Growing up in NZ as the only redhead in her class, Kerryn definitely looked different from everyone else around. Everyone else was pretty and tanned, while she was “ugly,” white with freckles, crooked teeth & in her head (like a lot of girls) she had “fat legs”. Growing up with a terrible self-image led to a lot of awful self-talk. Leading to an adult & a marriage where she relied heavily on her husband to make her feel good about herself. Relationship issues exacerbated self-worth issues, leading to overeating to escape emotions & weight gain. In her words “because I felt so miserable about myself, and wanted to have my husband “love” me again. I thought the answer was to lose weight, and the quicker I lost the weight, the quicker I could feel better about myself”.
This led to diet pills, restrictive eating, yoyo-dieting, and hectic workout schedules.
“I thought if I looked better, my husband would love me again. And if he loved me, then maybe I’d love me too.” The painful process eventually led to their separation, then divorce.
“I felt like SUCH a failure!!”
After that, she decided NO MORE! No more feeling unloved. No more feeling undervalued. No more hiding in the shadows of life. Time to create the life she WANTED to live. Time to release the expectations. Time to stop judging herself for not being perfect.
At 43, a stage one melanoma is what shifted things from dabbling with being “healthy” to eating a whole foods plant-based diet. She became obsessed with cancer research, and the impact of food on our health. She got certified in plant-based nutrition through eCornell with T Colin Campbell, and as a health & life coach at Health Coach Institute.
“What I thought was a healthy vegetarian diet previously, was actually around 60% processed & toxic to my body! No wonder I was feeling sick, exhausted, and struggling to keep the weight off.” After removing the processed vegan junk food & oils the last few inches melted away. Niggly little health symptoms also disappeared within a couple of weeks. No gut problems, No skin problems. Endless energy!
Her oncology blood tests have been perfect for 4 years too!
The Plant Power Coach, Kerryn shares, “80% of weight loss comes from what you put in your mouth, but 100% of what you put in your mouth starts with what you put in your head.”
She has been getting amazing health & weight loss results for her clients following a whole food plant-based lifestyle. Some of her client results are shared below.
Lisa went from struggling with mental health & weight gain to dropping 15kg easily over 6 months and loving her new health and outlook on life. Michelle went from yo-yo dieting and putting everyone else first, to dropping 10kg in 6 months, and feeling like a new person! Bev needed to lose 15kg for a knee operation, but had been trying and failing to lose weight her whole life, now she’s lost 17kg and can’t believe how easy it was! Ellie struggled with emotional bingeing and poor health, but has now lost 14.5kg, and manages her emotions much easier to avoid heading into binges.
Combining the weight loss while helping her clients shift their mindset is why she’s been successful. Helping them to stop self-criticism and judgment, understand their own minds, and show them that they can create more empowering thoughts that’ll lead to taking more powerful actions towards their goals. Kerryn shares, “Life’s struggles are here as a gift, to help us learn and grow. That has been the absolute best thing I could’ve learned because THAT is why I struggled for all those years!”
Kerryn Sawyer – The Plant Power Coach – is a New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based health & life coach helping people ditch unhealthy diet mentality to achieve healthy and sustainable weight loss on a plant-based diet.
Her signature 6 month Plant Power Transformation Program helps clients to not only adopt a more whole foods plant-based lifestyle, but helps them rewire their mindset and relationship to food and themselves, so they unwind years of unhealthy habits, thoughts, and beliefs, and finally, achieve sustainable and healthy weight loss.
She is certified in Plant-Based Nutrition through eCornel, is a certified Health & Life Coach through the Health Coach Institute, in March 2021 was named #2 Life Coach in the world to watch by Yahoo Finance in 2021, and awarded #1 Plant-Based Weight Loss Coach in Australia 2022 by LUXLife Health & Beauty Awards.
As a lover of whole plant foods, it is her staunch belief that this is THE way the human body should be fueled, and it is her mission to help as many people as possible make plant-based eating joyful and healthy, for not only their own health and weight loss benefits, but for the benefits of both the planet and the animals.