About - Simply Mindful Skip to the content

Meet Fran Benedict, Founder

Hi! I’m Fran, a Certified Health and Integrative Nutrition Counselor whose deep interest in discovering ways to experience a meaningful, nourished life inspired the creation of Simply Mindful.

After some significant life changes, I felt a visceral need to nourish the roots of my own life. I realized that learning how to be true to myself and feel “rooted”—in spite of the chaos outside of my control—was the only way I’d ever achieve true well-being.

This realization led me to pursue a functional understanding of the mind-body connection—specifically, how food affects mood and energy. I also learned how our emotions, beliefs, and attitudes impact our overall health in profound ways.

I’ve now worked as a holistic health professional for 20 years, helping others discover how they, too, can reach optimal wellness. My path in health promotion has helped me share with my clients how holistic health drives our sense of connection to everything else in the world.

I hold a particular interest in the gut-brain relationship and the health of our gut microbiome. This crucial and often overlooked connection is central to our mental health, hormonal function, inflammatory levels, and nervous system.

Above all else, I believe Food Is Medicine. I am passionate about helping people reconnect to food as a positive source of energy and life.

Mindfulness is the key inroad I use to help clients discover this reconnection. Over many years, I’ve had the privilege of studying awareness practices with some of the leading experts in mindfulness and meditation throughout the U.S.

I earned a B.S. in Health Promotion and Behavior from the University of Georgia. Following that, I became a Certified Holistic Health Counselor (CHHC) through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Columbia University’s Teachers College in New York City. 

In my free time, I love spending time with friends and family, nature, organic gardening, cooking, running, yoga, swimming, camping, exploring, photography, dancing—and not taking myself too seriously!

Ready to start feeling whole again?

Contact Me


“Fran lives what she teaches. I’ve found her coaching to be as authentic as her heart. She is so knowledgable, and gifted to see where constructive change can mean the most.”

Victor, Nashville, TN

“Fran’s perspective on the connection between mind+mood+food and recommendations to support me on my path were extremely helpful. I’m sincerely grateful for her insights to help me reconnect with my body by sharing simple practices that make a tremendous difference in my stress levels and quality of life.” 

S.G., San Francisco, CA

“Fran is now part of my day, every single day.  It’s pretty impactful what she does.  How amazing to be such an intimate part of peoples’ lives!  Thank you, Fran!! ”



Heather, San Diego, CA

“Fran has helped me learn a lot about the importance of a balanced gut and taking care of my body on multiple levels. Starting with the basics of helping get my body back into balance to help manage my allergies and stress levels better. As a result, I can now participate regularly in my love for triathlons and feel great! I cannot imagine this journey without her help over the last few years.”

Michael, San Diego, CA
Some of Fran's work and speaking engagements include: