Karen Frazier is a freelance writer and journalist with more than 25 years of experience writing for an array of publications. She is the author of several books, including The Hashimoto's 4-Week Plan, Nutrition Facts, The Hashimoto's Cookbook and Action Plan, DASH Done Slow, The Gastroparesis Cookbook, Dancing with the Afterlife: A paranormal memoir, Crystals for Healing, Lessons of Many Lives, Pioneer Spirits, and Avalanche of Spirits: The Ghosts of Wellington. Karen has written articles on many topics, and has specific expertise in food and wine, paranormal phenomena, metaphysics, marketing, alternative health care, parenting, and nutrition and fitness.
Nutrition, Fitness, and Dance
Karen is a nutrition and fitness expert. She spent ten years as a personal trainer, fitness instructor, bodybuilding coach, diet advisor, and bodybuilder maintaining American Council on Exercise (ACE) personal trainer and fitness instructor certifications. She regularly took classes and workshops to further her knowledge in exercise and nutrition. Over the years, she coached numerous clients in exercise and diet to help them reach their goals for weight, health, and overall fitness.
Currently, Karen's preferred forms of exercise and dance are those that integrate mind, body, and spirit. She is a Nia White Belt who also engages in yoga practice. She also participates in tribal belly dance, hikes, and runs a few times a week when weather permits.
Diagnosed in her early 40s with celiac disease and an acute dairy allergy, Karen understands how to maintain a gluten-free and dairy-free household and diet. After significant research, Karen discovered the best way for her to eat was an organic, seasonal, grain-free, minimally processed diet. In her cookbooks and on her blog, she helps readers follow elimination diets to find a way of eating that works best for their own unique health picture. Karen also has substantial experience in natural health, spending several years early in her career serving as a patient education coordinator for a natural health clinic.
Food, Wine, and Cocktails
Karen is the published author of multiple cookbooks for people on special diets. A wine and cooking enthusiast, she has taken multiple cooking classes and written about wine for many years. She enjoys making home cooked meals for her family and friends, creating recipes, and pairing them with the perfect wine or spirits.
Karen has also collected wine for two decades, spending countless hours in wine shops and the nearby wineries in Washington and Oregon. She earned her CWAS (California Wine Appellation Specialist) credential from the San Francisco Wine School. A cocktail and spirits enthusiast, Karen enjoys creating craft cocktails with unusual flavor profiles. She shares these cocktails with others when she tends bar for local non-profit fundraisers.
She shares her wine, food, cocktails, and cooking expertise and recipes on her personal blog, The Modern Ancestor.
As a paranormal, metaphysical, and spiritual author, Karen spent three years as the Managing Editor and a journalist for Paranormal Underground Magazine. She is an intuitive energy healer and Usui Reiki master who currently writes two monthly columns for the magazine, Metaphysics and Energy Healing, and Dream Interpretation. She is the co-host of Paranormal Underground Radio In the Dark, and investigates the paranormal as a psychic medium. She maintains relationships with some of the field's top experts, sharing information, ideas, and research findings. She also is a frequent lecturer at paranormal conferences and symposia and teaches classes in psychic development and energy healing.
Babies, Kids, Teens, and Family
Karen is a mom. She has a college-aged son and a teen-aged stepson. She also volunteered as a court appointed special advocate (CASA) and guardian ad litem for abused and neglected kids in dependency. In that capacity, Karen maintained a minimum of 12 hours per year in ongoing education into topics like family dynamics, kids' mental health, autism, drug abuse, and other topics pertinent to parents and families. She attended Eastern Washington University, where she majored in elementary reading education and music education with a minor in math education. Throughout her adulthood, Karen has also taught music lessons to kids, volunteered as a youth choir director, volunteered in the schools, coached youth sports, and provided tutoring in an array of subjects.
Business and Social Networking
Throughout her career, Karen has worked as a managing editor, technical writer, technical editor, script writer, journalist, public relations specialist, instructional designer, art director, and marketing communication specialist. Early in her career, she served as a business and office manager. She has also started two businesses, including a small publishing company and a successful freelancing business where she advised clients on marketing using Web 2.0 strategies. Karen also served as an internet security and safety expert for an online reputation management company, where she helped clients manage their online reputations and wrote articles about internet privacy and safety.
Karen has been a musician for more than 40 years. She started playing the piano in elementary school. She also began playing flute when she was 11 years old, and it was her primary instrument when she majored in music education in college. Karen also plays percussion instruments and mandolin. She teaches flute lessons and has volunteered as a music tutor in the local school district.
Other Interests and Hobbies
Karen is passionate about her interests and hobbies. She hosts a weekly radio show on MixLr with more than 300 episodes in the books, is a frequent volunteer and fund raiser for local charities, works as an energy healer, and produces promotional videos for non-profit organizations. Karen also volunteered with a crisis hotline in her hometown, makes handmade jewelry, and crochets. To learn more, please visit her website.