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Deborah Kesten

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Founder, Whole Person Integrative Eating®
Experience in my field since: 1990
I enjoy my work as: Coach - Individuals, Coach - Groups, Book Author, Blogger, Podcast Guest, Public Speaker, Panel Participant, Workshop Facilitator, Online Course Provider, In Person Services Provider, Participant in Collaborative Projects, Certification Specialist, Teacher
My Specialties: Nutrition, Chronic Disease Management, Health Education, Disease Prevention, Health Coaching, Other

WELCOME! I’m Deborah Kesten, founder of Whole Person Integrative Eating.

What if there were a science-backed way of eating that leads to weight loss, health, and healing? For you? Clients and patients? Employees? Even students, kids, friends and family? Over 25 years of research on our Whole Person Integrative Eating (WPIE)® dietary lifestyle (it’s not a diet!) reveals how to eat less and weigh less by identifying the reasons you overeat and gain weight, and then replacing these new-normal overeating styles with the antidotes: the ancient/new elements of our scientifically sound Whole Person Integrative Eating model and program.

The paradigm-shifting, well-researched message in Whole Person Integrative Eating is that it is possible to eat less and weigh less by nourishing your physical dimensions of health, but also your emotional, spiritual, and social well-being (ergo ‘Whole Person’ Integrative Eating). The end result: multidimensional nourishment for ‘all of you’ each time you eat.

With our personalized Whole Person Integrative Eating assessment quiz, and throughout the program, you will discover how simple shifts in what you eat (food choices) and how you eat (eating behaviors) lead to a comprehensive, personal system that addresses the underlying and multidimensional causes of overeating and overweight. Designed to be a lifetime practice, each core component of Whole Person Integrative Eating reinforces the others so that you are empowered to transform your relationship to food, eating, and weight…for life.

For Practitioners, Coaches, and Health and Corporate Organizations. The ‘Foundations of Whole Person Integrative Eating’ Certification Course gives health practitioners, professional coaches, and wellness leaders the tools they need to help patients, clients, and coachees overcome overeating and overweight; while Founder Deborah Kesten, MPH, and behavioral scientist Larry Scherwitz, PhD — Co-founder of Whole Person Integrative Eating — offer science-backed online and in-person optimal-eating and Lifestyle Medicine programs to health, business, and corporate communities, designed to prevent and reverse diet-related body-mind conditions–from overweight and heart disease to depression, stress, and more.

At WPIE, we want to empower you to provide scientifically sound optimal-eating guidelines to patients and clients, and we want to work with executives and employees to make informed nutrition and lifestyle decisions that lead to health and healing.

Deborah Kesten has taught the Whole Person Integrative Eating program at California Pacific Medical Center’s Institute for Health and Healing in San Francisco; lectured about and conducted research on WPIE at San Francisco State University; and presented at forums and universities, such as the Integrative Medicine Forum at the University of California at San Francisco and Duke University.

As a health journalist and nutrition columnist, Deborah Kesten has authored five books–the most recent is the award-winning Whole Person Integrative Eating: A Breakthrough Dietary Lifestyle to Treat the Root Causes of Overeating, Overweight, and Obesity–and published more than 400 articles and blogs on a multitude of nutrition, health, and prevention topics. Her community service has focused on the American Heart Association, San Francisco chapter, where she served on its Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and Communications Committee.

For almost 20 years, Co-founder of Whole Person Integrative Eating and behavioral scientist, Larry Scherwitz, PhD, has conducted research on preventing and reversing heart disease, and has led Lifestyle Medicine workshops for corporations and at medical universities in the U.S. and Europe. Deborah Kesten is married to medical researcher Larry Scherwitz, PhD. They often collaborate on research and writing projects.

For more about Whole Person Integrative Eating, please visit; and to find out about the “Foundations of Whole Person Integrative Eating” certification course for health professionals.

Awards and Affiliations

(1)  1st Place/Health category, Book Excellence Awards, 2020

BOOK: Whole Person Integrative Eating: A Breakthrough Dietary Lifestyle to Treat the Root Causes of Overeating, Overweight, and Obesity

(2) 1st Place/Spirituality category, Independent Publishers' Book Award, 1997

BOOK: Feeding the Body, Nourishing the Soul: Essentials of Eating for Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Well-Being

(3) Award: Healer for the New Millennium, Healthy Living magazine

Causes and Organizations

Member: Board of Directors, American Heart Association, San Francisco chapter, 1990-2000

Specialties: Preventing and reversing heart disease and overeating and overweight with Lifestyle Medicine and the Whole Person Integrative Eating program.

Certifications and Credentials

Certified Wellness Coach, Wellcoaches

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