We recently have learned a lot about Sabita Holistic Center, yes that Pink House in Southport above the Twice as Nice Consignment Boutique and if you were at our Anniversary party hopefully you indulged in one of there fabulous chair massages! They do everything; from Stress and Tension, Sleeping Troubles, Mental Clarity, Respiratory, Cold, Flu/Upset Stomach, Seasonal Allergies, Menstrual Symptoms, Heartburn, Indigestion, Low Energy, Addiction Arthritis, Asthma, Auto/Work/Sports Injuries, Back and Disc Problems, Blood Pressure, Breathing Troubles, Chronic Fatigue, Depression/Anxiety, Diabetes, Digestion, Intestinal Issues, Infertility Issues, Hormone Imbalance, Endometriosis, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome & Much More. A lot of these issues have to do with your nutrition so we had Koren Bradshaw be this weeks Meet a Mom. As we get closer to the New Year and all the resolutions that go on, we thought this was a great intro into the New Year.
Koren Bradshaw, MS, CLC is a clinical nutritionist and certified lactation counselor passionate about functional nutrition and lifestyle education. In individualized one-on-one sessions and as well as in group settings, Koren specializes in nutrition education and simplifying wellness, sifting through and demystifying the wide variety of messages and information out there today. Helping clients learn to listen to their bodies and discover what foods work best for them as unique individuals, Koren provides nutrition analysis and counseling, wellness education and meal planning for families and individuals of all ages as well as breastfeeding education and support for new mothers.
Koren in especially passionate about nutrition for anxiety and depression, hormone balance, pre- and post-partum, skin and dermatological issues, weight loss, thyroid disorders, autoimmune disorders, food allergies and sensitivities, nutrient replenishment and diet reset.
Where are you originally from and how long have you been in the area?
I grew up just outside of Boston and we lived there for the first few years we were married. When my daughter was born, we moved to NY and spent a few years in Brooklyn before we moved here to Fairfield – as of next month we’ve lived here for 8 years.
Children / Age(s)
I have two children: my daughter Emma is 11 and my son Sam will be 8 this month. We actually moved here just a few days before he was born!
One thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Though I think it’s a great addition to everything from salads to casseroles to smoothies, I personally really don’t love kale (shh!). I also love making fresh skincare masks as part of my self-care routine with everyday ingredients I have in my kitchen!
One thing you wish someone would have told you about motherhood?
That it’s important to take care of yourself! In fact, it’s actually an essential part of being a good mom! ….Oh yeah, and that know one else has it all figured out either!
Favorite local things to do in Fairfield?
As a family we love to go for walks at the Audubon and you can’t beat summer dinners on the beach. Just don’t forget your sunscreen – always protect your skin!
What’s your favorite thing about raising a family in Fairfield?
It’s a great place to raise children – there are lots of things to do with kids and we’ve met so many wonderful families. We love that we often run into friends when we’re out around town – it’s a big town with a small-town feel.
Do you have a favorite family friendly restaurant? Date night?
Our favorite family restaurant without a doubt is Brick and Wood – their pizza is the best and hands down the most delicious gluten-free pizza I’ve had anywhere!
For date nights we sometimes take advantage of the train and shoot into the city; we feel lucky to live in a town with such great access to be able to enjoy NYC on a whim.
What is your go-to activity for your family? For yourself?
We love to go bowling on a rainy day, and now that my son is up and running on a two-wheeler, family bike rides are our new fave.
Personally, I love going for walks or running in my neighborhood. I also really enjoy taking different classes at my gym like barre, yoga or more intense dance or interval-style classes. I like to mix it up depending on the day and my energy level but taking care of myself is a must!
Best mom hack that makes your life easier?
When my kids were babies, instead of buying baby food I would just throw a bit of whatever the rest of the family was eating into the blender or food processor and we all shared some version of the same meal.
Not only did it save me the trip and cost of having to go out and stock up on separate baby food then, but it also makes life easier now because my kids are open to such a wide variety of foods and flavors and there’s less debate at mealtime.
Name one thing you regret when learning the ropes of parenthood and what you learned from it?
Not yet a nutritionist at the time, I suspected from very early on after her birth that my daughter may have a food allergy; I asked her first pediatrician about it and he brushed aside my concerns. It wasn’t until we moved to a new state a year later and began seeing a new pediatrician who heard my concerns that she was diagnosed with a significant and severe allergy to tree nuts.
I regret that I didn’t push harder for testing when I initially asked her doctor. Through this and a few other similar experiences, I’ve learned to always listen to my own instincts as a mom and be my kids’ strongest advocate, especially when I feel that something isn’t right.
Tell us about your business, when & why you started, and the reason behind it?
I became a nutritionist mainly because I love delicious food and want to help people understand how their bodies use the food they eat to make or break their health. Food is amazing and is such a valuable tool to help you live a healthy and vibrant (and delicious) life.
As I mentioned above, my daughter has a significant food allergy – going through the discovery process of that with her really gave me an understanding of how impactful food can be on our bodies.
Earlier in my career I worked at the headquarter office of a very well-known restaurant company that sells a variety of baked goods and treats. I was privy to the nutritional information and was shocked at what people were unknowingly consuming. This was really my impetus to help educate as many people as I can to make the best choices they can for their bodies and their health.
I joined Sabita Holistic Center a few years ago and I love working at a local woman owned business. It’s hard to believe but Sabita Holistic Center has been in the funky pink house on the post road for 17 years!
SHC offers a lot of services that are complementary to what I do as a nutritionist; Dr. Cindy is the in-house naturopathic doctor and provides micro-nutrient testing that can help pinpoint any deficiencies or missing nutrients, as well as, allergy testing. The center also offers acupuncture, massage therapy – including cancer massage, energy work, lactation counseling, yoga, executive coaching by our Harvard educated coaches, corporate wellness and so much more!
We are currently expanding our practice by accepting some insurance policies and adding new practitioners like Naturopath Drs. and APRNs.
We bring our team of experts directly to you by offering home visits and also bring our experienced corporate wellness team directly to your office since we know how hard it is for working mamas to incorporate self-care into their day!
Everything we do for ALL of our clients is customized. Click on the following link to check out our full service list. https://www.sabitaholisticcenter.com/services
As moms our skincare routine is an important part of our self-care. How can nutrition impact our skincare?
Skin health and nutrition are very closely related – your skin is your body’s largest detox organ and your skin health is often an outward sign of your inner health. If you’re seeing breakouts, eczema or other issues with your skin, chances are there may be some imbalances that we can try to address with some tweaks to your diet. Skin hydration, aging, acne – these are all things that we can work on together and impact through the foods you eat.
Do you have any tips for skincare?
Sabita Holistic Center is currently offering a Nutritional Skincare Cheat Sheet that provides tips on how you can get beautiful skin from the inside out. The tips were created by Sabita Kanhai, Holistic Health Coach & IIN Graduate to help you arm yourself for your BEST skin and body through clean eating and self-care that you can incorporate into your busy life. As a BONUS, everyone who purchases a Fall Skincare cheat sheet is entered to WIN an individualized nutrition appointment with me! Just click on the following link: https://offers.sabitaholisticcenter.com/skincarenutrition/