Become a Health Coach

Maggie with client

Maggie with client

People often ask me how to become a Health Coach, aka Holistic Nutrition Counselor, so I thought I’d dedicate a page to this topic.

First, let me share how I feel about this career. It feeds my soul. I find guiding and teaching another person how to move forward in their life completely satisfying. Health coaching is new; it’s outside of the box. Nutritionists and dieticians do excellent work, but this career is different.

It’s about teaching people how to eat nutrient-dense, one ingredient foods from nature. It’s not about calories, fat grams and/or meal plans. It’s about delicious, real, home-cooked food which is literally medicine for the body.

Not only is it about bio-individuality which means that there is no perfect way of eating for everyone, but it is also about developing a relationship with your body and tuning into the brilliant messages it gives you. It’s also not a diet, but a lifestyle. Health coaching takes health beyond the food and invites a person to look at what is ‘feeding’ them in their life. Do they have relationships that support them? Do they have a way to move their body (exercise) that they love? Do they have a spiritual practice that grounds and connects them? Do their careers satisfy their need for meaningful work? There are no ‘right’ answers, but there are perfect answers for each unique individual.

Health coaching is different. I’m different. So it’s a great fit. There are more and more schools offering Health Coaching programs, but I must say, I’m a BIG fan of my Alma Mater: the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. The founder of the school, Joshua Rosenthal, is brilliant. Not only, does he teach his students about food, but he also teaches them about human nature; significant because Health Coaches work one-on-one or in small groups. He has a serious, heartfelt mission: To change the health and happiness of America. So the school is founded on changing the world through the food we eat and the way we live.

The line-up of teachers at Integrative Nutrition is impressive: Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Walter Willett, Geneen Roth, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Barry Sears, Dr. John Douillard, Sally Fallon Morell, Annemarie Colbin and many more.

If you’re reading this, you probably realize that life goes very differently when you eat well. Your thoughts are better, your mood is better, your sleep is better, your energy level is better. You get the picture.

I LOVE talking about the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and my career. So, if you’d like to learn more and understand if it could be a good fit for you, simply email me. And we’ll schedule a time to talk. It’s my favorite topic. And to help you learn more before we meet, here’s a podcast I recorded that shares valuable details on how I got started.

P.S. And one last thought, if you’re not in a career that you love and that feeds your soul, keep in mind that life is short and life is now. My dream began when I was sitting at my corporate job at 3:00 p.m. surfing the internet, out of boredom, when I came across the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since then, my life has taken off. Is it time for a change? Let’s talk.