Katherine S. Egan
My name is Katherine Egan. I am 50-something. And I am here to tell you that age truly is just a number!
I’m a holistic health coach and I support and inspire my clients to rediscover their optimal health and vitality. I do this through 1-on-1 coaching where together we develop a unique roadmap to health, just for you.
Why do I do this? Well, it took me almost 50 years to figure out what I want to be when I grow up but I’ve finally found my calling. My passion. I want to help you realize that you can change your health and thus your life with nutrition.
In the 50+ years I’ve been on this planet, I’ve seen a lot of ill health and sickness on both sides of my family tree. I describe this as my “not-so-good family medical history.” Among other things, my tree is filled with cancer of all forms, weight issues and all things heart-disease related. From a young age, I seemed to be aware of this on an instinctual level though it wasn’t part of my consciousness. Thankfully I somehow incorporated some weird habits that I believe kept me healthy.
On the ‘fitness’ front, I was always active as a kid growing up in the Bronx. I remember running around the neighborhood playing all kinds of games with the other kids, like paddleball, running bases, stoop ball, and ringolevio. At one point my friends and I would roller skate all over the Bronx or ride our bikes to Orchard Beach. We were always outdoors and always in motion. As a high school sophomore I joined the track team and began a love-hate relationship with running which lasted just about thirty years. The beginnings of arthritis in the ball of my right foot put that to an end. Even in college I was active in sports and afterwards always had some form of exercise routine, to this day.
In other areas, I remember little odd things, like never wanting to use the microwave to heat things up. I avoided eating or drinking anything out of Styrofoam. And I never stored food in plastic containers. I specifically bought glass containers to store leftover food to avoid using plastic. I didn’t know why, I just had some intuition that glass was better. I’ve always had an aversion to taking any over the counter medication and to this day my husband has to yell at me to take an ibuprofen if I have a headache. I’d rather drink more water and perhaps eat something to see if it dissipates. I’ve even avoided prescribed medication when I could. For example, I never took any birth control. Never. Of course, I would take antibiotics when needed, but if I knew back then what I know today, I might have fought that a little harder.
As I approached 40, my dietary habits started shifting. I completely gave up soda. I reduced processed foods greatly. And by processed I mean: pre-packaged and ‘chemicalized’ stuff where they somehow remove the nutrition and add in salt, fat, and sugar. You know – the stuff you find mostly in the center aisles of super markets. I started shopping more and more at the perimeter of these markets and included farmers markets. I focused on whole food, organic, grass and pasture-raised, non-gmo, etc. I got rid of ‘regular’ table salt and only use pink Himalayan salt or sea salt. And I began to read food labels much more carefully, when there was a label 😉
With all of this, I somehow kept myself healthy. Sure I have issues with my weight. I’m working on that. I have the beginnings of arthritis. I’m researching this. And I’m peri-menopausal. I’m not perfect. I don’t believe anyone is.
I believe we can all be a masterpiece and a work in progress – at the same time.
Katherine Egan spent much of her adult life at the intersection of higher education, information technology and communications. She started her career as a computer programmer and slowly worked her way up to management and leadership positions all the while fine-tuning her own health and wellness. Katherine is a huge fan of continual learning and self-development and found many avenues to explore her varying interests, until she found her true calling when her beliefs were validated at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She is now a certified Holistic Health Coach and just published her first book, Genetics Isn’t Everything: How to Make Your “Genes” Fit You about women who changed their health and transformed their life with nutrition, self-care and self-compassion.
Katherine coaches people interested in lifestyle and dietary changes and helps them rediscover what optimal health and vitality means for them. She focuses on:
• Creating small, incremental lifestyle changes to form lasting habits
• Individualized plans based on your goals, desires and dreams
• Creating overall wellness
• Organic, local and seasonal foods