Having struggled with several autoimmune conditions herself, Kathryn began a path of research to find the root cause of her health challenge, which culminated in her becoming a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. She now runs a successful practice supporting clients with digestive issues, skin conditions, hormone imbalances, food sensitivities, autoimmune conditions and other health issues. Her interview inspires us to let go of our own limiting beliefs and step into embracing our own capabilities.
What initially inspired you to pursue holistic health?
I have always been interested in health and nutrition. Seeing my mother struggle with her health growing up was a big motivator for me. In my 30’s, I was diagnosed with several Autoimmune conditions. This is after a year of eating what I thought was healthy (vegan, whole grain). My Doctor wanted to put me on medications. I wanted to find the root cause. Through my own healing process and research, it realized I wanted to reach people on a larger level. The wrong information is out there. I wanted with their healing process as well. You don’t have to have organs removed and be put on medications.
You’re also experienced in the field of public speaking, having been a presenter at the renowned Paleof(x) event, a speaker in round table podcasts with fellow health experts and having appeared in a primal cooking workshop series.
Is there any advice you can give to a holistic practitioner wanting to get into the field of public speaking in terms of first steps and critical success factors?
I am a shy person, but knew I needed to step out of my comfort zone and go for it. I applied to speak and my talk was accepted. I was shocked! I always struggled with those deep seeded beliefs that I was somehow not good enough. We always think someone else is better. You are enough, and you can do it to! Public speaking gets better with practice. The more you do it, the easier it becomes. Start by teaching some local classes or doing some small talks. It helps to build confidence.
What are some of the biggest challenges you have faced professionally and how have you overcome them?
There have been many challenges. Teaming up with the wrong people on projects (people who don’t want to follow through) was a big challenge for me. I realized that you really need to think through who you collaborate with, and make sure their heart is in a project as much as yours is. Another challenge was my own internal struggles that I was not capable of being successful. Mindset is huge! It’s important to set intentions, believe in your capabilities, and don’t be afraid to reach out to successful people for mentorship.
Were there any initial mistakes you made that you would tell a new wellness entrepreneur to avoid?
Honestly I don’t believe anything is a mistake. It’s all learning experiences and growing, and going through your own process is important for personal and business growth. There will ups and downs along the way, I still experience them. My number one recommendation is to STOP comparing your beginning to someone else’s middle. There are many people in the field, yet there is a niche and a space for all of us. If you are here, you are for a reason. If you keep comparing, you may feel you aren’t enough. What you think, is what will manifest. It takes patience with yourself and constantly leaving your comfort zone.
In addition to your work as a practitioner, you’re also a pro in content curation and social media marketing. Is there one piece of social media advice you would give to a new wellness professional?
Be organic and authentic. Don’t pay to promote yourself, or buy “likes”. Engage your audience and be raw. Don’t pretend to be perfect or put on facades. I remember sharing how I accidently used cumin instead of cinnamon in a recipe. Be perfectly imperfect. Ask your audience questions on social media, and respond to their responses. If you feel strongly about something yet you know it is against the mainstream, talk about it anyway! It gets conversations going. There will always be haters, but you learn to grow a thick skin.
What is your morning routine?
I have 2 little boys that I have to get to school for 8am. Mornings are hectic here! There is no exact routine. When I first wake up I take the puppy out to pee, feed the cat, pack snacks and lunches, get the boys ready, etc. My one routine is having my matcha tea with maca root and gelatin in it. Once everyone is off, I can focus on my work and really start my day.
What is your favorite indulgence?
I’m not a sweet tooth-so definitely savory. Probably potato chips!
Most exotic thing you’ve ever eaten?
cow tongue and cow heart
Last book you read?
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield- I highly recommend it!
What is your go-to breakfast?
over easy eggs, sauerkraut, and sweet potatoes
What do you love most about the work you do?
I love that I can make my own schedule and I don’t have to work a 9-5 job. I’ve created a life where I can nurture myself, and be there for my children. I also love that I can be creative, and I’m always open to new ideas.
Kathryn Kos is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner based out of Saratoga Sprints, New York. You can find more about Kathryn and her business, Primal Bliss Nutrition, by visiting www.primalblissnutrition.com.