Can I give nutrition advice as a holistic health coach?

Can I give nutrition advice as a holistic health coach? |

One of the questions I get asked the most about becoming a holistic health coach through the Institute For Integrative Nutrition® is “If you’re not a nutritionist or a registered dietician, when it comes to giving advice on food, health and wellness, how do you ensure it won’t be taken as “nutritional advice” versus just a recommendation?

You’ll learn a lot more detail when you are in the health coach training program. Upon signing on with you as a client, each person must sign a program agreement and this clearly outlines that any advice given to a client is just that – advice and isn’t to be taken as medical advice.

One of the great things about IIN™ is that they encourage you to really listen to your clients and not tell them what they need to be doing, because each person only really knows themselves and their bodies more than anyone else around them.

You can have a certain angle or idea that you believe in more than others, but the clients choose what they put in their own bodies – nobody is shoving greens down anyone else’s throats!

When it comes to providing advice, there are legalities that need to be followed on a state by state basis. You can do a quick look on your state’s policies here.  However based on your state, you may need to purchase liability insurance in order to provide nutrition advice within the bounds of state law.

I know you can purchase this in a few different places, but the one that I’ve heard the most talked about from other coaches is through International Association of Health Coaches (or IAHC). You can find out more about their service here.

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The Rollercoaster & The Silver Linings (An Announcement)

Hello friends!

This has been a roller-coaster week for me. I’m constantly being reminded of how good I have it in life – but that it doesn’t come without its challenges.

While I’ve been in baby heaven lately, I’m also learning the tough parts about being a mommy. Like how I can’t make my son feel better when he’s not feeling well.

Like yesterday, he had his two-month vaccine shots – and while he’s totally knocked out and sleeping, I’ve been happily ticky-tapping with my laptop on my lap (is it terrible of me to be so thankful for the quiet moments?). He’s in baby-land probably dreaming of booby milk and soft blankies but awaking every few minutes in sheer pain and discomfort.

But I can’t help but be grateful for those quiet moments while he’s napping and feeling peaceful. A little silver lining to allow me to get some work done – like write this!

Another bit of a bump in the rollercoaster for me has been how I’ve been feeling. I’ve spent the past 8 weeks postpartum just trying to get by – eating anything that would get me some calories for breastfeeding, no matter the nutrition factor.

With my throw-caution-to-the-wind eating habits, I’ve also started feeling bloated, gassy, lethargic, and exhausted again (ugh!)- and it’s not entirely from lack of sleep. I’ve been doing my best to return to my old standby healthy habits – one of which is removing the foods that I’m sensitive to entirely from my diet.

While I haven’t been eating gluten, I have been eating dairy the past couple months – and now, I had no choice but to remove it from my diet too. It’s been 5 days now, and thankfully I already feel worlds better. My body doesn’t feel bigger than it is, my head is more clear, and my pants actually are fitting better already.

It hasn’t been easy – it never is when I add or remove a food from my diet, especially one that is easy to become addicted to (like dairy or gluten), but it’s been so worth it. Again, the silver lining in the challenge.

Which brings me to what else has been going on with me this week… I’ve finally put the finishing touches on my Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Jump Start Kit. I put this kit together, because I’ve had a ton of people reaching out to me asking how I made the transition to this lifestyle without going hungry, crazy, or getting too overwhelmed. Something I have become an expert in just by chance.

Now, I’m more of a fan of sharing rather than selling generally, but I wanted to let you know that if you’ve been struggling with removing gluten or dairy from your life, this kit will be really super helpful to you.

The Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Jump Start Kit a pretty little package of all the knowledge I’ve gained over the years about gluten-free dairy-free living – wrapped in a neat little bow – and a few extra flourishes added on top.

If this is something you might be interested in, I’d love for you to come over and check out the kit and start making the transition to a gluten-free dairy-free life with ease. Click here or the image below for more information and how to get instant access.

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Jump Start Kit |

My Personal Organization Life-Savers (Plus FREE Downloads)

Staying organized as a mama can be a circus. With so much going on, it’s near impossible to keep up with even brushing my hair, let alone keeping organized enough to have my house not look like it’s falling apart or eating tacos from the drive-through every night.

Since I found out I was pregnant, I have been determined to stay organized – no matter how crazy life becomes with this new little bundle of joy at home.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not doing anything perfect. I’m trying to figure out how to have a baby AND feel like a human at the same time. I just know that when my house is clean(ish) and my husband and I are eating well, the home is a much happier, less cranky place – even on minimal sleep.

Which is why I decided to break out the three resources that have been helping me keep my sanity the past few weeks – and hopefully far into the future. I think you’ll find them pretty helpful in keeping your life organized too.

These are my go-to downloads and printables for keeping my healthy eating on track and my house in tip-top shape. If I have even just one less thing to think about as the weeks move forward and I’m getting the hang of this motherhood thing, I consider that worthy of an award.

Click the images below to download the free printables individually – or download the whole zip file at the bottom of the post – to start getting organized in your life too.

My Weekly Meals Planner

Meal Planner Printable |

This printable is one of my saving graces of the week and ensures that I’m eating well throughout the week. Just like you, I don’t eat perfectly all the time – which is why having a plan in place helps me to steer clear of eating cereal for dinner and actually making sure I get my greens.

Find out my method for menu planing in just 15 minutes each week by clicking here. [Read more...]