About The Living You

Hello friend. I am Karin Collins. My journey to health and wellness began as a little girl growing up in Sweden, spending summers outside in the garden with my parents planting and harvesting fruit and veggies. Going on hikes in the pine forrest with my dad picking wild blueberries and chanterelles.  My favorite pastime was experimenting in the kitchen with my mom and coming up with dishes to share with friends and family. 

In 2011, I earned a degree in the Living Foods lifestyle at the Ann Wigmore Institute. It was a big AHA moment for me. I learned all about healthy living. I started reading all the labels of my household and beauty products. Tossed everything that had ingredients that didn't serve my body. I cut out all processed foods. I focused on eating plants that were fermented, sprouted, blended and organically grown. I felt ALIVE. Like a new born baby. I decided that I had to teach others about this type of lifestyle, BUT I wanted to make the food a little bit more flavorsome. So I attended Living Light Culinary Institute, where I became a certified Gourmet Raw Food Chef and Nutritionist educator.

Another spark came with the pregnancy and birth of my daughter Liv in 2012.  I knew instantly that my desire was to create and become a healthy living resource to other mothers and their families. I also instantly knew that I wanted my daughters name to be Liv which is a Scandinavian name that means life. I felt alive, I was eating living foods and I had this incredible little human growing inside me.  The Living You LLC was born. I now had The "Liv" ing You LLC.  During this time I also became a certified yoga and fitness instructor and started the pre and postnatal fitness company, Fit4Mom Marin. It was a beautiful time in my life supporting mother's in motherhood and fitness. 

After 6 years of ownership of Fit4Mom Marin I decided to sell the company and focus more on creating healthy wellness events outside of fitness...I hosted and collaborated with amazing wellness professionals and created several smoothie resets, cooking classes, yoga and meditation events, sound healing, cacao ceremonies, retreats...you name it. I was a busy bee but I had so much fun serving others. 

Covid hit and I got really sick...for a year and a half.  It shook me to the core. How could I get this sick when I was living such a healthy lifestyle? Eating healthy, working out, thinking all the happy thoughts....

Now after feeling well again I can say that getting sick was such a blessing in the end. I needed to slow down. I needed to dig deeper into my own health. I started working with a functional medicine doctor and we got to the root cause of my symptoms. I took lots of tests to see where the imbalances were and then took a lot of prescribed supplements to help balance my body. I slowed down more than I could have ever imagined I would do because I LOVED to work and create healthy events for others but this wasn't the time to help others. 

Instead I focused 200% on healing myself. I followed everything my doctor shared with me. I got more mindful again with what I put into my body. I cut out all the sugar...even fruit. Just some berries here and there. I went to bed at the same time every night at 8pm. I stepped up my exercise game and added more weight lifting. I became a more regular client with holistic practices such a chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, infrared sauna... all the things. Every meal, every thought, every action towards health is a new opportunity for happier cells. 

One of the best decisions I did was to take a breath-work and cold plunge facilitator course. Just to help myself. I had no intentions of sharing with others. I also bought some crystal sound bowls...just to help myself with intentions of sharing with others. Little did I know that once again the path of my own healing journey would be my greatest strength to serve others. I took a sound healing course and started a breath-work and cold plunge group that meet regularly during the winter season in Lake Tahoe.  These wonderful tools were the catalyst to help others feel their best just as they were been life changing for me. 

In 2022, our family made a huge dream come true. We built a retreat house in beautiful Belize right on the Caribbean sea. Our revitalizing Belize retreats are dedicated to your soul. A time to discover more of life...a real soul-adventure. A beautiful reminder that YOU are meant to grow and thrive full of energy. You are meant to reach your full potential. Just like all living things YOU are supposed to flourish. The mission of The Living You LLC has always been to empower you to become the healthiest version of YOU. Join me to renew, restore and revitalize.

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Fresh Fig Smoothie

Fig smoothie anyone? We are so grateful to have a fig tree in our garden. It feels so exotic since I was born and raised in Sweden where they don’t grow. It's so luxurious having them so readily available!

