What’s the Difference Between a Health Coach, a Registered Dietitian, and a Nutritionist?

One of the most common questions we receive from prospective students is in regards to the qualifications and scope of practice for professionals in the field of nutrition & wellness.

Many people are familiar with the term “nutritionist” when it comes to someone who helps others acquire healthy eating habits, but the details beyond that tend to get a little blurry.

Here are the distinctions to help you get clear on the differences between the three terms, and decide which is the right fit for you.

Health Coach Training Program Diary: Chapter 2 [VIDEO]

In early January, we began following Integrative Nutrition students Laura and Ilene in their journey through the Health Coach Training Program. As they work toward becoming their happiest, healthiest selves, we document their transformation, giving you a window into just what it’s like to take on the challenge of becoming a Health Coach.

In Chapter 1, Laura and Ilene shared their goals and intentions for the year. 

The Best Way to Earn a Living as a Health Coach

When I started my health coaching business, I intended to fill my roster with private clients in order to earn a good yearly salary. And I started off strong!

But then a few things happened.

First, I found myself finishing up with client programs and not filling their spots right away. Every time I had open space in my calendar, I panicked. If I wasn’t seeing a paying client, I wasn’t getting paid. And if I wasn’t getting paid then how was I going to earn enough to live on?

Health Coach Training Program Diary: Meet Laura and Ilene [VIDEO]

Happy New Year! The beginning of 2014 presents an exciting time to create new goals, make positive lifestyle changes, and reach your full potential. There’s no better time to learn more about Health Coach Training Program, which can help you become your healthiest and happiest self in the coming year.

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a student at Integrative Nutrition? Here’s your chance! We’re happy to launch the first chapter of the Health Coach Training Program Video Diary, where you’ll follow the journeys of Ilene and Laura as they progress throughout the course. In this first video, they share their goals and intentions for the year. Watch below!

The “A-Ha” Moment That Led Me to Health Coaching

There are times when life knocks so loudly on your door, it's impossible to ignore the message. That happened to me five years ago, the moment I realized that I needed to become a Health Coach. 

Several years prior, I was suffering with multiple health issues that overlapped and fed into one other. Seasonal allergies precipitated chronic sinus, which encouraged random and painful migraines. Infertility and miscarriages led to a hormonal imbalance, which caused sadness and depression. A compromised immunity from too many pharmaceuticals led to fibromyalgia and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. And everything seemed to point to weight gain; the excess weight led to all of the above. 

Find Your Unique Road to Wellness at Integrative Nutrition [Video]

People come to IIN for a wide variety of reasons – some to launch a new career as a Health Coach, others to enhance their existing careers, and others still to improve their health or heal an ailment. Despite this difference in intention and goals, some experiences at IIN are universal: the core philosophy of IIN changes lives.

In the video below, graduates of the Health Coach Training Program share the concepts they love most about IIN. Whether it’s getting clear on what you want to accomplish in life, finding the foods that make you feel your best, or improving the relationships in your life, the road to wellness is unique to you!

Integrative Nutrition Holds Meet-Up in Miami [VIDEO]

This past Sunday, over 700 students and graduates from across Florida joined IIN Founder, Director, and Primary Teacher Joshua Rosenthal in Miami for a post-Thanksgiving afternoon of lectures, connection, and inspiration. The event demonstrated Integrative Nutrition’s ongoing dedication to building face-to-face relationships with its student body and spreading a ripple effect of health and happiness in the world.

“What If I Don’t Say the Right Thing?”

Early on as a health coach. one of my own personal fears was not saying the "right" thing.  Not giving just the right advice or guidance. I imagined myself sitting in front of my client tripping over my words.  Scrambling to look through notes or books to find exactly what I was supposed to say to this person who was paying me to help them get healthy.  There were times, if I had let it, that this fear could have actually stopped me from moving forward as a coach.

San Diego Health Coach Amy Boring Discovers the Healing Power of Listening

People come to Integrative Nutrition for a variety of reasons – to launch a new career as a Health Coach, to enhance their existing career, or simply to improve their health and enrich their personal lives. For San Diego Health Coach Amy Boring, the motivation was to take control of her health and heal herself from a crippling illness. Empowered by what she learned at IIN, Amy not only was pain-free within four months, but she also embarked on a yoga teacher training program and freed herself of an unhealthy relationship, to boot.

Almost one year since graduating, the professional photographer now has a thriving practice as a San Diego Health Coach where she runs an 11-day program that helps people free themselves of poor food choices and adopt healthier lifestyle habits. Amy’s honest, heartfelt approach attests to the healing power of listening and supporting people in the most loving way possible. 

Read on to hear how this inspiring San Diego Health Coach is changing lives, one person at a time!

The Surprising Way I Got My First Clients

Before I begin, let me assure you I was incredibly pessimistic about starting my own business. Having worked for years in the advertising industry, I was used to working for someone else and getting a regular (sizable) paycheck.

Run my own business? Be an expert? Yeah, right.

Were these clients going to just fall from the sky?

Actually, yes. That’s sort of what happened once my mindset shifted. Let me explain.

During my time at IIN, I was still working full time. I was feeling stumped about how I would ever attract clients as a health coach. It was a really stuck, hopeless feeling.

And then, the unthinkable happened. I was laid off. Boom. With no motivation to find another advertising job, I knew I had only one option. I had to find some health coaching clients. Like, now.

That shift made all the difference.

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