Kari Dahlgren

Coach | Author | Advocate

feel normal around food again

About Me

My name is Kari, and I can help you feel normal around food.

My philosophy, Psycho-Spiritual Wellness, is rooted purely in psychology and spirituality, not dieting.

On my website, you can find blog posts about eating psychology and stopping compulsive eating that are well-researched and top-notch. You can also find my services like Feel Normal Around Food Coaching and my premium digital products like my books, workbooks, and online courses.

If you’re new, I highly recommend signing up for my newsletter, which contains my most soulful content. The articles that I write for my blog are more technical and ‘how-to’ in nature. What I send via email is much more personable, because that’s what email is!

Click here to sign up and walk with me on the path to feeling normal around food.

What I Do: I Help Heart-Centered, Open-Minded People Stop Compulsive Eating

You’re a great fit for my content if you relate to any or all of the following:

Perhaps you struggle with…

  • Feeling crazy around food: This includes but is not limited to thinking about food 24/7, planning dinner while you’re eating lunch, constantly feeling tempted by sweets in the pantry even while you’re busy doing other things.
  • Yo-yo dieting: Feeling excited and motivated one day and completely ‘falling off the wagon’ shortly after — often gaining back even more weight than you originally lost.
  • Decades lost to dieting: Anyone who has spent decades of their life dieting, tracking calories, and feeling otherwise out of control, crazy, or obsessive about food will benefit from Psycho-Spiritual Wellness.
  • Eating based on the clock: not based on hunger.
  • Weight loss or food obsession: My philosophy can help anyone who is above their natural weight and wants to lose weight or anyone who is their natural weight but still feels obsessive around food.
  • All-or-nothing mindset: Setting out to eat ‘perfectly’ and the moment you eat something off-limits, it sets off a full-on binge.
  • Feeling out of control: Worried and even terrified that giving up the food rules and living without boundaries will result in a feeding free-for-all followed by weight gain.

If this list practically feels like a resume to you, you’re not alone. Those bullet points listed above used to describe me, and they also describe the average person just trying to get by in this diet- and image-obsessed world.

If you want to break-free from these patterns, get food off your mind, and stop dieting all while heading towards your natural weight, I can help.

My Mission:



Audacious authenticity is my #1 mission in life. And on the path to feeling normal around food, authenticity is a natural byproduct.

The work that we do here with the Stop, Drop, & Feel opens your eyes to the uncomfortable things that were once buffered with food. While this opens you up to discomfort, it also opens you up to audacious authenticity. 

That’s why I pour my heart and soul into my newsletters, frequently sharing how I get through the lows in my life (as they relate to my relationship with food, which means everything is fair game because the way we do one thing is the way we do everything).

Owning my story helps me avoid shame and imposter syndrome, and it also helps me find compassion for myself and others. When people reply to my newsletter saying ‘yeah, me too’ it is the most validating and compassionate experience ever — for both of us.

After all, a pillar of self-compassion is shared humanity: knowing that you’re not the only one. This is one reason why I’m always harping to ‘hit reply’ in my newsletters. It is just as therapeutic for me to hear from you as it is (hopefully) for you to hear from me.

Audacious authenticity. Vulnerability. Validation that you’re not the only one losing your mind over food… that’s what it’s all about. In my book, that’s where true healing comes from.

Where Did I Learn Everything?

Psycho-Spiritual Wellness is all about psychology and spirituality. I don’t talk about the food-stuff because I am not a medical professional. I am not a doctor. I am not a dietitian. And I will never pretend like I have all the answers.

What I can promise you is that I’ve been there.

I know what it’s like to ‘eat well’ all day and even make it into bed feeling accomplished, only to compulsively get out of bed at midnight and shovel snacks into your face while hating yourself every minute and wishing you would stop with each bite…

It wasn’t until I stopped dieting that I finally stopped binge eating and compulsive eating. And it wasn’t until I addressed my psychology that I finally broke ground and climbed out of the hole of compulsive eating.

I’ve also spent 8 years of my career as a medical writer, working side-by-side with clinicians to make sure content is well-researched and water-tight. They taught me to question everything and fact-check absolutely everything.

When you read my blog posts, pay attention to the links. I make sure I use highly credible sources, like scientific journals from PubMed, and I make sure those sources are recent, not outdated. (I read these dense, technical, jargon-filled journals so that you don’t have to.)

How Did Everything Get Started?

Care to take a ride with me down memory lane?


The blog was born

I started this blog in 2015 as an intentional living blog, believe it or not! At the time, I was really into minimalism and paring down the obligations in my life.



I Gave Up Dieting

On August 8th 2016, I gave up dieting as an exasperated Hail Mary to see if it would help me feel normal around food. It did.



Feel Normal Around Food Coaching

In 2017, I launched my coaching practice.



Stop, Drop, & Feel®️

In 2018, I coined the Stop, Drop, & Feel®️, my bread and butter. I later trademarked it!



Product Meets Service

In January of 2020, I launched my very first product: my full-length ebook Daily Reminders on Psycho-Spiritual Wellness.



Why We Do the Things We Do

In May of 2020, I launched my workbook on stopping self-sabotage: Why We Do the Things We Do. It is still my bestselling product to date.



Self-Starters Get Started

In February of 2021, I launched my first online course, The Stop, Drop, & Feel Masterclass.



Stopping Sugar Addiction

In October of 2021, I launched Stopping Sugar Addiction the Psycho-Spiritual Way due to the enormous number of emails I get about people struggling with sugar.



Test Pilot

In January of 2022, I test-piloted Gentle Weight Loss, a system that helped me drop a pant size and keep it off for over two years. It will launch soon enough.



Food Normal

Now we are five years into my journey, and this entire time I had been sitting on an idea that I was too scared to execute. I wanted to document everything that I had learned — my legacy, if you will — and distill it into an ultimate online course. I had so much creator’s block (as any big project stirs up) that I finally hired a coach of my own and worked with her for 6 months until I finally finished it: Food Normal.



I Dive Head-First into the Unknown

In May 2023, I took all of this on full-time. That’s right; up until this point, I was rocking all of this on the side of a full-time job. I loved that job, until it was time to go. It gave me the opportunity to do a lot of cool things. Some of my favorites were writing my very first book, Healing & Happiness After Stroke (as my old job was in the stroke rehabilitation field) and learning how to write really awesome medical content rooted in clinical evidence. (Now you know why my blog is so awesome, if I do say so myself.)



SDF Masterclass Makeover

To date, the Stop, Drop, & Feel has remained the most important tool for stopping compulsive eating the psycho-spiritual way. So this year, I refilmed 100% of the Stop, Drop, & Feel Masterclass videos and updated the curriculum to address everything I’ve learned in the years since. It is now my #2 bestseller, and I hope to see you inside!