Hi there! I'm Katheryn, creator of Girl on Bliss
I'm a wellness coach, facilitator and author based in Tokyo, Japan. I am certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and am a wellness writer for Women's Health, HuffPost, Mindbodygreen, and more.
When I came to Japan back in 2009, I was 40 pounds overweight and really struggled with my diet. I learned about Japanese and Western health philosophies which helped me balance my weight and my lifestyle, and those adjustments helped me thrive when working at a floral design company, international concierge, and law firm.
I learned early on that taking care of myself is the most responsible thing I can do as a worker to show up each day bright, happy, and productive, and I'm passionate about training others to do the same.
I used to be a 40-pound overweight yoyo dieter. I felt like I had tried everything to lose weight: Weight Watchers, calorie counting, high-protein/low carb diets, lots of salads, and working out the gym for 1-2 hours per day.
Nothing was working. Or at least, it "worked" temporarily, but all I felt at the end of the day was tired, hungry, and feeling like I'd constantly have to make a choice between being healthy or being social and engaged with life (which always revolved around food!).
I tried to come up with my own rules, like only eating what I wanted if I had worked out. But even eating in moderation still made me feel guilty.
Everything changed when I moved to Tokyo, and I learned about Food Energetics.
I was living in a land of slim women who were eating rice and noodles, who opted for yoga instead of CrossFit, and who weren't chugging a 2L bottle of water throughout the day.
None of their habits made any sense to me based on the knowledge I found in Western media, but these women were getting the results that I wanted.
So I studied what they were doing: eastern, holistic concepts. And experimented. And...ate! A lot.
The weight kept falling off. I started to have this soaring energy, where I'd wake up even before my alarm clock. My skin cleared up. And I couldn't help but smile while I'd walk through the streets.
And I thought to myself: Why don't more people know about this?!
I found was that even though a lot of health information is the same both in the Western and Eastern worlds, the approaches, thought process, and perspectives are different.
For the first time, being healthy and taking care of myself became fun. My focus changed from "blasting fat" to caring about how I wanted to feel, how I wanted to connect with nature, and what special role I wanted food to play in my life.
And this is what I want for you - to be able to feel comfortable in your body, confident in your communication, clear on what you value, and capable of being healthy and enjoying the pleasures of life.
Sometimes, all it takes is a new perspective.