We had the good fortune of connecting with Katelyn Parsons and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katelyn, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Overcoming my own struggle with food + body image. I’d battled disordered eating on and off for over 15 years. When I finally hit my rock bottom and got the support that I needed to heal, I had a strong gut feeling that I was supposed to help other women who were going through something similar. My initial thought was “If I could just be a sounding board for others to share their own food + body shame- the voice that I wish that I had in my life at the time when I felt all alone.” From there my coaching elevated into educating clients through what I was learning in my own health + body image training. Today I consider myself a Health At Every Size advocate for my clients and community. I’m passionate about destigmatizing the conversation around disordered eating and providing practical, therapeutic, evidence-based tools for healing our relationship with food and body so that we can live our life with more passion and purpose!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
What do I want the world to know about my brand and story?…It’s FULL of imperfections. And each bump in the road has brought me to a new level in my personal life and career. I make it a point to lead by example for my clients and community. Which means learning how to become comfortable with imperfection, through taking on the role of a compassionate observer in our own life rather than a judge. Today I’m proud of the truth that I share every day. At the beginning of my career as a Health Coach, I was still struggling with disordered eating (without even realizing it)- I thought that everything that I shared about what I ate, how I moved my body, my wellness routine had to be idyllic. But through recognizing that I still had some healing to do, reaching out for support, and eventually getting certified as an Intuitive Eating Counselor, I began to show up differently. Today I’m passionate about redefining health and helping women overcome binge eating, food preoccupation, and negative body image. My process for supporting clients is a bit different from other coaches out there. I’m a BIG believer that you know your body better than anyone else. So I assume the role of a guide during our coaching- almost like playing detective together to help discover the route cause so that they can create true sustainability. Because there’s so much unlearning and relearning that occurs during the Intuitive Eating journey, we create a unique bond. My clients often joke around that it feels like food therapy! I’m grateful for each and every one of them and always their biggest cheerleader.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh I love this question!!! I live in Ocean Beach but I’ll give you a full day of fun. Let’s say it’s a Saturday… Start in Little Italy – get to the farmers market nice and early. Grab coffee + breakfast, browse the local booths and wander around downtown. Head to Coronado after- even just driving over the bridge is a stunning view. Walk around the beautiful Hotel Del Coronado, walk along white beaches and drive around town. Make your way to Ocen Beach- grab a burrito at Mikes Taco Club and either eat outside or along the sea wall. Then make your way down Newport Ave. to browse the funky bars + shops, while heading toward Sunset Cliffs. Hike along the scenic cliffs (if you’re pressed for time you can drive). After OB, hop in the car and head to PB. Walk along the iconic boardwalk and stop at one of the beach bars for a cocktail. Drive a couple of miles North toward Kate Sessions Park to take in a view of the Beach, Bay and Downtown. Finally, go to La Jolla. Walk around downtown, but head to the Sea Lions for some beautiful views and cuteness. If you’re craving something sweet stop into Dukes for Hula Pie- you can also stop into the Dr. Seuss art gallery across the street. Get in the car and plug La Jolla Country Club into your GPS- this will take you on a an incredible scenic drive, way up in the hills of La Jolla- beautiful architecture and breathtaking views. (don’t actually go in the club though 😉 Head to Torrey Pines State Park for a Sunset Hike (one of my favorite hikes in San Diego). Finally Drive a few more miles north (I suggest up the coast if there’s still light), toward Encinitas. Grab dinner at Plumeria- an incredible Thai restaurant. Lot’s of fun nightlife here too and plenty of other dining options.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
WOW. So many. The first that comes to my mind is my family- they’ve been with me through the highest highs and lowest lows. Having their support was a significant piece of my healing puzzle and they’ve been by my side since day 1 of starting my business. They believed in me, which is greater than almost anything else. From an educational perspective- my teachers and authors of Intuitive Eating, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. Christy Harrison and her groundbreaking podcast Food Psych + book Anti-Diet. My first business coach Amanda Marit. And all of my coaches, business colleagues, friends, clients, support teams, and incredible growing community.
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