We had the good fortune of connecting with Katie Faison and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katie, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
Many people who end up working in the health and wellness space previously struggled with their own health. I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis and Chronic Iritis and have spent the last 15 years healing my body. Going through my own struggle and healing from autoimmunity inspired me to become a Certified Transformational Nutrition and Autoimmune Disease Coach so that I can help others heal too.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
The journey which lead to the creation of Whole Lovely Life began in 2006 when I started to struggle with my health. Years later I was diagnosed with two autoimmune diseases Ankylosing Spondylitis and Iritis. I felt scared and alone and tried to find stories of others who were diagnosed with the same condition. When I found nothing I was inspired to start my blog as a way to share my story and all of the things I was doing to overcome these diseases and heal my body. I believe one of the greatest gifts our stories can give others is the feeling of hope.
I started to gain a better understanding of food and its impact on health. Being a creative person I began having fun in the kitchen creating healthy recipes and re-inventing foods that I loved in a more nutrient-dense and healthier way. While my blog has expanded over the years creating easy healthy recipes is one of my favorite things to do.
Over many years I worked effortlessly to heal my body and never gave up. I tried many healing modalities but when I discovered the Mind-Body Connection my life changed forever. I met someone through Instagram who healed from Ankylosing Spondylitis and was a coach.
The Mind-Body Connection was an area I had never explored before. After working with him for 3 months by life completely changed. My healing accelerated like nothing I had experienced before. I realized that we can eat as much healthy food as we want, work out, and do all the things but if we are not addressing the mind it will be impossible to heal.
My coach made such an impact on my life for which I will always be grateful. He inspired me to become a coach as well. Shortly after working with him, I enrolled at the Institute of Transformational Nutrition. Over the next year and a half, I earned two certifications.
It was several years later before I decided to resign from a very secure corporate job and a 20-year career in product design and development. Following my intuition that lead to healing was easy. Finally listening to my intuition and calling to leave everything I had known for the last 20 years behind was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made.
I talked about leaving my full-time job for years. And then one day I finally said yes. I realized that I just needed to have faith. I needed to trust. I needed to follow the pull I was feeling to do something I was truly passionate about which was helping people to realize their potential to heal and to give them the resources and support to do so. I told myself if not now then when?
I have been helping people struggling with autoimmunity and chronic health issues for a long time. However, I am at the very beginning stages of creating an actual business and determining exactly what I want it to look like. I am an overthinker which has not served me and has caused me to pause way more times than I can count.
I have been focusing each day on taking action to move my business forward. I think about it like I did my healing journey. Just keep trying and moving forward and things will fall into place. Slowly but surely they have. Sometimes I think we feel like we have to have everything figured out but the reality is we don’t. We just need the drive, commitment, and daily action to make things happen.
My approach to coaching and the content I create is to help people navigate the sea of information on autoimmunity. I look at each person as unique. Not only are the reasons they are struggling with their health unique but their experience is unique as well.
I use what I call a Whole Life Approach. There is more to an autoimmune condition than meets the eye. My goal is to work with clients together on a plan that will help them not only achieve a total health transformation but a total life transformation too. Health issues leading to the diagnosis of an autoimmune disease don’t just appear overnight. They take time to develop and are rooted in our history and story. They must be examined at a deeper level.
In partnership with a client, we examine health history back to childhood, diet, environment (internal and external), past traumas (which can be things as simple as losing a job or breaking up with a significant other or things more significant like the death of a close family member), the mind-body connection, belief systems around themselves and their ability to heal. I help them to re-write the stories that are holding them back.
The Whole Life Approach is not a cookie-cutter, one size fits all approach. It is about looking at each person and their experience as unique and examining every facet of their environment to discover the root cause of disease and imbalance in the body. It is about helping them realize their healing potential and about regaining their lives and coming out better on the other side of their autoimmune diagnosis.
My goal is to help clients discover that THINGS HAPPEN FOR US NOT TO US and that their autoimmune disease is one of the best gifts they have ever been given because it will allow them to heal not only their bodies but their entire life.
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.
Living in Minnesota we only have two seasons. Summer and Winter 🙂 So my itinerary would look different based on if it is warm or cold.
During warmer months here is where you would find me….
-First I would grab a cold brew at Penny’s, Rustica, or The Grocers Table.
-Then I would head to one of the many amazing beaches around Minneapolis to enjoy my coffee and get a dose of Vitamin D.
-If I was looking for something to do for a few hours I would head to the Walker Art Museum and enjoy the outside garden. If it was a rainy day you would find me inside enjoying all of the modern art. If I was with my son we would head to Gale Woods Farm to see some farm animals or visit Como Zoo.
-If it was the weekend and we wanted to take a little drive out of the city we would head to Franconia Sculpture Park.
-Then I would have dinner on the patio overlooking lake Minnetonka at 6Smith. Or, any patio where I could find a reservation.
During colder months here is where you would find me…
-First I would grab a cold brew at Penny’s coffee, Rustica, or The Grocers Table. I still drink cold brew even in the winter! It’s my absolute favorite.
-If the sun was shining I would try to talk myself into a walk even if it was cold out.
-If it was crazy cold or cloudy I would probably hang out at one of my favorite coffee shops to get some work done. The Grocers Table and Rustica are a tie for my favorite places to work.
-If it was the weekend or if I had company I might do a cozy brunch at French Meadow.
-If it was the weekend I would take my son to Wild Rumpus book store and check out the chickens that walk around the store.
-Then we would grab a cozy dinner at the Low Brow or Coalition.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am grateful for the support of my husband. He has been by my side every step of the way on my healing journey from autoimmunity and supported me leaving a 20 year corporate career to pursue my passion for helping others heal. I’m also thankful for my son who brings me joy each day and has taught me more than anyone I know.
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