Inspiring Health Pros
Kari Zwickel – Holistic Esthetician
Joy. If there is one word that comes to mind when I think of Kari Zwickel it is “joy”. The first time I met her in summer of 2019, she immediately gave me a hug and made me feel like there was no other person in the world when we sat down to talk about my skin. She has such an amazing and positive energy about her. She has a passion for helping others and makes it her mission to help her clients find beauty within. One of the first questions she asks clients when she meets them is “what do you see when you look in a mirror?” What a powerful question. The answer to that question gives her the perfect start on where and how to work with her client. Kari’s occupation makes you assume she just works with the skin, but she takes it beyond the skin and helps you to find your true beauty and to love yourself from the inside out. Her facial is a mind, body, and spirit experience and I hope that each of you can find a way to book an appointment with this beautiful soul. It will be worth every. single. penny. She’s truly a gift and after meeting her I think you will all agree. Check out her interview to get to know her and how she lives a healthy life!
What is your occupation?
How did you choose this career?
In college, I was a Health Education major. While attending the UNM, I worked part time for a dermatologist. That is when I was first introduced and became fascinated with the skin. With health classes being taken out of the classroom, I decided to enroll at the Bellas De Artes and started my studies in esthetics.
What do you love about what you do?
I love being able to support and reconnect women with themselves through working with their skin. Life demands whether you are a mom or working a full time job, we tend to prioritize everything before ourselves. It is a beautiful process to watch the changes in the skin as my clients are able to come back to themselves.
When you first started living a healthy lifestyle, did you have a mentor or did you find more success doing it on your own?
My lifestyle began to change when I decided to enroll at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Since completing a health coaching program three years ago, I have always worked with a coach. This is always a ‘judge free’ zone and it allows me to think creatively with my lifestyle yet I am still held accountable and motivated.
What pushes you out of your comfort zone?
Going to new places still takes me out of my comfort zone. Struggling with anxiety is absolutely a real thing for me. I have wonderful tools though that I am able to use during these times and I must say the feeling of overcoming the anxiety each time makes me feel stronger! I always tell myself after “I crushed it!”
What kind of workout do you do, how many days per week do you workout, and for how long?
All year long I enjoy walking/ hiking usually 5 times per week. In the summer, I swim 5 times a week. During the colder months, I love to do SoulCore. This allows me to select the movements I need that day and pray the Rosary at the same time.
What does a typical day of eating look like for you?
A lot of it depends on what is in my CSA for the week. I do have a several ‘go to’ things. I don’t do any red meat, chicken or pork.
Breakfast: Avocado Toast or a Spinach, Berry Cucumber Smoothie
Lunch: Mixed greens, a little bit of feta (or goat cheese), chickpeas (or black, kidney beans), sprouts, cucumber and olive salad with Olive oil & either Fig Balsamic or humus as a dressing. I always add pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds. I am also completely obsessed with Herban Markets gluten free margarita pizza!
Dinner: Either salad, steamed or grilled veggies with quinoa, grilled fish
Snacks: Apples with almond butter, popcorn or Kind Bars
What inspires you to live a healthy and active life?
My family is my biggest inspiration. I want a life filled with experiences with my family. I do not want to be on the sidelines watching.
How do you stay motivated on a daily basis?
Everyday is a new day! I have to remember that life is like a river…..you have to be able to go with the flow. If I make an unhealthy choice, I make 15 other good ones and that is where my focus stays.
How do you handle unhealthy cravings?
I either get up and go do something or I drink a big glass of green juice! I find the more I keep the greens in my body then the other unhealthy cravings do not exist.
What would you say is the key to balancing it all?
Learning what your priorities are in life, organizing them and being kind to yourself. Knowing we are not Wonder Woman and aiming to be a Wonderful Woman.
What is your favorite workout apparel?
Hands down Yoga apparel!
If you could only pick one exercise or movement to do everyday that would be amazing for your body, what would it be?
Plank! Everything stems from our core. From here I am able to go in so many directions both physically and mentally.
What advice would you give to people to be their healthiest and best self?
I like to think of our life journey as a river. There will always be bends, dips, rough current and calm, smooth water. Being aware, embracing and always moving forward is key. Enjoy the ride!
Please share your favorite healthy recipe.
3 cups of Carrots- chopped into ½” pieces
2 cups of cashews (you can use raw, roasted or roasted & lightly salted)
1 tablespoon of Miso (soy)
*Put carrots and cashews in to pan. Cover the top of these with veggie stock and steam for 20 minutes. Then make sure to let cool prior to adding to blender. You want this cool prior to adding the Miso because Miso has live cultures. Blend until smooth and top with black and/or white sesame seeds. You can also make this with the carrots and cashews raw for the summer;)
By Terry Walters