About Me

Growing up in the 90s, my mom made sure that my 4 siblings and I ate healthy, home-cooked meals. My dad worked long hours as an NYPD sergeant, so most of the cooking fell on my mom.

We always looked forward to pizza nights on Fridays or Chinese food on Saturdays. We also got to take our favorite snacks to school. The school snacks were off-limits once I came home, but that didn’t stop me from sneaking a few extra cookies and hiding the wrappers. 

In 2009, I started college. My cooking skills didn’t stretch much beyond boiling water and scrambling eggs. My dorm didn’t have a kitchen either.

So, I mostly relied on pizza and sugary breakfast cereals to keep me going. No healthy home-cooked meals plus tons of junk food caused my health to slowly decline. 

Katherine Lojac

I was getting splitting headaches more and more frequently. I was lethargic, achy, and generally feeling miserable. I knew I didn’t want to start taking any medication for my increasingly debilitating headaches. However, I wasn’t willing to make the drastic changes to my diet that needed to happen.

After one semester away, I transferred to a local college. But since I still wasn’t living at home, I kept eating like crap.

I finally reached my breaking point when I was 22. It was the middle of summer, and I was lying on my bed feeling sick from leftover pizza for breakfast. My window was open. As I laid there listening to the sounds of everyone outside enjoying their lives, I decided that enough was enough. 

At the time, I worked at a grocery store. The next day, I brought home fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, anything that didn’t come out of a box or a can.

I didn’t know what I was doing so I relied on recipes that I found online. I taught myself how to cook and experimented a ton. I had some pretty disgusting fails but also made some winners.

As I shifted from eating mostly processed foods to mostly whole foods, I was amazed at the difference in my energy levels. 

I was so fascinated with the power of nutrition that I switched my major from Psychology to Food and Nutrition. I originally wanted to become a Registered Dietitian. So I took all the classes necessary: Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Basic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, Microbiology, Experimental & Functional Food, Nutrition Education Theories & Practice, and more.

To pay for my degree, I got a job working at a hospital close to my home. I worked in several different departments before settling into The Cancer Center for Kids.

A dietitian also worked there on an on-call basis. Here, I got my first introduction to what a dietitian’s job in a hospital could look like. But since the dietitian was only there a couple of times a week, I didn’t really get an in-depth look at what her job entailed.

Katherine Lojac, formerly Katherine Garnes, Nassau County Office of the Executive Citation for making significant contributions for the enhancement of the region and betterment of its residents
Award I earned at NYU Winthrop Hospital. Garnes is my maiden name.

After a year of study, I got a job working in the dietary department of a different hospital. This job gave me a more in-depth understanding of a dietitian’s role in the hospital setting. Seeing dozens of patients in one day with barely enough time to help them pursue wellness in their own lives wasn’t the career that I wanted.

Although I knew that becoming a Registered Dietitian wasn’t for me, I continued with my studies.    

In 2021, I earned my bachelor’s degree in Food and Nutrition from The University of Alabama.

Katherine Lojac, formerly Katherine Garnes, University of Alabama Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences: Food and Nutrition
Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences: Food and Nutrition diploma. Garnes is my maiden name. I got married in June 2021. 🙂

After researching alternative jobs for people with my educational background, I came across health coaching.

Health coaching seemed like the perfect fit for me. With health coaching, I wouldn’t have to rush from client to client. I could take a more personalized approach to clients.

Just one month after graduating, I landed my first remote health coaching job. Being a health coach meant that I would have the capacity to build deeper relationships with my clients. I wanted to find out what wellness meant to each of them. Helping people discover their “why” is the beginning of the path to thriving.

As an introvert, health coaching was a difficult career for me. Talking to a variety of people every day was challenging. It’s something that I never would have done on my own.

I’m grateful for the challenge because it propelled me deeper into a fulfilling role. To help my clients reach their wellness goals, I have to get to know them in a uniquely intimate way. Now, I actually find it exciting to talk to strangers. 

My first health coaching job was at a start-up. Unfortunately, 6 months later, I was laid off due to lack of funding. After only a month of job hunting, I got my second health coaching job. Both of my jobs showed me that health and wellness is the field for me.

To work on my skills as a health coach, I started attending the Wellcoaches School of Coaching. I finished the program in January 2024.

Katherine Lojac Wellcoaches Certification

One of my favorite modules in the Wellcoaches training program was the Lifestyle Medicine module. Using food as medicine is something I live by. So many ailments can be prevented or reversed through what you choose to eat everyday.

Katherine Lojac Lifestyle Medicine Coach Certificate

Now, I’ve decided to branch out to reach more people. As a health and wellness blogger, I aim to help people make wellness a part of their daily routines, whatever that may look like.

I believe that everyone deserves to live well. Once you embrace wellness on your own terms, there is no pressure. No more “I’ll start on Monday” or “It’s too late.” I help people discover those tiny steps they can take right now to build healthier lives. 

To further my health coach training, I took the NBHWC (National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching) exam in March 2024. In April, I got the good news that I passed!

NBC-HWC Certificate Katherine Allison Lojac

Today’s hectic world can make pursuing your health and wellness challenging. I hope to reach people struggling to find that balance in their lives.