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Karen Nicolas: Self Identity Evolves

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Published on Jul 9, 2018

Why is self-care so important … and why is it so hard?

In today’s episode of Beyond the Table (Episode #68) Cooks Who Care Founder Chef Maria Campbell sits down with Karen Nicolas to dive into the challenging topic of taking care of yourself while working in the food industry. Karen Nicolas is a former chef who, after finding herself faced with serious health problems, decided that her only option was to leave the business. She resigned from her job and embarked on a journey of discovering how to better care for her body and spirit.

Karen Nicolas eventually found her way back to her love of cooking, but these days she approaches it from a different perspective. Instead of returning to the food industry norm of pushing herself (and the people who work for her) to the extreme in order to make food for others, Karen now uses her cooking skills to help people. She has taught herself how to create dishes that taste delicious and also align with the elimination diets and ayurvedic healing principles that she follows to maintain her own health.

Watch as Chef Maria and Karen Nicolas discuss the personal challenges of making this kind of change and why our industry needs to embrace different norms on a wider scale. What do you think needs to happen next? We invite you to join in the conversation. Connect with us on Facebook & Instagram for more stories from industry insiders who are working to create positive change and then start your own conversation. Together, we can create the change we wish to see in the food industry.


Filmed on in Philadelphia, PA at Liberty Lands Park (913 N. 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19123.)

Produced & Edited by the CWC Video Team: Chef Scott Campbell and Chef Igor Skuratovsky.

Music by Epidemic Sound (www.epidemicsound.com).

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