ITN STUDENT SUCCESS: SOLOMON BEREZIN
Meet soon-to-be Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach, Solomon Berezin!
Solomon is one of our amazing ITN students who followed the calling of his heart to become a Health Coach!
As he continues to learn and grow as a person and as a Health Coach, he continues to find fulfillment in helping and inspiring others.
From a collegiate basketball player to enrolling in the Institute of Transformational Nutrition, Solomon has paved a path that is leading him to create a massive impact in this world and build a career that ignites his passion!
Read on to find out more about Solomon’s journey!
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN COACHING?
I have not yet started health coaching but should be finishing up the certification by the end of August.
Since high school, I have experience in coaching basketball camps, but I learned that I am more interested in the mental and emotional parts of coaching.
I think when those facets are treated first — the physical aspects take care of themselves.
WHO DO YOU WORK WITH?
When I was going through the lesson about creating my niche, I felt that I would be best at helping those similar to my younger self and the things I have experienced so far in my life — where nutrition and health had a significant impact.
My dream is to work with high schoolers determining what to study and where to go for school. I also hope to work with college students and post-college young adults who have uncertainty about what they’d like to do with their lives.
I have heard that my niche will continue to grow and change, so I am also eager to see who I can help the most.
TELL US YOUR STORY
Nearly a year ago, I was recovering from a concussion, moving up to Dallas for my final year of eligibility of college basketball, and getting ready to start an MBA program at The University of Dallas.
I noticed that when I was moving into a new apartment, there was so much stress and anxiety in me, and I wasn’t sure where it was coming from.
Luckily, my courses were online, and I was able to come back to Houston to take care of my parents’ home while they went out of town.
When I was home, I meditated and journaled about what I had experienced because I felt that if I have an additional year to study and play ball, I should be excited — I wasn’t.
LISTENING TO MY INTUITION
At the same time, I started up the online MBA courses and noticed that it took so much unnecessary effort – strain – that I knew was no longer necessary.
I questioned my intention for being in it and came to the honest opinion that the only reason I was in it was that I had an additional year to play ball.
Now that I no longer was playing at the school, it did not make sense to me. I was also beginning to bring consciousness to areas of my life and determining the different emotions and thoughts I had around my actions.
One thing I became aware of was that I would strain to do the course work, where I would spend hours on end in the zone learning about things I had a natural inclination to – nutrition, psychology, spirituality, quick learning, mindset, passion, epigenetics, meditation, how to listen to myself, and the list goes on.
FROM MY HEAD TO MY HEART
I honored what I was beginning to feel and made the longest journey I have ever taken — the 18 inches from my head to my heart.
I had previously heard of this quote, but now I knew what it meant. For the first time in my life, I had made my own conscious decision.
I will add that just because this was a pivotal moment, I still had struggled often with releasing limiting beliefs and worries I had, but I stuck with it because that decision felt so true.
That was the beginning of, as Paulo Coelho would call, “the journey of my own personal legend.” I knew I had these wonderful concepts of interest and meditated on what I could do with them.
THE MODEL HEALTH SHOW
In July 2018, a month before I made this decision, I was interested in starting a podcast because I love having meaningful conversations with people doing things in and of itself, not as a means to an end.
I was beginning to converse with awesome people and felt the desire podcasters have for reviews from their audience. I had been listening to my favorite podcast, The Model Health Show with Shawn Stevenson, one of ITN’s graduates, partners, and faculty members, and I decided one day to finally write him a review of appreciation.
A little over three months from writing a review, I came home to Houston for a weekend to spend time with my mom.
It was Saturday, October 27th, and my mom invited me to join her at her trainer’s gym party. I was feeling slightly worrisome and directionless that day, but I decided to join anyway.
At the party, I ran into an old preschool friend’s mother, who had a positive aura about her, and she was very present.
She was interested in my recent decisions and asked what I am passionate about. I noticed in my answer that when I was talking about nutrition, fitness, health, psychology, my posture perked up, and my energy increased.
ENTER CYNTHIA GARCIA
During those months that had passed, there was one episode on my podcast queue that I kept delaying listening to.
Finally, I listened to the episode.
At first, Shawn gives a story, presents the episode sponsor(s), and then shares the review of the week. To my amazement and surprise, my review was read on that episode!
It lined up perfectly, and I knew what the next step on my journey was. It took me a couple of months and several calls with Institute of Transformational Nutrition Success Coaches, Kylee and Mindy, but I said I’d come up with the money and start January 4, 2019.
And that’s exactly when I started the Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach certification.
WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST SUCCESSES AS A HEALTH COACH?
Coming across the Institute of Transformational Nutrition was a success for me.
It was almost like something I knew I must be learning because of how it came to me. In addition to studying ITN, I have had success with speaking to people I admire on my podcast.
CAN YOU SAY SOMETHING ABOUT BEING PART OF THE ITN FAMILY?
What I love about ITN is the wholesome approach it takes not just towards nutrition but also health and wellness. It covers how everything is interconnected because, for example, a physical illness that manifests could really be an unaddressed, suppressed thought in your head that needs to have its validity questioned.
I have really enjoyed learning the information and growing personally.
If I decide that health coaching is truly what I want to do, I know I have been learning the education necessary to help me live out my purpose to empower and inspire others to listen to their own heart and intuition.
I thank ITN for the structured education in holistic health and nutrition — a catalyst for my own personal transformation. I’m also grateful for the blossoming friendships and connections I have made and continue to make at ITN.
I currently have a podcast and blog where I’m collecting all my notes and data to write a book.