Checking your own check engine light

An interview with


Hello, I love that you have decided to visit the blog at Living Healthier Ideas, I am Cristina Pettersen C and I am excited about this blog post.

As you know I am all into a Holistic Lifestyle, Healing, and Self-Love. This is why I have created this series of interviews with some amazing Powerful Confident Women to support all women with their health and wellbeing, their mindset, and their businesses. 

I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Karie Pietrykowski, a Nurse Practitioner turned high-level Health Consultant

Tell me a bit about yourself – Who is Karie Pietrykowski?


Karie Pietrykowski is a Nurse Practitioner turned high-level Health Consultant. She is The WHOLE-isitc Health Consultant and utilizes a unique approach that places you in control of your health and well-being. Karie has worked in healthcare for a decade and is a certified personal trainer who firmly believes in a head to toe holistic approach to health. Karie is a Montana native who moved to Arizona in November of 2019 with her boyfriend and two black labs to enjoy the warm weather, sunshine and Cubs spring training games!

What does it mean to check your own check engine light? 


Answer: I love to use this analogy to describe symptoms for people I am helping achieve better health. So, when the check engine light comes on in our cars, we know there is a problem. We also have a few options of how to respond to this notification. We can ignore it and risk our car breaking down or we can try to find what is triggering the light to come on. Symptoms are just like this! They are red flags that indicate something is happening in your body. We have the same options when it comes to responding. We can ignore them and run the risk of breaking down OR we can start to look for the root cause. Of course, we can always treat symptoms like when you have a headache. We can treat that with a plethora of options such as resting or increasing water but if we keep having headaches and treating them without ever looking for the root cause, we will just be managing symptoms. What we want is to start looking for the causes so we can build a healthier life where headaches aren’t a regular occurrence. This takes building self-awareness around your check engine lights, or symptoms, and searching for answers about your amazing body!


How do you support people to analyze their symptoms?

Answer: One of my favorite ways to help people do this work is to utilize logs. So begin logging those symptoms or red flags. If we want to continue with the headache example, you would want to look at when they occur, how long they last, what you are doing before they happen and what helps them or makes them worse. This can give us insight into patterns that may be occurring and start to build a plan to heal the root cause or causes. Logs are great for this and I have clients log anything from sleep to stress to energy levels and more! It takes work and it takes time as we troubleshoot the issue but the pay off is tremendous when you are able to live a healthier, more abundant life!



How do you work with people?

Answer: So I work with people in a variety of ways. I am able to do face-to-face depending on location and also offer online programs and plans. This can range from helping you get a handle on working out and figuring out your nutrition needs to a more intensive 1:1 head to toe whole health overhaul where we work together for 12 weeks. Of course, there are lots of options in between those two. In each case, we build practical and doable plans that fit into your life and embrace who you are at your core. All of my programs are 1:1 programs. I believe in custom solutions that fit into your life instead of you trying to force something to work for you that hasn’t considered your specific barriers and potential struggles. 

You can contact Karie Pietrykowski: is my website 

Thank you for reading, thank you for taking the time to learn and take action to improve your holistic health and your life. 



Cristina Pettersen 


MCC, Confidence and Holistic Life Coach & Healer

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6 Responses

  1. Great timing with this and I love the check engine analogy! You are right about logging all the “little things” that we often dismiss because when you step back and evaluate, they can really add up to a larger problem.

    1. You are right Adrienne, it is a way to help us notice if we have any symptoms or red flags when it comes to our health. We definitely will stop and get our car repaired, let’s do the same for us.

  2. Thanks for sharing this. Such a thought-provoking interview. I should definitely look into checking my check engine light. It’s good practice to have self-awareness and self-care. 🙂

  3. I love this and love that you are sharing amazing women and all that they do! Our health is so important and it was not until about 5 years ago that I even began to think about my health honestly. I had an immature mindset and thought I would love forever…. easting and doing whatever I wanted. When you are young you never think about it so I have made it a priority for my kids to look at this differently as it was years wasted for me and I wish I had lived healthier long before my health scare 🙂 When I say that… I mean eating fast food and processed foods, lack of exercise and switching it up to purchasing organic and products free of GMO’s as well as no processed foods and more veggies! All of that is so important. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Melissa, thanks for sharing about your own health journey and challenges, sometimes that is what makes it extra powerful and makes us realize the importance of helping others. In your case, helping your kids look at their health as a priority.

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