Are you staying away from fruit high in sugar because you are afraid of calories? Worries about gaining weight or maybe about inflammation in your body flaring up?

Many times the nutrient content and benefits of our fruits outweigh the concern one may have about its sugar content. Figs are one of those fruits for me.

They have a 55% natural sugar content, making them the sweetest of all fruit BUT they are low in calories and contain soluble dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. Many great nutrients to support our bodily functions.

Fresh figs, especially black mission figs, are high in phytonutrients and antioxidants such as carotenes, lutein, tannins, and chlorogenic acid among others and anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin A, E, and K. 

Together, these phyto-chemical compounds in figs help scavenge harmful oxygen-derived free radicals from the body, thereby protecting us from cancers, diabetes, degenerative diseases, and infections.

They contain good levels of the B-complex group of vitamins like niacin, pyridoxine, folates, and pantothenic acid. These vitamins function as co-factors for metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

And if you let the figs dry they are also an excellent source of minerals like calcium, copper, potassium, manganese, iron, selenium and zinc – all important for healthy red blood cell formation, as well for cellular oxidation.

Research studies also suggest that chlorogenic acid in figs helps lower blood sugar levels and control blood-glucose levels in type-II diabetes mellitus (adult onset) diabetes. 

If you have more figs than you can eat adding them to a smoothie is a great choice. Here is one of my favorites:
The Fresh Fig Smoothie 

2 cups almond milk (check out mine on my blog)
6 black mission figs
2 tablespoons hemp seeds 
1 toothpick stir Young Living’s Cardamom Vitality oil 

Cardamom Vitality oil is a must-have for every kitchen! It’s a powerful antioxidant and may support a healthy digestive system.

Mix everything in a high powered blender. Pour in a glass and enjoy!

Use your imagination to create your reality

Use your imagination to create your reality
I’ve got chills. A lady bug landed on me right before departure from my dream weekend retreat with team Young Living this past week.

As I made my wish I couldn’t help to think about the meaning this spirit animal has for me.

I daydream ALL the time and I believe in magic. The thoughts in our minds becomes our reality even before we experience them. I know that not all people allow themself to act upon this “childlike” behavior, but I’m telling you it works to cast a vision of your life... to imagine the big things that you want for others, yourself and our world. I’ve practiced it and my dreams keeps getting fulfilled and let me tell you it’s not just luck.

It’s about letting go of limiting beliefs. It’s about letting go of fear because you are NOT fear. It’s about letting go of what other people will think of you. It’s about letting go of control because in reality you can’t control anyone or everything. This is YOUR choice.

When we have limiting beliefs we often feel stuck and don’t know how to move forward. Sometimes we might not feel worthy or we might feel shame about making too much money.

It’s about leading with your heart and searching in your soul. It’s about trusting in yourself and in others. It’s about thinking outside the box. It’s about leading with love.

We are all the same. We have faced many of the same challenges, same hurts and pains, but at the same time we are beautifully unique. We all have an incredible story to share that will inspire others. I want to hear your story. Others want to hear it. They need to hear it. Allow yourself to be vulnerable and show the real you because you will make a difference.

So let go of those limiting beliefs, negative thoughts and doubts. They are just lies. Follow your passion and you will not care what others may think of you. It will not matter. If you think you can. YOU WILL. YES, YOU CAN.

I can’t imagine what my life would look like if I would have listened to the lies of what others perception MIGHT be of multilevel marketing. I wouldn’t have the FINANCE to be able to help friends struggling with medical bills, I wouldn’t have the TIME to play ukelele, go for a hike and workout all in the same day. I wouldn’t have the FREEDOM to work when I want to and on my terms. Most importantly I wouldn’t have met an amazing COMMUNITY of friends who inspire me every day to kick fear in the butt. Business doesn’t have to look one way. You can be an employee or an entrepreneur. It’s simple.

So take charge of your dreams and ambitions and make them a reality. Let your imagination run wild and don’t overthink it or wait for perfection. The universe is waiting and the world needs you to help make it a better place. Spread your wings and fly lady bug.

K.C ❤️
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