Kerstin Martin, Founder of The Reluctant Cook and the Intuitive Dieting™ Program


Kerstin Martin is a successful Squarespace Web Designer & Authorized Trainer, a passion she found late in life after spending decades in corporate jobs in the airline, I.T., finance and education industries. 

In 2018 Kerstin founded The Reluctant Cook (she is one!) and the Intuitive Dieting™ program, following a lifetime of struggling with weight loss and emotional eating that left her about 100 lbs overweight. She wants to lose 60-80 lbs to qualify for a much needed ankle surgery.

With Intuitive Dieting™ Kerstin looks at combining dieting methods (for those who are obese and have to lose weight for health reasons) with Intuitive Eating principles and a passion for cooking to find a more peaceful and nurturing longterm approach to food and eating.

On The Reluctant Cook Kerstin blogs about the psychology of weight loss and her journey to falling in love with Intuitive Eating and cooking!

Kerstin lives in Bellingham, WA

 Joanna Bourke, columnist at The Reluctant Cook


Joanna Bourke is a Life Coach and Ballymaloe-trained cook. After several years working for a global tech company in Silicon Valley, she left to follow her passion for food and cooking. She has cooked at yoga and business retreats in Ireland and France, and hosts a workshop called The Calm Kitchen - focused on the mental health benefits of cooking and Intuitive Eating.  

Joanna has completed the course Applying Intuitive Eating and Non-Diet Approaches in Practice with Dr. Laura Thomas, which has been endorsed by the Association for Nutrition.

In 2018 Joanna was named as one of the People to Watch in Food by The Irish Times.

Joanna has a website called The Chopping Board and we are thrilled that she joined us to write the column The Calm Kitchen for The Relucant Cook.

Joanna lives in Dublin, Ireland