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Meet Kristy Malone and Rachel Freeman of The Paleo Therapists in North County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristy Malone and Rachel Freeman

Thanks for sharing your story with us Kristy, Rachel. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
We found each other via social media and immediately connected over the fact that we were both mental health therapists and also nutritionists, which is a fairly rare combination. We also both felt there was a major need for more integration of the fields of mental health and nutrition. We knew from both professional and personal experience that you cannot separate the emotional from the physical; yet these two fields have traditionally operated very independently from each other. Thus, the “Paleo Therapists” was born. Putting our heads together led very organically to the creation of our women’s group, “Cravings & Connections.” This group focuses on the emotional components of eating, and our relationship with food and with our own bodies.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The concept and collaboration have been incredibly natural; however, bringing our ideas to fruition and the logistics of creating and marketing a group have been challenging. As entrepreneurs we’ve had to learn a lot of additional skills we’ve never used before, like graphic design and advertising, public speaking, website development, and social media networking. There has been a lot of trial and error, but the struggle is part of the story and we really try to keep a sense of humor about it when things don’t go as planned.

The Paleo Therapists – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Our mission as The Paleo Therapists is to uncomplicate the nutritional and emotional elements of wellness through education, support, and self-exploration. Our specialty lies in supporting women in developing a sustainable healthy relationship with food and their bodies that is rooted in self-worth, rather than shame.

What sets us apart from other health coaches and nutritionists is that we teach women how to listen to their bodies, and guide them to uncover the root cause of dysfunction in their body image and/or relationship with food. Our Cravings & Connections group accomplishes this through in-depth exploration of their self-talk and emotions, as well as other topics such as:

• The psychology of eating and the physiology of digestion
• Why we have cravings, what they mean, and how to respond
• Blood sugar balance as it relates to mood and cravings
• Mindful eating and how to listen to what your body needs
• Physical and emotional detoxification
• How to transform your mindset around food and body image

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
We had a Cravings & Connections group of women who were all in their 50’s and 60’s, and after we spent some time examining their narratives about food and their bodies and digging deep into how they actually feel about themselves, one of the women said “I have never thought about any of this, and it changes everything for me.” Several others chimed in their agreement, and that was so affirming to us that this type of inner work is important for every woman to do, whether it’s in her 20’s or 60’s or beyond. We have worked incredibly hard to make our group valuable for every woman, no matter her age or life situation; so that was a pretty proud moment.


  • We hold groups on a rotating basis, both locally and virtually. The current pricing is $199 for the 4-week group.
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