Hi! I'm Lisa Gudenkauf, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Certified Functional Nutrition Counselor and licensed Massage Therapist from Iowa. I partner with individuals who are struggling with lack of energy, gut health, and stress and are motivated to make lasting changes to become the best version of themselves today and into the future!
When my third child of 5 was 3 years old, I decided to follow my love for anatomy and working with people by going back to school to become a licensed Massage Therapist. So when I wasn't busy with work and kids, I was found studying. Shortly after starting my massage therapy practice I began to experience extreme fatigue and weight gain. After a few months, I decided to see a family practitioner who discovered I needed to be referred to an ENT who after chest x-rays, ultrasounds and needle biopsies, discovered that I had thyroid cancer. This was then followed by a thyroidectomy, iodine radiation and thyroid hormone replacement therapy, which was retested periodically. This all taught me how to know my body and listen when it was telling me something wasn't quite right. Then came baby number 4 and shortly after number 5:)
Fast forward about five years as I sat in my annual oncology exam I was seeing an alternate physician today. As he reviewed my chart, he mentioned the word “Hashimoto's”, a word I had heard before but never associated with myself? I asked curiously, “What is that? He replied, “Oh nothing, just the appearance of your thyroid when it was removed.” This made me very curious and I headed home to do my own research on the topic. This is when I realized there was more to my health story. My passion for health and wellness had just had more fuel added to its fire. I began learning about autoimmune conditions and what were at the roots of mine and how I ultimately needed to fuel my body for my best outcomes. I never again heard the word Hashimoto's mentioned but this day began my search for answers and solutions that taught me to become my own advocate when it came to my health and those who are dear to me.
Along this crazy path of discovery of my own, I also supported my husband and children with food sensitivities, gut pathogens and adrenal issues. I put my enthusiasm for health into full swing when it came to my family. Knowing we were not alone, I wanted to expand my reach and help others too!
Today, I am an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, a Certified Functional Nutrition Counselor and have continued my massage therapist practice. In focused individual sessions and small-group interactions, I work with individuals who are motivated and seeking lasting change in their lives. Together, we discover what works for them, as an individual, not a cookie-cutter approach. This leads to solutions that are personal, creating consistent habits that lead to lasting change.
Knowing your body and being able to say, “This isn't normal for me is the first step to start a real conversation. We've all been there with thoughts like... “This is part of turning 30 or 40 or 50…,” but it doesn't have to be. It could be your energy level, your digestion, your mood, stress or food cravings. Don’t settle for excuses.
I am truly grateful to help motivated clients with lasting change.
It is a joy for me to share my passion with others!
Let's meet and find out what your “best version” looks like!
I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Functional Nutrition Lab, where I studied a variety of dietary theories and practical lifestyle coaching methods. With my knowledge, we co-create completely personalized actions based on your goals to move you toward your ideal vision of health within your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and resources.
certified in Gut and Hormone Health & Food Intolerance Testing
a guide and mentor who empowers you and provides ongoing support and guidance as you set goals and make sustainable changes that improve your health and happiness
JOSHUA ROSENTHAL | founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
WALTER WILLETT | MD, DrPH, chair of nutrition at Harvard University
ANDREW WEIL | MD, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
GABRIELLE BERNSTEIN | bestselling author and life coach
SUSAN BLUM | MD, MPH, assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
MARK HYMAN | MD, founder of The UltraWellness Center
GENEEN ROTH | bestselling author and expert on emotional eating
DAVID WOLFE | raw food leader and nutrition expert
MARION NESTLE | PhD, MPH, professor at New York University’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health
MARK BITTMAN | food writer for The New York Times and bestselling author
JOEL FUHRMAN | MD, family physician and leading expert on nutritional healing
founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
MD, DrPH, chair of nutrition at Harvard University
MD, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
bestselling author and life coach
MD, MPH, assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
MD, founder of The UltraWellness Center
bestselling author and expert on emotional eating
raw food leader and nutrition expert
PhD, MPH, professor at New York University’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health
food writer for The New York Times and bestselling author
MD, family physician and leading expert on nutritional healing
I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where I learned innovative coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, and over 100 dietary theories – Ayurveda, gluten-free, Paleo, raw, vegan, macrobiotics, and everything in between.
I then continued my education with the Functional Nutrition Lab: Full Body Systems with Andrea Nakayama where I became a Certified Functional Nutrition Counselor. There was in depth focus on all the bodies systems from Digestive and Immune to Endocrine and Reproductive Health.
You will develop a deeper understanding of food and lifestyle choices that work best for YOU, improving your energy, balance, health, and happiness.
My education has equipped me with extensive, cutting-edge knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and prevention. Drawing on my expertise, I work with my clients to help make lifestyle changes and choose health-promoting ways that produce real and lasting results.
We will talk about things beyond food, seeking to bring balance to important elements of your life such as love and relationships as well as career and money. I will personally and carefully guide you to make simple, small changes that transform your life.