My Story

A holistic approach to wellness.

  • Why I Coach

    I spent most of my life sad, anxious, overweight, frustrated – convinced that if I just lost weight, my life would change. I’ve spent thousands of dollars on doctors, diets, supplements, medications and fitness plans trying to find a magic pill that would help me lose weight quickly. I thought losing weight would cure my crippling anxiety and lift my depression. My first diet was in elementary school. In high school I tried the Cabbage Soup Diet and in college I became a vegetarian. No matter what I tried, nothing seemed to work. Despite my best efforts, the number on the scale increased while my sense of hope diminished.

    In my twenties, I endured a personal health crisis that marked the beginning of my health and wellness journey. I lived in Washington, D.C., and was a rising star in the fast-paced, high-stress world of national politics. I was an aide to some of the top politicians in the country in one of the most important battleground states, working long hours at a grueling pace and ignoring the impact on my body because I believed this was my dream job. On the outside it seemed like I had it all together but on the inside I was miserable –  disconnected from my body and any sense of happiness.

    The facade cracked when at just 28 I became crippled by what I would later find out was an undiagnosed autoimmune thyroid disorder. Thirty pounds overweight, depressed, chronically anxious and so low energy that I struggled to get out of bed, I went from doctor to doctor desperately seeking answers.

    Once again, despite my best efforts, my frustrations only increased while my health deteriorated. Though I often felt hopeless, I was certain there must be more beyond the lack of answers I getting from the traditional medical community. Terrifying though it was, I opted to trust myself, quit my job, pack up my life in D.C. and devote myself to getting healthy.

    I know first-hand that there is no magic pill. I regained my health, lost over thirty pounds and began to experience joy again, and found a new life purpose through slowly transforming my diet and proper functional nutrition testing. I replaced processed foods with nourishing, nutrient-rich whole foods. It didn’t happen overnight, but once I started to nourish my body properly, I was able to open up a pathway to begin working on my mental health. My quest for wellness has taken me everywhere from practicing yoga and meditation deep inside the Costa Rican Jungle to studying health and nutrition theories with top experts from across the country.

    I spent years studying different health and holistic lifestyle modules. I’ve now combined these trusted methodologies to create a system that helps women identify the root causes of their anxiety and digestive health.

    My method starts assessing your unique root causes through comprehensive health and medical history and functional lab testing to understand the unique pathology of your health issues.  

    If you're ready to say “Enough is enough”.Take the first step. Schedule an opportunity call

  • My Qualifications

    Kerri Axelrod is a leading expert in a holistic approach to mental health, specializing in the connection between diet, lifestyle, and mood. In her work as a certified holistic health coach and nutrition consultant, she utilizes nutritional science as well as the integrative modalities of Ayurveda, yoga, and meditation.

    Kerri is the creator of a monthly online educational tool for integrative resources on mental well-being and frequently provides expert commentary for national and local media publications. She has been featured in publications such as PureWow, Real Simple, Byrdie, Reader's Digest, Prevention Magazine, and Well + Good.

    Kerri trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, received her 200-hour yoga training from Boston School of Yoga, her Ayurvedic training through Boston Ayurveda School, and completed the Stress Management and Resiliency training at Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is currently studying to be a Registered Dietitian at Simmons University in Boston, MA.

    Prior to her work in nutrition, Kerri has over a decade of experience as a media spokesperson and marketing communications strategist. She has developed public relations, marketing, and digital media strategist for top health, wellness, and fitness brands and began her career in political communications. She served as the Pennsylvania Communications Director for Organizing for America where she handled campaign strategy for President Obama and the Democratic National Committee in one of the country’s key battleground states. She holds a B.S. in International Relations with a focus on U.S. Foreign Policy from American University

TESTIMONIALS

  • Kerri's work starts with food but extends far beyond that. She taught me not only how to fuel my body to meet my individual needs, but helped me take a good hard look at how I was living my life and find a pathway to change the habits that were no longer serving me. It wasn’t always easy, but Kerri’s approach enabled me to have the time and energy to live the life I knew I wanted.
    Heather B.
    Coaching Client
  • If I could only use one word to describe Kerri it would be “phenomenal.” I have worked with a lot of people and in many different capacities. I have not come across anyone who has motivated me enough to take action so swiftly in every area of my life.

    Working with Kerri I have lost 18 pounds and kept it off. My extreme case of anxiety has disappeared. I have gotten back to my yoga mat and even added a new enjoyable fitness class to my routine because I was willing to try something new. Kerri helped me regain a positive attitude and open heart. I have learned how to communicate more effectively with my partner and I feel like I am back to “normal’ again. I am more confident, stronger and more determined than ever.

    Renee W.
    Coaching Client
  • Kerri and I met under the most serendipitous of circumstances and I couldn’t be more grateful. When I started working with her,  I couldn’t remember a time when I wasn’t on some kind of diet or exercise plan that required counting, measuring or otherwise controlling every detail. Kerri opened my eyes to the real meaning of nutrition and enabled me to see that what was really missing from my life was self-love and genuine, authentic joy. Kerri encouraged me to trust myself, to let go of the diet mentality, and to seek self-acceptance. She taught me how to focus on what serves me and to balance my needs with those of others. Although I still have work to do, I have accomplished more than I ever thought possible with Kerri’s help. Kerri is a supportive, patient and knowledgeable professional who will undoubtedly change your life.

    Cate K.
    Coaching Client
  • Kerri guides you through the process well, asks tough questions and suggests small, goal-oriented solutions that are attainable. I am so grateful to have gone through this process with her. It really made me acknowledge my weaknesses and realize that there are many tools available to help me. I have a better body image than I’ve ever had before. I’ve learned to make meditation a daily priority, prepare my kitchen for success and understand that I have a choice in my happiness and well-being. I no longer feel like life is happening to me. I am now in charge.

    Shane T.
    Coaching Client