You can say I’ve had my fair share of arbitrary food rules and dieting. I’ve obsessed over Weight Watchers points. I’ve counted calories. I’ve made my good food vs. bad food lists. I’ve “eaten clean”. I’ve done elimination diets. As a teenager, I struggled with an eating disorder, so for a long time, micromanaging my food and body gave me a sense of control. It wasn’t until I discovered intuitive eating that I realized my attempts to control were actually controlling me. I let go of the rules, got really curious, and gave myself a lot of space to rediscover what living a life well-nourished meant to me.
Within that space, I discovered the healing power of yoga. When I moved to Boston for college, I started suffering from anxiety and panic attacks. The practice of yoga helped me to heal and learn how to manage and control my anxiety. It also helped me reflect on what truly brought me joy, and where I wanted to focus my energy: being true and authentic to myself and embracing what grounded me. As a yoga teacher and a registered dietitian, I connect with yoga’s core principles of nourishing the mind, body, and spirit in my own practice and everyday life.
Today, I am grateful to have a joyful love of food and for this space to live a balanced, whole life that I can share with you.
Despite the wealth of nutrition and health information that’s out there, most of us have more questions than answers. That’s because having a healthy relationship with food isn’t about how much knowledge you have, it’s about being able to listen to your own body’s internal wisdom. I believe you know deep down inside exactly what is best for your health, but somewhere along the way, your intuition was clouded by arbitrary rules and rigid thoughts about food and health.
Food shouldn’t cause you shame or guilt. You deserve a relationship with food that brings you joy and satisfaction. By healing your relationship with food, you create more space to embrace the beauty of life, and reclaim all that is yours: mind, body and spirit. You can live nourished and celebrate all that is you.
Rediscover a joyful love of food
You don’t need to be weighed down by arbitrary food rules and guilt. Look inward to find balance and peace with food to rediscover joy and satisfaction with eating.
Connect with your inner wisdom
Tune in to your own needs and values, and understand what inspires you to do more in life. Find the connection within to stay mindfully present and balanced, and start to feel whole again.
Be nourished and live whole
Redefine what health means to you, and move away from rigid rules and extremes. Allow your mind and body to live a life well-nourished by encompassing all elements of your health: physical, mental, and emotional.
Kara Lydon, RD, LDN, RYT, is a nationally recognized and award-winning registered dietitian nutritionist, certified intuitive eating counselor, yoga teacher and the owner of Kara Lydon Nutrition. Kara believes that the key to authentic health and wellbeing is to celebrate food and our bodies, a positive philosophy that she actively practices and instills through the kitchen, yoga studio, working one-on-one with clients, on her food and healthy living blog, The Foodie Dietitian, and in her e-book, Nourish Your Namaste: How Nutrition and Yoga Can Support Digestion, Immunity, Energy and Relaxation. Her blog features delicious, nourishing seasonal recipes and simple strategies for a well-nourished life, and has been featured in countless national online publications.
Prior to starting her own business, Kara led health communication strategy for one of the fastest growing food start-ups in history. She currently partners with like-minded food brands and organizations on recipe development, food photography, nutrition communications, and media and spokesperson work. She’s an avid writer, having been featured in Yoga Journal, Food Network’s Healthy Eats Blog, Fitness Magazine, SHAPE, TODAY, Eating Well Magazine, Women’s Health, US News Health and many others.
She’s often sought after for her passion and expertise to speak at events and professional meetings around the country, including Today’s Dietitian Symposium, Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Massachusetts Dietetic Association, Rhode Island Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group, and Massachusetts Dietitians in Health Care Communities Dietetic Practice Group.
When she’s not working, Kara loves going for nature walks and hikes, trying new restaurants, traveling, and spending time at home in Boston, Massachusetts with her husband and furry cat, Constantine.
Awards and Accomplishments
- 2017 recipient of the Massachusetts Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Young Dietitian of the Year Award.
- Graduated with honors from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences.
- Completed dietetic internship at Mount Auburn Hospital, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.
- Completed 200-hour yoga teacher training at Back Bay Yoga Studio (now YogaWorks) in Boston.
- Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance.