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WOMAN CRUSH WEDNESDAY: Celebrity Nutritionist/Trainer Kara Griffin!

This month on the BBP blog we’re excited to feature 4 women who are truly making a positive impact in their industries and represent the 4 tiers of our site: braveBODY, braveEATS, braveLOOKS and braveWORDS.

Last week, we kicked off our #WCW series with celeb trainer, Rebecca Kennedy.  This week, we’re over the moon to introduce you to a woman who is a force to be reckoned with.  Everyone say hi to Kara Griffin.

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Kara is kind of incredible because, like Mary Poppins, she’s practically perfect in every way (although her hair isn’t practically perfect… it’s actually perfect.  So are her arms.  And she’s a genius.  We could go on all day but we’ll let her talk instead.)

Kara Griffin is a certified holistic nutritionist, health counselor, personal trainer and group fitness instructor who uses western science and the tenets of eastern medicine for a complete, mindful approach to food, fitness and overall health.

A National Academy of Sports Medicine personal trainer, Kara’s passion for health stemmed from a love for dance and movement. While getting her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography at Elon University she studied Somatic Theories, yoga and pre-med human anatomy and became certified in Pilates.

Later when she moved to New York and began to dance professionally, went on to run Plank Pilates studio co-creating the Plank’s Progressive Pilates Certification Program.

She further served as head trainer, method director and head of training at leading New York boutique studio Bari. She is also certified in and teaches, TRX, HIIT training, circuit training, Lagree method, and Bartinieff Fundamentals to name a few diverse elements.

Kara’s work in nutrition has been another passion-turned-career experience, and she received her holistic nutrition certificate from the Academy of Healing Nutrition in New York. Her specialties in this realm involve constitutional-based nutrition, recipe creation, and mindfulness coaching. She believes that no two bodies are the same, and because of that, she strives to not only find the foods that will heal the body, positively affect digestion and energize daily life but also educate clients on how to take ownership of this part of life. She guides clients to their goals an accountable and sustainable way.

She believes we should eat, move and live for how we want to feel. If we can focus on the actions that make us feel good, like we’re fully alive, everything else will fall into place. Ya feel me?

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BBP: Tell us a little bit about yourself.  

KG: I’m a mover, an eater, a reader, a writer, a researcher, a traveler, a learner, a connecter, a creator. 

My love for dance, music and movement turned into a fitness career. Similarly, my love of food (which came from a place of limitations with a fatal milk allergy) turned into adding holistic nutritionist to the resume. It was while I was studying nutrition and Traditional Chinese food philosophy that I became fascinated with whole body health and wondered why so few people integrated these parts of health that should really never be separate in the first place. When I was in a time of overtraining, stressing and spreading myself too thin, I very rarely focused on my whole health, and it was only until I did so that I was able to find my place of balance and greater grounding in who I am. I also believe that if we get too obsessed with our health we’ll only make ourselves unhealthy, so I love being able to help people find the foods that work for them so that they can still experience life fully, live positively and allow themselves to stray from balance. (You can certainly be healthy and have fun too…I promise.)

You can also read this little ditty, since it’s what I strive for every day with myself and my clients. 

BBP: What does living a brave life mean to you?

KG: To me it means having the courage to figure out who you are in all of your quirks, flaws and shortcomings and know that those are the things that make you unique and beautiful. It’s knowing that you are different, but being thankful that you are. 

Once we figure out who we are and what we want, there’s no need to apologize for taking care of our health in a way that works for you, fostering relationships that lift you up and reaching for goals that will end up being our life’s work. It’s a journey, with a lot of detective work and ups and downs (because…life, amiright?), but when it’s boldly for your betterment then all of that stuff just becomes part of living. It’s not so insurmountable anymore.

BBP: What was one moment courage over fear in your career?

KG: When I created Feel This, my own business. I realized I was doing in my career what people so often do in their health–I was breaking my life into isolated parts (work and play) instead of allowing for all parts of my life, my work, my health to integrate synergistically. It was always a battle of the “have to’s” vs “want to’s” and obligation vs fun. It was almost like I was leading a double life. 

Going at it on my own  now means that I can not only push myself to be an expert in my field, but I can also design how I want my days, my life to feel. My schedule and what I take on becomes my choice. I then learn from those choices and can better hone what I want my life to look like. I try to fill my days with what energizes me, serves me, and connects me to others. I feel liberated by the power of my own choice instead of grinding through a life that I know doesn’t work for me just because it is more typical. 

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BBP: Tell our readers your favorite recipe post sweat sesh.

KG: This will be different for every person since every body’s different, but one of my favorites is an veggie egg scramble. I put veggies, eggs and spices into an easy meal that’s really satisfying and aids in recovery (without having to drink yet another smoothie.)

It looks a little something like this–

  • Heat 1/2-1 tbsp coconut oil in a pan
  • Add in any veggies you have in the fridge. Today I’m using onion, mushrooms and zucchini. Crack some pepper. 
  • Once the veggies are soft and slightly browned on the edges, crack two eggs in the pan. 
  • Sprinkle some turmeric (known for reducing inflammation and aiding in muscle recovery) and some seaweed gomasio (great for unexpected flavor in your eggs while also giving a little seaweed for an extra detoxifying edge)
  • Once the eggs are done, plate on a bed of spinach.
  • Top with a few slices of avocado.

(If you’re someone who absolutely needs ketchup with your eggs, try the PaleoChef brand–no added sugar and way better flavor than regular old Heinz. )

Eat up!

Thanks for sharing with us Kara!  Make sure you stay up to date with all things Kara Griffin on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and her website.

Check back with us next Wednesday to see what amazing gal we’re crushing on!

Be brave!

xx,

Lindsey + Amber

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