all responsibility for your own health, ignoring your intuition, and accepting what is "common" as normal instead of getting at the root cause of illness. You can dramatically decrease the outsourcing of your healthcare when you take a proactive, intuitive approach to wellness. In my practice I merge my mental health and nutritional therapy skill sets to get at the root cause of present health concerns, and to empower my clients to connect with their own mind and body. Together we will work to correct the emotional and physical imbalances that are asking for your attention. (You can learn more about the services I offer here.)
Thank you for stopping by, and I look forward to working with you on your path to wellness!