Hi, I'm Sara Thielsen and I’m really happy you’re here. After years of countless friends and family telling me, “you need to start a blog,” it’s finally happened. The only thing holding me back was a good name for my blog and business, but alas, Well Beyond the Kitchen was born in October of 2017!
I struggled with terrible acne for over 10 years of my life, from about age 12 to 24. Each time I went to the dermatologist, I would ask if diet had anything to do with my skin. She always assured me there was no connection. As a teenager, I was both relieved and skeptical each time she told me this. I took a Food and Nutrition class in high school and this truly sparked my passion for food. I went on to study Psychology and Nutrition at the University of New Hampshire for my undergraduate degree. When I graduated, I had taken 11 nutrition classes. While I sure knew a lot about nutrients, I didn’t know much about real food and our food system.
I took a life-changing job at an organic farm on the North Shore of Massachusetts. It was there that I learned about farming - growing, harvesting, educating our CSA members - I even was a part of processing the pastured chickens we raised. I left after 2 years, inspired to educate as many people as I could about the importance of real, whole, nutrient dense food; much like our ancestors ate prior to modern process foods sweeping into our lives.
I spent the majority of my 20s working at a natural healing center in Newburyport, MA as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. I took a 9 month course in 2010 with the Nutritional Therapy Association for this certification. It was through both this training, and my job at the natural healing center, that I gained the skills to work one-on-one with clients, to teach nutrition classes, lead kitchen transition seminars, and host tours of our local grocery store.
At 32, I live on the North Shore of MA with my little family - my husband, my 3 year old son, and our sweet baby girl. I see clients and teach classes part time, work for safer skincare and cosmetics company, Beautycounter, and work hard to maintain this blog.
For most of my 20s, I totally thought I could just eat well most of the time, and move my body through walking and yoga. I didn’t think I had to worry about what I put on my skin - it was too overwhelming to switch over all of my make up, sunscreen, shampoo, face wash, etc. And then I learned all of this.
My true passion is educating about the significance of what we put IN our bodies, and what we put ON our bodies. Because the truth is, we’re fooling ourselves if we think we can eat well, drink lots of water, and exercise - yet be careless about the products we use on our bodies and in our homes day in and day out. Join me on this journey Well Beyond the Kitchen, because you aren’t just what you eat.
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