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Conversations with Kelly Warner

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelly Warner. 

Hi Kelly, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Upon graduating summa cum laude from Truman State University in 2004, I joined Teach for America and taught 7th-grade life science at an inner-city school in Houston, Texas. I completed my two-year assignment and stuck around for another four years because I loved teaching, I was committed to seeing my students succeed, and Texas had welcomed me and my husband with open arms. As we considered starting a family, we decided to move back home to St. Louis to be closer to our parents and siblings (all of whom were in the STL area). By the time we moved back we had already endured five years of infertility, and we would eventually go on to have two more years of struggles, including two miscarriages. We felt called to make big changes and started with changing our diet. I discovered the Whole30, a 30-day self-experiment to change your health, habits, and relationship with food, and completed my first round in November 2015. After a few years of tinkering with how my body reacts to certain foods, such as dairy and gluten-containing grains, I found myself in the best shape of my life and with so many new healthy habits. I began informally coaching friends and family members through the Whole30, teaching meal prep classes out of my home kitchen, and sharing my story at local events. When the opportunity to become a Certified Whole30 Coach became possible in 2017, I submitted my application in the wee hours of the morning while nursing my third miracle baby. After a rigorous testing process, I completed all of my coursework and became a coach in December 2017. In my nearly four years as a coach, I have helped hundreds of people, just like me, change their life. I share my super simple recipes on my social media and website, have done Instagram takeovers for big brands, including TMAC Fitness and Whole30 Recipes (with 1.5 million followers), and created content for Paleo and Whole30 brands, including Fourth and Heart ghee, Vital Proteins, Tessemae’s, and Cooked, all while holding a baby on my hip. If there is anything that I have learned on my journey, it is just how possible the impossible is if you roll up your sleeves and do the hard work. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to help others while staying home with and homeschooling my four kids. I like to say I keep it real in the kitchen and in life because I am going to make the most of this life I’ve been given and its countless blessings. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
My path to whole living was not linear. There were twists and turns (and still are) along the way. I knew that the food I was eating wasn’t the healthiest, but it took me becoming a mom to really put a fire in me to do better. As my firstborn started Baby Led Weaning (a method for introducing solid foods to babies at least 6 months or older), I didn’t feel right making him eat broccoli and carrots, while I ate junk food. I hadn’t yet learned about the Whole30, but this was a huge turning point in my journey, and I began cooking most of my meals at home instead of going out. Even now, over 6 years later, I am still learning about my relationship with food and fine-tuning my food freedom. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I started my brand, Show Me Whole Living, as a place to streamline my Whole30 coaching in December 2017. In that time, I have had the privilege of coaching hundreds of clients through the Whole30 reset and reintroduction in private Facebook groups. My other Whole30-related services that I offer include a two-week online Boot Camp to get prepared to do the Whole30 on your own, private meal prep and cooking classes, and speaking at events. Just as the Whole30 was a catalyst to jumpstart my healthy habits, my brand has evolved and grown over time as well. I have a wonderful and loyal following on social media, that enjoys seeing a real mom feeding her kids real food, and I am most known for sharing healthy kid lunches. In addition to inspiring busy moms to make simple changes to better themselves so that they trickle down to better the other people in their lives, I share about other wellness topics, including postpartum fitness, breastfeeding, and natural remedies. I am most proud of how I have challenged my former thinking and worked relentlessly to create new, healthy habits. I am the perfect example of how when we know better, we do better, and I hope that others are encouraged by my transformation. 

Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
I am so fortunate to be part of the Whole30 community. We have a tight-knit group of coaches all over the U.S. and internationally, with tons of support from Whole30 HQ. The rest of my support system has come from me organically connecting with other business owners and entrepreneurs in the health and wellness industry. I have met and gotten to know some from in-person visits at my chiropractor and functional medicine practitioner, but most of my connections have happened on social media. I am in some holistic Facebook groups with other moms in the area and have developed some great friendships, and I have also organically connected with people in my DMs on Instagram. It always helps to pay it forward and support other businesses by shouting them out on social media and buying from them. 

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Celeste Boyer Photography

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