I'm Kristine Mahan, MNT. A functional nutritionist and the gal behind these recipes and wellness posts. I own Function of Well Nutrition LLC, a private practice in Denver but also see clients over the phone.
My East Coast upbringing didn’t quite measure up to the easy access to nature I enjoy now, but it did teach me to be a workaholic. For years I burned my candles at both ends (I’m type I on the enneagram) and always ended up sick.
I’ve been the unheard patient too many times battling everything from bursting ovarian cysts to severe mold toxicity that left me unable to eat for months. It’s these experiences, though, that helped me see God’s mission for my life. I find mission in changing the health care paradigm to help people in my practice heal. Healing my own health back in college got me in the kitchen, in-touch with myself, and taught me to look at the root cause of dysfunction. I'm so passionate about functional health care because it looks at the whole body to treat the root cause of illness, not just isolated symptoms.
Functional approaches to health begin with quality nutrients that build us up. I want to know where my food comes from, how to prepare it most nutritiously, and how to source it sustainably. We are what we eat eats, after all. With experience on my side and two years of intense nutrition education, below is how this whole wellness thing seems to work and I'm here to help you achieve it.
my treatment philosophy
food is preventive health care
your whole history is your health story, everything is connected
heal the root cause, don't just treat the symptoms
listen to your body
No one diet or lifestyle is a panacea for everyone and everything, and it's vital in achieving wellness to experiment with what makes you feel good. This is called the bioindividual approach. I can say with conviction that we are beings whose wellness is based on bioindividuality. On this site you'll find functional food recipes that I've developed to foster optimal health. They're generally free of dairy, gluten, and refined sugar. But as always, roll with how ya feel.
Beyond nutrition and advocating for a non-toxic, minimalist lifestyle, I also dabble as a guide of stråla yoga. Stråla brought me back to myself through movement, and now there’s no greater feeling than to inspire the process of feeling in others. Everything starts from within and I’m beyond thankful to have the privilege now to inspire others in my community to try the same process. The modalities of movement do more for our bodies than just a practice of exercise, it’s an approach to life with ease. If you're interested in having me guide events or private lessons, reach out via the contact tab!
What do you eat? The foods I include or avoid in my diet are always in flux as products of following how I feel. I like my animal products pasture-raised and my plants organically grown. Whatever my food choice, I do my best to ensure it's coming from somewhere responsible for the sake of the environment, animal, farmer, and my own nutrition. In general, I try to roll with locality and the seasons.
How do you have time to cook? Meal prep and prioritizing. I prioritize cooking my own food as an act of self-care, to save money, and cooking is like an art form for me. Check out my shop to buy Meal Prep Workbook.
Where do you shop? Anywhere that sells organic and responsible foods. In Denver, that's Natural Grocers / Sprouts / Whole Foods. I tend to buy ingredients like sprouted flour and nuts in bulk online to save money.
What's in your kitchen? I'm a minimalist of almost all entities when it comes to things. If I don't need it to function, I don't own it. Have a check of my Sustainable + Non-Toxic Kitchen Guide.
What’s your schooling? I had a scholarship to do my undergrad in visual art / art history (hah) at Boston University. One year in, I figured out what I actually wanted to do so I graduated early and moved to Denver. I got my master of nutrition therapy degree at NTI and wrote my nutrition boards with the NANP. And for fun, I have 400+ hours of yoga credentialing from Stråla.
podcasts on queue
Wellness Mama Podcast
Found My Fitness
The Skinny Confidential Him & Her
what I’m reading
currently on my Audible queue:
Deep Work - Cal Newport
my favorite books:
Energy Medicine - Jill Blakeway
Your Genius Body - Andrew Rostenberg
Vaccines, Autoimmunity, and Changing the Nature of Childhood Illness - Thomas Cowan
Biology of Belief - Bruce Lipton
The Vegetarian Myth - Lierre Keith
Statin Nation - Justin Smith
Grass-Fed Nation - Graham Harvey
Grass, Soil, Hope - Courtney White
Prescription for Nutritional Healing - Phyllis A. Balch