July 17, 2017. This was my back-to-school date. A few months ago I’ve decided to go back to school a little bit earlier than usual at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. This is totally different from what I used to do in my previous corporate job and can be a little bit surprising for some of you so I wanted to share with you why I made this decision.
I’m turning 30 years old this year and I worked in the Audit department of one of the Big 4 over the past 7 years. I started to work there right after I obtained my Master degree in Corporate Finance. At that time, I made the right decision that was in total alignment with what I wanted to do. I felt challenged. I also had the opportunity to move to LA three years ago and it was for the best. The interest I always had into fitness and nutrition turned into a passion. It’s well known that LA is the place to be if you want to get the best out of all the new trends in fitness and food.
My passion for health and nutrition kept growing while meeting so many inspiring women who decided to make a change in their lives. By suffering from eating disorder and the low self-esteem that is usually associated with it, I know the importance of nutrition in life and I wanted to learn more and more about it in order to help others. I’ve been fascinated with understanding how the different aspects in our life (food, exercise, career, relationships, love…) have an impact on our overall health. I was eating pretty healthy and exercising a lot but I also was over stressed and I knew I needed something different in my career. Something was clearly missing. I started to develop some health issues (hormonal imbalance and adrenal fatigue) and I realized how essential my health was. My contract came to its end in June 2017 and I made the decision not to pursue this path. I needed to take a break and discover something else, something I loved. This resulted in my enrollment at a Nutrition School.
Fitness & Nutrition: I made a decision
It's only last year when I created my passion roadmap that I discovered I wanted to become a certified health coach. One year passed and by making the decision to take a break in my career and do something new, I pushed myself to get out of my comfort zone and follow what my gut was telling me. And believe me, it’s a HUGE and HARD decision for me. I’m usually the kind of person who needs to analyze all the aspects and the results before making a decision.
Without this experience in the US, I would have never taken the courage to take this break in my career and make the decision to pursue something I love. I am fascinated to see how people there are eager to create, innovate, fall down and try again (a real entrepreneur spirit).
The first step was to take the NASM personal trainer certification which I successfully passed in March 2017. Learning all the mechanisms that impact the way our body moves and how to optimize my workout was highly beneficial for me. I learned a lot and it gave me so much knowledge and a better understanding of how our body works and what to do to prevent or fix muscles imbalances (mainly resulting from our lifestyle - see my article about the importance of stretching). Fitness and nutrition are intimately related and they are both components of a healthy lifestyle.
I did research on the Schools and different programs. Being a health coach was an important decision that was totally out of the career path I built over the past few years and I wanted to get the best out of it. Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) offered the most complete program that responded to many of my criteria: flexibility, holistic approach, connections with thousand of students all over the world…
What to expect with the program?
It is a one-year program. The entire course is online so knowing that I was going back to France, I would have the flexibility to work from wherever I am and study when I want. A new module is released every week and it is composed of videos, audios that can be watch/listen on my laptop, tablet or phone so it’s easy to study even if I am not at home.
As an Integrative Health Coach, I will be a supportive mentor to guide you and help you to feel the best through food and lifestyle changes. I won’t be a dietician, a nutritionist or a doctor but rather I will support the development of and progress toward your personal wellness goals. I will use a holistic approach to support you by focusing on your relationships, exercise, career, spirituality as well as food.
I’m on Module 13 right now and I’m really excited about the coming classes. This program really emphasizes the importance of bio-individuality which means that what works for you doesn’t necessarily works for other. They like to say “one person’s food is another person's poison”.
I used to consider health as a destination but the more I read and learn, the more I understand that health is a journey, it evolves and changes and you have to constantly listen to what your body tells you instead of trying a new diet that will let you completely deprive of happiness.
I hope this information helped you to understand my decision. Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get more details about the program.
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