How and Why I became a Health Coach

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Today I’m taking back the curtain on just how I created my dream business, and became this crazy, new-fangled thing called a Health Coach.  

I believe every single one of us can make a difference on this Earth. It’s up to you to figure out what you think your legacy should be. It may take you some time to discover it, but when you do, it’s your duty to carry it out. Because when you play small, you’re not only short-changing yourself, you’re short-changing all of the people who could benefit from your gift.

For me, it took a while for the light bulb to go off, but when it did, there was no stopping me.

In college, I had healed my own health issues simply by changing my diet, even when modern medicine couldn’t. I became fascinated with the power of food, and decided I needed to learn everything about it…but, just in my spare time. I was going to school for for fashion, and then, finance, so nutrition became my hobby, not a career option.

My passion for it though, couldn’t be contained. I would “diagnose” my friends and family, and prescribe specific foods to heal whatever ailed them. At first, I would take it upon myself to tell people what they should do to heal. Soon, they started coming back to me asking for help with other issues.

I decided to start a blog simply to share my knowledge with my friends and family (who, naturally, were my first and only readers). The blog grew organically, and as I got more into it, I had a flash of insight: My purpose in life is to help people get healthy.     

So, I went back to school to learn about nutrition, became a Certified Health Coach.

Learning about nutrition and changing my diet completely changed my life, in more ways than I ever expected. And I feel so blessed that I can help other women achieve that a-ha moment, when everything starts to click, and their body starts doing what they want it to do, without a constant struggle.

There is no better motivation to keep going, than when a client tells me, “you changed my life.”

You see, the truth is, no one is really teaching us about nutrition, and the connection between our diet and our health. We don’t learn about it in school, we’re fed confusing and misleading messages by food manufacturers (“whole grain” Froot Loops, anyone?), and even our doctors get less than 24 hours of nutrition instruction in their many years of med school.

Health Coaching is a relatively new thing (since the 70’s), but I believe it is absolutely the future of health care (and so does the head of Harvard Medical School, apparently…scroll down to second video in the link).

Until every single person on this planet is vibrantly healthy, I just won’t stop. How is that for motivation?

So, if you are thinking about becoming a Health Coach, or an entrepreneur of any sort, for that matter, don’t even think about it, unless you are committed ‘till the very end. It’s not always a walk in the park, but, if you have passion and persistence, you will succeed. 

Phew, well, now you know! 

You can find out what makes other savvy entrepreneurs tick, by visiting Hilary’s Site, Dean Street Society. Yesterday, Mommy blogger, Ashley over at Written on Her Heart shared her insight on blogging, and tomorrow the three wanderlusters from Treasures and Travel will be giving you the scoop on their biz. Hope we can inspire and spark something in you!

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  1. Okay I fully confess that people like you are on the planet because people like me need you! I say the exact same thing as a stylist — that no one taught us these foundations, the science of style, fit and proportion, why things work. And they’re critical to our emotional well-being and confidence. You’re so right about nutrition and it’s an area I personally am clueless about, feel overwhelmed by, to the point of just ignoring the whole thing because the idea of even just starting small panics me. Some people may read this and think that sounds silly, but we all have something we feel that way about — overwhelm, anxiety, denial. Which is why the work we all do in our own niches is so important — we’re filling in the gaps that leave people less healthy and happy, and we’re making it more accessible, affordable, relateable. Love that synergy of feeling like we’re on the same mission, even though you’re a health coach and grocery stores give me anxiety! Ha. 😉

    Thanks for helping us kick off the Happy Hour Blog Tour, lady!

    with grace & gumption,

    Hilary & Dean Street Society

  2. Maria,

    I loved that you said “Because when you play small, you’re not only short-changing yourself, you’re short-changing all of the people who could benefit from your gift.” Thanks for the reminder! 🙂 I am excited that I have “met” you through this Happy Hour Blog Tour. It is so fun reading everyone’s posts. I am excited to read your other posts and I am now really hungry after looking at some of your popular posts 🙂

    Heather Crabtree
    http://www.heathercrabtree.com

    1. Thanks, Heather, so nice to meet, you, too! Can’t wait to read your post and see what you have to say. Love your photo, btw! 🙂

      Maria

  3. This was a great post, Maria! I especially agree with your statements “So, if you are thinking about becoming a Health Coach, or an entrepreneur of any sort, for that matter, don’t even think about it, unless you are committed ‘till the very end. It’s not always a walk in the park, but, if you have passion and persistence, you will succeed.” True and sound statements that all entrepreneurs should think about!

    Alex T.
    Brown Pearl Inc.

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