About Me (Leigh!)
I'm an Integrative and Functional Nutritionist (technically a Registered Dietitian) at an Integrative Medicine Clinic, I teach cooking classes, I consult with local business owners who understand that when employees and customers are healthy, their business thrives, and I also love photographing food and sharing inspiration on Instagram (join me!) @GoodKarme.
As a clinician I make personalized nutrition programs for people like you: wanting to improve health, maximize wellness, and generally feel better. We get to know each other well so that our plan prioritizes the things most important to you. You tell me your goals and we collaborate to make the best plan. My clients are people who are challenged by:
- Digestive problems
- Poor sleep
- Weight issues
- Bad relationships with food
- Thyroid problems
- Autoimmune issues
- Other Chronic Diseases
I love teaching cooking classes because I get to share all my lazy shortcuts! Even though I love eating healthy, I don't always love being in the kitchen for hours on end.... unless, however, I'm cooking with my family (we know how to cook). You know that family at Christmas time with 10 people crowded in the kitchen making a meal? That's us.
In addition to nutrition counseling and cooking classes, I teach graduate-level nutrition classes at the University of Kansas Medical Center. I teach "Introduction to Dietetics and Integrative Medicine" and also "Nutritional Approaches for Inflammation and Immune Regulation."
Last spring I earned a PhD in Medical Nutrition Science. My research focused on integrative medicine interventions for patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. During my PhD program, I also on nutritional aspects of patients with Subclinical Hypothyroidism (early stages of Hypothyroidism). This topic speaks to me because so many friends, family and strangers (after they know I'm a nutritionist) tell me they have thyroid problems.
My husband, Rob, and I love walking my dog, Jake Reno (yes, he has a first and last name). I also love practicing Yoga (find "Yoga with Adriene" on YouTube, you won't be sorry), listening to leadership and self-improvement podcasts, reading Seth Godin's blog, and listening to my ever-growing list of Audio Books.
The Story of Good Karme
Back in 2011, my brother Tyler was diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. It was quite the journey (understatement of the century). Since my parents and many family and friends were back in Nebraska, I was (still am) in Kansas City, and Tyler was going to get treatment out in San Diego (where he's lived for nearly 10 years) at UCSD, we needed a way to communicate progress and updates, so he started a blog, and I was a co-blogger with the family. Here's what I wrote in their blog about the origination of the name "Good Karme." Read it in past tense, keeping in mind I wrote it in late 2011. My 2015 commentary is in bold italics:
One year ago, I created this name/blog (GoodKarme) due to the firm nudging of my brother and his amazing partner (now wife), Tasha. Since its creation, I haven't added anything to it (and never did). My intent is to provide recipes, nutritional science information, and other ramblings... For now, I'll just post recipes to Ty's blog (GoTeamTyler), and then when I get my blog up-and-running (ahem, 4 years later), I'll just link recipes to it. Let me try to explain the name and the purpose... Karme: goddess of the harvest. GoodKarme: A commitment to the earth through honoring the land that provides our nourishment and contributes to our being. By respecting and replenishing the land we reap what we sow... GoodKarme. I have come to accept the fact that I was born to be a nutritionist: my father lives with an apron hanging from his neck, my mother lives in the garden, my uncle John authored the 'Wagner Family Cookbook', I played every sport under the sun (and cared about what I fueled my body with), I have a soft spot for The Nature :), and my most recent interest is fueled by my brother's recent diagnosis with non-hodgkins lymphoma... thus, I have a commitment to help him heal with food. I'm Leigh. I am an Integrative and Functional Nutritionist and registered dietitian at the University of Kansas Medical Center - KU Integrative Medicine. I have become an avid Kansas Citian, and I continue to be in awe of this gem of a city (and still do). Please enjoy this assortment of recipes, links, information... Please forgive me, I love emoticons. :) Needless to say, this website/blog has been a long time coming. :D