your story lives in your body
Composed Nutrition is the culmination of mY nutrition knowledgE, quest for naturaL home + Skincare products, evolving spiritual practices, alignment with my truth, and passion to share with others.
I specialize in food + mood, women's health, plant-based eating, and nutrition in recovery because these are all part of my story - areas that I have dug deep into in my own life to find alignment and balance.
My passion for nutrition first began when my mom was sick and looking for natural and complimentary alternatives to traditional healthcare. My mom struggled with her health from about the time I was twelve. She survived a heart transplant only to then have her life taken a year later by breast cancer. She would read and research so much about health + food + toxic-free products. She also took her spiritual practice very seriously and I learned early on the importance of being part of a connected community with like-minded people.
When I was sixteen, she told me, "if there's ever a class everyone needs to take it's anatomy - it's crazy how people don't know how their bodies work!"
I became fascinated with the nutrition-disease connection and switched my major to dietetics. After losing my mom I was determined to learn everything I could to help people prevent disease. I didn't want anyone to have to go through what she did - or the pain of losing someone too soon.
I shoved a lot of the pain of losing my mom at age eighteen away and plowed on through my early 20s the way most of us do - working hard and playing harder. Alcohol became a way to not deal with the pain, even though I didn't realize that's what I was doing at the time.
I decided to quit drinking alcohol after finally having enough (where those mornings of dehydrated panic every weekend were just not working for me anymore). Something in me was telling me that there had to be another way. Removing alcohol has allowed me to see what was underneath it - stuck pain, nutritional imbalances, lack of true joy.
Anxiety has also been something I've dealt with (and alcohol was only making worse). As I cut out the alcohol, started properly supplementing, and dealing with all the stuff that comes up when you commit to your healing journey my anxiety got way better. It’s still something that comes up – it’s a way your body communicates with you. I don't think we ever 'get rid' of anxiety, but I have learned how to identify it and name it and work through it when it does come up.
I have uncovered how to sync my diet + exercise to my cycle and to listen to what my body is telling me. I have tried pretty much every variation of a plant-based diet out there and have figured out what works best for me.
I have learned through trial + error as my own personal guinea pig how to build up my body and replenish imbalances. I have seen how closely tied a complicated relationship with food and body image are to alcohol use. How all of this reaching outside of ourselves and need to control our food or bodies or unplugging with substances is really pushing away all the things that got us to this place.
Through all of this work I have learned how closely nutritional balance is tied to the things we've gone through in life.
That healing our relationship with our bodies and food goes beyond just eating food.
that our personal stories closely tie into the symptoms manifesting in the body right now.
I am a registered dietitian and certified health coach who uses a functional + integrative approach to uncover the root of body imbalances. I look to see what is causing you to feel this way and use an individualized approach to create a path to body balance, as opposed to simply addressing symptoms.
By sharing my favorite recipes, nutrition basics to understand the body, the connection between food + mood, my favorite natural makeup + skincare products, lifestyle + wellness insights, spiritual practices that keep me sane, and my story with sobriety and through my virtual coaching I hope to provide the tools for you to explore your relationship with your body.
I have made it my goal to spread 'the how' of attaining good health + healing through holistic methods combined with the latest science. Let me teach you how to cook your food, clear your mind, connect with your community, and cleanse your space.
It's my mission to empower you to be your own health advocate in order to find alignment + balance in your life.
Krista King, MS, RDN, LDN, CHC, NASM-CPT
food + mood | digestive health | hormone balance
Education + Credentials:
Master of Science in Dietetics + Dietetic Internship, Loyola University Chicago
Bachelor of Science in Dietetics + Health Promotion Specialization, Michigan State University
RDN: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Commission on Dietetic Registration
LDN: Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, State of Illinois, State of North Carolina
CHC: Certified Health Coach, American Council on Exercise (ACE)
NASM-CPT: National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer
WELL AP: WELL Accredited Professional, International WELL Building Institute
Currently pursuing: IFNCP - Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM) Dietetic Practice Group