Welcome to Low Carb Soul

Hi, I'm Karen. I'm a certified holistic nutrition consultant and writer with a background in digital marketing. I've written extensively on the topics of nutrition and holistic health for many leading websites.

I received my nutrition certification from the American College of Healthcare Sciences in 2012. I love discussing health and nutrition, but I don't like to cook. I talk about poop more than most people. I eat a lot of kale, but I also love Chipotle and frappuccinos. I believe in empowering yourself with information that allows you to make smarter decisions about your health.

Why I started Low Carb Soul

I started this website because as I began my own low-carb journey, I noticed a lot of confusion surrounding low-carb / ketogenic diets and a lack of approachable, accurate, and actionable information for beginners. I also discovered that many of the low-carb resources I found online were based on low-carb processed foods, which is contrary to my own nutritional philosophy of eating a diet based on whole, healthy foods.

If you're new to low-carb / ketogenic living, please visit the Get Started page to learn how to start a low-carb diet and what to expect in the first few weeks.

My nutritional philosophy

There’s a lot of confusion around nutrition in general, and low-carb / ketogenic diets in particular. Food is a very personal matter, and everyone needs to make the choices that are best for them. Modern science is beginning to embrace the idea that there is no one diet that is right for everyone. But at the same time, there are some hard-and-fast rules that should be taken into consideration — like vegetables are good for you and sugar is not. Processed foods are best left on the shelf. The source and quality of your food matter.

My goal is to help provide people with information that allows them to make an informed decision and take control of their health. Sometimes that may come across as tough love. Ultimately, it’s your choice to eat whatever you want, but understanding how different foods affect your body will help you develop a diet that makes sense for you and helps you reach your goals.

Not everyone likes to dig into the science of nutrition, but I’ve tried to provide enough of that information here, along with helpful resources, to help you understand why foods affect your health the way they do. But if you want to skip the whys and get straight to the hows, you can do that too.

An important note about low-carb diets

A low-carb diet isn't for everyone. Your individual genetics play a large role in determining how your body reacts to different foods. I started a low-carb diet because it was recommended for me after I took a DNA fitness test.* Turns out I’m among the 45 percent of white Americans who are genetically predisposed to benefit from a low-carb diet. This may not be the case for you. However, even if you aren't sure a low-carb diet is right for you, it's probably worth a try. Low-carb / ketogenic diets have been shown to offer numerous benefits, including weight loss, improved insulin sensitivity, and increased energy and mental clarity.

*Disclaimer: Vivaliti DNA is a client of mine (I write their blogs; go check them out. I think they're pretty great!) but I do not personally benefit from sales of their DNA tests.

Ready to get started on keto?

Download my free keto start guide to learn what to buy, what to expect during your first month, and what to eat as you start your ketogenic diet!