What do nutrition coaches do?
Help people clarify their health, nutrition, and/or fitness priorities, values, and goals; work with clients to identify skills, practices, and sustainable daily actions for achieving those goals; and support them every step of the way.
Exactly how this looks will vary from one coach to another. Here are some of the key steps we teach nutrition coaches. It’ll give you a good idea of the many different ways nutrition coaches can work with their clients.
Step 1. Gather client data.
Step 2: Understand the client.
Step 3: Create a plan.
Step 4: Test the plan.
Step 5: Monitor.
Step 6: Make adjustments.
Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP)
Sarah Tronco, CMHIMP, is a Philadelphia Nutrition Coach specializing in mental nutrition. Sarah offers individualized mental health nutrition coaching that empowers you to make sustainable changes to improve your overall well-being.
Nutrition coaches can help re-evaluate current diet choices, provide education on food categories and guide you towards nourishing foods. They can also assist in food preparation and design individual programs to keep clients accountable and excited about their new experience with food. Whether you are looking to spruce up your eating habits, recover from an illness more quickly, or address chronic concerns, nutritionists can help you figure out how to nourish yourself!
Nutritionists and Dieticians are here to improve our relationship with food. This goes beyond just the ingredient list, including our emotional ties to certain foods and our behaviors around eating. Nutritionists not only educate us on the nutritional value of foods, but help us understand our relationship with our bodies. Both certified nutritionists and dietitians fall under the category of Nutrition Coach on WellSet, but have different training. Both are not here to judge past choices, but carve a path to keep our bodies healthy and optimally functioning.
As much as we want to ignore it, the United States has a serious deficit in nutrition education. We lead the world in high obesity rates, a disease which directly catalyses cardiovascular (heart) disease, diabetes (1&2), IBS, and other chronic illnesses. Maintaining a healthy weight is extremely important to overall health. The prevalence of obesity in the USA was 42.4% in 2017-2018 according to the HCHS data brief. Nutritionists are here to help combat this growing epidemic, working individually with clients to find a balanced diet that will improve their overall health.
Healthy eating habits can also contribute to better sleep, combating depression, and contributes to overall health. Additionally, many chronic conditions can be managed with healthy eating, and an anti-inflammatory diet has been proven to reduce the symptoms of many auto-immune conditions. Learn how to eat in a way that serves you – your body will thank you.
Your Gut is Your Second Brain!
There may be more validity to the statement “go with your gut” than you previously realized. The gut-brain axis refers to the bi-directional communication that goes on between your enteric nervous system (ENS) and central nervous system (CNS), and research is showing that what’s happening in your gut has a significant impact on your mood. In this post I’m going to explore what the enteric nervous system is, it’s connection to the brain, and how it impacts mood.
How are the brain and gut connected?
The gut-brain axis refers to the network between your brain and your gut that enable them to communicate. One of the largest nerves in the gut-brain axis is the vagus nerve, which sends messages bidirectionally between your brain and gut. Neurotransmitters also play a critical role in this connection, and many neurotransmitters – including serotonin – are also created by the cells and microbes of your gut. Other players in the connection between your gut and brain include your immune system.