Hello. I am Kate Karo.
I am an Austin, Texas based Functional Nutritionist and trained professional chef. The journey that led me to fully understand the healing power of food as medicine was a result of my own health crisis. With sixteen years in the restaurant industry, I was no stranger to an 80 hour work week. In 2007, I became unwell and sought answers from my primary care provider. In short, after two frustrating, demoralizing and exhausting years, my primary care physician offered only one solution: a refillable prescription for extra strength anti-inflammatories and anti-depressants. I made a decision in the elevator of the hospital that day, prescription in hand, that forever changed the trajectory of my health and life. I decided in that moment to seek the root cause of my symptoms with integrative and alternative practitioners. My truth came from working with a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. She was able to piece together my complex health puzzle and to reveal that I was suffering from a numerous amount of food and environmental sensitivities, adrenal fatigue, mineral imbalances, impaired digestion and an autoimmune disease (celiac). Working with her literally saved my life. So naturally, because my health had become revolutionized by Nutritional Therapy, I joined the Nutritional Therapy Association in 2010.
The education I received at the Nutritional Therapy Association was phenomenal and ignited a spark in me to help advocate for and educate others. With the advanced functional testing techniques taught to my by the NTA, paired with my extensive professional cooking background, I have found my life's true passion. I absolutely love partnering with my clients to solve their health puzzles and to educate them on how fuel their bodies for their health goals and bio-individual needs.
What is Functional Nutrition?
Functional nutrition is a holistic practice which strongly believes that the body has innate wisdom to heal itself, when given the right building blocks. Functional Nutrition Practitioners are highly skilled at identifying potential stressors, correcting imbalances, and providing education about nutrient-dense real foods to promote healing. Functional Nutritionists take into account each clients history, biochemistry, toxic burden, and lifestyle, to create a therapeutic care plan that is tailored just for them.