Kenda Sutton-EL

by Terry Watson | May 15th, 2019
Kenda Sutton-EL (Photos by Lechele Trent-Jackson)

Kenda Sutton-EL (Photos by Lechele Trent-Jackson)

Kenda Sutton-EL of Richmond, VA wears many hats. She attended Old Dominion University, the University of Virginia, and New River Community College. She is a Holistic Nutritionist, Student Midwife, Reproductive Justice and Maternal Health Advocate, Iridologist, Birthworker, Vaginal Steam Practitioner, Reiki Master, Reflexogy, and Master Herbalist. She is also a passionate advocate of healthy foods, maternal mortality, reproductive justice, alternative medicine, and nutrition education.

Kenda believes that health starts on the dinner plate. She uses herbs, diet, and lifestyle shifts to mitigate and reverse health conditions, and focuses on addressing her clients’ metabolic individuality as a key factor in her functional nutrition protocols and health coaching. As a Holistic Vegan Nutritionist and Lifestyle Coach, she specializes in hormone healing. “That’s what it all comes down to. As a Holistic Nutritionist, I recognize there is no ‘one size fits all’ diet or magic bullet which is going to cure all illnesses. I focus on having a thorough understanding of your personal goals, needs, likes and dislikes, support networks, and lifestyle so that I am able to create a food and lifestyle approach that suits you. If your hormones are out of balance, chances are you will not be looking, and feeling, or performing at your best,” she shares.

Prior to launching her private practice as a holistic herbalist and nutritionist, Kenda spent years as an Executive Director of a skilled nursing facility, working with individuals with developmental disabilities. She says this experience greatly improved her communication skills, compassion, flexibility, and understanding of the specific needs of others. Kenda also became passionate about birthwork while working with her late great-grandmother who was a Granny Midwife.

Kenda interest in nutrition came while she was trying to heal herself. “I took a nutrition class and was amazed at how little I knew. It wasn’t until a few years later when I began to seek out alternative medicine, than my obsession with the idea that “food is my fuel” started. It was during these long workouts with my husband that I experimented with food to help fend off hallucinations (from sleep deprivation), prevent muscle cramps, and more importantly, avoid bonking. I learned what worked and what didn’t work. What foods kept my muscle glycogen topped off, and what foods repaired my body. Regardless of how big or small, it taught me that my body requires proper fueling for optimal performance and recovery,” she said.

Kenda says one of her professional goals is to create individualized, custom nutrition programs for her clients. “I enjoy teaching clients about the benefits of eating whole foods while learning about their specific needs. I do this without judgment. I do not believe in quick fixes or unrealistic diets. Nutrition programs are a lifestyle change and I understand it can be an overwhelming concept at first. I believe in setting realistic goals, making a commitment to those goals, and working together to accomplish the goals with patience, compassion, and encouragement. Change takes time,” she says.

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