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Kari Owens

Condition: Hypothyroidism, Ankylosing Spondylitis

Diagnosed Year: 2006

Foods I Love:

Collard Greens
Grapefruit with Sea Salt
Fresh Honey
Brussels Sprouts
Venison Sausage

Foods I Avoid:

Processed Sugars

My Story

I was first diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis* at only 15 years old. Since then, my life evolved from, first, avoiding my diagnosis, then accepting it, and finally working towards heal myself. The journey led me into a love of health conscious eating. Over time, I’ve found that this has stimulated healing inside my body, primarily by fighting inflammation.

In 2014 my desire to heal through food increased as I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism. I am currently studying to become a certified Nutrition Coach, but I don’t only focus on food. Though I am a total “foodie,” my approach is lifestyle focused, designed to beat my autoimmune disease and to strengthen my spirit. I believe that when I eat real foods, I am also able to nurture my soul. It has therefore become my goal to help people transition their lifestyles into something beautiful that works for them and most importantly allows them to grow into finding the joy that fills their souls too.

To find out more about Kari and her recipes, visit her website at She can also be found on Instagram as @wholelifefullsoul

* Ankylosing Spondylitis is a rare form of chronic arthritis. It creates inflammation in the spinal joints causing severe pain and discomfort, and can lead to new bone formation on the spine causing spinal fusion. This form of arthritis also affects other joints of the body like the shoulders, hips, heels and hands. Like other autoimmune diseases it can cause chronic fatigue syndrome.

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