Plant Sumo Interviews

Kimberly Kushner

🌺Naturopath & Clinical Nutritionist⁣⁣⁣ I help women achieve vibrant health by treating the root cause of their chronic health issues. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⚡️WOMEN’S HEALTH (Endometriosis, PCOS, adenomyosis etc..)⁣⁣⁣ ⚡️NATURAL FERTILITY⁣⁣ SUPPORT⁣ ⚡️GUT HEALTH⁣⁣⁣ ⚡️DYSAUTONOMIA (POTS)⁣⁣⁣ ⚡️WEIGHT MANAGEMENT And more…⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ 🌱 I am a naturopath and clinical nutritionist who places patient care and wellbeing as my utmost priority. ⁣ ⁣ 🌱 I specialize in healthy weight management, nutrigenomics, hormones, and areas of women’s health spanning endometriosis, PCOS, fertility issues, and more. ⁣ ⁣ 🌱 Having dealt with long term chronic illnesses myself, endometriosis and adenomyosis have significantly shaped me as a practitioner. 🌱Dysautonomia is also my niche as I’ve been personally journeying with POTS over the years too. Integrating naturopathic and conventional medicine for the best outcome IS possible! ⁣ 🌱 I am passionate about guiding people through an integrative healthcare model in order to achieve the best possible outcome and obtain vibrant health.⁣

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How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a “favorite failure” of yours?

Years ago, I became very ill and basically lost everything that shaped my identity- my capability to work, my previous marriage, my ability to parent, not to mention physical things too- home, finances etc. I was that "sick naturopath". It was an extremely confronting, emotionally wrecking season in my life. It seemed like a major fail. But it was through this that I discovered the true meaning of love, of healing, explored my spirituality and experienced the peace of God which surpasses all understanding. From this I have made room for healing, for God's work to piece together bits of my life which I thought were long gone. This is it in a very summarised version but I literally witnessed and lived through turning ashes into beauty ❤️

What is the most significant thing that someone much younger than yourself has taught you?

Both my kids as newborns taught me that I was capable of functioning as a human on very very little sleep 🤣

Tell us about your business. What does it do and what value do you add?

I'm a clinical nutritionist and naturopath. I specialize in women's health and hormones. I love my clients, I help them get to the bottom of their issues. They often have a hard time finding answers and spend years on a hamster wheel with just band aiding symptoms. We work on integrative testing, and treating the root cause of chronic illness. We often see great improvement with pain, a shift towards healthier weight, better energy, sleep, digestive health, moods, and more!

How do you feel about artificial meat products and its role in vegan/vegetarian-ism's growth in the coming years?

I'm not a fan of faux meat but I'm glad there are options out there for people who are!

What's something exciting you're currently working on/learning that only a few people know about?

A little something something for women in Indonesia 🇲🇨🌸😘

Are you vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian or something else entirely?

Flexitarian 🙂 with a few tweaks depending on what I'm going through. At the moment I'm dealing with some postpartum thyroid issues so I'm on a lectin free/low lectin diet.

What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made?

My naturopathy degree

What advice would you give to a smart, driven college student about to enter the “real world”? What advice should they ignore?

Be patient, be open minded, listen to others, give things a red hot crack, and don't think you're always right.

What careers advice would you give to your 21-year old self?

You're in for a wild ride. And reassure her that this/that too shall pass 💚

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Food! If I wasn't a naturopath and clinical nutritionist, I'd be a professional foodie- cook or F&B entrepreneur!

How has Covid-19 changed your industry?

It's now general practice to offer our services online. Which I love! Which I've always done. We need to spread our knowledge far and wide. Not just to people who are physically able to get to us.

What's your favourite vegetable?

Broccoli

What's a myth about fitness that you most people believe to be true that's actually false

You do not need to work off/burn off a meal. Exercise isn't a punishment for something you ate. It's a celebration of what your body can do.

What are you NOT Very Good at?

Sports!

What did you have for breakfast this morning?

Ohhh. Sautéed portobello mushrooms, and broccoli, with millet. Topped with dry roasted sunflower seeds.

About the Author

Heather-PS

Heather Wilkinson is a globe-trotting content creator and PR enthusiast who’s finally put down roots in her native UK. When she isn’t working, you’ll find her pretending to care about Minecraft for her son’s sake, while secretly reading the latest Ace Atkins novel (or sleeping – her second favourite past-time).