About Chris Engen

A little bit about me

I spent many years trying "all of the things" to help me end self-sabotage with alcohol. Anyone who is struggling with over-using a substance or a behavior to manage their mood knows exactly what I'm talking about! There is so much information out there for talk therapy and group counseling and spiritual awakenings, and almost nothing about the biochemical nature of addiction.

My "ah ha" moment was learning how brain imbalances lead to symptoms like anxiety, depression and lack of focus, and that it was easily correctable with targeted supplements and food! Also realizing that low blood sugar contributes to cravings and anxiety and that intermittent fasting and skipping meals was not doing me any favors! Once I corrected my biochemistry naturally, it became much easier to say no to alcohol and focus on all the things in life that bring me joy. 

I specialize in Amino Acid Therapy, the use of supplemental amino acids to replenish depleted neurotransmitter systems. I help people balance their brains so they can cope with stress and make good choices for their lives! Amino acids and a high protein diet changed my life and were the MISSING PIECE to my recovery program. I have helped hundreds of people successfully use amino acids to curb their cravings for alcohol, sugar and other substances and addictive behaviors. Not just for addiction though, it's useful to anyone, because I believe everyone is in recovery from something!

I'm Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition (BCHN ™) and hold a Nutrition Consultant Certificate (NC) from Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts. I also hold an Advanced Certification as a Recovery Nutrition Coach (CRNC2) for  Nutritional Therapy / Amino Acid Therapy from The Academy for Addiction and Mental Health Nutrition. 

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA with my 3 children and 2 dogs. My diverse interests include triathlon racing (20+ years), open water swimming, running events, snowboarding (30 years!), SCUBA, yoga, hiking, travel and movies. 

I love sharing my passion for health and the beautiful life that comes with being properly nourished from real food with anyone who wants to change their life!