“nutrition, stress, sleep, genetics, and triggering events all play a role in our health. it’s critical to consider all of it. i love helping a client put all of the pieces of their puzzle together so they can reach optimal health and feel their best.”
Hi, I’m Caroline Stahlschmidt, and I am a Certified Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Practitioner, I have a Master’s Degree in Functional Nutrition, and am a Certified Holistic Health Counselor practicing functional nutrition at the Functional Nutrition Alliance (FxNA). I live in the mountains with my husband Paul and our furry family.
I was fortunate to be raised by parents who believe in eating whole foods, sitting down to dinner together, and making time for self-care. After graduating college with a degree in Environmental Science, I enjoyed a fourteen-year career in the corporate software world, but my heart often yearned for something with more meaning. During this time, I completed a yoga teacher training program, deepening my yoga and meditation practice, and a seed was planted to teach and inspire others toward whole body wellness.
My life was humming along nicely until 2009 when my 38-year-old husband was diagnosed with colon cancer. We hit cancer with everything Western medicine could offer, but I wanted more. Through my studies, I realized what we eat, how we manage stress, and what we think all play a role in not only cancer but nearly every other disease.
I also learned that cancer can be the best teacher. Both my husband and I experienced incredible transformations in our relationship with each other, our careers, and our daily living. I knew it was time to create a career I truly loved, so I received my certification as a Holistic Health Counselor from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition while continuing studies in the Transformational Coaching Method based on Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
After starting a successful health coaching practice that included private counseling, leading group programs, and teaching yoga and cooking classes, I discovered the Functional Nutrition Alliance and Andrea’s work. I had a deep desire to explore functional nutrition, so I enrolled in the Functional Nutrition Lab professional training and dedicated myself to learning everything I could from Andrea.
As I learned more about gut health and autoimmunity, I realized I had some healing to do. I learned I had Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, and I became my own client. I began healing the digestive issues that were wreaking havoc in my body, and, in retrospect, had plagued me my entire life.
Since joining FxNA in 2014, I have also completed the Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Practitioner (FNLP) Certification with Andrea, the Hashimoto’s Institute Practitioner Certification Program and earned a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States.
My journey through cancer and Hashimoto’s has taught me that we are all truly bio-individuals when it comes to our health and optimal nutrition. What makes my body sing might make you sick. Looking at the whole person is the key to healing.
When I’m not working with clients, you’ll find me running, mountain biking, teaching yoga, and creating delicious and nourishing food in my kitchen.